In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Phil Collins’ fifth solo studio album Both Sides, it is to be reissued as a special edition 5LP boxset.

This deluxe edition contains the remastered full original album, cut at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, and is a compendium of early demo tracks from the recording of the album as well as rarities from the singles originally released on the album – Both Sides Of The Story, Everyday and We Wait And We Wonder.

Both Sides (All The Sides) brings this full collection together with live tracks from the era, such as Can’t Turn Back The Years, Both Sides Of The Story taken from Collins’ MTV Unplugged performance, Doesn’t Anybody Stay Together Anymore and more, as one release for the first time on vinyl. The set is housed in a slipcase with picture sleeves and a 16-page booklet containing newly-written and extensive liner notes by esteemed journalist Michael Hann.

Proclaimed by Collins as his most personal album to that point in his career, Both Sides originally released in 1993, is Phil Collins’ fifth album and was written, performed and produced all by Collins himself at his home studio in just six weeks.

Phil Collins - All The Sides
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Both Sides of the Story

In a 2016 interview with The Guardian newspaper, Collins named it as his “favourite album from a songwriting and creative perspective”, going on to reveal how “… the songs just streamed out of me, and as a writer, that’s the kind of thing that you dream of.”

Upon its original release, the album reached No.1 in the UK and throughout Europe as well as No.13 in the US, it has gone on to be a global multi-platinum selling album.

As written by Michael Hann in his notes, “Time has magnified its virtues, and perspective has amplified its truths. Both Sides may not have been the monster hit its predecessors were, but it might be the most important record in the Phil Collins discography.”

In other Collins news,  Live From the Board: Official Bootleg, a limited-edition 10″ vinyl will be released for Black Friday Record Store Day (29 November 2024).

A four track EP that was originally released in 1995 with songs recorded on the Both Sides tour in 1994 under the artist name Phil Collins & The Indescribable Din and features the tracks Sussudio, Easy Lover, Separate Lives and My Girl.

Phil Collins - 5-LP Vinyl Boxset of ‘Both SidesBoth Sides (All The Sides) Tracklisting

LP 1  Side A – Original Album

Both Sides of the Story
Can’t Turn Back the Years

LP 1  Side B  – Original Album

I’ve Forgotten Everything
We’re Sons of Our Fathers
Can’t Find My Way

LP 2  Side C  – Original Album

We Fly So Close
There’s a Place for Us

LP 2  Side D  – Original Album

We Wait and We Wonder
Please Come Out Tonight

LP 3  Side E

Can’t Find My Way (Demo)
Hero (Demo)
Both Sides of the Demo (Early Demo)
Everyday (Early Demo)

LP 3  Side F

Don’t Call Me Ashley
Rad Dudeski
For a Friend
I’ve Been Trying

LP 4  Side G

Both Sides of the Story (Live)
Can’t Turn Back the Years (Live)
Survivors (Live)

LP 4  Side H

Everyday (Live)
We Wait and We Wonder (Live)
Both Sides of the Story (MTV Europe Unplugged)

LP 5  Side I

Hang in Long Enough (Live)
Hand in Hand (Live)
Doesn’t Anybody Stay Together Anymore (Live)

LP 5  Side J

Always (Live)
Stevies Blues (There’s a Place for Us Instrumental)
Take Me With You

Released on 20 September,  Both Sides (All The Sides) can be pre-ordered here

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