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Editors’ Notes

Phil Collins’ 1985 album No Jacket Required became one of the decade's most iconic and popular releases not because it mastered one style but because it integrated multiple genres under a single roof. “Sussudio” and “One More Night” fit easily next to Michael Jackson's kinetic dance hits and indelible ballads. “Inside Out” echoes the ethereal power ballads of hard rockers like Def Leppard, while “Don’t Lose My Number” and “Who Said I Would” reiterate Prince's sharped-edged new wave R&B. Then there are “Only You Know and I Know” and “Who Said I Would”: a pair of swift but forceful pop songs that are neither R&B nor rock but a little bit of both—a niche that Collins carved out just for himself. While he became synonymous with his inimitable vocal style, he doesn’t get nearly enough credit as a musician and arranger. In addition to writing, producing, and singing most of No Jacket Required, Collins played drums and his own synths. In the end, it's the songs that feature Collins singing alone to his electronic programming—as on “Long Long Way to Go”—that linger longest in the listener’s consciousness.

Customer Reviews

ARTIST

I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

Love The 80's

Phil Collins is God!

Awesome Album

This is the first CD I ever got in 1985. It cost my parents $22 along with the single disc CD player that cost them $350. I hooked that thing up to my stereo and put this CD on and my life changed. Probably one of the best albums ever made in my opinion. Great beats, very emotional, and music with a message. My favorite songs are Long Long Way to Go and Sussudio. Overall just a great record.

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 of a surprise to him as it was to many others. Balding and diminutive, Collins 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...
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