Face Valueby Phil Collins
Collins proves himself a passionate singer (and distinctive drummer) with a gift for both deeply felt ballads and snarling rockers. His debut album transformed him from the frontman of Genesis to a solo star who happened to be in Genesis, too. Contains "In the Air Tonight" and "I Missed Again."
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Performance CreditsPhil Collins Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Conga,Drums,Keyboards,Marimbas,Recorder,Vocals,Voices,Hand Clapping,Vocoder,Prophet Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Stephen Bishop Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Harris Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Gary Wright Violin
Peter Manning Robinson Prophet Synthesizer
Daryl Stuermer Banjo,Guitar
Ronnie Scott Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lakshminarayana Shankar Violin,Drums,Tamboura
Clive Anstee Strings,Cello
Irvine Arditti Strings,Violin
Eric Clapton Guitar
Rahmlee Michael Davis Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Liz Edwards Strings,Violin
John Giblin Bass
Brian Hawkins Strings,Viola
Alphonso Johnson Bass
Chris Laurence Double Bass
Don Myrick Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
Jo Partridge Guitar,Slide Guitar
Peter Robinson Keyboards,Prophet Synthesizer
Louis Satterfield Trombone
Richard Studt Strings,Violin
Nigel Warren-Green Viola
Gavyn Wright Strings,Violin,Leader
Bill Benham Strings,Violin
Tony Pleeth Cello
Simon Whistler Strings,Viola
Darryl Steurmer Banjo,Guitar,12-string Guitar
Ronnie Scott's Quintet Tenor (Vocal),Soloist
Roger Best Strings,Viola
Tony Pleet Strings,Cello
Kevin Sillitoe Strings,Violin
David Woodcock Strings,Violin
Technical CreditsPhil Collins Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum machine
Mark Mancina Composer
Arif Mardin String Arrangements
Hugh Padgham Producer,Engineer
Tom Tom 84 Arranger
Tom Tom Arranger
Bob Kaus Liner Notes
EWF Horns Contributor
Geoff Banks Transportation
Children of LA Contributor
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Face Value based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Well known for his exciting and creative drumming in Genesis, Collins felt unable to express himself fully as a member of that band. With "Face Value," he took full creative control, produced one of the finest pop albums of the 80s, and commenced to rise to the top of the pop music scene, where he remained for a decade. Those put off by the sacharine, commercial flavor of Collins' later output will be pleasantly surprised by "Face Value." This album is strong throughout, and of course, "In the Air Tonight" is one of the best pop songs ever made, with menacing--and moving--lyrics and atmospherics, not to mention its astonishingly powerful drum break (in part attributable to heavy use of a noise gate effect). Collins wrote "In the Air Tonight" in the midst of a painful divorce, so you can draw your own conclusions on what the lyrics mean.
Suffice to say that Phil does what he does best
Favorite tracks: "In The Air Tonight" "Thunder And Lightning" "I Missed Again" Least favorite: "The Roof Is Leaking"
P.C. Genesis brought in a whole load of session musicians and created Face Value. The opening track, In The Air Tonight, is a very shiny look at the night sky. Except that it's about this guy who's drowning and won't get help. Other songs that follow up are quite catchy. And some that are downbeat, but there's a very lovely piano ballad called You Know What I Mean. I don't have this on CD, but I'm chasing someone down for it. Face Value was the beginning of a beautiful solo career for Phil.
Like the rest of Phil Collins work, this song is just another great CD. Get it all, you will not be disapointed.
I ALWAYS LOVED PHIL COLLINS, AND THIS ALBUM PROVES WHAT A WONDERFUL ARTIST HE IS!!