Review: “Going Back” by Phil Collins

Artists have been recording cover songs for years, and putting them out as singles, or b-sides. However, the trend recently has been to put out an entire album of hits recorded by others. Rod Stewart sold millions of CDs using this formula, and now Phil Collins is hoping to follow in “Big Nose’s” footsteps with his latest batch of Motown tunes titled, Going Back.

Collins stays true to the arrangements and instrumentation of the original recordings, and he even coaxed some of the infamous Funk Brothers, including Bob Babbitt, Eddie Willis and Ray Monette, out of retirement to play.  While he does perform some well-known hits like “Heatwave,” “Uptight,” “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” and a killer version of “Going To A Go-Go,” he also delves a little deeper into the Motown catalogue for The Temptations’ “Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue),” Stevie Wonder’s “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” and the moving title track.

Collins has said that when you hear the tune “Heatwave” you can’t help but smile. You’ll get the same feeling when you listen Going Back.

Phil Collins Official Website

“Going Back” by Phil Collins

“Heatwave” by Phil Collins

Phil Collins talks “Going Back”

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