Here’s Phil Collins – At “Face Value!”
Most music fans know Phil Collins for many reasons: massive hit songs like “In The Air Tonight”, “Against All Odds” and of course the classic “Su-Su-Susdio”.
This legendary performer was the drummer for the band Genesis, but it was the breakup of his marriage that turned him into a solo Artist as well…
Amazon Prime has an incredible series called “Classic Albums”, which reunites performers with Musicians, Producers and Engineers to take a close look at the writing and production of a classic album.
The program uncovers the process of Phil Collins’ first solo album, “Face Value.”
It includes several previously unseen performances as well as rare home movies and archive of the studio sessions where Phil Collins worked closely with Producer Hugh Padgham aw well as several members of the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section – who hilariously admit they had never heard of the band Genesis!
You find out why Collins made a solo album – his fellow Genesis band members told him the songs were so personal that he shouldn’t try to make them fit the band – and this show takes an amazingly candid look at the songs, featuring the classic ‘In The Air Tonight,’ ‘Behind The Lines,’ ‘Please Don’t Ask,’ ‘I Missed Again’ and ‘This Must Be Love.’
Here’s a trailer for this episode:
What makes the show so compelling is that Collins really digs into the stories about the making of the album.
There are also terrific stories from Musicians hired to work on the album…members of the horn section of EWF have hilarious stories about doubting whether Collins knew what he was doing, but since he was paying top dollar, they gave him a chance – and came to love working with him!
It’s also fascinating because Collins is so honest during it…at times choking up as he discusses the incredibly personal songs on the album – they were his attempt to salvage his marriage…and he’s also really funny, as when he discusses the gut-wrenching ballad “If Leave Me Is Easy” – take a listen as he tries to lighten the mood as he describes a song that was written about the failure of his marriage:
Of course, the most iconic song form the album, and perhaps of Phil’s entire career, is on here as well: “In The Air Tonight.”
Here’s a terrific live performance of the song from the 1990 Knebworth Festival – and watch for the moment when Phil, while singing the song, goes back to his drum kit for THAT MOMENT when he blasts the drums!
What an incredible, timeless song! This is a great TV show on Amazon – I also watched one with Tom Petty that was riveting as well.
By the way, Phil never set out to be a lead singer:
That’s Phil the drummer on the right of the photo of Genesis…their story is fascinating as well, and here’s a sneak peek at a terrific documentary about the band:
This all leads me to Kelly Clarkson, because why not?
This is Kelly doing a cover version of the Phil Collins song “I Wish It Would Rain Down” – and you have to listen to hear Kelly hit a note so high and perfect that it will make it rain down on you!
Kelly Clarkson and her band Y’all perform a powerful cover of “I Wish It Would Rain Down” by Phil Collins in her latest #Kellyoke:
Kelly sings a new #Kellyoke to start every episode of her show – and recently, she did a powerful tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King.
That performance was powerful and inspiring, just as some of Kelly’s most recent #Kellyoke cover songs have meant to do the same.
She’s been on a roll with inspiring songs that speak to tour times. You can click here to see her performance of Kasey Musgraves’ “Rainbow” and more:
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