Note: this release was originally purchased as a cassette tape, later replaced by a CD
A hugely popular album in which 5 of its 8 tracks were top 5 pop hits, including the group's only US #1 hit, the title track. I played the heck outta my cassette in '86, so when I recently saw this CD in a used bin, I thought I'd pick it up to remind myself of the other three tracks. Plus, it's a great road trip album and I've been on the road a bit more than usual of late.
Robert Christgau gave it a C+, but Patrick Bateman calls the album the group's "undisputed masterpiece." (NSFW)
On a side note, that's one of the worst album cover designs ever put out by Assorted iMaGes. And it got worse...
|Billboard, June 6, 1987|
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Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #3
|Throwing It All Away||4||1||1|
|Land of Confusion||4||11|
|Tonight, Tonight, Tonight||3||8||9|
|In Too Deep||3||1||34|
While the singles are more like Phil Collins' solo stuff (particularly In Too Deep), there are a few times when the group's prog-rock beginnings* are allowed to peep through on songs like Domino. Also, I had forgotten than Tonight, Tonight, Tonight was actually a 9 minute cut with an extended middle section edited out of the single version. I also forgot how much I liked the album closer, an Miami Vice soundtrackish instrumental titled The Brazilian.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: see this previous post. I suppose I found much refuge in the music of 1986 because my job was so terrible. Still, I wouldn't trade that summer for anything.
Previously revisited for the blog:
Turn It On Again: The Hits - The Tour Edition (2007)
*I want credit for not using the phrase "the group's prog-rock genesis"