Going Back

Going Back

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by Phil Collins
     
 

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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 hugeSee more details below

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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:
09/28/2010
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678924484
catalogNumber:
524541
Rank:
6310

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Tracks

  1. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)  -  PC Horns
  2. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave  - Phil Collins
  3. Uptight (Everything's Alright)  - Phil Collins
  4. Some of Your Lovin'  - Phil Collins
  5. In My Lonely Room  - Phil Collins
  6. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me For a Little While)  - Phil Collins
  7. Blame It On the Sun  - Phil Collins
  8. Papa Was a Rolling Stone  - Phil Collins
  9. Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer  - Phil Collins
  10. Standing in the Shadows Of Love  - Phil Collins
  11. Do I Love You  - Phil Collins
  12. Jimmy Mack  - Phil Collins
  13. Something About You  - Phil Collins
  14. Love Is Here and Now You're Gone  - Phil Collins
  15. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever  - Phil Collins
  16. Going To a Go-Go  - Phil Collins
  17. Talkin About My Baby  - Phil Collins
  18. Going Back  - Phil Collins

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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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