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Phil Collins / Face Value and Both Sides deluxe reissue details

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The Phil Collins reissue campaign, announced back in May, now has some flesh around its bones with track listings for the first two releases – Face Value and Both Sides – just revealed.

The retrospective series now boasts a title, Take A Look At Me Now, and has been “entirely curated and compiled by Collins himself”.

Time to adjust your expectations I think, because with Collins’ at the helm his approach has apparently been to “to examine how his songs have evolved over time, with the majority of the additional content throughout the series focused on live versions of the tracks”. Hmm.

There are a few “carefully selected” demos and B-sides, but as those words suggest these are not complete. For example, NONE of the three demos included on the B-side of If Leaving Me Is Easy (highlighted recently in Second Hand News) are included. There are also no remixes.

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Box set gives you both reissues with space for the future releases

At present no dates have been given for the live tracks but the “evolved over time” comment indicates that these live performances aren’t necessarily locked into the era of each album’s original release.

All the content has been remastered by Nick Davis and 180g vinyl versions of these will be available but will include no bonus content. Also, CD and vinyl boxed sets will also be available which include the both new deluxe versions leaving “space to complete the collection” as the rest of the series is released.

Face Value and Both Sides will be released on 6 November 2015. What do you think of the track listings? Leave a comment and let us know.

UPDATE: These are now delayed until 29th January 2016..

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track_listing

FACE VALUE: DELUXE EDITION

CD1 – Original Album Remastered

1. “In The Air Tonight”
2. “This Must Be Love”
3. “Behind The Lines”
4. “The Roof Is Leaking”
5. “Droned”
6. “Hand In Hand”
7. “I Missed Again”
8. “You Know What I Mean”
9. “Thunder And Lightning”
10. “I’m Not Moving”
11. “If Leaving Me Is Easy”
12. “Tomorrow Never Knows”

CD2 – Bonus Tracks

1. “Misunderstanding” – Live
2. “If Leaving Me Is Easy” – Live*
3. “In The Air Tonight” – Live*
4. “Behind The Lines” – Live*
5. “The Roof Is Leaking” – Demo*
6. “Hand In Hand” – Live*
7. “I Missed Again” – Live*
8. “….And So To F” – Live*
9. “This Must Be Love” – Demo*
10. “Please Don’t Ask” – Demo*
11. “Misunderstanding” – Demo*
12. “Against All Odds” – Demo

BOTH SIDES: DELUXE EDITION

CD1 – Original Album Remastered

1. “Both Sides Of The Story”
2. “Can’t Turn Back The Years”
3. “Everyday”
4. “I’ve Forgotten Everything”
5. “We’re Sons Of Our Fathers”
6. “Can’t Find My Way”
7. “Survivors”
8. “We Fly So Close”
9. “There’s A Place For Us”
10. “We Wait And We Wonder”
11. “Please Come Out Tonight”

CD2 – Bonus Tracks

1. “Take Me With You”
2. “Both Sides Of The Story” – Live*
3. “Can’t Turn Back The Years” – Live*
4. “Survivors” – Live*
5. “Everyday” – Live*
6. “We Wait And We Wonder” – Live*
7. “Can’t Find My Way” – Demo*
8. “I’ve Been Trying”
9. “Both Sides Of The Story”
10. “Hero” – Demo
* Previously unreleased on CD

 

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[…] seven, you’re not going to *not* buy the eighth and final one, especially if you have the Take A Look At Me Now box […]

Edward

An close up look at the live recordings, as they were not m,entioned in the booklet of face value.

1. Misunderstanding (Live 31-8-2004 Staples Center, Los Angeles)
2.If Leaving Me Is Easy (Live 16-12-1982 Berkeley Community Theatre, San Francisco)
3.In The Air Tonight (Live 8-12-1997 Palais Omnisport, Paris)
4. Behind The Lines (Live 29-5-1985 Reunion Arena, Dallas)
6. Hand in Hand (Live 8-12-1997 Palais Omnisport, Paris
7. I Missed Again(Live 16-6-2004 Palais Omnisport, Paris)
8. …And So To F (Live 19-12-1982 Perkins Palace, Pasadena)

M.E.N.

”Face Value” CD 2 – Live tracks:

1: Misunderstanding (Finally, the First Farewell Tour 2004)
2: If leaving me is easy (The Hello, I Must Be Going Tour ’82/’83)
3: In the air tonight (“Live And Loose In Paris” DVD)
4: Behind the lines (“No Ticket Required”)
6: Hand in hand (“Live And Loose In Paris” DVD)
7: I missed again (“Finally… The First Farewell Tour” DVD)
8: …And so to F… (“Live at Perkins Palace” outtake)

“Both Sides” CD 2 – Live tracks:

2: Both sides of the story (The Both Sides of the World Tour ’94/’95)
3: Can’t turn back the years (The Both Sides of the World Tour ’94/’95)
4: Survivors (The Both Sides of the World Tour ’94/’95)
5: Everyday (The Both Sides of the World Tour ’94/’95)
6: We wait and we wonder (Finally, the First Farewell Tour 2005)
9: Both sides of the story (MTV Unplugged: 30. Aug. ’94 at Fountain Studios, London, England)

Robert Pareso

I’ve been a huge Phil fan since the 80s…… these reissues are a very mixed bag……..

– The new covers are interesting. I don’t mind them, but it would have been nice to include the original material as well. Here’s the old, and the new…..

– No 5.1 mix is ridiculous, considering Nick Davis has done the entire Genesis catalog and is now working on Tony Banks solo material.

– This should include all b-sides from the era. Same with the live material. Having recordings from different eras on the Face Value Bonus disc is distracting…. The sound quality is not what it should be, considering there’s bootlegs that sound better.

The only people that will be buying these are your hardcore fans. Getting feedback and taking it to heart would be nice.

A missed opportunity to give this catalog of work the respect it deserves.

Mathew Lauren

Dreck! Where are the discrete, “lossless,” 5.1 tracks of this iconic material from this iconic, 80’s POP, master, musical artist. “Miami Vice” would not have been what it was (and arguably, still is) without Mann’s use of Phil’s (Genesis/Solo career) material! I’m a buyer (“all day”) in discrete, “lossless” surround format…a defiant “hater,” otherwise!

adavis

Someone said Phil Collins Face Value wa so unwanted, charity shops refused to take anymore! My point is whatever my views on the reissues, Face Value was and always will be a brilliant iconic album.

Nubben

Have just taken delivery of the vinyl box and although mastering is ace (to my ears) there is warping on all three discs but only when the flip-side is played! How can that be?!

[…] Collins was on BBC Breakfast in the UK this week, to promote his reissues. I always find this kind of inane promotion problematic. It was a really boring interview, Phil was […]

Py

It seems very likely that at least 3 songs from the 2nd disc of Face Value are mp3 sourced: the demos of Please Don’t Ask, This Must Be Love and Against all Odds are all confirmed as 95%-99% mpeg sourced by Audiochecker.
Please Don’t Ask in particular reveals awful sonic artifacts caused by some old mp3 encoders.
Buyers beware!

shmoopatties

I appreciate this info and I am sure you are correct. Although I am not high tech enough to know how to check such things, I have ears. The demos and live tracks SOUND TERRIBLE and my immediate reaction was that they sound like low quality MP3s. Upon my first listen, I was thinking ‘If I’d downloaded these tracks for free, I’d be deleting them after one play, just as I do any other poor quality ‘bootleg’ download’. But on an official pressed silver CD?!? How disappointing. It is precisely this kind of crap that is dooming the major labels. If Numero Group is willing to put in more effort to source the original masters of an unknown group in order to sell a small number of albums than Warner Music will go to to source the demos of a top recording artist on a reissue that they expect to sell millions, they deserve the unceremonious demise that lurks just around the corner.

[…] hanging around, as Warners and Phil Collins plan to follow-up the as-yet-unissued reissues of Face Value and Both Sides – phase one of the ‘Take A Look At Me Now’ retrospective campaign – just four weeks […]

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David, UK

Oh dear – Nick Davis did the remastering (the same guy who made such a mess of the Genesis remix/remasters). Does that mean these are different to the Warner/HDTracks remastered catalogue?

Evripidis Tarasidis

Today the deluxe box set “Take a look at me now” arrived and I am listening to it right now! But how can that be!? It is supposed to be released on the end of January! Can someone help? Thanks!

Phil Cohen

Considering the near-unanimous negative reaction to the tracklistings, the postponement until 2016 may as well be a cancellation, since Collins defiantly refuses to reconsider the reissues’ contents.

Petter

I really like the live versions of Both Sides being presented. It was a killer tour with Ricky Lawson (RIP) on drums. Many of the songs were much better live, especially Survivors! Awesome.

People here generally would want the remixes on the reissue. I have to say that I enjoyed 12″ers (1985 No Jacket Remixed). However, the Ben Liebrandt 1988 remix is horrible and not original album period piece. I don’t know any original legitimate remixes from these 1981 and 1993 albums. Wasn’t it mid-80’s thing and 1981 too early for that and 1993 too late?

TheProgster

I’m hoping the ‘No Jacket Required’ album including the brilliant ‘Long Long Way To Go’ with Sting will sound awesome in remastered form…probably one of the most haunting and beautiful pieces he’s ever recorded…also ‘We Said Hello Goodbye’ only on the CD version was brilliant too..both songs put the throwaway chart fodder like ‘you can’t hurry love’ to shame.

Phil Cohen

Perhaps it is accurate to say, that Collins had a sound that was, commercially right for its era, in that these were records for people who liked Collins voice and the shorter, more commercial songs on Genesis’ “And Then There Were Three” & “Duke” albums(“Follow You, Follow Me”, “Misunderstanding”, “Turn it On Again”), but didn’t like progressive rock. And Collins once stated that he personally didn’t care for progressive rock. I guess that he auditioned for “Genesis” because his previous group disbanded, and he needed a gig.

Patrick

Pass, pass, pass! Maybe, fail, fail, fail!

Deny

on the other hand… depending if you buy some or all of the cds, the live tracks, when placed end to end, is going to make one mega Phil Collins concert.

SpittingImageYes!

Perhaps this is a record in SDE for the largest number of negative reactions in the shortest amount of time!? I recommend the original vinyl versions as the best sound until we can compare with these remastered liqorice pizzas ….interesting ” shoot outs” to come. Please does anyone know the source for the LP’s? Same digital files as the CDs? Many thanks!

John Moore

The majority of comments are spot on although Mr PC will ignore them. It makes me think that if he is not interested in doing remastered versions then he shouldn’t have done them at all but teasing us this way is a dreadful idea. When you look at the wonderful job that was done by Rhino on the VM Moondance album it is so so disappointing that they couldn’t have done the same with the FV album which was simply the best album that PC released. The concept of live bonus tracks is always dodgy idea and could have been put on a separate project. The new cover I will refrain on commenting- but what a missed chance!

Richard the Big Bunny

I never really understood the appeal — a few singles aside — You Can’t Hurry Love, Sussudio, certainly Easy Lover — I can even hang with Something Happened On The Way To Heaven. But what is Phil Collins to the masses? George Michael for *really* straight people. :-)

Gisabun

I would of preferred that he would of released the b’sides and era related material instead of the live material [maybe no edits unless not butchered].
As it is the second discs for each are probably under 60 minutes each. Plenty of room to fill in another 5-6 tracks each.
Like many here, a DV or BR audio disc would of been nice – either part of the set or separate. But I think WB has a history of not releasing them – with exceptions.
Pete Townsend remasters are expected this fall. He was on WB. But since recent Who albums had DVD or Br audio, there is hope there.

octopus92

Humm !

What a lot of negative comments…

Some clarifications are needed from y point of view:

– Allen Sides was the man who works a decade ago on 5.1 mixes but, to my knowledge, none of Phil studio albums has been completed in that way, only some tracks (we have an example of a new stereo mix of “One More Night” on the Love Songs compilation)

– Perhaps these 5.1 were cautionned by Virgin and Rhino couldn’t use them for this campaign.
– I agree for FV that the ommission of “In The Air Tonight” 1988 remix is a mistake but M. Collins isn’t interested in these kind of things and I totally agree with him

– We’ll have a live version of “…And So To F…”, which is probably the one available on the B-side of the “Don’t Le t Him Steal Your Away” Maxi (it was played on the first solo tour of M. Collins in 1982-1983), so it’s the first time we have this very good version on CD.

– The three demo versions called “Drawing Board” are lo-fi quality and totally unnecessary IMHO. Hope the demos presented here on FV are better sound quality and have a reel interest.

– About “Both Sides”, 3 studio B-sides are missing : “For A Friend” is a good song and there are 2 instrumentals (“Don’t Call Me Ashley” and “Rad Dudeski”), not the best ones yet but I agree it’s a shame that they are not included.

– About live tracks from “Both Sides”, those who were available on the differents CD-Maxi edited by Warner or Virgin at the time : they were all extracts from the concert in Berlin (recorded in 1990) : so I can understand that they were not used for this re-issue.

– Some tracks recorded at the time of “Both Sides Tour” have been published later : an EP called “Live From The Board” with 4 tracks live was issued in 1995 and some tracks from the “MTV Europe Unplugged” sessions recorded in 1994 have been published as B-sides of CD-Maxi from the “Dance Into The Light” era.
It is clear that these 6 tracks don’t appear all in the “Extra Sides” CD….

So, it’s not the total collapse that some mentionned but it could be better, that’s sure !

Steven

These new ‘deluxe’ editions are so underwhelming, I can only hope that ‘super deluxe’ releases – with hi-res 5.1, the complete demos/b-sides/12″/7″ edits/you know, ***everything****- are slated for some future release…

Wouldn’t be the first time that a company reintroduced a catalogue and then followed up that catalogue with extra material down the road (Bananarama springs to mind, as does Roxy Music – with deluxe 5.1 mixes of the first two album just out in time for Christmas….)

Griffin

If Phil can put the 3 missing demo’s & the 2-3 seven/twelve mixes. So 5-6 live tracks less I guess most of us here are satisfied ;) It’s that easy :P

Phil Cohen

Given Collins’ decline in popularity, and the fact that he’s been out of the public eye (More than a decade since his last album of original songs), Collins(who owns his recordings) is lucky to get a major label to buy a license to reissue his recordings; a deal that hopefully brought in substantial money for Collins. The deal may not have included video materials or an agreement to supply surround sound mixes. Collins may not have as much say in the contents of these reissues as we think or may be inclined to go along with whatever Warner Music marketing “experts” advise him. Warner Music may see this CD series mainly as a chance to introduce these albums to a new generation of consumers, so what Collins’ avid original fans think of the bonus tracks may be of little or no concern to Warner Music.
If these reissues are an abject commercial failure, then there will be a re-think about what audience Collins’ recordings should be marketed to. After all, Warner Music doesn’t want the money(that they paid for the license) go down the drain.

Alvin

The question is, should fans dictate what an artist puts out (product) or should we respect the artist’s view (art)? Isn’t it up to Mr. Collins how he wants to present something to the public? This is not a new smart phone or tablet coming out, where input from the consumer can help to better the product. No, this is music, first and foremost an art form, offered to us by an artist, who -until proven otherwise- thrives on sincerity. It’s up to the public to like it or not, sure. However, it is not up to the public to question “how” it is presented, as it is exactly how Mr. Collins wants it to be, so I presume. If the public is going to tell how an artist should create his art, what’s the point in having an artist at all?

Sure, I myself would have preferred to see all related material in one place and I can still ponder why it didn’t happen. However, I am only to accept the artist’s view and work with what I do get. Just a thought.

Straker

If Collins and Rhino are content with low sales for these re-releases then they’ve gone about it in exactly the right way. This is less about artistic expression than it is selling something again to the hardcore fanbase so to not tailor that to the wants of those fans is just bad business. Just a quick scan of the nigh on 200 posts concerning these, shows that the vast majority won’t be buying them so if this is reflected outside of this site then the releases will be a commercial failure. I doubt that Collins or Rhino want that, do you…?

Had this been an album of new material then I’d probably echo Alvin’s sentiments but it’s simply a money-making exercise so why not give the fans what they want?

Gregory.

Alvin, I agree as far as we are dealing with a new album or project but I do not agree when it’s about reissues and remasters.
The original release of an art form is and should remain the sole vision of the artist that gave birth to it. But after this has been available to the public, what is it that still really belongs to the artist ? Many acknowledge the fact that an album or a movie does not belong to them anymore once it is released and I quite understand what they mean.
There are artists in the musical industry that have never reissued any album in remastered form from their back catalogue (Janet Jackson for example). After all they don’t have to. As long as their albums have been repressed and are still available, if they don’t see the point in releasing special editions it’s quite ok.
BUT from the moment the artists or the record companies decide to release new editions, they can’t be deaf and blind. Because after all, let’s not be naive about it, the sole purpose of this (apart from pleasing the fans) is to make money out of it. That’s when you have to listen to the fans. If you don’t, you can’t blame anymone for being seen as a selfish, stubborn and greedy artist who tries to milk everyone down the road without paying the slightest attention to anybody’s request…

Rich

I think its a shame that artists/labels dont listen more to what fans actually want on re-issues rather than what artists/labels putting out what they want.

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Fan

@bob : since last Genesis tour he lost a lot of weight, it’s surprising, I sincerely hope he’s well enough to continue doing music.

Now if I speak outside of a fan point of view, I don’t think changing the covers is a good point. Surely that’s innovative,but a bit weird. I hope Q or NME will do a bit of review about these reissues (and hope they’ll judge the music and product, not the man, nobody’s perfect) and, in my wildest dreams, an interview!!!!

Jenna Appleseed

The NME just shut down, they’re currently web only & about to become a free sheet & probably would’nt’ve covered him anyway (not exactly their demographic).

Griffin

I believe most of us are interested in buying if they put on the things we want: remixes/demo’s & NOT live stuff. We have those remixes already. We want to celebrate with Phil, buying/paying for his stuff again, where all the stuff collected in/on one place, officially, legally, in remastered quality. And we want to hold the physical CD/package. Of course you can listen to them online or illegally download etc. But that’s not the point. I believe the other live stuff might also have been on youtube or illegal download or on bootleg CD’s. Buy/get those. Why bother with all these reissue then.

This is a place (thanks to Paul S.) where we fans can communicate with the artists/record companies tell them what we want. If they decide to stick with their original plan not to change a thing. No problem. But most of us won’t buy them.

I believe most of us were happy with most Paul Young reissues. Still Paul Young can have his way/say for example of the track Oh Woman-Live (6mins instead of the original 9mins)! It’s a win-win-win situation (we get what we want/record companies get the money/artists are happy about it)!

Scottie

Phil never looks great anyway ! LOL. Probably should have kept the original covers to stay true to the release. I get with a retrospective like the recent David Bowie release that you see him change through the years, but the Phil re-releases should be just that. I was never a fan anyway so not something I would buy.

bob

Fan, Phil Collins is 65 next birthday, what do you expect him to look like? He is not sick and looks perfectly fine for his age.

Phil Cohen

No one who lives long enough has any choice about getting old, but being grim and sad is a personal choice. Maybe when I’m 65 I’ll be grim and sad…or maybe not. I’ll find out in 6 years.

Fan

I already have all the 7/12″ and a good turntable. If I was about to pay, it would be for a complete product. CD=80 minutes. Face Value: cd1-enough space for original album+b-sides+remix. Cd2 the bonus CD as it is now. I had enough of being milked by record companies, that’s all. As pointed somewhere else, Phil Collins was basically reluctant about all this. The main reason behind all this is the new contract, not Phil enjoyement about the past,especially when you know that every album=a divorce.

“.you don’t have to look at a grim old man”

I’d like to do so, if he decides to write and publish new material.
Orianne’s gone, so maybe there’ll be a new album…

Phil Cohen

Whomever (Phil Collins or Warner Music executives) vetoed the more extensive Deluxe Editions that the fans so clearly wanted, now must find a face-saving way out.
One good way to start would be several boxed sets of CD singles, not unlike the sets issued by Duran Duran & The Rolling Stones; I.E. sets where each CD disc contains everything from the 7″ single, 12″ single and all CD single variations for each hit. This way, these recordings will be back in print, and Collins gets his way(that these songs/versions not be added to the albums). Otherwise, if Illegal uploaders detect renewed interest in Collins’ music, uploads similar to the one I found a year or so back, will soon reappear .
For someone who clearly aspired to be a middle of the road “All Around Entertainer” like Collins, he seems to have forgotten that one of the essentials of being a mainstream entertainer is that you have to keep the audience happy. I would say, that in the final years of his recording career, that Collins veered too far towards M.O.R., and it was his commercial downfall. Doing songs for Disney cartoons was an Elton John type of things. Phil Collins was not cut out to be the next Elton John.

Ex-Oligarch

For those who reeeeeeeeally want to hear remixes of “In The Air Tonight,” and don’t care whether Collins himself liked them, disliked them, had anything to do with them, or even ever heard them, there are dozens available on youtube and elsewhere on the web. Download some, strip the audio, burn to CD, print a copy of young Phil’s shining face from a scan of the original cover so you don’t have to look at a grim old man, and Bob’s your uncle. It’ll make excellent background music for complaining about musicians who have the unmitigated gall to put previously unreleased demos and live tracks on their reissues; rather than extended versions slapped together at the label’s behest in a bid for club play, adaptations for advertising jingles, or karaoke versions without the artist/songwriter’s annoying vocal track.

Fan

If the live tracks had been on the vinyl reprint, I’d have sent the money, I’m a real fan of Phil. But since I have all the LP’s (Face Value>Dance Into The Light) I’ll wait until they print post 1997 albums on vinyl. Fingers crossed for the Disney OST’s !

As for the cd’s I don’t buy them anymore since 2009.

As for the cover,damn he looks sick/old, I’m 27 so I still don’t care , but I think about people the age of my parents, I don’t think that psychologically, they want to “buy” the fact that they (the buyers) also got old.

Do Elvis fans would buy a posthumous album with the picture cover of him sick,or on stage with a nice glittery costume at the prime of his age?

Eric

Well, I’ve cooled off a little since my original assessment –since I believe I already have the “In the Air Tonight” remixes and single edits from here and there. I could go for a nice remaster of ‘Face Value’ for sure. But I do find the pairing of ‘Face Value’ & ‘Both Sides…’ to be curious. Wasn’t ‘Sides’ one of his lesser successful albums? Maybe they are going to pair each of the big sellers (‘Jacket’ and ‘But Seriously’ come to mind) with one of the more minor hits to help draw attention to them?

Scottie

Meh!

Phil Cohen

Elsewhere on the internet, alarm has been expressed over the involvement of engineer Nick Davis in this series, with some people claiming that all of Davis’ Genesis remixes and remasters sound terrible. It is true that Davis’ new stereo & surround mixes of “A Trick of The Tail” & “And Then There Were Three” were drenched with excessive reverb, and mastered harsh and blaring, but the other albums in the Genesis “1970-1975”, “1976-1982” & “1983-1998” boxes sound generally good. I have no complaints about the mixes and masterings of the other albums in those boxes.
I wish that I had held onto my early(mid-1980’s) West German CD of “And Then There Were Three”, because all subsequent CD editions sound poor. There were remasters of the original mix, but they were sibilant and unpleasant…and then there was Davis’ remix.
Davis has had a long-term career at the Genesis recording studio, “The Farm”, so it is highly unlikely that the group will ever permit any other engineer to make an attempt at remixing the music of Genesis.
As for Collins’music, I think that I’ll stick with my existing CD’s(I’ve got the albums up through “Both Sides” via original Atlantic CD’s, excepting “Face Value” on Atlantic 24kt. Gold CD, and “No Jacket Required” on Audio fidelity 24kt. Gold CD), plus High resolution downloads of the first four albums, and many 12″ singles, CD singles, soundtrack songs, all of his concert videos and whatever additional rarities I have found on the web. I’ve got an extensive Collins collection.
There’s going to be so much great archival CD, DVD & Blu-ray product coming from other artists later this year, that there’s no need to be anguished over Collins’ inadequate deluxe editions. There’ll be no shortage of “product” from other artists to buy. The artists who give their fans what they want will get our business.

Mike the Fish

I only really like Invisible Touch and that is the only one I bought. I thought it sounded really unpleasant.

Justin

Phil, you can add ‘Duke’ to that list of the 2007 remaster disasters for me. So bright it’s ear-splitting. I can’t listen to it, and am glad that I kept the original CD print and the 1994 remaster, both of which are much better. Same goes for ‘Trick’.

Neil

Preorder available on Amazon UK now £13.33 each or Take A Look At Me Now (Collector’s Edition) priced at £23.22 not that i will be buying from there.

Gregory.

Well surely “Face Value” would benefit from a remastered edition but I have to say that albums from “Hello I Must Be Going” to “Both Sides” are among the best sounding CD’s I have in my collection, and there is not much point in remastering them. Apart from killing the amazing dynamics from those recordings I don’t know what they can achieve here.

Funny thing to see that those new editions will display a front cover that has aged but an audio content in which they try to conceal that it has…

CJ Feeney

The vinyl of Face Value had a fantastic dynamic range, which is why the original of “In The Air Tonight” was so much better than the single mix. The final “Over the Rainbow” was so quiet it was easy to miss.

Ben Williams

Price for the 4x CD Box Set is only £23.22 at the moment on Amazon UK. I think thats pretty good really.

I can’t wait for this set to come out!

Scott

Inspred covers. I think it will be interesting to hear those bonus tracks when they are actually released, while it is not loaded with unreleased songs or studio content, Phil has already released many of his demos to his hardcore fanbase already. On a sonic approach these discs may work as something you may want to hear on a repeated basis rather than a content heavy curio you only listen to once. For “Face Value” there was only the single remix of “In the Air Tonight” anyway, so no big loss there. I will not underestimate his ability as a producer to come up with something brilliant, until I am given a chance to judge the content on it’s own. Actually, I’m surprised he even did these, so the bonus factor is just that, a bonus. Besides “Both Sides of The Story” essentially consisted of tarted up demos of Phil alone in the stustudio, I’m sure the live versins will show a bigger depth of sound and band ineraction.

Deny

Along with the cd, vinyl and box sets they need to release both albums on blu-ray with the 2.0 and 5.1 mixes and include all the missing pieces.

Ian

I think this 2 CD/DD remaster is pointless without some unreleased completed studio recordings that didn’t make the album, demos, B sides and the In The Air Tonight mix off of the 1981 12″ Germany maxi single. Why is “Misunderstanding” Live & Demo included on this edition of his solo work?, that was with Genesis. The only live performance I have ever truly liked by any artist is the Doobie Brothers Live In Santa Barbara performance. I never was a fan of the Both Sides album. I have all four of his first released albums on Vinyl & CD plus a few 12″ & 7″ vinyl singles and have awaited for there remaster or a expanded/deluxe edition. This is just a ridiculous mock up of a second disc of bonus content for Face Value! Live performances should be left for DVD or Blu-Ray, you feel more into them when watching the artist’s energy and performance. I hope he reconsiders the 2nd disc track listing for Face Value and add’s a few and removes some of the unnecessary live tracks and saves them for another disc or a DVD/Blu-Ray Release. If the track listing doesn’t change I see no point in buying the CD, LP or DD of Face Value.

A-ghost

The tracklisting of Face Value isn’t that disappointing to me as Phil Collins /Genesis collector. It contains some demo’s to songs that only exist in bootleg form and with very bad audio. Please Don’t Ask & Misunderstanding were only released as Genesis songs with band compositions. It’s nice to finally hear Phil’s demo’s, that he didn’t use for his first solo album. There weren’t any remixes (the ones we know are from 1988), 12-inch versions or B-sides from that period, only an inferior single edit of In The Air Tonight. Everything he recorded in 1981 is on that album, besides some demo’s. The only B-side you could release (but it could have been released on Hello I Must Be Going as well because it was a b-side on those singles) is the Brand X song …And so to F… (Live)… which he wrote in 1979. And that’s on this release. Too bad the Drawing Board demo’s aren’t here. So this re-issue could be better but it’s not as worse as a lot of people here seem to think.

The Both Sides re-issue however is really disappointing. It only contains a few of the B-sides that he released in that period. And he released a lot of non-album tracks on his singles in those years. He was really productive then. This release doesn’t do right to all the stuff he recorded and released (or put on a shelve) in 1993/1994. A Missed chance.

Drake

Just placed an order for the vinyl box set. I liked the Nick Davis Genesis mixes on vinyl, so I’m sure I’ll love these too. I don’t care about demos or live stuff, that can be found on YTube and The Movement. Just give me the albums, that’s all.