Phil Collins will kick off his "Take a Look at Me Now" reissue campaign on November 6th with remastered deluxe versions of his 1981 solo debut, Face Value, and his fifth LP, 1993's Both Sides.
The track lists, personally curated and compiled by the singer-songwriter, feature original studio material contrasted with live and demo versions, intended to showcase the evolution of his songs over time.
"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," Collins says in a statement. "Instead, I've focused on how nicely the songs developed when played onstage, rather than showing how they originated."
The reissue series will be spread over "the coming months," eventually spanning all of the former frontman-drummer's eight solo albums. Each set will be remastered by Nick Davis – who worked on the massive reissue campaign for Collins' former band, Genesis – and include new artwork featuring Collins recreating his poses from the original covers.
The albums will be released in several formats: 2-CD and digital versions will include the remastered album with additional content, and 180-gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl (single LP for Face Value, double LP for Both Sides) will include the stand-alone remastered album. CD and vinyl boxed sets compiling both deluxe editions will also be available.
The eclectic Face Value, which hit Number One in the U.K., spawned hits like the brooding "In the Air Tonight" and funky "I Missed Again," establishing Collins as a major commercial force apart from Genesis. Both Sides found the songwriter refining a soft-rock sound with singles like "Both Sides of the Story" and "Everyday."