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Chinese Wall

3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002610
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #346,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Photogenic Memory
2. I Go Crazy
3. Walking On The Chinese Wall
4. For Every Heart That's Been Broken
5. Go
6. Easy Lover
7. Show You The Way To Love
8. Time Is A Woman
9. Woman
10. Children Of The Ghetto

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Chinese Wall

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"Chinese Wall" is the "solo" debut by Earth Wind and Fire's Phillip Bailey. It might be a bit unfair to Bailey, but 80s superstar Phil Collins plays a major role on many dimensions of this album. Collins plays instruments or provides vocals on every track on this album. Collins also serves as the album's producer and is co-writer of the mega duet he does with Bailey "Easy Lover" Collins takes his long-time studio and tour musician Darryl Stuermer to play guitars on many of the tracks. Despite the heavy hand of Phil Collins, much of this album still has the footprint of Phillip Bailey on it. Bailey's unique voice is heard throughout the album and contributes to some of the songwriting. For Collins, the mid 80s was his hey-day - he worked with his solo career, Genesis, producing artists like Bailey and Eric Clapton, and even joining Led Zeppelin at Live Aid.
This album is a good album, but for a solo album it seems to suffer from 'too many cooks in the kitchen' and as a result, I don't feel there is the type of cohesion between the tracks that I would expect from the album. There are TWENTY songwriters on this album (including Collins and Bailey in the total) - with a different combination of songwriters on each track. That is way too many songwriters for an album. As a result there are some good songs and some weaker songs.. Producer Phil Collins at getting the most out of Phillip Bailey on each of the tracks, but it is tougher to get the cohesion I normally look for on every effort. A little more cohesion, I would have rated this album much higher.
For the most part, this is more of an R&B album and Bailey's vocals shine in many areas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philip Bailey Walking On The Chinese Wall March 10 2010
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
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When I first heard this album it was on vinyl when I was seriously into the music of Earth Wind & Fire and to be honest I didn't like it very much. The music seemed very removed from what I was listening to at the time which was for the most part very hardcore funk,R&B and soul. And that's strange because this is a review by one of a few people with genuinely good things to say about 80's music in general. That was 15 years ago and upon hearing it again my opinion is a bit broader. I will say one thing for this-the way this album was presented (at least on vinyl) each side-or half if your listening to this CD version starts off with a very obviously pop/rock with a lot of louder guitars and drumming:those two songs being "Photographic Memory" and of course the albums big hit "Easy Lover",the song most people remember from this album and the reason most people probably came into it in the first place. As other reviewers have pointed out these songs are not at all indivative of the album as whole and were likely put on to cross the album over to the pop charts. The majority of this recording is every bit the regally produced R&B/funk that would be common to find on any EWF release,even during this era. "I Go Crazy" and "Time Is A Woman" are actually better examples of the 80's electro funk sound as they both focus on creating a textural mood and tempo as opposed to seeing how many synthesized effects could fit into one song. "For Every Heart That's Been Broken" and "Woman" are both excellent songs that,with the combined sound of the Phenix horns and Philip's jazzy gospel chordal phrasing on the vocals make them both sound like possible EWF outtakes from the Faces era of their recording career. Same goes for the heavily gospel sounding "Show You The Way To Love" which would not have been out of place on EWF's Powerlight from the previous year before this. "Go" is one of the more heavily funk oriented tunes and kind of glues the sound of a lot of the rest of the album in one great jam. There are also two somewhat epic songs in the title track which is a seemingly awkward mixture of 80's progressive pop and afrobeat. Somehow with the great melody Philip pulls this rather Peter Gabriel sounding tune off very well. The last tune is a great moody version of "Children Of The Ghetto",again an epic song in more of a jazz-funk vein. Overall the sound of this album is quite different from that of Philip's solo debut Continuation which has a more fluid sound from cut to cut and doesn't have songs with such an obvious pop and rock influence. Even so there is a lot of great music here,especially from the mid 80's usually electronic/synthesizer oriented R&B/soul and funk environment so this is more than worth checking out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 23 2016
By Sheila I. Turnbull - Published on
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Another great album that sounds just as good today as when it was first released!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different Oct. 24 2008
By P. Mortimer - Published on
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Funny, I bought this album for one thing the song Chinese Wall but, I have a friend to like his music so it was a good gift to him.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars philip bailey chinese wall scratched junk... Oct. 3 2013
By johnny - Published on
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the cd chinese wall was NO GOOD TO MANY DEEP SCRATCHES ON DISC but lost paper work for it not happy a bout it not at all. so cant rate it a big 0
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent highlighting of the power and grace of P. Bailey. Aug. 6 1998
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"Photogenic Memory" already sells you quickly on this collector's CD, esp. if you are a musician of any genre and are familiar w/ the percussion talents of Paulinho da Costa. For fans like me who have liked Brazilian themes since the late 60's, I know Paulinho's work from his collaborations w/ Sergio Mendes. (See "Primal Roots" for classic examples of Mendes/da Costa work.)
Of course, the most fun track is #6, "Easy Lover", featuring the excellent counterbalancing of the Bailey/Collins voices forefronting Phil's wonderful cabbage-chopping work on his trap set. One can almost see the silvery flashiness of his Zildjian Platinum crashes, and underlining punctuations on the high hat. Complimenting everything perfectly are the work of the other musicians, esp. Nathan West's bass lines: sensual, throbbing, and definitive, but not overpowering. Somehow, even has many times as I have heard this number on FM, nothing can surpass playing this! CD track on quad stereo w/ the equalizer pushed up a bit to further highlight Phillip's E,W, & F signature range interweaving around Phil's primary melodic path.
This listener's favorite, however, esp. because of its incredible change in mood and texture from its previous track is "Show You The Way To Love". It demonstrates Phillip's own depth, sensitivity, and capabilities to interpret his music and lyrics beyond his mesmerizingly viscous falsetto style.
And, if nothing else grabs you listening to this CD (even my Deaf friends keep borrowing it to feel its "biorhythms", by the way), Phillip's profile cover photo, the photo of The Great Wall, and the inside photos of the band, producers, and studio guys at work and at play shows just how much fun it must have been to realize the end product. Check it out: there are even neat b&w photos of our buddy, Phil Collins, w/ more hair than I've ever seen on his cute, little noggin!

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