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Face Value [CD]

Phil Collins, Binary Finary Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (11 Mar 1983)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000026GGE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. In The Air Tonight 5:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. This Must Be Love 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Behind The Lines 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Roof Is Leaking 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Droned 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hand In Hand 5:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Missed Again 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. You Know What I Mean 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Thunder And Lightning 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I'm Not Moving 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. If Leaving Me Is Easy 4:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tomorrow Never Knows 4:470.99  Buy MP3 

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The beginning of Phil Collins's massively successful solo career coincided with the discord in his first marriage, turning Face Value into a compelling churn of emotions, from the utter disgust of "In the Air Tonight" (where Collins dryly comments, "If you told me you were drowning / I would not lend a hand") to the delight he feels in exploring a new relationship ("This Must Be Love"). Collins' thundering drums and punchy horn arrangements--a close approximation of Earth, Wind & Fire's sound, actually--clicked with the public, turning "I Missed Again" and "In the Air Tonight" into Top 20 singles and launching Collins' career as one of the biggest and most unlikely stars of the 1980s. --Daniel Durchholz

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early peak 22 May 2003
By BenF
Format:Audio CD
In 1981, before he discovered his social conscience, he wrote a great album about problems that he really understood, and sentiments that he really felt. There's real edge here, in the menacing bassline and explosive drums of 'air tonight'. There's some funk in the riffs 'behind the lines'. And genuinely exotic world influences in 'droned' and 'the roof is leaking'. He even picked a great, neglected Beatles track to cover. So don't buy anything he's ever written - except this. 20 years ago, he got it absolutely right. Swallow your pride and put it in your basket.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, meaningful and musically "on the money". 7 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album in the season of autumn and, for me, it will always be an autumn album. That said, it is an outstanding piece of work and a musical rarity i.e. not a weak song in sight. "In the air tonight" is so listeningly beautiful that,up until that famous drum solo occurs, you can almost heard a pin drop. Then there is the most romantic of love songs "this must be love" before the mood is again broken by the dispairing tones of "roof is leaking" and "Droned". The album takes this high to low mood swing throughout but it certainly keeps you interested. My personal favourite is "thunder and lightning" with lines as strong as " I never believed in second chance...you just get one crack of the whip and thats all...". Overall the album has great variety, great lyrics and music that seems as important now as it did in 1981. My only regret is that it was never repeated. Perhaps a case of too many eggs in the one basket..?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Genius Finds His Feet 28 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Superb. This stunning debut album from one of British music's most talented musicians has to be heard to be believed. Moving away from the restrictions of his Genesis project, Collins finds time to revisit past musical loves (see, for example, his exemplary take on the Beatles' 'Tommorrow Never Knows') and strikes an, at times, almost experimentalist pose. The pain of his seperation from his wife inspires many of the songs, making it like Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks', although better as it is not as commercial. Lyrically blessed and emotionally charged, the opening, epic, 'In the Air Tonight' proves to be the springboard from which the rest of the album takes flight. The drumming that Collins offers on the track is at once comfortingly familiar, yet strikingly original. No wonder they later asked him to do a drum solo for the benefit of starving African Children during 1985's Live Aid, stealing the show from the U2-Status Quo supergroup!! Guitar legend Eric Clapton, a long time friend of Collins due to their shared interest in the Prince's Trust, plays slide guitar with an emotional depth that transcends the pals' at times violent political differences. Surely one of the best albums of all times, ever. The roots of the longevity of Collins' career can be seen in this LP. 'Face Value'? Great Value!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut 4 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Phil Collins' reputation has suffered substantially over the past twenty years. He may not have been mentioned by either David Brent or Alan Partridge, but it feels like it. Many Genesis fans haven't quite forgiven him for admitting that, before the 'We Can't Dance' album, the band deliberately decided to "sell out", in his words. Maybe it was the rapid drift towards MOR in his solo albums, the chain of failed marriages, or simple jealousy of his money-making, but the critics have not been kind to our Phil in recent years.
I bought this LP when it first came out, and have now bought it as part of the new 3CD pack released in 2004 that is excellent value. I must admit I hadn't played the album for 20 years, and it really takes me back. In 2001, his stock was really high: he had been a fantastic vocal replacement for Peter Gabriel in Genesis, and he had won critical acclaim for his spare-time band, the jazz-rock specialists Brand X. So what if he did the odd cover of a Motown hit, or did the occasional pop video? It just added to the fun, and potentially seemed capable of bringing a mainstream audience to jazz-rock.
People coming to 'Face Value' for the first time may wonder what the dominant style is, 'In the Air Tonight' apart. And the answer is jazz-rock. Well, one band in particular: Weather Report. Listeners are strongly advised to buy that band's 'Heavy Weather' and 'Black Market'. (It is no coincidence that Genesis's concert drummer was Chester Thompson, who had also played drums on 'Black Market', nor that the bassist on that album was Al Johnson, who also plays on 'Face Value'.) Basically, 'Face Value' was a popularised version of Weather Report, updated with vocals and drum machines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant 23 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I generally only buy albums that I have heard before usually as a replacement for a copy that has been damaged. This is an excellant album and I would reccomend to any youngster that has just discovered Phil Collins among their dads record collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind Genesis 3 April 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Phil Collins debut, an instant smash, revealed why Genesis' music was taking a more mainstream direction, and is far more impressive than that band's contemporaneous release, 'Duke.' I wasn't keen on that album's 'Behind The Lines,' but here Collins funks it up which seems to suit it better. Despite the brassiness of several other tracks, the overall feel of 'Face Values' draws comparisons with Peter Gabriel's third album, released in 1980. While Gabriel evokes Cold War age stress and politics, Collins uses the same barbed wire desolation to explore personal relationships. There are signs of his aptitude for balladeering, especially on 'You Know What I Mean' and the biting, intense 'If Leaving Me Is Easy.' He experiments on the instrumentals 'Droned' and 'Hand In Hand,' the former uncomfortably, the latter exaltingly. Of course, this album also gives him the opportunity to show his prowess and scope as a percussionist. It isn't only 'In The Air Tonight' that showcases his excellence in this area. His choice of 'Tomorrow Never Knows' to close the album is no mere token Beatles cover; it's a track that begs Collins to drum on. Despite an increasing run of stellar hits, this is, in my opinion, still his best album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this when I had it on cassette. Wanted it on CD
Published 19 days ago by kerris hedger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Damaged my original copy so perfect
Published 27 days ago by ROB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No problems, delivered on time.
Published 1 month ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Face Value
Love it, bought the vinyl in 1980, got all the singles, bought the CD in the 90's and finally got this on MP3 as quality is superb. Easy download, Phil Collins at his best.
Published 1 month ago by daveherts
5.0 out of 5 stars face value
I love Phil Collin's music some great songs on this and good quality. I am very pleased with it so gave a rating of 5 out of 5.
Published 2 months ago by Vickie Carmon
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern Classic
Fantastic modern classic, sadly the CD does not live up to the jaw dropping production quality that the original vinyl offered, when the original was first launched it was used by... Read more
Published 3 months ago by mike lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Face value
Top album with some amazing tracks of very high emotional content. This is great music and I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Eng
3.0 out of 5 stars Face Value
Face Value was released 1981 and is Phil Collins' first solo album. I think this is his worst album of his seven releases from 1981 to 2002. On allmusic it gets 4. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MF
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service,well wrapped,super fast delivery, a good quality...
Great service,well wrapped,super fast delivery, a good quality item,it's a great way of replacing your old vinyl albums, highly recommended
Published 6 months ago by KEN SLOUGH
5.0 out of 5 stars FACE VALUE
Never heard album before - heard a couple of tracks on radio so purchased cd - very pleased - good value
Published 7 months ago by Mr Nostalgic
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