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Charted: March 14, 1981


Rating: 3.910 (average of 12 ratings)


Genre: pop/rock


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. In the Air Tonight
  2. This Must Be Love
  3. Behind the Lines
  4. The Roof Is Leaking
  5. Droned
  6. Hand in Hand
  7. I Missed Again
  8. You Know What I Mean
  9. Thunder and Lightning
  10. I’m Not Moving
  11. If Leaving Me Is Easy
  12. Tomorrow Never Knows


Sales:

sales in U.S. only 5 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 1.5 million
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 16 million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 7
peak on U.K. album chart 1 3


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • In the Air Tonight (1/17/81) #19 US, #2 UK, #2 AR. Sales: ½ million
  • I Missed Again (3/7/81) #19 US, #14 UK, #8 AR
  • Behind the Lines (4/4/81) #58 AR
  • If Leaving Me Is Easy (5/30/81) #17 UK


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.


Face Value
Phil Collins
Review:
“The beginning of Phil Collins’ massively successful solo career coincided with the discord in his first marriage, turning Face Value into a compelling churn of emotions, from the utter disgust of In the Air Tonight (where Collins dryly comments, ‘If you told me you were drowning / I would not lend a hand’) to the delight he feels in exploring a new relationship (This Must Be Love). Collins’ thundering drums and punchy horn arrangements – a close approximation of Earth, Wind & Fire's sound, actually – clicked with the public, turning I Missed Again and ‘In the Air Tonight’ into Top 20 singles and launching Collins’ career as one of the biggest and most unlikely stars of the ‘80s” (Durchholz).


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Last updated March 26, 2008.