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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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You did it again phil!!!

What a great album!!! It's not easy to accostume to the album at the beggining, but with listening a couple of times you will love it!! Get it

Not Guilty Pleasure

Yeah, I saw the press on this a while back and thought, Phil Collins and a whole album of Motown/r&b covers, why? And then when I read that the songs were basically recreations and not interpretations, and I said why (again)?

Well, don't judge a book by its cover. The songs are great and Collins does a great job.

Are these the new definitive versions of these songs? No. But, who really was going to do a better job on Uptight, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Standing in the Shadows of Love, and so on? So, now the approach makes sense. Bring in some of the original guys, pay homage to these great songs by not only capturing the notes but also "the sound", and sing your heart out. Next thing you know, you will be buying any of the originals you don't already have.

Coincidentally, Peter Gabriel put out an all covers album earlier this year (Scratch My Back) which was great, too. But he reinterpreted each song completely. Seems like the opposite approach but not really. Gabriel's focus was on the lyrics and bringing a new interpretation with a different song. Collin's focus here is on the sound, a sound that could not be improved for these songs. So, he chose to just bring his voice and feeling as something new. Both records ultimately pay homage to the genius of the original artists.

So, before you pass this by as a lazy, non-creative karaoke cover album, take time to preview the songs. The music is top notch. How could it not be? And the singing is passionate.

In the UK, this is #1. Dial back the clock to the 80s when folks were less pre-disposed to not like Phil Collins, and songs from here like "In My Lonely Room", "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue), and maybe even "Going Back" would have been #1 singles. And for good reason.

Buy the record. Learn to love it like I do. And don't feel guilty about the pleasure. It's that good.

A True Labour Of Love

Some people may wonder why Phil Collins decided to do an album of nothing but Motown covers. Others may ask why he didn't bring anything new to these classic songs, adding his own elements and making them his own as he did with ;You Can't Hurry Love', 'A Groovy Kind Of Love' and 'Can't Stop Loving You'. Collins has stated plainly that this was not his intention. These songs were the "soundtrack to his youth" and he wanted to create the same atomospheres, the same moods and the same sounds that were present in these songs when he first heard them. Collins claims this is something he's been burning to do, and he finally got the courage to do it. "It's a labour of love", Collins says. Collins spent months painstakingly trying to recreate the sound of the originals without putting too much of himself into the songs. In this case, he wasn't trying to better the originals. The point was not to have people say "Phil Collins does a great version of Jimmy Mack", but rather "Jimmy Mack is a really great song!" He certainly wasn't intending for the album to have wide commercial appeal or to be chocked full of hits. The emotion Collins sings with, even if it's not as genuine as it is with his own songs, says that these songs were close to his heart. The drum work is very good, even though Collins had to struggle with it due to a neck injury that happened on the Genesis tour in 2007 that left his hands and fingers disabled. The sound is lo-fied to create that 60s Motown sound. And Phil tries his best to sound as close as possible to a real Motown singer. The songs he selected were not all huge hits but nevertheless a good selection of songs. In all, it's a very good effort by a very talented musician. It may satisfy many fans in the short-run, but die-hard PC/ Genesis fans will still yearn for that next album of real, genuine Phil Collins material.

Biography

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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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Sep 03, 2010

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