Hello, I Must Be Going! (album)

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Hello, I Must Be Going!
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Studio album by Phil Collins
Released 5 November 1982
Recorded May–September 1982
Studio Old Croft
(Shalford, Surrey)
Fisher Lane Farm
(Chiddingfold, Surrey)
The Town House
(Goldhawk Road, London)
CBS Studios
(London)
Genre
Length 45:03
Label Virgin
Producer Phil Collins
Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins chronology
Face Value
(1981)
Hello, I Must Be Going!
(1982)
No Jacket Required
(1985)
Singles from Hello, I Must Be Going!
  1. "Thru These Walls"
    Released: October 1982
  2. "You Can't Hurry Love"
    Released: 27 November 1982
  3. "I Don't Care Anymore"
    Released: February 1983
  4. "Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away"
    Released: March 1983
  5. "Why Can't It Wait 'Til Morning"
    Released: May 1983 (UK only)
  6. "I Cannot Believe It's True"
    Released: 1983 (US only)
  7. "It Don't Matter to Me"
    Released: August 1983 (Netherlands only)
  8. "Like China"
    Released: 1983

Hello, I Must Be Going! is the second solo studio album by English drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It was released on 5 November 1982 on Virgin Records in the United Kingdom and on Atlantic Records in North America, and named after the Marx Brothers' song of the same name. After his band Genesis took a break in activity in late 1981, Collins started work on a follow-up to his first solo album Face Value (1981).

Hello, I Must Be Going! received a more reserved commercial and critical reaction than Face Value, but it nonetheless reached No. 2 in the United Kingdom and No. 8 in the United States. Collins released eight singles from the album, the most successful of which is the first, a cover of "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes which went to No. 1 in the United Kingdom and No. 10 in the United States. Collins supported the album with his 1982–1983 tour, his first as a solo artist. The album earned Collins a nomination for a Brit Award for British Male Artist,[1] and "I Don't Care Anymore" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male.

Background and recording[edit]

In December 1981, Collins's band Genesis entered an eight-month break in activity after touring Abacab (1981). He started work on a follow-up to his first solo album, Face Value (1981), which mainly concerned events in his personal life including his divorce from his first wife.[2] Collins was aware that Hello, I Must Be Going! contains even greater amounts of material concerning his private life, and reasoned its concentration down to feeling guilty regarding the divorce and "to be purely sentimental about it".[3] He described the album years later: "If my first album was 'I'm divorced and I'm miserable ... my next one was 'I'm going to kick this f---er to bits".'[2] However, upon meeting his second wife Jill Tavelman and releasing Hello, I Must Be Going!, Collins noted a change in his songwriting: "[I'm] happier [...] I write happy songs now".[3]

The album features elements of groove pop that Collins would utilise further with his next album, No Jacket Required (1985).[2] "I Cannot Believe It's True" is a rewritten arrangement of "I Missed Again" from Face Value.[2] Collins had "a distinct lack of judgement" when recording the drums for "Thru These Walls" as he had played a drum pattern that matched what he had done for "In the Air Tonight" from Face Value. To him, that is the sole comparison between the two albums, despite being called out for rehashing similar material for Hello, I Must Be Going!.[3]

Artwork[edit]

The album's sleeve contains various photographs from Collins's family life, which he had also done for Face Value. Collins wanted both albums to be a "matching set, something that felt like it was from the same bloke".[3] Included is a picture of his young son Simon in a Superman costume, which Collins found humorous to include but later found that some people misinterpreted it as focusing the album too much on his personal life.[3]

Release[edit]

Hello, I Must Be Going! was released on 5 November 1982.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
PopMatters7/10[6]
Q3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone (DE)4/5 stars[9]
Scunthorpe Telegraph8/10[10]
Uncut8/10[11]

AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine said: "Phil Collins began to inject his highly melodic pop songwriting with more soul and R&B influences on his second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going! While some of the material was successful, much of it showed that he was still coming to grips with how to incorporate R&B techniques into his style."[12] In Rolling Stone, critic John Milward wrote of the album: "Despite its trend-bucking boast of an eight-track recording, the album's rich luster is of the old classical-rock school. In fact, the LP sounds like stripped-down Genesis, ornamental but not too ostentatious."[8]

Tour[edit]

Collins supported the album with a concert tour of Europe and North America from November 1982 to February 1983. He performed with a nine-piece band[3] that included Genesis touring musicians Chester Thompson and Daryl Stuermer, and the Phenix Horns.

Reissue[edit]

The album was re-released and remastered by Steve Hoffman for the Audio Fidelity label in 2011, and reissued as part of the Take a Look at Me Now series of Collins studio album remasters during 2016, with a new second disc of bonus songs.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Phil Collins, except "You Can't Hurry Love" by Holland–Dozier–Holland and "People Get Ready" and "It's All Right" by Curtis Mayfield.

No.TitleLength
1."I Don't Care Anymore"5:00
2."I Cannot Believe It's True"5:14
3."Like China"5:05
4."Do You Know, Do You Care?"4:57
5."You Can't Hurry Love"2:50
6."It Don't Matter to Me"4:12
7."Thru These Walls"5:02
8."Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away"4:43
9."The West Side"4:59
10."Why Can't It Wait 'Til Morning"3:01
Total length:45:03

2016 reissue[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

Production

  • Phil Collins – producer
  • Hugh Padgham – assistant producer, engineer
  • Howard Gray – assistant engineer
  • Mike Ross – engineer
  • Ian Cooper – mastering
  • Trevor Key – cover photography

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Charts
UK
[13]
US
[14]
CAN
[15][14]
AUS
[16]
NZ
[17]
GER
[18]
NOR
[19]
SPN
[20]
SWE
[21]
SWI
[22]
1982 2 8 1 15 20 6 4 3 7 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Charts
UK
[13]
US
[23]
US A.C.
[23]
US Rock
[23]
CAN
[14][15]
AUS
[16]
NZ
[17]
GER
[24]
NL Top 100
[25]
NL Top 40
[26]
AUT
[27]
FRA
[28]
IRE
[29]
SPN
[20]
SWE
[21]
SWI
[22]
1982 "Thru These Walls" 56 34 48 15 27 15
"You Can't Hurry Love" 1 10 9 24 9 3 9 3 1 1 3 3 1 11 6 3
"Do You Know, Do You Care?" 41
1983 "I Don't Care Anymore" 39 3
"Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away" 45 18
"Why Can't It Wait 'Til Morning" 89
"I Cannot Believe It's True" 79
"It Don't Matter to Me" 46
"Like China" 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[30] Platinum 60,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[31] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[32] 2× Platinum 600,000*
Germany (BVMI)[33] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[34] Gold 50,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[35] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[36] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[38] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Aizlewood, John (June 2016). "Phil Collins: Hello, I Must Be Going! / Dance into the Light". Q (359): 119.
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  29. ^ "Irish Charts > Phil Collins". irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  30. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  31. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Phil Collins – Hello, I Must Be Going!" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 5 November 2012. Enter Phil Collins in the field Interpret. Enter Hello, I Must Be Going! in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen. 
  32. ^ "French album certifications – Phil Collins – Hello, I Must Be Going!" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 5 November 2012. Select PHIL COLLINS and click OK. 
  33. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Phil Collins; 'Hello, I Must Be Going!')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  34. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Phil Collins – Hello, I Must Be Going!" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 5 October 2012. Enter Hello, I Must Be Going! in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  35. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Phil Collins – Hello, I Must Be Going!" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 5 November 2012. Select album under "Chart", enter the certification year in the field "Year". Select the certification month in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".
  36. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Phil Collins; 'Hello, I Must Be Going!')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  37. ^ "British album certifications – Phil Collins – Hello, I Must Be Going!". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 November 2012. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Hello, I Must Be Going! in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  38. ^ "American album certifications – Phil Collins – Hello, I Must Be Going!". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 November 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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