Face to Face (Barry Gibb and Olivia Newton-John song)

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""Face to Face""
Face to face by barry gibb and olivia newton john.jpg
Promotional single by Barry Gibb and Olivia Newton-John from the album Now Voyager
Released September 1984
Format 7" single
Genre Soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 4:18
Label MCA (US)
Polydor
Writer Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, George Bitzer
Producer Barry Gibb, Karl Richardson
Now Voyager track listing
"Fine Line"
(2)
""Face to Face""
(3)
"Shatterproof"
(4)

"Face to Face" is a pop ballad performed by Barry Gibb and Olivia Newton-John. It was released as a single from Gibb's 1984 album Now Voyager. Gibb did not release it as a single, although it was released as a promotional single in Germany and Spain as Newton-John was also an MCA artist. It was also released as a promo single in Brazil by Mercury Records. It was released as a single in the Philippines with "Temptation" as the B-side.[1] It was also included on Newton-John's compilation Love Songs (1999).

It is one of the two songs on the album along with "She Says" that was not featured on the 1984 film Now Voyager starring Gibb himself and Michael Hordern.

Background[edit]

It was written by Gibb, along with Maurice Gibb and George Bitzer in 1983. The solo version of "Face to Face" was recorded by Gibb as a demo in late 1983 with his brother Maurice (guitar, bass, synthesizer) and Bitzer (piano, synthesizer) along with four other songs.[2]

"Face to Face" is almost a Newton-John's record with support from Gibb. Gibb and Newton-John also provides harmony vocals. Near the end of the song, Gibb is heard singing his trademark falsetto from 1975.[3]

Newton-John also contributed background vocals on "Fine Line", a song also included on Gibb's Now Voyager.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic critic William Ruhlmann called "Face to Face" as "a steamy ballad duet with Newton-John that wouldn't have been out of place on Guilty and might have a good single".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barry Gibb Duet With Olivia Newton-John – Face To Face". Discogs. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1983". Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Barry Gibb - Face To Face (with Olivia Newton-John)". You Tube. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1984". Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Now Voyager - Barry Gibb". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 December 2014.