Chinese Wall (album)

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Chinese Wall
Chinese Wall (Philip Bailey album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Philip Bailey
Released October 1984
Recorded Townhouse Studios, London, England. The Complex and Ocean Way Recording , Los Angeles.
Genre Pop, soul, rock
Length 50:17
Label Columbia
Producer Phil Collins
Philip Bailey chronology
The Wonders of His Love
(1984)
Chinese Wall
(1984)
Triumph
(1986)
Singles from Chinese Wall
  1. "Easy Lover"
    Released: November 20, 1984 (US)
    14 February 1985 (UK)
  2. "Photogenic Memory"
    Released: 1984
  3. "Walking on the Chinese Wall"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

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.[3][4] 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.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Photogenic Memory" Jerry Knight, Davitt Sigerson, Lillie Mae Clarke 5:26
2. "I Go Crazy" Philip Bailey, Glen Ballard, Marti Sharron 4:48
3. "Walking on the Chinese Wall" Billie Hughes, Roxanne Seeman, Marcy Levy 5:08
4. "For Every Heart That's Been Broken" Glen Ballard, Clif Magness 4:15
5. "Go" Nathan East, Ralph Johnson 4:30
6. "Easy Lover" (Duet with Phil Collins) Philip Bailey, Phil Collins, Nathan East 5:04
7. "Show You the Way to Love" Philip Bailey, Glen Ballard, Marti Sharron 4:41
8. "Time Is a Woman" Barry Blue, Julian Littman, Robin Smith 4:31
9. "Woman" Steve Mitchell, Marti Sharron, Gary Skardina 5:04
10. "Children of the Ghetto" Chris Amoo, Eddie Amoo 6:49

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Personnel[edit]

  • Philip Bailey – lead and background vocals, percussion (10)
  • Carl Carwell - background vocals (7, 10)
  • Phil Collins - drums (1-9), vocoder (1), LinnDrum (1, 3, 5), Simmons (2, 8, 9), keyboards (3, 6), backing vocals (3, 6, 8), lead vocals (6), percussion (10)
  • Paulinho da Costa - percussion (7, 10)
  • Rahmlee Michael Davis - trumpet (3, 5, 7, 8, 9)
  • Nathan East - bass guitar, bass pedals (4), kalimba (4), keyboards (5)
  • Winston Ford - background vocals (7, 10)
  • Michael Harris - trumpet (3, 5, 7, 8, 9), trumpet solo (9)
  • Josie James - background vocals (3, 4, 8)
  • Nigel Martinez - background vocals (8)
  • The Phenix Horns - horns (3, 5, 7, 8, 9)
  • Don Myrick - saxophone (3, 5, 7, 8, 9), sax solo (5)
  • Louis Satterfield - trombone (3, 5, 7, 8, 9)
  • Daryl Stuermer - guitar, guitar solo (4, 6)
  • Lesette Wilson - keyboards, piano (10)

Production[edit]

  • Steve Chase - assistant engineer
  • Judy Clapp - assistant engineer
  • Phil Collins - producer
  • Murray Dvorkin - assistant engineer
  • Arif Mardin - string arrangement (5, 7, 9)
  • George Massenburg - engineer, synthesizer programming
  • Tom Perry - assistant engineer
  • Godfrey Wang - synthesizer programming
  • Tom-Tom 84 - horn arrangement

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Uses in Other Media[edit]

"Children of the Ghetto" has been featured in the movie Clockers.[6]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak
Position
1985 UK Album Charts 29
1985 US Billboard 200 22
1985 Australia (Kent Music Report) 13 [7]
Singles – Billboard
Year Single Chart Position
1984 "Easy Lover" The Billboard Hot 100 2
1984 "Easy Lover" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 3
1984 "Easy Lover" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
1985 "Easy Lover" Adult Contemporary 15
1985 "Easy Lover" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 7
1985 "Easy Lover" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 3
1985 "Easy Lover" UK Singles 1
1984 "Photogenic Memory" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 61
1985 "Walking on the Chinese Wall" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 56
1985 "Walking on the Chinese Wall" The Billboard Hot 100 46

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1185/review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1984). "Philip Bailey". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Chinese Wall - Overview". allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  4. ^ RIAA Certification for Chinese Wall
  5. ^ a b "Philip Bailey - Chinese Wall". discogs.com. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Phillip Bailey on imdb.com
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.