Go West (Go West album)

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Go West
Studio album by Go West
Released 1985
Recorded 1984-1985
Genre Pop, synthpop
Label Chrysalis
Producer Gary Stevenson
Go West chronology
Go West
(1985)
Bangs & Crashes
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Go West is the debut album by the English pop duo Go West, released in 1985. The album brought Go West into the limelight, scoring them a string of top 20 hits in the UK and New Zealand. "We Close Our Eyes" was the most successful single, reaching #1 in New Zealand and #5 in the UK.

Album history[edit]

Go West had been writing songs for the album since 1982, when they were formed in London by Peter Cox and Richard Drummie. Two songs featured on the album, "We Close Our Eyes" and "Call Me", helped Go West land a record deal with Chrysalis Records.

The album featured more Top 10 UK/NZ hits than any of their other albums and helped them to be voted the "Best Newcomers" at the 1986 Brit Awards.

The song Goodbye Girl was featured in the first episode of the second season of the 80's TV show Miami Vice.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Cox and Richard Drummie.

Side one[edit]

  1. "We Close Our Eyes" – 3:50
  2. "Don't Look Down" – 3:55
  3. "Call Me" – 4:11
  4. "Eye to Eye" – 3:34
  5. "Haunted" – 3:18

Side two[edit]

  1. "S.O.S." – 4:01
  2. "Goodbye Girl" – 5:08
  3. "Innocence" – 4:10
  4. "Missing Persons" – 5:25

Personnel[edit]

  • Peter Cox: Vocals, Guitar, Synth
  • Richard Drummie: Vocals, Bass, Synth

Guest players[edit]

  • Pino Palladino: Fretless Bass
  • Mel Collins: Saxophone
  • Graham Broad: Drums, Percussion
  • Alan Murphy: Guitar solos, Guitar
  • Gary Stevenson: Guitar
  • Timmy Goldsmith: Drums
  • Katie Humble: Vocals
  • Dave West: Synth, Linguistaphone, and additional arrangements
  • Piano solo on "Missing Persons" by Neil Drake.

Production[edit]

  • Engineers: Gary Stevenson, Drostyn John Madden, Barry Hammond and Keith Finney
  • Engineers Assistants: Mike Drake and Neil Drake
  • Recording: Rooster Studios, London and Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Oxfordshire
  • Mixing: Sarm West, London
  • Mastering: George Marino
  • All songs written by Go West
  • Published by ATV Music Ltd

Design[edit]

  • Photography: Brian Griffin
  • Illustrations: Nick Hardcastle
  • Sleeve concept and design: John Pasche, Paul Whymant-Morris and Go West
  • Art Direction: John Pasche
  • Lyrics reproduced courtesy of ATV Music Ltd

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Canadian Albums Chart[2] 83 12
German Albums Chart[3] ? ?
New Zealand Albums Chart[4] 5 39
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 39 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 200[6] 60 25

Singles

Title UK US Hot 100 New Zealand
"We Close Our Eyes" 5 41 1
"Call Me" 12 54 2
"Goodbye Girl" 25 - 15
"Eye to Eye" - 73 -
"Don't Look Down" 13 35 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Go West - Review. Allmusic.com.
  2. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca
  3. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-12-26). "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung (2011-12-30). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-06.