7-84994 Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
Produced by Phil Collins assisted by Hugh Padgham
Released on February 1984
US CHART POSITION #1 (charted Feb. 25, 1984 for 24 weeks) . . .
GOLD RECORD (5/10/84) . . . UK CHART POSITION #2
Find it at GEMM
7-84994 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

B uying used records means that I can invent histories for them. I like to imagine this particular single as the scarred veteran of a dusty jukebox buried in the corner of some dark, wooden drinking hole where people come to shout at the tv mounted behind the bar. There its black grooves would have served well the bruised souls of men and women half-drowned in drink. The flip side in this particular case is the inappropriately peppy “I Cannot Believe It’s True,” a sad song couched in a misplaced Motown arrangement. Maybe it fortified the resolve of more than a few bleary-eyed patrons, who’d made up their minds to get on with their lives. I usually prefer to pull out my heart with a corkscrew in private, but there have been weak shared moments when songs like “Against All Odds” have articulated in crowded rooms the words I dare not speak for fear of finishing some unholy incantation that might seal my celibacy. Er, yeah, anyway… the original B side was Larry Carlton’s “The Search” in the US and Mike Rutherford’s “Making A Big Mistake” in the UK.

TRACK LISTING

  1. AGAINST ALL ODDS
  2. THE SEARCH

    UK 7-inch track listing
  3. AGAINST ALL ODDS
  4. MAKING A BIG MISTAKE

    Atlantic Oldies Series reissue
  5. AGAINST ALL ODDS (TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW)    (Phil Collins)    3:24
  6. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT'S TRUE    (Phil Collins)    5:14

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US February 1984 Atlantic 7" 7-89700 picture sleeve
US 1984 Atlantic 7PRO 7-89700 feat. A on both sides
WW 1984 Atlantic 7" 78 97007 picture sleeve
UK 1984 Virgin 7"/7PIC VS/VSY 674 picture sleeve
GER 1984 Atlantic 12 78 69490  
US   Atlantic Oldies Series 7" 7-84994  

 

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