Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Phil Collins' deluxe catalog retrospective pushed to January

As a big fan, I can't wait to hear these...

Due to recent emergency major back surgery, Phil Collins has been advised by doctors not to travel for the time being and as a consequence is unable to undertake the extensive promotion campaign and other creative obligations planned internationally on the upcoming "Take A Look At Me Now" retrospective campaign.

Atlantic in conjunction with Collins have therefore decided to postpone the release of the first set of albums Face Value and Both Sides from November 6 to January 29, 2016. Collins is disappointed to delay the project but is passionately committed to the campaign and wants to be able to give his fans the best experience possible throughout the campaign, which would not be possible in November.

Collins said, "I am so disappointed to have to delay the release but am looking forward to being able to properly get behind this release in the new year when I can move again!"

All other details regarding the "Take a Look At Me Now" retrospective campaign - detailed below - remain unchanged.

Collins revisits a career that can boast over 100 million sales and numerous worldwide #1 albums with the new "Take A Look At Me Now" retrospective reissue campaign in which all eight of his albums will be issued as deluxe editions. The campaign commences with the January 29, 2016 release of his 1981 debut album Face Value and 1993's Both Sides.

Entirely curated and compiled by Collins himself, his idea for the "Take A Look At Me Now" concept is 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. By contrasting the original studio versions of the material with later performances, the series demonstrates how Collins' songs take on a life of their own once they're freed from the confines of the studio.

The deluxe versions of the albums will also be completed with carefully selected demos and b-sides.

"I've always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections," says Collins. "Instead, I've focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated."

Each album in the series will be remastered by Nick Davis, who earned a Grammy® nomination for Best Surround Sound album for his work on the Genesis 1970-1975 box set. Davis has also worked on all of the Genesis retrospective reissues.

The remaining six albums of Collins' solo discography will follow in the coming months. They also feature a bold new artwork concept in which Collins' has recreated his poses from the original album covers with new photography that was shot in the present day.

Initially released shortly after Collins' 30th birthday, Face Value was propelled to international multi-Platinum status with the help of the smash hit single "In The Air Tonight." Other notable tracks on the album include the follow-up singles "I Missed Again" and "If Leaving Me Is Easy," as well as "Behind The Lines," which was written with Collins' Genesis colleagues Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.

1993's Both Sides shares a similarly introspective atmosphere to Face Value , and features the Top 10 hit "Both Sides of the Story" as well as further singles "Everyday" and "We Wait And We Wonder."

The albums in the series will be available on a series of formats. The 2-CD and digital deluxe versions feature the remastered album and the additional content, and the 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl format (single LP for Face Value / double LP for Both Sides) features the remastered album as a stand-alone product. CD and vinyl box sets will also be available which compile both Face Value and Both Sides deluxe editions together with space to complete the collection as the rest of the series is released.

Further plans that will tie-in with the reissue series will be announced imminently.

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