82949-2 Dance Into The Light
Produced by Phil Collins & Hugh Padgham
Released on October 15, 1996
UK CHART POSITION #4 . . . US CHART POSITION #23 . . . GOLD RECORD
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F rom the ranked amateurs of amazon you’ll find the word “masterpiece” connected to this album. (And, no, the words “of crap” didn’t come following after.) But Phil, in phact, hadn’t released a serious work of art since the ‘80s. Since then, it’s been a winding down of the commercial whirlwind: We Can’t Dance, Both Sides, retirement from Genesis. The music of Phil Collins had lit the world on fire during the ‘80s, but the ‘90s found him burned out. Both Sides retreated from stardom a little, Dance Into The Light retreats from the whole philnomenon, stepping outside his well-established idiom to walk in the shoes of Paul Simon, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan for a spell. Historically, this happens when artists have lost their original inspiration and go looking for it elsewhere. Or he simply could have been bored with the prospect of making another Phil Collins record and decided just to make half of one. That would be the better half, by the way: “Dance Into The Light,” “It’s In Your Eyes,” “The Same Moon,” “No Matter Who,” “Oughta Know By Now.” None of it adds one iota to his earlier work, though I could listen to “It’s In Your Eyes” a thousand times and not grow tired of it. The graceless Simonisms (“Wear My Hat,” “Take Me Down”) are a-frican travesty, the petty Byrd calls (“That’s What You Said”) better, Dylan a pickled curio. After the full feasts of his first four albums and the dine-at-home Both Sides, Dance Into The Light offers lukewarm leftovers. As for the misplaced praise of those amazoneanderthals? Philistines, the lot of them.

82949-2 back sleeve
82949-2 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. DANCE INTO THE LIGHT    4:23
  2. THAT'S WHAT YOU SAID    4:22
  3. LORENZO    (Phil Collins/Michaela Odone)    3:52
  4. JUST ANOTHER STORY    6:24
  5. LOVE POLICE    4:08
  6. WEAR MY HAT    4:33
  7. IT'S IN YOUR EYES    3:01
  8. OUGHTA KNOW BY NOW    5:27
  9. TAKE ME DOWN    3:21
  10. THE SAME MOON    4:13
  11. RIVER SO WIDE    4:55
  12. NO MATTER WHO    4:47
  13. THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'    (Bob Dylan)    5:07

    All songs written by Phil Collins unless noted

CREDITS

PHIL COLLINS -- drums, vocals, kalimba, lead & rhythm guitars, keyboards, slide guitar, bagpipes, piano, horn arrangements, mixing
RONNIE CARYL -- rhythm guitar, lead guitar solo
BRAD COLE -- keyboards, strings, organ
NATHAN EAST -- bass
AMY KEYS -- vocals
ARNOLD McCULLER -- vocals
DARYL STUERMER -- lead guitar, rhythm guitar
VINE ST HORNS:
  Daniel Fornero -- trumpet
  Harry Kim -- trumpet, horn arrangements
  Arturo Velasco -- trombone
  Andrew Woolfolk -- saxophones
Hugh Padgham -- engineer, mixing
Gerard Mankowitz -- photography
David Costa & Dan Einzig -- art direction
Wherefore ART? -- design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK October 1996 Face Value CD/CS 16000  
US October 15, 1996 Atlantic CD/CS 82949  
CAN 1996 Atlantic CS 78 29494  
GER 1996 Face Value CD 16161  

 

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