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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074643929622
  • Catalog Number: 39296

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Until We Sleep (5:19)
  2. 2 Murder (4:59)
  3. 3 Love on the Air (4:20)
  4. 4 Blue Light (4:35)
  5. 5 Out of the Blue (3:37)
  6. 6 All Lovers Are Deranged (3:15)
  7. 7 You Know I'm Right (5:05)
  8. 8 Cruise (4:39)
  9. 9 Let's Get Metaphysical (4:09)
  10. 10 Near the End (5:50)
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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
The 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
Mike Reese Mastering
Doug Sax Mastering
Eric Tomlinson Engineer
Kit Woolven Engineer
Bob Finn Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Roger Waters really should have waited...

    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.

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