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By the time he released his third solo album, Phil Collins had become a near-ubiquitous presence on the radio, thanks to his increasingly mainstream work with Genesis, his own chart hits, and his indelible production stamp on other artists' albums. No Jacket Required did nothing to stem the tide of all-Phil-all-the-time playlists--which is fine, considering that overall, it's likely his best solo effort, ranging from the engaging rockers "I Don't Wanna Know," "Don't Lose My Number," and the silly Prince rewrite "Sussudio" to heartfelt ballads such as "One More Night" and "Long Long Way to Go," which features a vocal cameo by the (at the time) equally omnipresent Sting. --Daniel Durchholz

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  • Phil Collins' first best-selling album
    NO JACKET REQUIRED was Phil Collins' third solo album and his first best-seller. His second best-seller BUT SERIOUSLY followed four years after this one. ONE MORE NIGHT,a slow jam,was the first single from the album,next came SUSSUDIO,a discotheque favorite,then DON'T LOSE MY NUMBER,a western-themed track,then TAKE ME HOME. All those songs were re-recorded for 1990's SERIOUS HITS LIVE. The same went for WHO SAID I WOULD. This was a top album in 1985 according to Norm N. Nite's Rock On Almanac. The eleventh and final track WE SAID HELLO GOODBYE is a bonus that was not on the LP....more info
  • 1985 - the year of Phil Collins...
    By 1985 when NJR was released Collins had already earned the respect of his peers & they were lining up to work with him. He had recorded & toured with robert plant, produced frida, produced/drummed with jon martyn, & coming were 2 clapton albums with tours to follow. Not forgetting to mention his previous 2 solo albums & 6 post gabriel-era genesis albums that were all huge. Collins was due to become an international superstar. NJR went #1 in UK/US in the 1st week of release & stayed there for almost 6 months. The No Jacket Required name came from a incident with robert plant at a restaurant when collins wasn't admitted because his jacket wasn't thought appropriate. Although the album is a mixture of synth-based R&B pop it has a complex core of tempos, drums patterns, horns, & vocals. Phil has a knack for turning simple pop tunes into musical journies by using great rhythm tracks, horn patterns, guitar riffs, keyboard patterns, & his vocal range. He's convincing... That is why this album was so appealing. Phil voice was so strong on this album. Strong moments are sussudio (which is said to be copied from prince's 1999), long long way to go, one more night, don't lose my number (great vocals), inside out (great drumming), & take me home. Into the studio Phil brought lee sklar (bass), daryl steurmer (guitar), sting (vocals), peter gabriel (vocals), phoenix horns, & hugh pagham (coproducing with collins). The album is very digital but there still are some live drums & the horns are live with digital backtracking over the top with great production. My only complaint is that daryl's guitar acoustics are muted which is typical on phil's solo albums for some reason. You'll also hear this on invisible touch (genesis's 1986 album) with mike rutherford's guitar acoustics (coincidence?). Collins got grammies for album of the year & producer of the year in 1985 for the album. 1985 also saw collins produce clapton's behind the sun album which was awesome (see my review). Also, phil did both LIVE AID shows in philly & london in one day. Phil also played drums for clapton & led zeppelin at live aid shows. Phil also produced phillip bailey's solo album, chinese wall, which had easy lover on it. That song was #1. Then there was separate lives with marilyn martin which was also #1. Collins could do no wrong in 1985. Even though collins was involved in alot of pop-rock it was still appealing to the masses & selling tons of units. NJR sold 14 million albums. Then in 1986 genesis did invisible touch which sold 8 million units. many say that collins heavily influenced the production of that album. Rutherford & banks have both stated that collins did have a heavy hand in those arrangements because the ideas were right. Between 1985-1987 there were no less than 7 phil collins related songs in the top 5 of the billboard charts. I guess thats says something about his ability to produce & arrange an album. By the way, invisible touch spawned 5 top 5 hits as well... ...more info
  • They're right, no taste or talent required
    Just insert any word that's commonly associated with producing quality music, such as, brains, creativity, originality, skill, etc. Essentially anything that is good in any sense of the word was clearly not required to make this album.

    An astute reviewer, a few pages down, makes the observation that Collins released "boy band music without the boy band." This is a point no doubt lost on that particularly strange and perplexed species called his audience. The point of boy band music, such as N'Sync or NKOTB before them is simply to appeal to the lowest common denominator of a target audience. Naturally, their's was a teenaged group and that is the only way they differ markedly from Collins. All of the elements that are necessary to appeal to the lowest common denominator of your particular target group are found in each. You must of course lack all originality and any semblance of uniqueness for that cannot be counted on to hit the target. You must have a sound that is an unmistakeable product of its time period and not so much as a millisecond ahead. It works well at the time, but it has the unfortunate side effect of driving the point home of just how stagnant and stuck they were in their narrow little time frame a few years later, which is abundantly clear with No Originality Required. You must compose lyrics that address the most common and trite concerns of your audience. Interestingly, you'll find that this doesn't differ much between the two. If there's one thing boy bands excel at, it's in performing emotionally shallow, intellectually vacuous offerings about the trials, tribulations, and occasional triumphs of the heart that are guaranteed to appeal to anyone who are themselves, emotionally shallow and intellectually vacuous. The NKOTB classic, "The Right Stuff" found the lads singing the anthemic chorus of "You got the right stuff, baby. Love the way you turn me on!" Mr. Phillip Collins smash hit of the 1980's, "Sussudio" finds our beloved baldster chanting emphatically "is she coming? I'll be there, I'll come running, anywhere. She's all I need, just say the word.", and of course, "sussudio!" What we have here are two examples of smitten men who lack both the intelligence or emotional depth to convey their feelings in either a mature or meaningful way. The only essential difference is one of them has an excuse because he was at the time a snot nosed little runt (and I know that sounds an awful lot like Phil Collins, but I meant the kid from NKOTB). In this respect, the minions have usurped the master. I'll grant that it isn't easy to write a genuinely good and powerful love song, but I've seen more inspired stuff hastily scrawled on bathroom walls.

    Insufferable tripe like "Sussudio" helped pave the way for the dance pop of more recent times, from Justin Timberlake to Britney Spears. The only critical difference is that the common rule of thumb is that if you're going to produce muck like this to appeal to the lowest common denominator of the dregs of society, it's usually ideal for the mouthpiece to be young and attractive. The diminutive pudgster Collins, hardly fits this bill. It's obvious that he was being marketed almost exclusively to sad middle-aged housewives and idiots on No Sack Required, but it is truly noteworthy that the record company had such faith in the commercial potential of this record that they would package the songs with that face on the cover. I take it back, there's definitely some sack required for that.


    Anyone who adores American Idol is personally indebted to Phil Collins. Anyone that loathes the continuing and rapid decline of anything even remotely approaching quality music can merely stand in the long line of those of us that wish some court would impose a gag order on this little troll....more info
  • Great for everyone who likes 80's disco-pop.
    If you like "Susudio", "One More night" and "Dont Loose my Number" you will find this album thrilling. Besides those masterpieces, the album contains super-songs like "Long Way To Go", "Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore", "Inside Out", "Take Me Home" and the beautiful "We Said Hello, Goodbye".

    There isn't much to say: If you like some of it, you'll probably like it all, if you don't - well, don't buy it. I think it's great....more info

  • Coming Soon a Remasters Series?
    Good...! With the Mini Lp Series released for various artist in present, why phil collins don't give the same tratament for yours classics albums? ...more info
  • The Best
    This is Phils best solo performance. This CD is a work of art and it shows how great Phil Collins really is under the spotlight. It's got some of Phils greatest songs on one single CD. I have it and so should every one else. I am his biggest fan and I would not lie to you about buying this CD. Thanks!...more info
  • No Hatin' Required
    HOLY MOSES THIS IS FANTASTIC. I Was just told like 2 days ago that this CD may have been the greatest of the 80s. I was like you know what i doubt that, what with Joshua Tree, Pyromania, and Back In Black, just to name a few. But i took the advice and gave it a try, and you know what, i feel like a complete douche for ever doubting this one in the first place. With such hits as Sussudio, One More Night, Dont Lose My Number, and the uber ballad Take Me Home, This CD more than just rocks, it rolls. One other stand out song is definetly the added track of We Said Hello Goodbye, which is more than likely my favorite on the CD. All in all any fan of the 80s or music in general should not be without it. Pick it up and get ready to rock...more info
  • "No Jacket Required" is one of those must have albums.
    In 1985-86, Phil Collins career was at it's mountain-top. Quite fittingly, his best album is also from that span, No Jacket Required. It spent nearly 2 months atop the charts. And it spun off a handful of mammoth singles: "Sussudio", "One more night", "Don't lose my number" and "Take me home". "Who said I would" also garnered a decent amount of time on the airwaves.

    The liner notes are terrific. The all red back cover was a nice touch. There's no lyrics, but it gives thank-you's, credits, who-played what on each song and also gives info on where everything was recorded.

    There's something for everyone here. "No Jacket Required" had a diverse set of songs, among them Up-Beat pop tracks, eloquent ballads, and prog-rock throwbacks. Daryl Sturmer played all the guitar tracks and his superb tone adds depth.

    Here's my track-by-track analysis:

    "Sussudio"-A number one hit, the keyboard line sounding Similar to "1999" by Prince, some have said TOO similar but personally that doesn't diminsh the song's quality one bit. The bass and horn section only boosts it's catchiness.

    "Only you know and I know"-A semi-pop track with a great synth hook. The lyrical matter is more or less summed up in it's title.

    "Long Long way to go"- A moody, atmospheric track. The decision to have Sting sing the background vocals was genius. It enhances the effect ten-fold.

    "I don't wanna know"- Phil sings about a relationship ending, and having no interest in hearing that she regrets it. He was warned not to give his heart to her, cuz she wouldn't give it back. The prominent guitar here is a far-cry from the adult contemporary sound he'd soon delve into.

    "One More Night"-Another Chart topper. Terrific ballad, truly heartfelt. It's about acknowledging one's human-ness "If I stumble, if I fall, just help me back/so I can make you see/Please give me one more night". The verse after the second chorus really drives the song home "Like a river to the see/I will always be with you/And if you sail away/I will follow you."

    "Don't lose my number"-A TOP 5 SMASH, yet it was inexplicably left off his Greatest Hits album. That's barely forgivable. This song is one of all-time favorites. It kicks off with a nice drum beat. The hook for this song is sharp as a fisherman's. The lyrics are a message to a person, named Billy. I'm still not sure who Billy is. Lyrics: "He never meant to do anything wrong, it's gonna get worse if he waits too long/Billy, Billy don't you my number/ Cuz you're not anywhere that I can find you". This song was obviously written before Cell Phones. The video for this song was good, experts kept walking into Phil's office to suggest idea's, One being set in the old west, the other's being parodies of "Every breath you take" by the Police,

    "Who said I would"-Starts off with a nice intro, it keeps a steady beat throughout. It has a full platter of Synths, Horns, and vocal effects.

    "Doesn't anybody stay together anymore"-The instrumentation sounds like Peter Gabriel-era Genesis. The drums during the chorus are loud, with a driving bass line, quickly sedgewaying into quieter verses. The lyrics tell about things we all do, and tackles confusion in romance, which in actuality are really nothing new.

    "Inside out"-Has fine drumming (Hey it's Phil Collins, you're guaranteed that). The slow-down sections are especially pleasant, with a saxophone playing.

    Take me home" was recently sampled in a rap song by bone-thugs-n-harmony, it falls under the ballad category, though at the same time it's more cheerful and contains an incessant chorus. Phil's old Genesis buddy Peter Gabriel sings the background vocals.

    "We said hello goodbye" is a slower, tear-jerking ballad, I used to dislike this song because it's a far cry from the many up-beat numbers here, but upon realization, it's the perfect closer.

    "No Jacket Required" rightly won the Grammy award for 1985 album of the year. This is Phil Collins best solo offering - Bar None....more info

  • Sti-Sti-Stinkio!
    I actually liked Phil Collins until this album was released. He used to have some meaningful songs, like In the Air Tonight, but this is pure synth 80's pap that is best forgotten, like big hair, Dynasty and Chernobyl....more info
  • ahh yes one of the 3 great masters of the 80s
    i agree with the reviewer "fart292" in that phil collins was indeed one of the 3 great masters of the 80s. along with grandma and jean michel jarre. in the 80s it was 80s mania that was the order of the day. houston was the headquarters of the 80s. in the 80s it was always night, and if you lived at night then you were in. grandmas house was the HEAD headquarters of that grand decade of the 1980s. in june of 1986, jean michel jarre took over the city of houston to make his music known as the powerhouse that it was. I have been born and raised in houston, and i am still living here. I WAS THERE in 1986 when he took downtown houston. I WAS THERE when ralph sampson (of the houston rockets) and jerry sichsting (of the boston celtics) got into a melee and fisticuffs and police were brought onto the floor at the championship game in the summit. I WAS THERE IN THE 80S. phil collins. grandma. jean michel jarre. michelob commercials with the song i move better in the night. HOUSTON. this cd will definetly bring you back to the great and wonderous decade with this smooth and efficient man and the night. i would take pleasure in SMELLING PHIL COLLINS VERY PRECISE BREATH. especially in the morning. in conclusion, this is a perfect cd and you will definetly enjoy it more than anything in the world. INCLUDING smelling his breath....more info
  • a mix of pure fun & deep emotions; brilliant beyond all belief
    The level of quality that Phil Collins maintained in his solo work & Genesis work throughout the '80s is nothing short of astonishing, & this 3rd solo album of his, released in February of 1985, captures Phil at an absolute zenith.

    "No Jacket Required" is actually a somewhat unusual album for Phil in that he embraced synthesized club dance music quite strongly here (largely influenced by Prince), something that he did not do at all on his next couple albums unless you count "Hang In Long Enough" from "But Seriously". Of course that led many to cry "sellout", & although songs such as "Only You Know And I Know" do sound joltingly different than anything on "Face Value" & "Hello, I Must Be Going", it's not a sellout--it's simply Phil trying a different style & doing so with infectious tunes. Although it's easy, & certainly not without truth, to say that the album strongly recalls its era, the entire album is so well-written & well-made that it's simply great, timeless music--there's no reason at all to feel guilty about liking it. Even here, Phil's unique, homegrown, "make-it-up-as-you-go-along" approach to music making is abundantly in evidence--he's not pandering to anything, he's being true to himself & making great music in the process. There are a slew of great propulsive club-dance tunes here--"Who Said I Would"; "Only You Know And I Know"; the just plain fun "Sussudio"; & the gripping, darkly-shaded story-song "Don't Lose My Number".

    Phil additionally rocks out on couple other tracks--the riffy "I Don't Wanna Know" is about once-and-for-all ridding oneself of an unworthy lover; and "Inside Out" is about, of all things, not succumbing to negative outside influences, and it features a piano sound that recalls his previous 2 albums. These two songs, as well as on the dynamic, mellow-versed, lyrically incisive "Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore", are each dominated by Phil's real drums, opposed to machines. It's not true at all that there are no real drums on the album--actually, the tracks tend to feature "fake" drums masterfully supplemented by real drums.

    In addition to all of this, we have the incredibly potent ballads. "Long Long Way To Go" is starkly-arranged and supremely atmospheric & haunting, and lyrically, it foreshadows Phil's move toward more politically-oriented songs on 1989's "...But Seriously". The sighing "One More Night", with its pensive sax solo on the fade by the late Don Myrick, is simply gorgeous. Then, there's the song that closed the album in its original vinyl release, "Take Me Home"--it's a soaring, bittersweet epic song of acceptance & "going home" again, with a powerful, gradual buildup--it's one of the most deeply moving & emotionally satisfying songs ever recorded (it features Peter Gabriel on background vocals). The CD however features an additional track--"We Said Hello Goodbye"--which, with its piano + orchestra intro following the anthemic fade of "Take Me Home", & lyrics saying "home is in your heart", ends up working magnificently as a coda of sorts to the album, plus it's a great song in its own right.

    Quite simply, Phil Collins is captured in all around peak form on this staggeringly brilliant album--great vocals, songwriting, production (he co-produced the album with Hugh Padgham), and certainly don't count out the contributions of the legendary Lee Sklar on bass, or Phil's long-time cohort Daryl Stuermer, who co-wrote 3 tracks & contributed excellent, fluid guitar work throughout. "No Jacket Required" is an essential, awe-inspiring masterpiece, one of the very best albums ever made....more info
  • Phil's Best Work
    In the 80's, Phil Collins was on the radio probably more than any artist. Busy with his solo work, his continued leadership of Genesis, and co-production of other artists, Collins was one of the true pioneers of the 80's rock/pop era. "No Jacket Required" is arguably the best album Collins has released. From the dance-pop number "Sussido" to the harder rocking "Don't Lose My Number" to the R & B style "Take Me Home" to the number one ballad "One More Night", the album is a strong blend of many different styles. Also the album cuts are strong such as the silly "Who Said I Would?" and the romantic "We Said Hello Goodbye". This would become the last album by Phil to have some power and muscle to it, as Collins would become more middle of the road after this album, becoming sappy and happy and a social commentator. Pick up the 1985 Grammy album of the year winner and see just how talented the former teenage drummer from Genesis has become....more info
  • Lala, Cook and Bonnie's favorite CD
    My two closest friends are unanimous in this being our favorite Phil Collins CD. Not since Genesis's Invisble Touch have I heard something to the level of Sussudio from Phil. In my heart, he ranks second only to the immortal Elton John.

    My friends - Cook and Bonnie - also agree. In fact, they like it so much that I traded this CD as part of a fantasy baseball trade that worked bigtime in my favor. That's saying something because these guys live for fantasy sports. (I already regret trading this timeless masterpiece.)...more info

  • A Relic of Its Time.. and not even good for "nostalgia" purposes
    This was a monster album in 1985. Many of the songs from this album were all over the radio. Phil Collins was also all over MTV, thanks to what were (at the time) his catchy tunes and "witty" (well, "English witty") videos. It was a #1 album and sold a ton of copies. The fact that a very balding, rather short and not very attractive man could have been such a superstar says quite a bit about how things have changed. Hell, look at the cover of this one -- and then remind yourself that this thing sold millions of copies in LP FORMAT -- meaning that his big old ugly man was blown up to an incredible size for the cover of this one.

    In any event, this album has not aged well. Listening to it now I just don't think it's very good. A lot of the songs seem to sound very similar to each other, with no real variety. Sure there are a couple slow songs, but the more uptempo songs really all seem to have the same beat. The drum/percussion sound on this album is also really gimicky and has not aged well either. This was an album made for the 1985 market, without much thought or concern for making something that could stand the test of time.

    This was also the Grammy winner for Best Album. This thing had NO business being named Best Album. It certainly beat out two far more qualified and much better nominees in "Brothers In Arms" (Dire Straits) and "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" (Sting) (New Order's "Low Life" and Tears For Fear's "Songs From the Big Chair" were not even nominated, which proves how much the Grammy's suck). Whatever else, do not be fooled, this was not the best album that came out in 1985.

    All in all, the hits on here can be found on other compilations, including various Phil Collins "Best Of" / "Greatest Hits" albums. There is no real reason to buy this album if you are only looking for the hits. You can get those elsewhere, and in conjunction with better songs (such as "In the Air Tonight"). This album really doesn't even make for good 1980's nostalgia music. It's simply a relic of a bygone time in radio formating, MTV and music marketing.

    All told, I own this on LP and CD, and I actually like several of the songs on here, having listened to them quite a bit on radio and MTV when I was a kid growing up in the 1980's. I am not even a Phil Collins hater, as I have no opinion either way as to the guy, other than I certainly do not hate him the way some people seem to really hate this guy and his music.

    However, I cannot find a compelling reason to recommend buying this CD. Get a Phil Collins "hits" compilation instead....more info
  • Settle for less...
    Amazing!
    I still find this record (15 yrs later) very difficult to listen to, yes it's simply overflowing with smash radio hits and a few Grammy's just to make sure we know we're supposed to buy it, wow that must mean it's a great record (right) because the industry force fed it to us and threw millions of dollars at it's marketing and distribution. This album is like McDonalds or Coca-Cola, there is nothing wrong with it, in fact like both of the items I've mentioned (McDonalds & Coke) it's perfectly acceptable mass appeal product, and should be regarded as such. There is no reason to write a food review of a Big Mac and explain how brilliant it is, we all know what it is and what to expect and the same goes with the majority of Phil Collins albums, stand in line place your order and know what to expect.

    Question: Why does he always have his face on the cover, I think he's got 5 or 6 albums with tight head shots (weird) it's funny how all his albums kinda look the same (and sound just like they look) very much the same....more info

  • what!? only 65 reviews?
    Only 65 reviews?! There must have been a billion people listening to this in 1985 - all on cassette tape. I just stumbled across the video for "Sussudio" on YouTube by accident and it all came flooding back. Actually, I heard that track, even with YouTube's terrible compression, and I thought *why can't I get drums and keyboards to sound that good* (I am a pro musician and part-time producer). This album, along with "Thriller," "Purple Rain," "Paul's Boutique" and "Doolittle" make up all my 1980's world. I actually came here after hearing "Sussudio," my heart being pricked by acute nostalgia, hoping to find thousands of thoughtful essays on what was so perfect about this album. But I found that only 65 people have reviewed it?! WHAT?! Is pop music really that disposable?...more info
  • Phil's Best Work
    In the 80's, Phil Collins was on the radio probably more than any artist. Busy with his solo work, his continued leadership of Genesis, and co-production of other artists, Collins was one of the true pioneers of the 80's rock/pop era. "No Jacket Required" is arguably the best album Collins has released. From the dance-pop number "Sussido" to the harder rocking "Don't Lose My Number" to the R & B style "Take Me Home" to the number one ballad "One More Night", the album is a strong blend of many different styles. Also the album cuts are strong such as the silly "Who Said I Would?" and the romantic "We Said Hello Goodbye". This would become the last album by Phil to have some power and muscle to it, as Collins would become more middle of the road after this album, becoming sappy and happy and a social commentator. Pick up the 1985 Grammy album of the year winner and see just how talented the former teenage drummer from Genesis has become....more info
  • Not quite five stars, but damn close!
    There was enough of cheese floating around in the 1980's to know a stinker when you saw one, but "No Jacket Required" certainly doesn't qualify.

    Yes, it's true that Phil Collins was omnipresent in 1985 (not the least of which was making appearances at both Live Aid concerts - first in London and then taking the Concorde to Philadelphia). Anyone else would have suffered from creative burnout, but Phil was just getting started.

    Released almost twenty-five years ago, some of the album sounds very much its age, but the majority of the singles have held up well throughout the years, and not just the ones that have become terrestrial radio staples (such as, here we go again with the familiar list, "Sussudio," "One More Night," and "Don't Lose My Number").

    Phil always did manage to inject a healthy dose of social commentary into his music, such as with "Long Long Way To Go" (along with like-minded fellow Brit Sting) along with "Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore?" - a concept he would expand upon a mere four years later with 1989's "...But Seriously."

    Some singles sound *very* 80's including "Only You Know and I Know" (a tune that's worthy of parody on "Family Guy") and "I Don't Wanna Know," but "Long Long Way To Go" and "Inside Out" are among my all-time favorites ("Inside Out" showcasing Collins' great drumming).

    In all, though, this is one of Collins' best solo efforts. I'm going to distance myself from the general sentiment here and vote for "...But Seriously" as his best solo effort, even though his popularity was a little past its peak in '89, but "No Jacket Required" is definitely more than worthy of a few listens. - Donna Di Giacomo...more info
  • it's good!
    I love this CD. It is one of Phil's best besides Dance Into The Light. I like the guitar solo in the middle of Don't Lose My Number....more info
  • best record ever

    Unbelievable,Incredible,Great record,I don't throw around such love easily. I am very fickle. ?DO I NEED TO PURCHASE MUSIC ANY LONGER? IF YOU DO NOT CONCUR OR AGREE YOU HAVE NOT FULLY LISTENED TO THIS MIND BLOWING PHIL COLLINS EFFORT OF THE 80'S. STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN!!! straight up and down. PERIOD....more info
  • you don't need a jacket to listen to this
    i like no jacket required by phil collins because it has a good mix of music.it has dance songs sussudio,don't lose my number,who sais i would,only you know and i know,and i don't wanna know.ballads one more night,and we said hello goodbye. rock songs inside out,and social songs long long way to go. take off your jacket and listen to this album.i'm sure you will love it. ed wilson...more info
  • Phil's the best
    PHIL COLLINS is great,terrific,super,superb,fantastic,majestic, awesome and plain GREAT.I love him in Genesis and his solo albums.You got to get this great album.Five stars....more info
  • ASTONISHING
    This album could very well be ranked one of the finest of the 1980s, if not of all time, right along THRILLER, CAN'T SLOW DOWN, SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE, etc. Every track on this album is so fresh and vibrant, just as they were back in 1985. Purchasing Collins' greatest hits compilation is essential enough to enjoy all of his greatest songs, but a purchase of NO JACKET REQUIRED is essential enough to enjoy an example of a wonderfully crafted, classic album with nothing but excellent tracks....more info
  • Ah, the 80's what a decade of dreams!
    It's so nice to see that records like that still goes with the time, no matter how old it is. No Jacket Required is truly an amazing pop experience from the 80's, a decade where pop music were carry for people of real talent! I lived the 80's time enough to tell you that was a memmorable decade of beautiful and soulful songs, and this Phil Collins record are the real prove of what I'm talking about. Since the singles, like Sussudio, One More Night, untill the other songs that have on it, everything here are perfect! You can't miss that amazing music experience. This is a fine stuff, and certainly a pop milestone! Buy it now!...more info
  • This album is so hummable and catchy!
    Phil Collins' No Jacket Required is not only great, but very hummable! Loads of catchy pop songs all throughout! I can't tell you how many times I've hummed to Long, Long Way to Go. Probably more than the big hits of Sussudio, One More Night, Don't Lose My Number and others. I don't think that any album he's done afterwards has topped this, because the songmaking is so very strong on here as well as the writing and producing he did on it. "Long" sounds like the sister to In The Air Tonight, the way that the songs sound alike, with the exception of those bridges. From the songs, to the catchy choruses to the way it defined '80s music, this is Phil Collins' best solo album to me!...more info
  • It's been a long long way for No Jacket Required
    Phil Colins is, without a doubt, one of the finest singer/songwriters of recent years (not bad for a drummer, huh?) His talent was born while still in Genesis after Peter Gabriel ditched the band. Since then, he's lead the group into commercial success and then began a career as a best selling solo artist.

    No Jacket Required was released in 1985 in the midst of the pop frenzy of that era and the music video television madness. Phil was no stranger to pop/rock radio stations and MTV; he offered them a popsicle named Sussudio and that was that for the star. The rest of the hits came rushing behind; the groovy One More Night, the rock epic Take Me Home and the fantastic Don't Lose My Number, which spawned an unforgettable music video. However some other tracks that did not get commercial appeal are as equally good; the smooth low key Long Long Way To Go, which features obvious backing vocals by Sting, remains one of my personal favorites from No Jacket Required, Inside Out and We Said Hello Goodbye (Don't Look Back) which was originally featured as a B-side to the Don't Lose My Number single.

    Phil went on to release better and more mature work with the Grammy winning But Seriously four years later. His career in the 90's fell short but still maintained good songs here and there; the early millennium saw Phil Collins return to form with groundbreaking productions, and Academy awards. However, No Jacket Required remains to be the album that sold the most copies and is most adored by his fans.

    Recommended

    A-

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  • Classic eighties pop in best package
    Phil Collins strikes back here after a bit cheesy first two albums with amazing pop album "No jacket required".yes,"Sussudio","One more night" or "Take me home" are classics.if you think that Phil is a funny hair-loose guy making shallow dance hits then you are wrong.the true is that many of his hits sound naive but is there anybody who won't apreciate the amazing duet with sting ("Long long way to go") or dark social commentry in "doesn't anybody stay together anymore?".in my opinion the album is amazing.
    propably the most funny track here is "Don't you loose my numnber" - propably one of my Phil's favourite tracks.in here we have all that we used to call cheesy in eighties.pathetic guiar solo,raw beat,some amusing synths and mysterious lyrics (who is billy and why he's running?)...great song.
    well,"No jacket required" remains one of Phil's biggest succes and still it sounds joyfull and interesting.the pop songs with some more depth beneath.a great gift for any eighties fan or for you,who want to feel the taste of eighties without embarrasment....more info
  • Good, catchy album
    This album has great pop hooks. The melodies are fine and the textures are pretty good. My favourite tracks are a long way home, one more night, who said I would and my favourite is Doesn't anybody stay together anymore. Inside out is also really good....more info
  • Insultingly bad!
    Sussudio is one of the worst singles of the 1980's and it is the best song on this album. Normally an 80's album this bad would feature an attractive lead singer for the teenage girls to fawn over. Only Phil Collins has the courage to release an album of mindless boy band music and not deliver the boy band....more info
  • Do you like Phil Collins?
    I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums.

    Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist....more info
  • Phil Collins: No Jacket Required (1985)
    In 1985, three years after releasing his second solo album entitled, HELLO, I MUST BE GOING!, Phil Collins had released his third solo album entitled, NO JACKET REQUIRED. This album seemed to have been a success, with the release of four hits from this album.

    SUSSUDIO
    This one is one of the four hits from this album. Now, Prince had written this song, and you all know how much loathe Prince. There are only two things I like about Prince and they are: His ability to be a great lyricist, and his hit 1984 single, "Purple Rain". This song is a Phil Collins winner.

    ONLY YOU KNOW AND I KNOW
    WOW! This song is real energetic and heavy. This one of my all-time favorite songs off of this album. Damn! Any Phil Collins fan, old or young, will love this song.

    LONG LONG WAY TO GO
    Phil Collins must enjoy singing these ballads, because with each album, he has at least two or three ballads on them. You don't know that with the release of this album that the 1985 film, AGAINST ALL ODDS had been released where Phil Collins had recorded the theme song and released it as a single, where it became a huge hit. That film's theme song is entitled, "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)".

    I DON'T WANNA KNOW
    This song is just as energetic and heavy as "Only You Know And I Know", but this one is just one tiny step below "Only You Know And I Know"

    ONE MORE NIGHT
    This song is the second of the four hits on this album. It is a completely relaxing and soothing ballad. The song came one step close to being one of my favorites, but it skimmed it. But I do really enjoy hearing this song.

    DON'T LOSE MY NUMBER
    This is the third of the four hits from this album and everybody, especially the Phil Collins fans should love this song. Phil has definitely a way of recording fun-filled songs.

    WHO SAID I WOULD
    This song has that energetic & heavy feel to it, but has something else that "Only You Know And I Know" & "I Don't Wanna Know" lack and that is a fun-filled sound.

    DOESN'T ANYBODY STAY TOGETHER ANYMORE
    I'm thinking that in 1989, when Cher had recorded her HEART OF STONE album, she was influenced to have a song with a similar title as this one, only her song on her HEART OF STONE album is entitled, "Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?" This is a great song.

    INSIDE OUT
    Not a ballad, but this song is a nice change of pace, taking a break from the uptempo tunes. Great song.

    TAKE ME HOME
    This was the fourth & final hit from this album and it is another one of my all-time favorite songs, with the following guest vocalists on backing vocals: Sting, Peter Gabriel (ex-member of Genesis, as well as Phil Collins' cousin), & Helen Terry.

    WE SAID HELLO GOODBYE
    Another great soothing Phil Collins ballad that puts me into relaxation. I love listening to this song.

    This album definitely proved that Phil Collins would be an official Icon on his way to being a Legend, just like The Beatles have, despite John Lennon's murder and George Harrison's passing....more info
  • Superb Hits !!
    Superb Condition. Excellent quality of music. Perfect packing and forwarding. Got in perfect condition. Cheers.. Recommendable to others defenitely !!...more info
  • classic
    Trully my fave Phil Collins Album. "Sussudio" was the first song that made me remember his name long enough to go to the music store, the other songs made me buyt more of his albums. One of the most talented soft rockers of all time. ...more info
  • collins is classic
    Each song on this album is better than the one before it - I had the album when it first came out and wore the tape to nothing with the continuous play - now I have it again and the CD is never out of the car!! ...more info
  • SUPERB
    A GREAT CD FROM THE FORMER DRUMMER AND VOCALIST OF GENESIS.VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED....more info
  • This "Jacket" is Needed
    When Phil Collins released his third solo album "No Jacket Required" in 1985 it hit #1 at the Billboard album chart and won a grammy for best pop album the same year. Collins was on top of his career in 1985-86. Other then releasing a excellent album, he also was very busy at the time with. First the single "Against all Odds" in 1984 that was film music and then Easy Lover with Phil Bailey and "Invisible Touch" with Genesis that was released in 1986. The music on this album was still horn driven with drum solo's but it was the purest of his pop albums, with more positive sound even if it had some great ballads he had left the dark territory of bitterness and self pity.

    The album starts with the effective pop song "Sussudio", the myth said that he was listening alot to Prince's 1999 album while touring and wanted to release something on the line. This uptempo pop song was one of his biggest hits. "Only You and I know" is a very catchy song with synths and horns, feels a bit dated today but it's a good pop song just the same. "Long Long way to go" is a slow ballad like song that feautures a guest appearance from Sting. Yes you heard right!. "I don't wanna know" is a uptempo song, although it discusses the issue about a breakup where the woman wants him back while he's done with it. "Cos I don't wanna know No, I don't wanna know, She can cry all she wants, She's not gonna bring me back, no no". "One More Night" was also one of the singles from this album, it's also a ballad about his divorce, when he asks for just "One More Night".

    "Don't Lose My Number" is a catcy uptempo song with percussion and synths. I was single released aswell and a decent hook, but not as deep as many of the other contemporary songs. "Who Said I Would" reminds a bit of Sussudio, it deaures horns and is also a funky uptempo. The hook is the weakness though but musically it's great with a good horn solo. "Doesn't Anyone Stay Together Anymore" is a midtempo song about breakups. "Inside Out" is a semi-ballad with a powerful chorus. Features a great guitar solo. "Take Me Home" is perhaps the best song here, it got this hypnotic percussion sound in the backround, the song itself is a semi-ballad that could have been released much later (it sound like a 90' song). It's almost 6 minutes long. The album ends with "We Said Hello Goodbye" Beatles inspired title?, however it's a classic ballad without too many cathcy instruments used.

    Overall, this was his most commerial album and his biggest success aswell. It goes in the same spirit as the previous but it launched more hit-singles and it's alot more positive to listen to lyrically. Essential work, a very good album....more info
  • Phil Hits The Top
    Phil Collins went through the commercial stratosphere with 1985's "No Jacket Required," a smash-hit album with many hit singles that also won the Grammy for Album Of The Year. It's mostly a fast, high-powered pop album that's irresistibly fun, and it cemented Phil as one of the 80's most popular artists. You know the radio hits: "Sussudio," "One More Night," "Don't Lose My Number," and "Take Me Home," all of them signature Phil songs, but the album also shines with it's songs that were NOT released as singles, such as the pumped-up "Only You Know And I Know," "I Don't Wanna Know," "Who Said I Would," "Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore," and the marvelous rocker, "Inside Out," quite possibly the best song from the album. Phil turns the volume down a bit on three songs, the beautiful hit ballad "One More Night," the spacious "Long Long Way To Go" (featuring Sting on background vocals), and the very lovely CD-only track, "We Said Hello Goodbye," one of Phil's finest tunes. Phil's songwriting, vocals and musical chops are terrific, and the production work by Phil & Hugh Padgham is bright & polished.The only debit for me about "No Jacket Required" is that it's become the album that Phil is forever judged by. As a longtime Phil Collins fan for well over 20 years and counting, I know for a fact that there is a LOT more to this man's music than just this one album. Check out his other solo albums, his great body of work with Genesis and the jazz-rock fusion band Brand X, and his producing & session work for other artists like Eric Clapton and Robert Plant. Phil Collins can do it all! "No Jacket Required" is only one chapter in the long, illustrious career of this very talented musician, but it is a very significant chapter, and an excellent, catchy pop album besides....more info
  • A well-deserved 80's classic that hasn't lost its flavour
    1985 belonged to Phil Collins, given the amount of energy and contributions he gave to the pop world. No Jacket Required signified Phil Collins' peak, but there had been a lot in the making. Following Hello I Must Be Going, he made another album with his bandmates Genesis, who went further into the mainstream with the #6 hit "That's All" from their eponymous album. Phil also scored a #1 hit with the poignant "Against All Odds," from the movie of that same name, and a #2 duet with Earth Wind and Fire member Phil Bailey with "Easy Lover," and he played drums on Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" charity single.

    Riding on the crest of that wave, "Sussudio" the first single from NJR, became Collins' second #1 hit. The infectiously skippy percussion, synths, and horns feature Hugh Padgham's pneumatic pop production honed for greatness. Another song of that caliber is the energetic "Who Said I Would," a live version of which didn't do so well. This is easily another Top Five hit.

    "Only You Know and I Know" is by far the most energetic number here, with the breakneck keyboards and horns, accompanied by Phil's resonant and nasally singing, and arguably something that could've skipped its way on the pop charts, or better still, the dance charts.

    "One More Night" a moody, heartfelt and airy ballad was yet another chart-topper for Collins, aptly demonstrating a frailty and insecurity felt by men. Most poignant and a case for his songwriting skills is this: "I've been sitting here so long, wasting time, just staring at the phone, and I was wondering should I call you, then I thought maybe you're not alone." I freely indulge in that hesitancy as well. And thanks to my old manager, Nick Jasken, for pointing out that lyric to me.

    Of the singles, I'm quite taken with "Don't Lose My Number," not only because of the funny video which had Phil doing parodies of Mad Max, David Lee Roth, and the fly in the Cars' "You Might Think," but because of the strong drum machine and Daryl Steurmer's snarling rock guitar. In fact it's only because a guy in the video who asked who was playing the guitar that I learned Daryl Steurmer's name. A worthy #4 hit that inexplicably missed being on Phil Collins' Hits compilation.

    The mixed signals one sends-"But I don't know why, your emotions walled up. Your heart's on your sleeve, but your sleeve is rolled up"-and fragility of togetherness leads Phil asking "Does Anybody Stay Together Anymore."

    With the steady drum machine and some light keyboard work, the last Top Ten single, the reflective #7 "Take Me Home" is to Phil what "Watching The Wheels" was to John Lennon, someone hanging back, withdrawn from the scene but still aware of what's going on. Helping out Phil on backing vocals is the familiar droning and echoing of Peter Gabriel and Sting, as well as Helen Terry, who sung on Culture Club's "Church of the Poison Mind."

    The parting of old friends, one for a better life ahead is contained in the piano ballad "We Said Hello Goodbye." This won the Grammy for Best Album for 1985, but the spillover would continue into Genesis's next album, Invisible Touch. And Phil kept the fire burning by scoring another #1 hit, "Separate Lives" from White Nights, and playing at both Live Aid concerts on the same day. Phil's masterpiece to be sure, and one whose greatness hasn't diminished throughout the ages....more info
  • Holy mackeral - too good to pass up
    If you like Phil Collins - you must have this album. This is the album where Phil cemented himself as a solo artist. ...more info
  • Truly 80's!
    One of the best of Phil Collins solo albums. The CD (with the added 11th song at the end) is to be thoroughly enjoyed by all Phil Collins fans!...more info
  • Phil Fits The Bill Baby!
    This is the best collection of Phil Collins music I have ever heard. I remember following him from his start with Genesis until he went out on his own such as with this album. Although this is an older collection of his music, I think that is what makes it so special. Phil is an energetic and timeless performer. Pure quality and a must buy!...more info
  • A very good pop/dance album.
    This is the big smash album for Phil Collins. Just a couple of years after the big self-titled pop album for his band Genesis, this came out. The songs on here are for the most part good.(Particulary Take Me Home, and Don't Lose My Number, both big singles for him.) Despite it being his most loved album it also offers some of his most underated songs(Only You and I Know, Long Long Way to Go, Inside Out, We Said Hello Goodbye) as well as possibly his worst(Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore?) The production is pretty bad on here, especially on Sussido, Don't Lose My Number and Take Me Home. However the live versions of these songs more than make up for that. If you can tolerate pop music, buy it and enjoy yourself....more info
  • obiviously amazing listening
    Really glad to be able to get this on vinyl, one of his best, it's a classic that everyone should have in their collection, vinyl or otherwise...more info
  • obiviously amazing listening
    Really glad to be able to get this on vinyl, one of his best, it's a classic that everyone should have in their collection, vinyl or otherwise...more info
  • The Jacket wasn't required, but it made a heck of a difference
    Phil Collins released his third studio album 'No Jacket Required' in April 1985. This album would win the 'Best Album' at the 1986 Grammy Awards, and would produce two #1 hits (Sussudio and One more night) and 2 other top ten hits (Don't lose my number, Take me home). This is his best-selling and most popular album.

    Track-by-track summary

    01 - Sussudio

    Not the best way to start things, and certainly one of the weak points of this album. This is a VERY Upbeat 80s piece that (unfortunately) went to #1. I can't stand listening to this song partially because of the repetitive use of the word 'Sussudio' and partially because it comes out as nothing (in my mind).

    02 - Only you know and I know

    In my opinion, this is the worst on the album. It reminds the listener of 'Sussudio', but it doesn't stand up to even that. The lyrics are laughable, the music is 'typical 80s' and the drum machine just drives me crazy.

    03 - Long long way to go

    Well, FINALLY we have a good song. It is extremely atmospheric a la 'In the air tonight' and it deals with how we can just turn off the TV when we hear about what has happened, but how it won't go away. Sting singing with Phil in the chorus adds even more magic to it.

    04 - I don't want to know

    Another wonderful song, (see? We've already made up for the horrible 80s Disco of the first two songs) that is the most rocking here that has lyrics that show the other side of a break-up (Phil not caring about whether is significant other is crying or upset, cause he'll never love her again). This wouldn't feel out of place on Face Value or ...But Seriously.

    05 - One more night

    This is simply another annoying piece of music that has been severely overplayed to the point of me admitting hatred towards it. This is purely a horrible song that hardly has any emotion in it. Drum Machine and Keyboards should have been replaced with Real Drums and Piano as it would probably sound slightly better.

    06 - Don't lose my number

    A song that I'm 'supposed' to hate, but I don't, it's just not in its best version here. The lyrics are creative and the music is somewhat rocking, it is the best hit that resulted from this album. (See a better version with no drum machine on Serious Hits Live).

    07 - Who said I would?

    I like the carrousel sound at the beginning, but other than that, this song does nothing to impress me. The bridge's lyrics are good, but those are the best here.

    08 - Doesn't anybody stay together anymore?

    The beginning to this song makes you feel that this song has a lot to offer, but once again this comes across as filler.

    09 - Inside Out

    A decent song finally! This is a fine song that is one of the few not to feature a drum machine. The drums roar here, and the lyrics and music are much better than the two previous songs. Even though the set-up is relatively the same as 'Doesn't anybody stay together anymore', it just seems to be a better song.

    10 - Take me home

    The only other good hit single from this CD. Despite its repetitive lyrics, it implies a strong message about the mentally challenged and has a strong Rhythm and Blues sound to it. It features Peter Gabriel in backing vocals in the chorus. Look for an even better version of this song (extended also) on '12''ers'.

    11 - We said hello, goodbye (Bonus Track - CD Only)

    This piece sounds quite Elton John-esque and does wonders (quite an improvement overall on this album). The orchestrated beginning is amazing, and the song is about not looking back at the past, but to look forward to the future, and certainly it didn't lie. (the next studio album - ...But Seriously is his best)

    Overall: This album is half filler or just plain awful, and half filled with great songs that have warmth within them. Despite the greatness of the wonderful ones, the low points are so bad that it brings down the quality of the album overall with it, but even at his low point, Phil Collins still delivered an okay album.


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  • Pop
    Phil Collins might have made some infectious music on this album but it lacks real magic. This is pure pop and thats rarely a good thing. It certainly is not here....more info
  • Pure mediocrity
    One of the best albums of all time? Surely you jest. Just cause the guy happened to sit at the drum set for 5 years while Peter Gabriel sang does not make him talented. ...more info
  • The Signature Phil Collins Album
    By the time Phil Collins released his third album "No Jacket Required" he was now an established superstar in the music industry: He had two successful solo albums ("Face Value" and "Hello, I Must Be Going"); His group Genesis was more popular than ever - coming off their most successful selling album (the self titled 'Genesis') to date; He had had his first U.S. Number One Single with the theme song from the "Against All Odds"; And he had now become a sought after producer - namely on Philip Bailey's solo album "Chinese Wall". The timing was right for Phil Collins' career to continue to grow and with "No Jacket Required", he continued to be not only a commercial force in the music industry, but now would continue to grow as a creative force. Phil's last album, "Hello, I Must Be Going" was a highly personal album that documented the breakup of his first marriage. Although this album still does explore some of the issues that surrounded Phil's breakup of his marriage, it does take a more light approach and proves to be a lot more fun. This album would produce two #1 singles ("One More Night" and "Sussudio"), but it was the strength of many of the unreleased singles that make this album special. The title of the album comes when Phil was denied entry to Chicago's Pump Room at the famed Ambassador East Hotel. Phil appropriately titles the album "No Jacket Required" and creates many songs that are in the same spirit of him making light of the incident.

    Phil Collins' first two albums had three central themes: 1) The integration horns into many of the songs; 2) The use of a "dark psychedelic" element. (The best way I can describe this is this is the kind of music you might hear on a quiet, dark city street - with a touch of psychedelica); 3) The Thundering, Haunting Drums of Phil Collins continue. With the "Hello" album, Phil also introduced a fourth element - the use of keyboards and pianos. On "No Jacket Required", there isn't much of the "dark psychedelic element". The horns and haunting drums remain. Phil uses the Phenix Horns and/or Saxaphone on 6 of the 11 tracks. On "Hello, I Must Be Going", Phil introduced a lot more keyboards. On this album, Phil makes more uses of guitar and bass thanks to contributions by Daryl Stuermer and Leland Sklar respectively.

    The best way to describe this album is on a song by song basis:

    "Sussudio": Right off the bat, Collins establishes the lighter element. He makes up a word - Sussudio. This song did suffer from being overplayed, but the impact of this new word can be felt. The Horns also play a great role on this song.

    "Only You Know and I Know" - possibly one of the most underrated songs of his career. Once again great use of horns and Phil really hammers those drums. Phil touches on the relationship theme here.

    "Long Long Way to Go" - another underrated song. This song features Sting in a very prominent guest vocal. Collins and Sting actually performed this song at Live Aid together. This is the most serious of the tracks as it discusses dealing with death. This is the one song on the album that isn't "dark".

    "I Don't Wanna Know" - this is song that goes back and touches the theme of Phil's breakup. Phil paints a vision of what would happen if his ex would take him back. There is some great sax play on this song.

    "One More Night" - this is a classic Phil ballad. Also an overplayed song. It's probably the weakest song on the album. This contains a nice sax solo and a string arrangement.

    "Don't Lose My Number" - another "fun" song. This song along with the video in which Phil tries to figure out a "video" to make helped enhance Phil's "fun" image.

    "Who Said I Would" - another highly underrated song. Great horns, great vocals. This song is even better live on the "Serious Hits: Live" album.

    "Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore": Phil's drums are as booming as ever. This song is another gem that nobody ever heard about.

    "Inside Out" - this song got a lot of airplay. Very good song - features more terrific Sax.

    "Take Me Home" - this became the staple closing song of Phil's concerts. It has almost a mantra quality. The background vocals feature Sting and Phil's former Genesis mate - Peter Gabriel. Terrific.

    "We Said Hello Goodbye" - this song is only available on the CD version of this album, so LP and cassette listeners did not have this song. It got a lot of airplay in 1987 and rightfully so. This is another masterpiece and features a terrific orchestral introduction by Arif Mardin. The intro then ends and the main song begins. In the main part, there are some very emotional lyrics and music.

    The liner notes contain details about all of the musicians that work on the effort for this collection. Unfortunately the version I have of the album contains no lyrics. The other drawback is that the credits are put in what appears to be "Phil Collins like" handwriting and it makes it hard to read.

    This album won the Grammy for "Album of the Year" in 1985 - a year that was the most competitive album year I can remember. I personally thought Sting's "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" had a slight edge for "Album of the Year", but no way could you argue with the choice of this album. I still play this album today. I wish Phil would play more of the lesser known songs in concert from this album. The album might not be as 'serious' as his previous, but it is still top notch. No argument here - this is a landmark album and highly recommended....more info
  • 80s Time Capsule
    There are a few albums that totally define the 80s, and this is one of them. Phil Collins spent his time alternating between his solo career and playing with Genesis, until the solo career won out. Of course, during this time, a lot of Genesis sounded like Collins' solo stuff as well. Hired for his drumming, and not his singing, although now he's known mostly for his singing.

    All of the songs on this album are good. Collins is a good songwriter, and has a very fitting voice. He's just fun. Great hits came off this album like the nonsense word title "Sussudio", which gave way to many little girls being named such. ""Don't Lose My Number", "Take Me Home", and "One More Night" received tons of airplay, and still do. His lesser popular stuff on this album is good too, like "We Said Hello Goodbye", which turns out to be my favorite song on the album.

    This is a classic album, and anyone who grew up in the 80s probably already owns this album....more info

  • Disappointing...
    There is abundant evidence--not just theory, but actual physical evidence--that Phil Collins happens to be a really good drummer. So what kind of self-hatred would make him replace himself with a too-high-in-the-mix Linn Drum machine for not one, or even two, but *every single song* on his solo album? As a direct result of this bizarre act, there really aren't any "songs" present--only loud, dull rhythms. "Take Me Home" is virtually the only place in which melody arises-and even it barely escapes from the jaws of the almighty top-40 beat....more info
  • One of the best albums of the "80's pop" era
    This is an incredible album - a perfect blend of Phil's signature drum beats and the soulful grooviness of his supporting cast. Phil uses the drum machine and concentrates of the keyboarding a lot more in this album, but it really works. Every song on No Jacket Required is an absolute winner and could've been a hit (it's a shame We Said Hello Goodbye wasn't commercially released as a single - it probably would have gone to #1 - that's how much the radio used to play it). Of course the hits like Take Me Home, Don't Lose My Number, Sussudio, and We Said Hello Goodbye still sound great today, but some of the lesser known tracks (such as Long, Long Way To Go and Inside Out) rock as well. No Jacket Required deservedly received the 1985 Grammy for Best Album -it's definitely the high water mark of Phil Collins' career. Check it out!...more info
  • Wow....
    This is one of the greatest cd's of all time, by an phenomenal artist. Phil Collins has a spectacular voice, and incredible songwriting talent that enabled him to be one of the foremost pop/rock stars in the world for nearly 2 decades. This CD is definitely the highlight of a wonderful career in music....more info

 

 
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