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Philip Bailey: Chinese Walls (Columbia)

James Hunter, Record, January 1985

WHAT WAS Phil Collins supposed to give Philip Bailey that George Duke — who sound-photographed Continuation, Bailey's vivid 1983 solo debut — couldn't? Bumpy rhythms and thick tunes? A gawky sense of humor? Collins' rock audience? Who knows, but it's unlikely that admirers of either the Earth, Wind and Fire falsetto sorcerer or the Genesis drummer counted the days until this collaboration of the sublime and the noisy hit the racks.

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