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Phil Collins: The Man That Everyone Loves to Hate? - The Audiophile Man
Title: Face Value Label: Warner/Atlantic He has amassed seven Grammys, two Golden Globes, an Oscar and 100 millions album sales but it seems that the fashion of hating Phil Collins has continued unabated. There’s been a lot of stories written about Collins, most of which are untrue. His naivety does get in the way, though: allowing himself to be jetted across the Atlantic onboard a first class Concorde seat to play both Live Aid concerts in one day, while Africa suffered, was not clever. That he has produced a host of cheesy music is also unmistakable and that he was at the helm when (for many prog fans) the glory that was Peter Gabriel-era Genesis slowly took a nose dive with Collins at the wheel is a sad fact. But he’s also contributed to many lauded projects from Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, John Martyn and let’s not forget Brand X while he has been recently name-checked as influential by contemporary artists such as Lil Kim, Kelis and ODB. Of all of the solo works that Collins has produced, it is Face Value, his first outing, that features his best work: possibly because it was derived from pure emotion. Collins divorced …