In the latter half of the '90s, Phil Collins' career hit a bit of a sales slump, and instead of shamelessly chasing after another number one single, he decided to change pace and try something different. Returning to the drums, he assembled the Phil Collins Big Band, reviving the sound of such idols as Buddy Rich and Sonny Payne, but largely sticking with his original material. After a brief European tour in 1996 (which happened to feature Quincy Jones as conductor and Tony Bennett as vocalist), he created a new version of the band featuring several accomplished jazz and studio musicians in support – notably alto saxophonist Gerald Albright, but also guitarist Daryl Stuermer, tenor saxophonist James Carter, and pianists George Duke and Brad Cole, among many others, in varying roles.
Testify is the seventh studio album and final album to feature original material by English singer Phil Collins. The album debuted at #30 on the American Billboard 200 albums chart, which was also the album's peak position. It was also the second Collins studio album where no track peaked within the American top 40 singles chart.
Take a Look at Me Now… pairs the two inaugural installments of Phil Collins' deluxe reissue series of 2016 – 1981's Face Value and 1993's Both Sides, each containing an extra disc of bonus material – in a convenient little box. Apart from empty slots dedicated for forthcoming reissues, there is no bonus here but it's a good way to not only get both of these volumes at once but to have a nice, tidy home for all of the eventual deluxe reissues at once.