Walking on the Chinese Wall

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"Walking on the Chinese Wall"
Singel oleh Philip Bailey
dari album Chinese Wall
Sisi-B Children of the Ghetto (6:49)
Dirilis USA: 1985
UK: 1985
Format Gramophone record 7"
Direkam 1984
Genre Rock music|Rock
Panjang 5:10
Label Columbia/CBS
Pencipta Roxanne Seeman & Billie Hughes
Produser Phil Collins
Philip Bailey singles

"Photogenic Memory"
(1985)
"Walking on the Chinese Wall"
(1985)
"State of the Heart"
(1986)

Walking on the Chinese Wall'" adalah sebuah lagu yang ditulis oleh Roxanne Seeman, Billie Hughes dan Marcy Levy. Lagu ini direkam oleh Philip Bailey dan menjadi judul lagu dari album Chinese Wall. Phil Collins yang memproduksi, bermain drum dan bernyanyi sebagai latar belakang. Lagu ini tidak dikreditkan sebagai Bailey dan Collins duet. Yang Phenix Horns dan tambahan rekaman overdub berlangsung di Los Angeles, dengan George Massenburg. Josie James juga menyanyikan latar belakang di lagu ini.

"Walking on the Chinese Wall" adalah lagu single ketiga, dirilis pada tahun 1985.

Pada tahun 1998, Sony Jerman merilis sebuah album kompilasi Philip Bailey yang berjudul "Walking on the Chinese Wall".

Latar belakang[sunting | sunting sumber]

Seeman dan Hughes bertemu dan mulai menulis lagu bersama-sama hanya setelah dia kembali dari tiga minggu perjalanan melalui Cina. Segera setelah itu, Hughes pergi ke Osaka untuk melakukan, tinggal di Jepang selama empat bulan. Setelah kembali, mereka mulai berkerja sama dan membeli peralatan rekaman. Untuk lagu pertama Hughes menciptakan di Oberheim OB8 synthesizer baru dan DMX mesin drum, Hughes meminta Seeman untuk "tulislah sesuatu dalam bahasa Cina". Setelah berjalan di The Great Wall, di Gerbang Utara di luar Beijing, Seeman datang dengan lirik "walking on the chinese wall" untuk refrain. Baris berikutnya "watching for the coins to fall" mengarah pada I Ching coins. Seeman mengambil pengetahuan dari studi Cina seni dan sastra, membuat referensi untuk I Ching ("Kitab Perubahan") dan Dream of the Red Chamber (salah satu dari Empat Novel Klasik Besar sastra Cina), seperti di bridge lirik "Red chamber dream, from the sky above, ancient tales of hidden Chinese love."

Seeman mengirim lagu ke Philip Bailey, lalu Seeman dan Hughes terbang ke New York. Dari New York, Seeman menghubungi Philip Bailey, yang meminta Seeman dan Hughes untuk bertemu dan membawa chord chart di bandara JFK, di mana ia sedang transit, dalam perjalanan ke London untuk merekam dengan Phil Collins di Townhouse.

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Video untuk lagu ini diarahkan oleh Duncan Gibbins. Video tersebut difilmkan di gunung Santa Monica.

Grafik pertunjukan[sunting | sunting sumber]

Country Peak

position

Australia (Kent Music Report) [1] 26
Netherlands [2] 25
New Zealand [3] 18
UK Singles Chart 34
US Billboard Hot 100 46
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 56

Personil[sunting | sunting sumber]

  • Philip Bailey - vocals
  • Phil Collins - background vocals, drums, LinnDrum, keyboards
  • Daryl Stuermer - guitars
  • Nathan East - bass
  • Lesette Wilson - keyboards
  • Josie James - background vocals
  • The Phenix Horns - horns
  • Don Myrick - saxophone
  • Louis Satterfield - trombone
  • Rahmlee Michael Davis - trumpet
  • Michael Harris - trumpet

Produksi[sunting | sunting sumber]

Rekaman di the Townhouse Studios, London, England. Horns direkam di Los Angeles. Mixed di The Complex, Los Angeles, California.

Pertunjukan Telvisi[sunting | sunting sumber]

Pertunjukan live[sunting | sunting sumber]

A clip from Bailey's live performance in American Bandstand appeared in Dick Clark's American Bandstand's 33-1/3 Celebration.

Pertunjukan lain[sunting | sunting sumber]

  • Dick Clark's "Summer Rock 'n Roll"
  • ESPN Beach Special
  • Fantastico Brazil

Versi cover[sunting | sunting sumber]

  • The "Young Talent Team" from the Australian television variety program, "Young Talent Time" recorded a cover version on their "Young Talent Team Now and Then 15th Anniversary Album."
  • The Italian dance artist Indiana released a Spanish version produced by Christiano Malgioglio in the summer of 1992.
  • The Eurodance group Double You included a dance version of "Walking On The Chinese Wall" on their hit 1990's album.

In September 2004, Alicia Keys headlined the first pop concert in history staged on the Great Wall of China. Performers included Boyz II Men, Cyndi Lauper, Nellie McKay, Sylvia Tosun and Doyle Bramhall II. Billie Hughes and Roxanne Seeman's song "Walking On The Chinese Wall" by Philip Bailey produced by Phil Collins was the finale of the event.

Versions (14)[sunting | sunting sumber]

Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year Walking On The Chinese Wall (12", Maxi) CBS, CBS CBSA 12.6079, A 12-6079 Europe 1985 Walking On The Chinese Wall (7") CBS BA 3273 Australia 1984 Walking On The Chinese Wall (7") CBS BA 223273 New Zealand 1984 Walking On The Chinese Wall (7", Single) CBS, CBS CBSA 6079, A 6079 Euro pe 1984 Walking On The Chinese Wall (12") CBS CBS 12-6079 US 1985 Walking On The Chinese Wall (12", Maxi) CBS CBS A 12.6079 Spain 1985 Walking On The Chinese Wall (12", Maxi) CBS, CBS CBSA 12.6079, A 12-6079 Spain 1985 Walking On The Chinese Wall (12", Single) CBS TA 6202 UK 1985 Walking On The Chinese Wall (7") Columbia 38-04826 Canada 1985 Walking On The Chinese Wall (7") CBS A 6202 UK 1985 Walking On The Chinese Wall (7") Columbia 38-04826 US 1985 Walking On The Chinese Wall (7", Promo, Single) Columbia 38-04826 US 1985 Walking On The Chinese Wall (7", Single) CBS CBSA 6079 Italy 1985 Walking On The Chinese Wall (12") CBS TA6202 UK Unknown

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