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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In The Air Tonight
2. This Must Be Love
3. Behind The Lines
4. The Roof Is Leaking
5. Droned
6. Hand In Hand
7. I Missed Again
8. You Know What I Mean
9. Thunder And Lightning
10. I'm Not Moving
11. If Leaving Me Is Easy
12. Tomorrow Never Knows

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Face Value

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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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4.5 out of 5 stars

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By BenF on 22 May 2003
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2001
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on 22 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Phil Collins has had an interesting career. Coming in for Genesis' third album to be the drummer, he then went on to become the lead vocalist after Peter Gabriel left. He also joined the Fusion group Brand X while in Genesis. In 1981 he launched his successful solo career with this album, "Face Value". He has even had a small acting career to go along with his career in music. Far from one expects from a star, at least in the way he looks, one has to respect his career and what he has accomplished. This first album from him very much fits his career. There is an iconic song, some puzzling song choices and some hidden gems as well.

The album opens with "In the Air Tonight", a piece which has staying power as we near 30 years later, and with no end in sight, nor would one expect there to be. It is a simple piece, and yet masterful in the way it is executed. I suppose it didn't hurt that it spawned an urban legend about its origins either, but it would still be with us even if that had not happened. Next up is "This Must be Love", a nice pleasant piece but one which is easily forgotten after the opener. Next comes an odd choice as Phil chooses to cover "Behind the Lines", a Genesis song which had originally been released less than a year before on the "Duke" album. It is a different version, but it seems like a strange thing to do. "The Roof Is Leaking" is the next track, a nice track which has a different feel than the first pieces, with Phil on piano, and it blends well into two instrumentals (though with voices as instruments) called "Droned" and "Hand in Hand", which closes out the first half of the album.

"I Missed Again" opens the second half of the album, once again a decent piece but not a classic, which made the top 20 as a single.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stewart d herd on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis E. Ware on 27 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is is a very well mastered disc, it definitely gives better sound quality than a normal CD,so for an audiophile it is worth the money.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 1999
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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