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November 6, 2016

Earth, Wind & Fire – Faces (1980) – 2Lp

by Record Facts

Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and African. They are one of the most successful bands of all time. Rolling Stone Magazine described them as “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing” and declared that the band “changed the sound of black pop”.

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Artist:  Earth, Wind & Fire
Title:  Faces
Year:  1980
Format:  2LP
Label:  Columbia Records
Catalog#  CBS 88498

Faces is the tenth studio album, a doubleLP by R&B artists Earth, Wind & Fire, released in 1980 on ARC/Columbia Records.
This was late 1980. In an unsuccessful attempt to discredit and classify all music by African-American artists as Disco, the genre that ruled from 1976 to 1979 was offically declared “Dead”. Also in this racist plot was a music industry “recession” which I have yet to understand. Earth, Wind & Fire was caught up in all of this while recording and releasing what I consider a musical masterpiece called “Faces”. Every song could have been a potential single if CBS had promoted it right. Instead it only was certified gold. All true EWF fans know what I am talking about when I say “Faces” ranks right up there with “That’s the way of the world”, “Spirit” and “All n All”. If you haven’t heard it, it’s not to late to listen to this wonderfully made project by EWF.
The lead-off single was “Let Me Talk”. The songs “You”, and “Sparkle” followed as single releases. Unlike previous Earth, Wind and Fire albums, there was no U.S. tour in support of the album. This was also the last Earth Wind and Fire recording with guitarist Al McKay, who left the group the next year. This album is noted for featuring Steve Lukather, guitarist for EWF’s label mate Toto, on the songs “Back on the Road” and “You Went Away”.

 

Side one
1.   Let Me Talk   (4:09)
2.   Turn It Into Something Good   (4:10)
3.   Pride   (4:11)
4.   You   (5:10)

Side two
1.   Sparkle   (3:50)
2.   Back on the Road   (3:33)
3.   Song in My Heart   (4:17)
4.   You Went Away   (4:24)

Side three
1.   And Love Goes On   (4:05)
2.   Sailaway   (4:37)
3.   Take It to the Sky   (3:50)
4.   Win or Lose   (3:53)

Side four
1.   Share Your Love   (3:17)
2.   In Time   (4:13)
3.   Faces   (8:02)

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