After selling more than 100 million albums — many of them reaching number one wordwide — Phil Collins is revisiting his career with the new Take A Look At Me Now retrospective campaign, in which all eight of his albums will be reissued as extended and remastered versions — with a twist. The campaign starts with the Friday January 29 release of his 1981 debut Face Value and 1993’s Both Sides.
The reissues were entirely curated by Phil, with the idea being to examine how his songs have evolved over time. Live versions of the tracks comprise most of the additional content on this collection, along with demos and B-sides.
Says Phil, “I’ve always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections. Instead, I’ve focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated.”
The remaining six albums in Phil’s discography will follow in the coming months. They also feature new artwork, in which Phil has recreated his poses for the original covers with present day photography. The series will be available in various formats. The two CD Digipak and downloadable versions feature the remastered album and the additional content, the 180 gram audiophile vinyl version (single LP for Face Value and double LP for Both Sides) features the remastered album as a standalone product. CD and vinyl box sets will also be available, compiling both Face Value and Both Sides together with space to complete the collection as the rest of the series is released.