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Going Back [CD]

Phil Collins Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
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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 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B003HC8I5M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Product Description

BBC Review

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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CD Description

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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Album Review 16 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hello i must be going back ?! 21 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 21 Sep 2011
By Dolly
Format:Audio CD
Not the best Phil has done, think he could have picked some better songs from the huge tamla mowtown rnage of tracks he could have chosen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Going Back' Phil Collins 7 Oct 2010
By Maggie
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic CD & DVD - so good to hear/see Phil
performing again!
Highly recommend!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Going The Full Circle 16 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I totally get what Phil is trying to say here about Going The Full Circle, myself coming from the same age group. You may not like every track but you won't hate any of them. 6 of them work very well inc. the 3 ballads (which suit his voice best), another 6 that you should like and the remainder are perhaps less convincing. But you are getting 18 CD tracks here (plus a few more if you buy the DVD Version) and there is a fair chance you will really enjoy more than 60% of it. Not many of Artists will be able to give you that many good tracks on an album.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Present 29 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Bought this for my dad as a birthday present. He's over the moon with it. If you want to hear the originals, buy them. If you want to hear Phil Collins, buy this. Great album.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Collins required 5 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful album, not because of Phil Collins (but it was his idea), but because of the incredible sound from the backing group. Layer upon layer of perfect music. You don't need to like Mowtown to love what Phil has done here, just sit back and soak in the sound! Some would say why not just make a compilation of the original tracks? Hardly anyone would have bought it and a 21st century audience would not be encouraged to seek out more Mowtown for themselves. Buy this and do that!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
Brilliant album.
Published 1 day ago by Josh McEwan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great quality. Delivered quickly.
Published 6 days ago by Mrs SJ Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This C.D. as been worth the money I paid for it. It as been good to listen to. The delivery time was very good as well
Published 15 days ago by Colleen LedwidgeThorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
another quality album from a great performer, This album can be appreciated anywhere. arrived in good condition without any damage
Published 21 days ago by nuffield nigel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Bought because of the price and good interpretation of some old soul classics, great for the car and very well produced
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Wallace L. Welling
5.0 out of 5 stars And why not
I have seen several critics take this album apart, well I say congrats Phil Collins I believe this album is not just his version of mowtown but more of a tribute as the album title... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Simon Longden
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Love Phil Collins anyway but this album seems to lift my spirits whenever I play it which is as often as possible. 😊
Published 3 months ago by Arry
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothin wrong with this one
I have read a lot of negative reviews on Amazon regarding this effort from Phill Collins and I dont really know what planet theese people are from. Read more
Published 5 months ago by RN Broglia
4.0 out of 5 stars Phill Collins
Good CD if you like Phill Collins . nice and easy to listen to idea for in the car .
Published 5 months ago by Ashley Burdon
1.0 out of 5 stars one of the worst cd's i have bought
Terribe phil trying to sing soul music I like phils music and i think he is a terrific drummer but this cd didnt do anything for me
Published 5 months ago by hazel
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