Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"I Cannot Believe It's True" by Phil Collins

Song#:  1451
Date:  05/14/1983
Debut:  87
Peak:  79
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  After the dark and brooding "I Don't Care Anymore" reached #39 on the Pop chart, Collins chose something a bit brighter for the third single from his album "Hello, I Must Be Going!" This horn-laden track seemed like a good selection, but it quickly left the chart after a month. By this time the album had already peaked at #8 and would eventually sell 3 million copies.

ReduxReview:  Here's another good song from an album that I really enjoyed. I don't think it made a terrific single, but it should have done a bit better than a lowly #79 peak. Oddly, I thought that one of the songs that never saw release or airplay (see below), "It Don't Matter to Me," would have made a better single. Or even the ballad "Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away" (which got a very belated US release in 2004 to promote a hits disc - it reached #5 at AC). The label was really goofy on what songs to release where, but overall it didn't matter too much because the album sold well and pushed Collins' star even higher.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Although this was the third single issued from the album in the US, overall it was the sixth released. Only one song from the album had a join US/UK release, "You Can't Hurry Love" (#1 UK, #10 US). Other than that, the UK saw three other songs from the album hit the chart while in the US, two different songs (including this one and "I Don't Care Anymore") were released. Additionally, two different songs from the album hit the US Rock chart, which means eight of the LP's ten songs reached a chart somewhere.


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