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No Jacket Required [Deluxe Edition]

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Phil Collins 4/15/2016

Review

After the one-two punch of Phil Collins' first two solo albums, Face Value and Hello, I Must be Going, plus the hits he was concurrently having with Genesis, it might seem like he was primed for an artistic and commercial drop-off. Instead, he responded with the biggest album of his career. No Jacket Required topped the charts in the U.S. and U.K., won a Grammy for Album of the Year, and spawned four Top Ten singles, including two numbers ones in "Sussudio" and "One More Night." It was such a monster success that it made Collins one of the biggest stars on the planet, something that a few years before seemed unlikely if not impossible. The reason why No Jacket was such a smash is simple: it combined the aching honesty of Face Value with the pop smarts of Hello, added some seriously focused songwriting, then coated it all in slick digital production that sounded great on the radio. Collins' gift for a huge hook came through on the Prince-inspired "Sussudio" most obviously, where he turns nonsense into something almost profound, but also on tracks like the big rocker "I Don't Wanna Know" and the soulful "Inside Out," which featured some of his trademark gated drum bashing. His knack for spilling his guts in heartbreaking, everyman fashion hits a new high on "One More Night," one of the most affecting ballads of the '80s. When he combines the hooks and the heartbreak, it comes together brilliantly. "Take Me Home" is a wrenching, soaring song that inspires singalongs and teardrops and "Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore?" has the perfect combo of big drums, catchy chorus, and a weary heart. Add in flashy radio monsters like "Don't Lose My Number" and "Only You Know and I Know" that retain the horn-heavy sound of his earlier work while adding up-to-date keyboards; the even more Prince-inspired "Who Said I Would," and the closing piano ballad "We Said Hello Goodbye," and No Jacket Required ends up earning all the sales and accolades it got. Collins was at the top of his considerable game, the sound was state of the art, and there were more classic songs on one record than most pop stars could put together in an entire career. Too bad its chart and airwave dominance was so great that it inspired something of a backlash, one Collins never really recovered from despite having more hits in the future. While Face Value is still his solo masterpiece due to the raw emotion it transmits, No Jacket Required comes very, very close to topping it. [The album was reissued in 2016 with the addition of a second disc. It contained live performances of songs from the album, plus his big hit with Phillip Bailey, "Easy Lover." These tracks are fun, but the really fun bonuses are the three demos that show Collins early in the songwriting process, still working out the lyrics to "One More Night" and "Take Me Home." The remastered sound, deluxe packaging, and especially the demos, make this a package fit for such a great album.] ~ Tim Sendra
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Sussudio (2016 Remaster) Phil Collins 4:19
  3. 2 Only You Know and I Know Phil Collins 4:18
  4. 3 Long Long Way to Go Phil Collins 4:22
  5. 4 I Don't Wanna Know Phil Collins 4:10
  6. 5 One More Night (2016 Remaster) Phil Collins 4:43
  7. 6 Don't Lose My Number Phil Collins 4:42
  8. 7 Who Said I Would Phil Collins 4:1
  9. 8 Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore Phil Collins 4:15
  10. 9 Inside Out Phil Collins 5:12
  11. 10 Take Me Home (2016 Remaster) Phil Collins 5:46
  12. 11 We Said Hello Goodbye Phil Collins 4:14
  13. 1 Sussudio (Live 1990) Phil Collins 7:17
  14. 2 Don't Lose My Number [Live] Phil Collins 5:1
  15. 3 Who Said I Would [Live] Phil Collins 4:32
  16. 4 Long Long Way to Go [Live] Phil Collins 3:57
  17. 5 Only You Know and I Know [Live] Phil Collins 4:51
  18. 6 Easy Lover (Live 1997) Phil Collins 5:3
  19. 7 Inside Out [Live] Phil Collins 5:32
  20. 8 Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore [Live] Phil Collins 5:56
  21. 9 One More Night (Live 1990) Phil Collins 5:55
  22. 10 Take Me Home (Live 1990) Phil Collins 8:49
  23. 11 Only You Know and I Know [Demo] Phil Collins 3:40
  24. 12 One More Night (Demo) Phil Collins 4:36
  25. 13 Take Me Home (Demo) Phil Collins 5:19

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