David Gilmour - About Face

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ZiggyZipgun
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Re: David Gilmour - About Face

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Pete Townsend and Roy Harper both contributed lyrics for another About Face demo, but Gilmour decided not to use either version. Both Pete and Roy ended up using the music on their next projects, with Dave playing on Pete's and Jimmy Page playing on Roy's.

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Re: David Gilmour - About Face

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^ I find it all rather unexciting. The Harper album, the Townsend album, the Gilmour album. 1984/5 was a rough time for many of the musicians who were so good in the 60's and 70's. Townsend has never made what I would consider a "great" solo album. Same for Gilmour. Harper has some great ones. (Stormcock)

Murder is a great song. Townsend's lyrics bog down the almost exciting All Lovers Are Deranged. He's in his thesaurus phase.
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Re: David Gilmour - About Face

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Kerry King wrote: Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:11 am ^ I find it all rather unexciting. The Harper album, the Townsend album, the Gilmour album. 1984/5 was a rough time for many of the musicians who were so good in the 60's and 70's. Townsend has never made what I would consider a "great" solo album. Same for Gilmour. Harper has some great ones. (Stormcock)
Stormcock may be the greatest solo album by anyone in the Floyd camp. Still, it's interesting to hear a riff and a tune that could easily have ended up on a Pink Floyd album, instead being played by Jimmy Page (though it's possible Roy played it himself, or just used Dave's original demo track).
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Re: David Gilmour - About Face

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Fast forward a few decades, and Pete played on Roy's Man & Myth in 2013 with soon-to-be-Roger-collaborator, Jonathan Wilson.

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Re: David Gilmour - About Face

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Judging by the vote results I might be in the minority here, but I actually quite like this LP.
Sure, it's not on the same level as some of Gilmour's other work, but I quite enjoy it. It has a couple of my favourite Gilmour tracks ("Murder", "Near the End"), and the rest of it is still pretty solid, if occasionally let down by the very 80's approach to production. I'd say the low point of the LP would be "Out of the Blue", but even that has its moments.
I'm also just kind of a fan of the album sequencing - side two kicking off with "All Lovers are Deranged" is pretty perfect in my opinion.
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Re: David Gilmour - About Face

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Of the three Dave solo LPs on my shelf, not counting Live In Pompeii, this is the one that gets the least amount of love.

It's very much akin to Roger's KAOS where they were trying to contemporize their sound.