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Phil Collins
"Hello, I Must Be Going"

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Year of Release: 1982

track listing
  • I Don't Care Anymore
  • I Cannot
    Believe It's True
  • Like China
  • Do You Know,
    Do You Care?
  • You Can't Hurry Love
  • It Don't Matter To Me
  • Thru These Walls
  • Don't Let Him Steal
    Your Heart Away
  • The West Side
  • Why Can't It
    Wait Til Morning

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    Phil Collins
    "Hello, I Must Be Going"

    Phil Collins' sophomoric solo release (and second on the WSVNRadio Website), is from 1982 -- Hello, I Must Be Going!. A common phrase taken from Groucho Marx, there's nothing comedical about this album, other than the fact that Phil Collins emerged as a successful solo performer during his career in Genesis. Like the lead singer before him in Genesis, Peter Gabriel left to pursue a solo career. Collins on the otherhand, didn't quit Genesis, he just recorded occasional solo releases, and remained in Genesis. He officially left in the early Nineties.

    The album's leadoff track is a very serious song, with some serious lyrics, "I Don't Care Anymore" certainly has the "angry young man" theme, as no matter what people say, "I Don't Care Anymore," and is as eerie as the huge hit from his first solo release, "In The Air Tonight" from Face Value.

    "I Cannot Believe It's True" has a more pop sound, as it may not have been meant for a Genesis release at the time, (but it could have been a good album track for the pop Invisible Touch, released later in 1986). It's poppy sound and impressive horns makes this song an easy album cut favorite.

    "Like China" definitely has the Genesis sound, providing a rock atmosphere as heard on such releases as Duke and Abacab. Progressive Rock best describes "Do You Know, Do You Care?"; it has a mystery in sound, as most Progressive Rock bands (especially during the early years of Genesis) best fits this musical style for this particular song.

    Phil Collins has always had much success with remakes of 1960s tunes. The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" is featured here, as it returns the pop sound, as it is a great happy-go-lucky tune, as was a regular radio hit. (He would later have more success with his #1 version of The Mindbenders' "Groovy Kind Of Love" in 1988 (from the Buster soundtrack).

    "It Don't Matter To Me" is in the style of "I Cannot Believe It's True"; with the impressive horns, and impressive enough to get quite a bit of heavy radio airplay, when it was first released as a single. Having a similar drum beat as "In The Air Tonight" but not as mysterious, "Thru These Walls" is a very quiet ballad, as in the main verses of "In The Air Tonight," with some more upbeat progressions here and there. This also has the Genesis sound, as heard in releases such as Invisible Touch and the self-titled Genesis.

    "Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away" has a beautiful piano arrangement, as heard in ballads by Survivor and Journey, and in general is a great pop ballad tune for Phil Collins. Combining rock and new age jazz best describes the mostly instrumental "The West Side." It can easily get the airplay on new age jazz radio formats; this song is quite impressive and will get the thumbs up for the new age jazz fan. Another beautiful piano arrangement is featured in the closing number, "Why Can't It Wait Til Morning," another great Phil Collins ballad.

    Hello, I Must Be Going has the common styles that Phil Collins is most remembered: his piano-based ballads, the pop/rock of his years with Genesis, and new age jazz listeners could easily give a listen. All in all, it is easily recognized as Phil Collins music, whether some may say Phil Collins solo, and/or Phil Collins + Genesis. In this case, it's both.

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