Warner Music Group has just announced its partnership with Collins to make the superstar artist's solo albums available worldwide through WMG. Though Collins' American fans have long been used to seeing his solo releases on WMG's Atlantic Records label, fans in the U.K. and Ireland were used to seeing the Virgin Records logo on Collins' classic solo records such as Face Value, Hello, I Must Be Going and No Jacket Required. This deal marks the first time that all of Collins' solo records will be released on the same label around the world.
Best of all, Collins and WMG indicate that all eight of the Genesis frontman's solo albums - spanning the period of 1981's Face Value to 2010's Motown-inspired Going Back - will receive deluxe editions, and other new collections will be curated from his vault material. The first releases under the new partnership, expanded editions of Face Value and 1993's Both Sides, are slated to arrive this fall. (How would our very own Mike Duquette tackle the eventual expanded edition of No Jacket Required? Check out his Reissue Theory right here!)
Watch this space for more details as they're available. In the meantime, you can find the complete press release describing the new deal just below!
NEW YORK - Warner Music Group is proud to announce the signing of a global catalog deal with Phil Collins. This marks the first time Collins' heralded catalog of multi-platinum studio albums will reside with the same label worldwide.
This new partnership has set in motion a massive catalog campaign, which will encompass newly remastered Deluxe Editions of all eight Phil Collins studio albums as well as other uniquely curated titles from the vaults. The campaign is set to begin this fall with Deluxe Editions of Collins' blockbuster 1981 solo debut Face Value along with the acclaimed 1993 album Both Sides.
"I've had a fantastic relationship with Warner and Atlantic throughout my career and I'm thrilled to be continuing that," says Collins. "I'm working with them now on these new presentations. Very exciting."
"Phil Collins has had one of the most prolific careers in modern music," says Tim Fraser-Harding, President of Global Catalog, Recorded Music for Warner Music Group. "As a longtime member of the Atlantic Records family, it is a joyous occasion to now be able to work with his unprecedented catalog on a fully global scale. We are looking forward to collaborating with Phil on some sensational new releases that will excite his longtime fans while also helping to introduce his songs to new generations of music lovers."
The career of Phil Collins is one that stands among the most prolific, creative, and impressive in the history of modern music. It is a career that really has been many careers - drummer, singer, composer, and producer - from art rock beginnings to huge pop stardom, from big band leader, to soundtrack master. Collins' exceptional musical life has now spanned over four decades with some 100 million solo albums sold (250 million if you count his work with Genesis), seven Grammy Awards, and an induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (with Genesis in 2010).