Going Back

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any baby boomer Phil Collins is no stranger to Motown. Arguably, he has a deeper connection than most, having scored a hit with a cover of the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" back in 1982 and then proving he was adept at writing his own Tamla bounce with 1988's "Two Hearts," so devoting a full album to Motown songs is not a huge stretch, but 2010's Going Back -- his first studio album since 2002's Testify and only his fourth record since 1990 -- is nevertheless mildly surprising in its fidelity to its source material. Collins hired three of the surviving Funk Brothers as instrumental support and set about replicating a bunch of Motown classics -- 18 in its...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any baby boomer Phil Collins is no stranger to Motown. Arguably, he has a deeper connection than most, having scored a hit with a cover of the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" back in 1982 and then proving he was adept at writing his own Tamla bounce with 1988's "Two Hearts," so devoting a full album to Motown songs is not a huge stretch, but 2010's Going Back -- his first studio album since 2002's Testify and only his fourth record since 1990 -- is nevertheless mildly surprising in its fidelity to its source material. Collins hired three of the surviving Funk Brothers as instrumental support and set about replicating a bunch of Motown classics -- 18 in its standard edition, a whopping 25 in its deluxe edition -- in a studio in Switzerland. Replication is not an exaggeration: these are not interpretations but re-creations of the original arrangements and productions, the only difference being Collins' vocals. He is too in love with the originals to change even tiny inflections but he's also enjoying the process of making music with some of his idols. For a listener, this can be a shared fun, particularly when Collins explores some of the lesser-known songs, like "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)," "Some of Your Lovin'," "In My Lonely Room" and "Something About You." Most of Going Back is devoted to the tried and true, though, the hits that remain staples on oldies stations across the globe, and whenever Collins is singing "Heatwave," "Uptight," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," "Jimmy Mack" or "Going to a Go-Go," the album inches away from being a labor of love and into pure nostalgia trip, but even then the album is pleasant enough that it's hard to complain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678924484
  • Catalog Number: 524541
  • Sales rank: 1,124

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phil Collins Primary Artist, Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel, Harp, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Jason Rebello Piano, Electric Piano, Vibes
Bob Babbitt Bass, Guitar
Guy Barker Trumpet, Soloist
Ronnie Caryl Acoustic Guitar
Lynne Fiddmont Background Vocals
Connie Jackson Background Vocals
Ray Monette Guitar, wah wah guitar
Eddie Willis Guitar
Mathew Collins Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping, Foot Stomping
Scott Stroman Conductor, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
John Aram Trombone, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Graeme Blevins Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Tom Rees-Roberts Trumpet
Celeste-Marie Roy Bassoon
Phil Todd Flute, Piccolo, Baritone Saxophone, Soloist
Nicholas Collins Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping, Foot Stomping
Technical Credits
Phil Collins Arranger, Producer, Back Cover Photo
Carole King Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Henry Cosby Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Liner Notes
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter Composer
Vini Poncia Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Norman Whitfield Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Syreeta Wright Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Alastair Thain Back Cover Photo
Robert Rogers Composer
Scott Stroman String Arrangements
Yvan Bing Engineer
Mike Hosey Artwork
John Aram Director
Ron Howard Cover Photo
Warren Moore Composer
William "Smokey" Robinson Composer
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