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All Phil Collins’ Reissues Feature Updated Covers

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As you may know, Phil Collins is out of his retirement, last year, he declared he was back into business, and according to his website, he has decided to re-issue extended and remastered editions of all his solo albums. I have never understood re-issues, as they only have one purpose: making money with old stuff. Plus not being a Phil Collins’ fan, you may wonder why I am even mentioning his ‘Take A Look At Me Now’ retrospective.

But there is an interesting side of this re-issue business, instead of just reprinting the same old art covers, Collins has updated it. He has re-shot every single album cover with the exact same details, and of course he looks at least three or two decades older depending on the album. Here are the comparisons between old and new covers for respectively, ‘Face Value’ (1981), ‘Hello, I must Be Going’ (1982), ‘No Jacket Required’ (1985), ‘Both Sides’ (1993), ‘Dance into the Light’ (1996), ‘Testify’ (2002).

What does he want to prove with this? That he has aged? That he is not hiding anything? That he is honest with his audience? Is this courageous or narcissistic?  I am not so sure, but the number of Phil Collins’ covers featuring a close-up of his face is impressive.

 

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