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About Face

About Face

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by David Gilmour
     
 

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David Gilmour released his second solo venture in 1984, following the apparent dissolution of Pink Floyd. He had released a record on his own in 1978, but About Face is much more accessible. Gilmour has a stellar band backing him, including Jeff Porcaro (drums), Pino Palladino

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David Gilmour released his second solo venture in 1984, following the apparent dissolution of Pink Floyd. He had released a record on his own in 1978, but About Face is much more accessible. Gilmour has a stellar band backing him, including Jeff Porcaro (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), and Anne Dudley (synthesizer). The songs on About Face show a pop sensibility that Pink Floyd rarely was concerned with achieving. Although the album didn't attract the attention of a Floyd release, several cuts did manage to get airplay. "Until We Sleep" is rife with shimmering synthesizers and cavernous drums, and "Blue Light" was a minor pop hit, with Gilmour's trademark delay-drenched guitar giving way to a driving, horn-laced rocker. Pete Townshend wrote two of the tracks: "Love on the Air" and the propulsive "All Lovers Are Deranged." Of course, there's more than enough of Gilmour's fluid guitar playing to satisfy, including the gorgeous "Murder," a gentle acoustic track that explodes with some fiery organ by Steve Winwood and concludes with a fierce coda. About Face is well-honed rock album that is riveting from beginning to end.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828768151723
catalogNumber:
81517
Rank:
479

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Gilmour   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Roy Harper   Vocals
Steve Winwood   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Jon Lord   Synthesizer
Anne Dudley   Synthesizer
National Philharmonic Orchestra   Strings
Sam Brown   Vocals
Vicki Brown   Vocals
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Bob Ezrin   Keyboards
Mickey Feat   Vocals
Kick Horns   Horn
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Ian Kewley   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Roddy Lorimer   Horn
Pino Palladino   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums
Steve Rance   Keyboards,fairlight
Tim Sanders   Horn
Barbara Snow   Horn
Louis Jardine   Percussion
Simon Clerk   Horn
Rob Ezrin   Keyboards
Simon Clarke   Horn

Technical Credits

Michael Kamen   Arranger
Bob Ezrin   Arranger,Producer
David Gilmour   Producer
Andrew Jackson   Engineer
Steve Rance   Programming
Eric Tomlinson   Engineer
Kit Woolven   Engineer
Bob Finn   Producer

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About Face 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SS70 More than 1 year ago
Allegedly, at the time that the Floyd's album The Final Cut was entering pre-production, David Gilmour asked for more time in order to complete a number of songs he had been working on since the end of the Wall shows in 1981 or so. Roger Waters, by now having assumed complete control of the group, refused this request and proceeded to fill the album with his own compositions. So, many of Gilmour's songs which were intended for The Final Cut apparently wound up on About Face, Gilmour's second solo album. For the most part, they are quite excellent, both musically and lyrically. Gilmour handled the lyrics on all but two songs, on which he roped in Pete Townshend. With the exception of "Blue Light" (No-one even tangentially connected with the Floyd should ever attempt a discoesque song), the album hangs together excellently. It's hard to determine which songs are concerned with what controversy. "You Know I'm Right" is obviously about Roger Waters, and "Near the End" may be as well. "Murder", "Out of the Blue" and the two songs aimed at Waters would have fit right onto any Floyd record seamlessly. Despite his ongoing deprecation of his lyrical talents, Gilmour here proves himself at least Waters' equal, and musically he surpasses Waters' competing album of 1984, The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. If one were searching for a mythical, "lost" Floyd album, this would have to be the top contender, with two of Waters' albums coming in a close second and third. As for what Gilmour did next, well...that's a matter of opinion, and I won't get into that here. With this nicely remastered edition of About Face, albeit with no bonus material (neither Gilmour or the Floyd as a band seem to have left too much in the cupboard), one can kick back and give the hi-fi a true workout, one it won't see this side of the Alan Parsons Project again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago