Face to Face

Face to Face

by GQ
     
 
GQ are remembered for two very different things: uptempo disco-funk jams ("Disco Nights," "Standing Ovation") and covers of Billy Stewart ballads. And they excelled in both areas. But by 1981 (the year in which Face to Face first came out as a vinyl LP), the popularity that GQ had enjoyed in 1979 and 1980 was

Overview

GQ are remembered for two very different things: uptempo disco-funk jams ("Disco Nights," "Standing Ovation") and covers of Billy Stewart ballads. And they excelled in both areas. But by 1981 (the year in which Face to Face first came out as a vinyl LP), the popularity that GQ had enjoyed in 1979 and 1980 was starting to fade. Face to Face, which was the Bronx outfit's third album as GQ (in 1976, they recorded an album titled Soul on Your Side as the Rhythm Makers), wasn't as commercially successful as 1979's Disco Nights or 1980's Two. Unlike those albums (both of which went platinum in the United States), Face to Face didn't contain any blockbuster hits. But Face to Face did make it to number 18 on Billboard's R&B albums chart, and it contained the number 23 R&B hit "Shake." Stylistically, Face to Face (which Funky Town Grooves reissued on CD in 2011) isn't a major departure from Disco Nights or Two. There are glossy funk/dance grooves (including "You've Got the Floor," "Boogie Shoogie Feelin'," and the Chic-influenced "Shake"), and while Face to Face doesn't contain any Billy Stewart covers, GQ's proficiency with romantic soul ballads is evident on "Sad Girl" and "Dark Side of the Sun" (which has a Stylistics/Blue Magic type of feel and is quite Philadelphia-sounding). Meanwhile, "You Put Some Love in My life" is a romantic slow jam with a Caribbean flavor (the tune draws on both Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso/steel band music). Although not as essential as Disco Nights or Two, Face to Face isn't a bad album at all, and the fact that Arista considered it a commercial disappointment doesn't make it any less enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2011
Label:
Funky Town Grooves
UPC:
0886979182721
catalogNumber:
247

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Performance Credits

GQ   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Paul Griffin   Synthesizer
Howard King   Drums
Emmanuel Rahiem LeBlanc   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Parker   Drums
Ed Walsh   Synthesizer
Keith Crier   Bass,Background Vocals
Herb Lane   Background Vocals,fender rhodes

Technical Credits

GQ   Producer
Kenny Nolan   Composer
Gino Cunico   Composer
Harvey Scales   Composer
Ray Chew   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
William Scott Harralson   Composer
Michael Hutchinson   Engineer
Joseph Joubert   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Emmanuel Rahiem LeBlanc   Composer
David Leonard   Engineer
Lloyd Smith   Composer
Keith Crier   Composer
Kevin Goins   Liner Notes
Herb Lane   Composer
Jay Wiggins   Composer
Jimmy Simpson   Producer
Donn Davenport   Art Direction
Donald Cleveland   Reissue Producer
John Rhodes   Engineer
John Potoker   Engineer
Bruce Norris   Composer
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Sephra Herman   String Contractor
Barbara Teisi   Studio Coordinator
Mark Berbiers   Liner Notes
Tony Lopez   Composer
Richard Source   Composer

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