Phil Collins

Take Me Home

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Probably Phil Collins' best solo single, "Take Me Home" has a hypnotic, lulling quality, with polyrhythmic percussion and a needle-like wobbly synth line, that sounds like Collins had been paying attention to his old bandmate Peter Gabriel's solo career. (Perhaps not surprisingly, Gabriel sings backing vocals on this track, next to ex-Culture Club singer Helen Terry.) The lyrics are much more literal than Gabriel's elliptical sound paintings, of course, but Collins delivers them with a minimum of histrionics and a slightly deeper singing voice than his usual. The song remains an adult contemporary radio staple, and its one of the few singles from Phil Collins' mid-'80s reign as the King of All Media that doesn't sound terribly dated and somewhat hackneyed in retrospect.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Jacket Required 1985 Atlantic 5:51
Miami Vice II 1986
Original TV Soundtrack
MCA 5:51
12''ers 1987 Atlantic 8:06
No Image 1989 WEA
Masterpieces 1993
Various Artists
WEA 4:39
...Hits 1998 Atlantic 5:52
Phil Collins: The Ultimate Tribute 2002 Compendia Music Group / Intersound 5:06
The Platinum Collection 2004 Virgin 5:51
Piano Strings Tribute to Phil Collins 2005
Various Artists
Tribute Sounds 4:43
The Singles 2016 Atlantic / Rhino 5:53
Remixed Sides 2019 Rhino 8:05