Posted by DjPaulT on October 6th, 2014
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984
“Eyes Without a Face” is a song by Billy Idol, co-written with guitarist Steve Stevens from Idol’s 1983 album Rebel Yell. The song is softer and more ballad-like than most of the album’s other singles.
Released on 29 May 1984, this was the second single from the Rebel Yell album. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Idol’s first Top 10 hit in the US. In the UK the single peaked at #18.
In the liner notes for the Expanded Edition of Rebel Yell, Idol notes that this song was one of the first three written for the album (the other two being the title track and “(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows.”) The original track was recorded in Studio A at Electric Lady Studios in New York, with a Linn drum machine and the bass parts played by Steve Webster.
The song is notable for the female voice of Perri Lister that sings ‘Les yeux sans visage’ (French for ‘eyes without a face’) as a background chorus.
The title of the song refers to French director Georges Franju’s movie Les yeux sans visage (1960).
In a retrospective review of the single, Allmusic journalist Donald A. Guarisco praised the song. He wrote: “The music plays against the dark tone of the lyrics with a ballad-styled melody comprised of yearning verses that slowly build emotion and a quietly wrenching chorus that relieves the emotional tension in a cathartic manner.
Eyes Without A Face (Single Version) 4:10
Love Calling (Dub Version) 5:37
Dancing With Myself (Long Version) 6:03
Rebel Yell 4:47
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
U.S. CHART HISTORY:
|1984||Eyes Without A Face||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||#4|
|1984||Eyes Without A Face||U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||#5|
Label: Chrysalis – WWS-50143
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Released: 21 Sep 1984
Style: Pop/Rock, Synth-pop
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Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
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Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
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Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
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Artwork scanned at 600dpi
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