SIDified versions of the songs from Phil Collins’ 1985 album No Jacket Required. Clicking on any song title will open an mp3 player for that song.
2. Only You and I Know
3. Long Long Way to Go
4. I Don’t Wanna Know
5. One More Night
6. Don’t Lose My Number
7. Who Said I Would
8. Doesn’t Anybody Stay Together Anymore
9. Inside Out
10. Take Me Home
Before Phil Collins went completely over to the dark side known as adult contemporary pop, he released this jewel of an album. Yes, No Jacket Required contained a number of pop ballads, foreshadowing Phil’s eventual direction, but he also still borrowed heavily from his Genesis roots. While the overall album hasn’t aged nearly as well as Invisible Touch which he recorded the following year with Genesis, No Jacket Required does contain some lovely nuggets.
I created the SID versions of these songs between 1987 and 1988, during the same stretch that I was covering Invisible Touch. I did not have the same emotional connection to these songs as I did Invisible Touch, and you can tell. To me, these arrangements all have distant, detached feel to them. Long, Long Way to Go contains the lions share of this groups emotion, oozing the despair of an uncompleted journey. My take on No Jacket Required finally completes its journey with the melancholy euphoria of Take Me Home.