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Selling records and winning awards are the things that have always come easy to Phil Collins. He has sold 100 million solo records and another 150 million with Genesis, putting him in the same rarefied league as Madonna, Elton John and Pink Floyd. His numerous awards include seven Grammys, two Golden Globes and an Oscar (for You’ll Be In My Heart from Disney’s Tarzan).

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  • Audio CD (13 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B003HC8I5M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Going Back is Phil Collins' eigth studio album, and first full solo release in eight years. In this album, Collins switches his focus to the 1960s, and the Motown and Soul music he loved as a teenager.

Going Back sees Collins faithfully recreating classic soul gems, and features a tangible link to the past courtesy of performances from three members of legendary Motown session players, The Funk Brothers--bassist Bob Babbitt and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette.

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Long installed in popular music’s multi-million-selling pariah pantheon, there are fewer easy targets for arrows of critical opprobrium than 59-year-old Philip David Charles Collins. Granted, Collins has sometimes been guilty of painting the bull’s-eye on his own forehead (that self-aggrandising Live Aid Concorde business, the cringe-worthy lyrics to Another Day in Paradise, Buster, etc), but nonetheless, the sometime Genesis frontman’s canon is so substantial and his hits so profuse that it feels myopic to dismiss him merely as a haughty purveyor of tortured, romantic ballads for the middle income world.

Certainly, hip hop artists can’t get enough of the near-iconic In the Air Tonight, and Collins, lest it be forgotten, once lent his nimble stick-work to leftfield albums by the likes of Brian Eno and John Cale. All of which is a very long way from Motown: the adolescent Collins’ musical tipple and the inspiration for Going Back, his first solo album since 2002’s underperforming Testify.

An 18-track trawl through the Hitsville USA songbook, this is not so much an homage to Berry Gordy’s Detroit stable as a battlefield re-enactment, underpinned by three surviving members of The Funk Brothers, Motown’s peerless, 60s in-house studio band. So faithfully have Collins and his confreres recreated the Sound of Young America – shimmering tambourines drowning out drums, bass compressed to a fat, distorted throb –that it’s hard not to be swept along. Thus, Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) is as much a blast of toe-tapping euphoria here as it was for The Temptations back in 64, Collins’ reedy, helium-like vocals squeezed into a fair impersonation of the style, if never quite the gravity, of Messrs Ruffin, Kendricks and co. Sprightly versions of Martha and the Vandellas’ Heatwave and Stevie Wonder’s Uptight also stack up remarkably well against the originals.

Things go slightly awry when Collins swaps Motor City tropes for contemporary interpretations, synth pads and all; Some of Your Lovin’ and Blame It on the Sun being particularly saccharine casualties. When he recreates the finger-snapping brio of Standing in the Shadows of Love, Jimmy Mack or Going to a Go-Go, however, his reverence for the material is, whisper it, completely disarming.

--David Sheppard

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marmaduke on 16 Nov. 2011
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Sorry to give a bad review to an artist I really like, but the album is one that you file in "bought because of who it was and their past good albums, listened once, place in cupboard and never listen again"
His voice has lost it's unique edge and is no longer good enough to carry the songs he has chosen to sing. There are too many better cover versions of these songs around. This sounds like a pub singer who has paid to sing over backing tracks (which admittedly are very good)
If you want good cover versions of Motown songs buy Peter Cox's Motor City Music, you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KELLY heroes on 21 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
A LETTER TO MR PHIL COLLINS.
Dear Mr.Collins
It is with the greatest regret that I wish it to be known that to all who read this review that in my humble opinion this is without doubt your poorest album I have had the mis-fortune to hear from your great self. I wondered why a man of your talent (who could forget the first time we heard your "champagne moment" the euphoric In the air tonight!) needed to record an album of motown/soul classics when all us fans who worship the very ground you walk on would have much prefered some original self-penned recordings from your good self? Or hows about getting
round to some serious re-mastering of your entire collection with bonus tracks thrown in?
I understand that the motown/soul thing is something you wanted to record for a while.I wish you hadn't bothered.
A disgruntled person.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By endlessharmony on 11 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
There seems to be a lot of negative opinions about this album but I'm sure that anyone that liked songs such as 'You Can't Hurry Love' will enjoy this 18 song track through the Motown back catalogue. One thing that stands out on this collection is the production which really captures the classic 60's Motown feel and the backing vocals are really authentic. Phil's vocals are spot on with some tracks such as 'Uptight, Everything's Alright', less than perfect on tracks like 'Heatwave' and standard Phil Collins fare on the ballads like 'Some Of Your Lovin'.

Clearly this is a labour of love for Phil and these tracks obviously mean something to him, which comes out through his interpretations of the classic songs, however I don't think anyone is capable of repeating the perfection of the Detroit sound of the 60's originals, but as it stands its still a great covers album.

I'm sure if it gets repeated airplay it will become a big seller because there is an audience for Phil's music, and his fans will not be disappointed with this fine effort.
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By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2010
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Oh dear. I am sure that Phil Collins deeply loves this music and to be fair he makes a decent fist of "Papa was a rolling stone" and "Uptight (Everything's alright)". He also frankly admits that this was a labour and love and as such "my idea...was not to bring anything 'new' to these already great records". The trouble with this statement it that it begs the question why record them at all or more importantly what additional dimension is the selling point for this? Doing an X factor style run through of these great songs as an exercise in reverence is laudable but as a scintillating piece of music it falls flat. Carole King's "Going back" has been better covered by other artists not least of all the lovely versions by Dusty Springfield and Nils Lofgren. "Heatwave" always sounded perfect when performed by the Motown female groups like Martha and the Vandellas or the Supremes, thus Collins is onto a hiding to nothing here. His cover of "Jimmy Mack" is truly excruciating (although not as bad as "You keep me hangin on" on the deluxe edition), while "Going to a Go Go" is so intrinsically associated with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles that any artist would be brave to cover it and Collins voice is just not up to this. Thus for anyone to fall deeply in love with this album they must already be deeply in love with Collins voice since he admits that these are ultra straight recreations of the originals and while the backing musicians playing may be impeccable the "shop window" is Collins himself.Read more ›
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By Jl Adcock TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 April 2015
Format: Audio CD
This album has garnered more that its fair share of negative comments, and yet - surprisingly, it's not all bad. Collins seems a marked man whatever he does musically, which is presumably the price you pay for seemingly being everywhere for most of the 1980s and early 1990s. Even fellow Genesis band members have almost only half-jokingly admitted to being sick of seeing him everywhere at his peak of popularity.

Now, almost a forgotten figure in the music business and in self-proclaimed retirement, it's just possible that this is the last album Collins will release. It's a curiously warm and affectionate tribute to the soul and motown music he grew up with, and the cover versions here are pretty good - although inevitably some work better than others. Collins' voice is frailer and reedier than we're used to, and in a strange way this works well on the soulful music captured here. The highlight is surely "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", which opens with all the funky strut of a 70's cop show theme, and the closer "Going Back", could almost be interpreted as a final look back on a musical career that, for now at least, seems to have come to a halt. If it is Collins' final album then it's not a bad way to finish - with a warm retrospective take on music that he clearly loves. Really not as dire as some would have you believe!
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