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Phil Collins hired three of the surviving Funk Brothers to recreate the sound of old Motown in a studio in Switzerland. Collins has always loved Motown — he had a hit in 1981 with the Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” — and the 18 tracks on the basic album and 26 on the iTunes Deluxe Version are all done in complete homage to the sound that bedazzled Collins’ youth. The Deluxe Version includes many of Collins’ best efforts. “You Really Got a Hold On Me”, “Dancing In the Streets”, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and “Standing In the Shadows of Love” are all indestructible, timeless tunes. Collins doesn’t just mine Motown’s biggest hits, but works through “Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue),” “In My Lonely Room” and “Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer” with the same passion. He’ll never be Levi Stubbs or Smokey Robinson, but he also doesn’t sound much like the guy whose hits include “Against All Odds”, “Misunderstanding” and “That’s All”. Fans will surely be intrigued.

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What happened?

What happened to the Phil Collins of "Face Value" or even early Genesis or Brand X. The man has more music in his little finger than most but decides after all this time to do a cover album of old Motown music? C'mon Phil, where's the creativity? I know you can't play anymore, but you can still write. Remember, Beethoven wrote the 9th Symphony while totally deaf!

Phil does Motown...well

I've listened to the album a few times so far. I find it enjoyable and somewhat uplifting to hear these classic tunes in a similar, but different light. The band / production is exceptional---great sound. Especially in that it's not 'current' -- it isn't meant to be. The tone fits the period --- 40+/- years ago!
Phil's voice fits the majority of songs well. A handful seemed a bit out of reach though.

Highlights for me:

Girl (Why you wanna make me blue)
Aint Too Proud To Beg
Papa Was a Rolling Stone (EXCELLENT!)
Blame It On The Sun
Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer
Standing In The Shadows Of Love
Don't Look Back
Do I Love You
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
Relly Got a Hold On Me
Dancing In the Street
Going Back

As a casual fan of Motown, it's quite clear that Phil's affection for the period rings through on each track.
I cannot understand why so many reviewers took the time to bash the record; almost as if they don't understand the point of the album.
Going Back is simply that...going back--to a period of truly amazing and talented songwriting.

Hats off to PC for dusting them off the top shelf.

Sorry Phil

If you are a real motown lover you'll stick with the originals.


Born: January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Phil Collins' ascent to the status of one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond was probably as much a surprise to him as it was to many others. Balding and diminutive, the Genesis drummer-turned-vocalist was almost 30 years old when his first solo single, "In the Air Tonight," became a number two hit in his native U.K. (the song was a Top 20 hit in the U.S.). Between 1984 and 1990, Collins had a string of 13 straight U.S. Top Ten hits. Long before any...
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Going Back (Deluxe Edition), Phil Collins
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  • $17.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock
  • Released: Sep 03, 2010

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