Phil Collins Going Back in September
Wed, 14 Apr 2010 10:04:32
The man, the myth, the legend that is Phil Collins has announced that his next effort, Going Back, will be released in September. It's the bald one's first studio album in eight years. Where ya been, Phil?
Collins is gearing up to play a string of very special live concerts at New York City's Roseland Ballroom from June 22 through 25, which are billed as "Up Close & Personal: Phil Collins Plays 60s Motown & Soul." The shows will be devoted to material from Going Back as well as other R&B gems. Collins is taking it back to a simpler time, as the performances will be presented as an "old school" style, standing-room-only dance concert. So bring a pair of sensible shoes.
Supporting Collins will be an extraordinary 18-piece ensemble of musicians and vocalists, with Motown's legendary session players among the ranks.
In a statement, Collins said, "It shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone that I've finally made an album of my favourite Motown songs. These songs – along with a couple of Dusty Springfield tracks, a Phil Spector/Ronettes tune, and one by the Impressions – make up the tapestry, the backdrop, of my teenage years. I remember it as if it was yesterday, going to the Marquee Club in London's Soho and watching The Who, The Action, and many others, playing these songs. In turn I'd go out the next day to buy the original versions." On his renditions of these songs he loves, Collins said, "My idea, though, was not to bring anything 'new' to these already great records, but to try to recreate the sounds and feelings that I had when I first heard them. My intention was to make an 'old' record, not a 'new' record."
The album will feature songs by The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marth and the Vandellas, Dusty Springfield and The Miracles.
Are you psyched to hear Phil Collins take on Motown tunes?