TotW 09/29/2018 - 10/05/2018: PHIL COLLINS - Long Long Way To Go

  • What do you think about "Long Long Way To Go"? 12

    1. 15 points - outstanding! (4) 33%
    2. 13 points - very good - (2) 17%
    3. 14 points - very good (1) 8%
    4. 12 points - good + (1) 8%
    5. 11 points - good (1) 8%
    6. 10 points - good - (1) 8%
    7. 09 points - satisfactory + (1) 8%
    8. 05 points - sufficient (1) 8%
    9. 08 points - satisfactory (0) 0%
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    11. 06 points - sufficient + (0) 0%
    12. 04 points - sufficient - (0) 0%
    13. 03 points - poor + (0) 0%
    14. 02 points - poor (0) 0%
    15. 01 point - poor - (0) 0%
    16. 00 points - abysmal (0) 0%

    PHIL COLLINS - Long Long Way To Go

    Year: 1985

    Album: No Jacket Required [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Collins

    Lyrics: Yes

    Length: 4:23

    Musicians: Phil Collins, Daryl Stuermer, Leland Sklar, Sting

    Played Live: 1985 (Live Aid), 1997

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    Cover versions: none


    Notes: Long Long Way To Go is a ballad. It is the odd one out on the album, perhaps even a hidden gem. Far more unobtrusive than in-your-face pop hits like Sussudio and Don't Lose My Number, Long Long Way To Go represents the quiet, unconventional part of the album. And it's our Track Of The Week.


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    ...cried a voice in the crowd.


  • I see this as one of four tracks out of kilter with the pounding pop-rock of this album, the other three being Inside Out, Take Me Home and We Said Hello Goodbye.


    I like the moody, atmospheric nature of it. For me, it and those other three are the best tracks on the album.

    Abandon all reason

  • This is one of my favorite Collins tracks, maybe one out of five worth 15 points.

    I remember he played in live in 1997 solo on the e-piano. Absolutely amazing tune. The studio version also features Sting on backing vocals.

  • Love the song, didn't know exactly how to grade it so I took ITAT as a reference, that's a 15 in my book, this one's a 12. One of the few songs, perhaps two, on an album I could never really stomach.

    Edited once, last by Fabrizio ().

  • If it weren't for "Inside Out," "Take Me Home" and "We Said Hello Goodbye" (my favorite Phil solo song), I might not even own NO JACKET REQUIRED. That said, "Long Long Way To Go" isn't bad. Subject-wise, it seems to belong on BUT SERIOUSLY.

    Monsieur Neddy wears spectacles in bed, that he may see dreams more clearly.

    -- "Dream Gerrard," Traffic

  • If it weren't for "Inside Out," "Take Me Home" and "We Said Hello Goodbye" (my favorite Phil solo song), I might not even own NO JACKET REQUIRED. That said, "Long Long Way To Go" isn't bad. Subject-wise, it seems to belong on BUT SERIOUSLY.

    Same thing, this ballad was in fact a good song. Help by Sting in the background vocals. The major problem of this song, was the ending. In fact, the ambiance was haunting, the harmony of Sting with Phil voice add a dramatic thing in the song and the lyrics was very good, but in fact, the song ending too brutally while the song not finished (at the 4.21). The Live Aid and the live version in 1997 in fact was more better with the ending not ending like in the album.

  • Same thing, this ballad was in fact a good song. Help by Sting in the background vocals. The major problem of this song, was the ending. In fact, the ambiance was haunting, the harmony of Sting with Phil voice add a dramatic thing in the song and the lyrics was very good, but in fact, the song ending too brutally while the song not finished (at the 4.21). The Live Aid and the live version in 1997 in fact was more better with the ending not ending like in the album.

    The way it ends is the entire point of it - 'turn it off'. It's extremely effective & I believe a nod to Turn It on Again(as I already said).