Mirroring the circumstances in which those albums were conceived, Collins' marriage to Jill Tavelman was also failing around the time that Both Sides was written. About the influence of his emotions on his songs he adds: "I have reached this point. Very intimate, very private songs seem to flow easily. I suddenly felt I had a lot to say. Both Sides was initially met with lukewarm reviews, particularly on adult contemporary radio, being criticised for its over-reliance on slow, dark and downbeat songs.
The album was preceded by the title track as the first single, reaching No. The album itself was released weeks later only reaching to No. Both Sides was a hit in other European countries such as the UK where it was the 8th biggest-selling album of , despite only being available for the final eight weeks of the year , Germany or Switzerland, reaching No.
S, reaching No. The third and last single, "We Wait and We Wonder" — a political anthem on which Collins plays bagpipes — reached only No. However, over time the album's reputation improved, and reviews for the reissue were considerably more positive, AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated it 4 out of 5 stars and commended Collins' stepping out of big pop hooks and embracing an introspective art rock style for this album, which he saw as "quietly compelling".
On Goldmine magazine's review, Patrick Prince gave the album 3. Several instrumental tracks were recorded and subsequently released as extra tracks on both singles for "Everyday" and "We Wait and We Wonder". In addition, there were other various B-sides that were released from the Both Sides sessions "Take Me with You", "For a Friend" and a few cover songs that made it on other various albums. There has been discussion about a song called "Deep Water Town". It is from the Both Sides sessions and did not make the cut.
It was never released or widely circulated amongst collectors. A very early "demo" of it was released on the official fanclub in In fact, this is more of an improvisation from which only a bit of the chorus will make it to the completed track. This completed track features an atmospheric drum machine, keyboard sounds no piano and vocals by Collins telling a story about a disaster at sea and families left behind. I don't think it was ever released, or am I going slowly senile. It was a pretty song about a disaster at sea, and the families left behind.
Obviously one of my more cheerful pre-divorce moments. Circa Both Sides Although Both Sides failed to reach the same heights as But Seriously and No Jacket Required , the supporting tour was a huge success. A mammoth month tour, which saw over performances over 6 continents, The Both Sides of the World Tour proved Collins to still be one of the most popular artists in the World. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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