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Phil Collins Ready To TESTIFY

Phil Collins Ready To TESTIFYAtlantic Records, First All-New Album In Six Years Due Nov. 12
TIME to testify! Atlantic Records has announced the release of the much-anticipated new album from Phil Collins, entitled TESTIFY. Slated for release on November 12th, this marks Collins's first all-new solo album in six years, and his first new music since the 1999 release of his hugely successful soundtrack for the Walt Disney animated feature film, Tarzan. The latter - which featured the top-charting hit single "You'll Be In My Heart" - earned Collins the triumphant triple crown of an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy in 2000. Inspired by his new marriage in 1999 and his new fatherhood in 2001, TESTIFY is a captivating, wide-ranging collection of powerful, moving songs - all defined by Collins's signature voice and unmistakable musical imprint. Collins penned all but one of the songs on the album, highlighted by such tracks as "Don't Get Me Started," "Testify," "Driving Me Crazy," and "Least You Can Do" (co-written by Daryl Stuermer). The collection's sole cover is Phil's version of "Can't Stop Loving You," written by Billy Nicholls and originally recorded by Leo Sayer in 1978.

"The songs for this album were written over the last two years," says Collins. "Working with new toys and new tools, they pretty much wrote themselves, and only occasionally needed nudging along. Though I used 90% of my demos, I was lucky to have a fantastic team to help me finish the record, particularly Rob Cavallo, Allen Sides, Tim Pierce, and James Sanger. There are some songs here that are amongst the best I have ever written; I hope you agree. Since releasing his first solo album just over twenty years ago, Collins has sold 100 million records around the world (not counting his work with Genesis), earned seven Grammy Awards, and scored an enviable string of hit singles. It is a career which has really been many careers - drummer, singer, composer, producer - from art rock beginnings to pop stardom, from soundtrack master to big band leader.

In 1998, Collins's solo career to date was recapped on the multi-million-selling HITS collection. In addition to his music for Tarzan, 1999 saw the release of A HOT NIGHT IN PARIS, a live album which marked the debut recording by Collins's much-praised big band, the formation of which was the fulfillment of a life-long ambition.

Last month, Phil served as the "house drummer" for the spectacular Queen's Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace - where he backed everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to longtime mate Eric Clapton.

Album Track Listing:
  • Don't Get Me Started
  • Come With Me (Close Your Eyes)
  • Testify
  • Wake Up Call
  • Swing Low and Sweet
  • It's Too Late
  • This Love This Heart
  • Driving Me Crazy
  • Least You Can Do
  • Thru My Eyes
  • You Touch My Heart
  • Can't Stop Loving You

All songs written by Phil Collins except: "Least You Can Do," written by Phil Collins and Daryl Stuermer, and "Can't Stop Loving You," written by Billy Nicholls.

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