Philip Bailey

Chinese Wall/Inside Out

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Roughly two years after Funky Town Grooves reissued Philip Bailey's first solo secular album (1983's Continuation), the U.K.'s Edsel label combined the singer's second and third solo albums of secular material. This two-disc set starts with 1984's Chinese Wall; produced by Phil Collins, it features the mainstream hit duet "Easy Lover," as well as a fine cover of the Real Thing's "Children of the Ghetto." The album reached number 22 on the Billboard 200. Disc two is 1986's Nile Rodgers-produced Inside Out, which did not fare nearly as well. The dub mix of "State of the Heart" is the lone bonus. A thick booklet provides track-by-track credits and lyrics, as well as in-depth liner notes.

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