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[9/23]..."It has some great moments"
on 29 March 2015
...After the problems the three remaining band members Gilmour/Waters & Mason had during the recording of 'The final cut' it seemed possible Pink Floyd would never record together again....so we soaked up their solo projects like a sponge. Roger Waters did his first solo album 'The pros & cons of hitchhiking' & David Gilmour produced 'About face' his second solo album released in March 1984, one year after 'The final cut' & on his 38th birthday.
This album was co-produced with Bob Ezrin & engineered by Andrew Jackson, orchestration Michael Kamen & mixed by James Guthrie. 'About face' is mainly Blues/Rock based...with American Jeff Porcaro on drums who is best known for his work in 'Toto' & 'Steely Dan'...it includes Welsh bassist Pino Palladino, best known for his work with the 'John Mayer trio'...Although Ian Kewly did the bulk of the hammond & piano parts, other keyboardists include the likes of Jon Lord of 'Deep Purple' & Stevie Winwood.
David Gilmour commented on 'About Face' in 2006, saying "Looking back on it, it has some great moments, but the whole flavour of it is a bit too 80's for my current taste"...I agree with him that it has a flavour of the 80's...but even so it's worth a listen, it's mostly very good...