Collins, Phil - 1982 Hello I Must Be Going!


ARTIST: Collins, Phil
ALBUM: Hello I Must Be Going!
LABEL: Virgin
SERIAL: V 2252
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1990, Atlantic, A2 80035 * 2011, Audio Fedility, AFZ 129


LINEUP: Phil Collins - vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards, trumpet, bass pedals * Daryl Stuermer - guitars * John Giblin, Mo Foster - bass * Michael Harris, Rahmlee Michael Davis - trumpet * Don Myrick - saxophones * Louis Satterfield - trombone * Chester Thompson - drums (live)

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Don't Care Anymore * 02 I Cannot Believe It's True * 03 Like China * 04 Do You Know Do You Care? * 05 You Can't Hurry Love * 06 It Don't Matter To Me * 07 Thru These Walls * 08 Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away * 09 The West Side * 10 Why Can't It Wait Til Morning


After Peter Gabriel's departure in 1975, Phil Collins became the Genesis lead singer. While purists continue to downplay Collins musical talents, there is no denying Phil brought the band more mainstream appeal and eventually their biggest successes.

Collins pushed the band away from they're prog roots into a more accessible pop rock direction. This transformation became most evident with Genesis's first international hit, 'Follow You, Follow Me', which demonstrated this drastic change in sound and push into their 1980's pop/rock era.

This era begun with Phil's attempt to save his marriage that had ended in divorce, and with band mates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford working on various solo projects.

Collins found himself in somewhat of a quagmire and with some time to spare along with new equipment in his home, he immersed himself in the recording his first solo album 'Face Value'.

Collins worked with Hugh Padgham and developed various production techniques including the 'gated' drum sound that would become an audio trademark on all 80's Genesis and Collins albums. Phil's early albums had a dark presence, usually heavy on the drums.

'Face Value' was a critical and multi-platinum success, and saw Collins' profile increase further. While 'Face Value' concentrated on Phil's divorce and despair, 'Hello' brought out his 'soul' roots and developed the sound that would inflate him to superstar status in the 80's.

Unlike the annoying drum machine that impaled 1985's 'No Jacket Required', here Collins plays a set drum pattern repeatedly without the assistance of machines or click tracks.

While this is the only Collins release not to use the drum machine, its also the only album where all of the brass parts are live and not synthesized.

While purists still disregard Collins talent and blame him for Genesis' transformation, insisting he plays the same type of music as a solo artist. This is his arguably his best and his most organic, live studio album IMO.

The Songs

The opener 'I Don't Care Anymore' is a ruthless, bitter breakup song. The aforementioned drum pattern is infectious and is demonstrated nicely here as it repeats, builds up and eventually explodes, only to conclude in the way the song originally begins. This is a killer song and perhaps my favourite of his solo work. Although many of the songs are still about his divorce, the overall sound is happier.

'I Cannot Believe It's True' is a catchy up tempo ditty, with the dry bottom end overcompensated by the exceptional horn section provided by Earth, Wind and Fire.

The AOR-ish 'Like China' starts off with a cool guitar riff that continues through the whole song, it's one of Phil's most eclectic rockers IMO.

Things slow down a bit for 'Do You Know, Do You Care' but it's embittered tone and huge acoustics follow the same formula of the opening killer cut.

The cover version of the Supremes hit 'You Can't Hurry Love' is not my favourite even though it's one of his best-known singles.

Other notable tracks include the jazzy instrumental 'The West Side', the voyeuristic 'Thru These Walls' and the ballad 'Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away' which definitely sets the tone in terms of the commercial sound formation for what would become 'No Jacket Required'. Thankfully there is some substance and merit here which doesn't go down that syrupy marred road.

In Summary

'Hello, I Must Be Going! was ironically Phil's most commercially unsuccessful album in the 1980s, with 'Face Value', 'No Jacket Required' and '...But Seriously' all at least No.1 in the UK, the last two albums reached No.1 in the US. This did however give him a UK #1 for his cover of The Supremes' 'You Can't Hurry Love'.

The album went triple-platinum in the States like its predecessor and The Supremes cover was his first Top 10 US hit.

The album also reached #2 on the UK album chart, spending well over a year. Peanuts compared to what was in store next.

While Peter Gabriel always gets credited as the 'genius' behind Genesis, Phil's pop sensibilities and songwriting skills I have always felt get discredited.

Unfortunately Collins over the years has given us a lot of rubbish to warrant negative sentiments. However, this along with his debut are worthy of any collection.

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