Phil Collins, Hello, I Must Be Going
On his first solo album, 1981’s Face Value, Genesis drummer-singer Phil Collins showed that he wasn’t about to be left behind in the mire of classical-rock sludge.
That LP boasted shorter songs and demonstrated that Collins had a true pop sensibility.
Hello, I Must Be Going! continues that trend, with some familiar patterns emerging, wrote Rolling Stone’s John Milward.
“First, there are the dramatic rock dirges that use drums as a lead instrument; ‘I Don’t Care Anymore,’ with Collins’ one-man band playing alongside Daryl Stuermer’s atmospheric guitars, wins in this category.
Then there are the buttery ballads, of which “Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away” is the best by virtue of a Beatles-like melody that buoys Collins’ anonymously sweet voice.
Both of these styles were already Genesis staples; it was Collins’ uptempo soul tunes on Face Value and Genesis’ Abacab that surprised old fans and found new ones.
I Cannot Believe It’s True,’ with Earth, Wind and Fire’s Phoenix Horns casting out clean lines, clobbers the other soul contenders on Hello, I Must Be Going!, especially his remake of the Supremes’ ‘You Can’t Hurry Love.’
Collins took the golden-oldie route on that song and the result isn’t soulful, it’s superfluous.
Despite its trend-bucking boast of an 8-track recording, the album’s rich luster is of the old classical-rock school. In fact, the LP sounds like stripped-down Genesis, ornamental but not too ostentatious. — John Milward, Rolling Stone (3 Stars).”
This Analogue Productions (Atlantic Series) reissue of Hello, I Must Be Going! has the essential elements that make it a standout for your collection.
First, they turned to Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering to cut lacquers from a 1/4″ EQ’d Dolby tape copy of the original master.
Pressing on 180-gram vinyl is by Quality Record Pressings and RTI, and the album is housed in tip-on old style gatefold double pocket jackets with film lamination by Stoughton Printing.
Hello, I Must Be Going! was a triple-platinum-selling hit in the U.S. for Collins in the 1980s and it stayed on the U.K. album charts for more than a year, peaking at No. 2.
For the fans it is a drummer’s album, a record that expresses rage and desperation as well as loneliness and longing.
Not an album for every day, but one that really speaks to you when you need it, wrote Martin Klinkhardt, in a review for genesis-news.com.
Track List: Phil Collins, Hello, I Must Be Going
I Don’t Care Anymore
I Cannot Believe It’s True
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