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Face to Face

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2011
  • Label: Funky Town Grooves
  • UPC: 886979182721
  • Catalog Number: 247

Album Credits

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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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
Maria Triana Mastering
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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