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Hello, I Must Be Going! (album)

Hello, I Must Be Going! is the second studio album by British singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It was originally released November 1, 1982 and a CD version released in 1988. This album's name comes from the Marx Brothers' song with the same name, featured in the movie Animal Crackers.

One of the highlights of the album is the cover version of the Supremes hit "You Can't Hurry Love", which is one of Collins' best-known singles, although none of the other single releases from the album made any significant impact on the charts. Other notable tracks include the modern-jazz instrumental "The West Side", and "Thru These Walls", a dark voyeuristic song about a man listening through the wall to his neighbors partaking in unseemly nighttime activities -- or at least that's what he's imagining at the time. The more upbeat tracks serve as a preamble to the more commercial sound of the next album No Jacket Required. The album takes much of its inspiration from the problems in Collins' personal life, most notably the painful divorce he was going through at the time. This accounts for the dark and embittered tone on several of the tracks, including the single "I Don't Care Anymore". Co-produced with Hugh Padgham, the gated reverb sound of the drum kit is employed in full yet again, with a mixture of very dry drum sounds on tracks like "I Cannot Believe It's True" in contrast to the huge acoustics used on "Do You Know, Do You Care?".


  • This was Phil's most commercially unsuccessful album in the 1980s, with Face Value, No Jacket Required and ...But Seriously all were at least No.1 in the UK, the last two albums reached No.1 in the US.
  • Phil made his trumpet playing debut on the track "Do You Know, Do You Care?"
  • Often criticized for using the typical 1980s drum machine sound too often (especially on the 1985 album No Jacket Required), this album is the only one of his output not to use a drum machine on any of the songs; instead Collins played a set drum pattern repeatedly without the need of click tracks or machines to assist. This is demonstrated over the ruthless five minutes of "I Don't Care Anymore" where the drum pattern repeats, builds up in tension, until exploding near the end, only to be concluded in the way the track began.
  • Secondly, in contrast to some online reviews, all of the brass parts are live and not synthesized. In retrospect, this is probably his most organic, live studio album. The brass section features Earth, Wind & Fire's (EWF) horn section which later became known as the "Phenix Horns" (sic.)
  • The working title of "Do You Know, Do You Care?" was originally "Oddball".

Track listing

All songs by Phil Collins except as noted.

Side one

  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" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) - 2:50

Side two

  1. "It Don't Matter To Me" 4:12
  2. "Thru These Walls" 5:02
  3. "Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away" 4:43
  4. "The West Side" 4:59
  5. "Why Can't It Wait 'Til Morning?" 3:01

Personnel and Arrangements

1. I Don't Care Anymore

  • Phil - Keyboards, Drums, Vocals, Bass Pedals
  • Daryl Stuermer - Guitars

2. I Cannot Believe It's True

  • Phil - Keys, Drums, Vocals, Percussion
  • Daryl - Guitars
  • John Giblin - Bass
  • Don Myrick - Alto Sax Solo
  • Don, Louis, Rhamlee, Michael - Phenix Horns
  • Don, Louis, Rham, Phil, Peter Newton - Phenix Choir

3. Like China

  • Phil - Keys, Drums, Vocals, Claps
  • Daryl - Guitars
  • John - Bass

4. Do You Know, Do You Care?

  • Phil - Keys. Drums, Vocals, Pedals, Tymps, Trumpet
  • Daryl - Guitar

5. You Can't Hurry Love

  • Phil - Drums, Vocals, Tambourine
  • Daryl - Guitar
  • John - Bass
  • Peter Robinson - Piano, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone
  • Strings Arranged By Martyn Ford

6. It Don't Matter To Me

  • Phil - Keys, Drums, Vocals, Percussion
  • Daryl - Guitars
  • Mo Foster - Bass
  • Don, Louis, Rham, Michael - Phenix Horns

7. Thru These Walls

  • Phil - Keys, Drums, Vocals, Marimba
  • Daryl - Guitars
  • Mo - Bass

8. Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away

  • Phil - Piano, Drums, Vocals
  • Daryl - Guitars
  • John - Bass
  • Strings Arranged By Martyn Ford

9. The West Side

  • Phil - Keys, Drums, Percussion, Vocal, Pedals
  • Daryl - Guitars
  • Don - Alto Saxophone
  • Don, Louis, Rham, Michael - Phenix Horns

10. Why Can't It Wait' Til Morning

  • Phil - Piano, Vocal
  • Strings Arranged By Martyn Ford
  • Produced by Phil Collins,
  • Assisted by Hugh Padgham
  • Engineered by Hugh Padgham,
  • Assisted by Howard Gray
  • Thanks to Martyn Ford for extra mixing hands on the orchestral tracks
  • Recorded at Old Croft On 1" 8 track,
  • Overdubbed at 'The Farm' and 'Townhouse' May-June '82
  • Strings recorded at CBS, Engineered by Mike Ross
  • Main cover photo by Trevor Key
  • Mastered by Ian Cooper

The Mountain Fjord Orchestra was conducted by Martyn Ford and led by Garyn Wright The Phenix Horns are Don Myrick - Tenor and Alto, Louis Satterfield - Trombone, Rhamlee Michael Davis - Trumpet Michael Harris - Trumpet, Arranged by Tom-Tom 84


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