Philip Bailey – Chinese Wall (1984) – Lp
Philip Bailey (born May 8, 1951) is an American R&B, soul, gospel and funk singer, songwriter, percussionist and actor, best known as an original member, and one of the two lead singers (along with group founder Maurice White) of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.
Artist: Philip Bailey
Title: Chinese Wall
Label: CBS Records
Chinese Wall is the third solo album by Philip Bailey, released on the Columbia Records label in October 1984. Chinese Wall has been certified gold in the US. The album reached number 22 and number 10 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts respectively. In 1986 the album gave Bailey a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male, while “Easy Lover“, the duet with Phil Collins (who produced the album), earned a nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals.
At the time Philip Bailey persuaded Phil Collins to produce his second solo album, Chinese Wall, Collins was among the hottest pop stars in the world. The advantage to that, of course, is the exposure it affords, and after the merely modest success of his debut solo album, Continuation, Bailey needed the reflected glory. On the other band, it’s hard to shine yourself in such a glare, and although Bailey‘s name was on the gold-selling hit single “Easy Lover,” a duet with Collins that helped the album take off, it’s Collins‘ singing and drumming that one remembers. Elsewhere, tunes like “Photogenic Memory” and “Walking On The Chinese Wall” better represent Bailey‘s ability to handle a variety of material from ballads to techno dance tracks with his elastic falsetto. Still, Chinese Wall was a gold-selling standoff that made Bailey a solo hitmaker without really establishing him on his own.
1. Photogenic Memory (5:26)
2. I Go Crazy (4:48)
3. Walking On The Chinese Wall (5:08)
4. For Every Heart That’s Been Broken (4:15)
5. Go (4:30)
1. Easy Lover (5:04)
3. Show You The Way To Love (4:41)
4. Time Is A Woman (4:31)
5. Woman (5:04)
6. Children Of The Ghetto (6:49)