PHIL COLLINS GOES BACK ONSTAGE TO PREVIEW “GOING BACK

COLLINS GOES BACK ONSTAGE TO PREVIEW “GOING BACK”:
SRO SHOWS IN PHILLY, NYC, LONDON, MONTREUX HIGHLIGHT MOTOWN AND SOUL GEMS FROM NEW ALBUM;
18-PIECE BAND FEATURES LEGENDARY FUNK BROTHERS;
“GOING BACK” SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER 28TH


Atlantic recording artist Phil Collins has wrapped up a whirlwind string of live performances heralding the forthcoming release of his new studio album, “GOING BACK,” due September 28th.   Collins played seven intimate, SRO shows – a pair at Philadelphia’s venerable Electric Factory, three at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom, one in London for ITV1 television, and capping the run with a special Montreux Jazz Festival show in his adopted country of Switzerland.

“GOING BACK” is a deeply personal labor of love that finds the eight-time Grammy winner faithfully recreating the Motown and soul music that played such an influential role in his creative life (see complete track listing below).  On stage, Phil brought his homage to life with a big band anchored by three members of Motown’s legendary Funk Brothers studio team – bassist Bob Babbitt and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette – who are also featured on the album.  The live band also included long-time Collins cohorts Chester Thompson (drums), Daryl Stuermer (guitar), and Brad Cole (keyboards), plus Leslie Smith (percussion).  Rounding out the ensemble was a five-member horn section and six backing vocalists.

In its review of the New York show, Rolling Stone enthused:  “…Collins pulled it off.  Backed by a killer 18-piece band, he got most everybody in the Roseland Ballroom dancing to classics by Steve Wonder, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Ronettes… From the moment he took the stage and burst into ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,’ it was clear this music was much closer to his heart than even some of his own hits.  Every nuance of the original arrangements was meticulously recreated…”  The shows were staged as an “old school” style dance concert, prompting Time Out New York to state, “No fancy stadium gimmickry here, but in Phil-style parlance, a bloody lovely show.”

“It was when he dug deeper into the archives that the show blossomed,” said The Hollywood Reporter.  “Collins’s talents as a balladeer were showcased in such songs as ‘Blame It On The Sun’ and ‘Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer’ (both by Wonder) and especially on the Goffin/King reverie “Going Back,” the lyrics of which encapsulate the rationale for the whole project.”  “Going Back” was also singled out by The New York Times’Jon Pareles, who noted that “Mr. Collins put his own stamp on the album’s title track.”

Coinciding with his Roseland shows, on June 17th Collins received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the organization’s annual gala awards dinner in New York City.  Collins – who was inducted into the Hall in 2003 – joined an esteemed list of past Mercer Award winners that includes several legendary composers whose work he celebrates on “GOING BACK,” including Holland-Dozier-Holland, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and Carole King.  Among this year’s inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame was Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey, and the pair seized the moment to perform their smash duet from 1984, “Easy Lover.”

While in the past Collins has paid tribute to his roots by covering some of his favorite songs – including “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “A Groovy Kind Of Love,” “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “True Colours,” and others – this marks the first time in his 30-year solo career that he has devoted an entire project to the work of other songwriters and performers.

“The ‘60s were without doubt a pinnacle of the songwriting, producing and performing art,” Collins comments in the liner notes to “GOING BACK.”
“My aim in finally making this record was to see if it was possible for me to recapture the sound and the feelings I got from listening to these songs the first time around.  I’ve always loved covering other people’s songs, and this collection is something I’ve been burning to do.”

Legendary Motown songwriter and producer Lamont Dozier hailed “GOING BACK”:  “Recording an album of Motown covers can be tricky, but I have to say this album has exceeded my expectations.  Phil Collins has truly given us the real thing vocally, instrumentally, and production-wise… It’s spectacular, making it impossible to pick a favorite because they’re all masterfully done.”

The career of Phil Collins is one that, by any measure, stands among the most creative, prolific, and impressive in the history of modern music. It is a career that really has been many careers – musician, singer, composer, producer, actor – from art rock beginnings to pop stardom, from big band leader to film soundtracks and Broadway.  It has been an exceptional musical life spanning four decades, some 100 million solo albums sold (250 million if you count his work with Genesis), an extraordinary string of hits, eight Grammy Awards, an Oscar, two Golden Globes, five BRIT Awards, numerous industry accolades, and, above all, an inestimable influence on countless fellow artists and passionate fans around the globe.

For more information on Phil Collins, please visit: http://www.philcollins.com/

PHIL COLLINS

“GOING BACK”

September 28th, 2010

SIDE ONE

GIRL (WHY YOU WANNA MAKE ME BLUE)

(Norman J. Whitfield, Edward Holland Jr.)

Original artist:  The Temptations

(LOVE IS LIKE A) HEATWAVE

(Edward Holland Jr., Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland)

Original artist: Martha and the Vandellas

UPTIGHT (EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT)

(Stevie Wonder, Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby)

Original artist:  Stevie Wonder

SOME OF YOUR LOVIN’

(Gerry Goffin, Carole King)

Original artist:  Dusty Springfield

IN MY LONELY ROOM

(Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland Jr.)

Original artist:  Martha and the Vandellas

TAKE ME IN YOUR
ARMS (ROCK ME FOR
A LITTLE WHILE)

(Edward Holland Jr, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier)

Original artist:  Kim Weston

BLAME IT ON THE SUN

(Stevie Wonder)

Original artist:  Stevie Wonder

PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE

(Norman J. Whitfield, Barrett Strong)

Original artist:  The Temptations

NEVER DREAMED YOU’D LEAVE IN SUMMER

(Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright)

Original artist:  Stevie Wonder

SIDE TWO

STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE

(Edward Holland Jr., Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier)

Original artist:  The Four Tops

DO I LOVE YOU

(Phil Spector, Peter Anders, Vincent Poncia Jr.)

Original artist:  The Ronettes

JIMMY MACK

(Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland Jr.)

Original artist:  Martha and the Vandellas

SOMETHING ABOUT YOU

(Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland Jr.)

Original artist:  The Four Tops

LOVE IS HERE AND
NOW YOU’RE GONE

(Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland Jr.)

Original artist:  The Supremes

LOVING YOU IS
SWEETER THAN EVER

(Stevie Wonder, Ivy Jo Hunter)

Original artist:  The Four Tops

GOING TO A GO-GO

(Robert Rogers, William “Smokey” Robinson,
Marvin Tarplin, Warren Moore)

Original artist:  The Miracles

TALKIN ABOUT MY BABY

(Curtis Mayfield)

Original artist:  The Impressions

GOING BACK

(Gerry Goffin, Carole King)
(Song arranged by PC)

Original artists:  Dusty Springfield, The Byrds

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