Head to the Sky

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Head to the Sky
Studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released May 1973
2001 (reissue)
Recorded 1973
Genre R&B
Label Columbia
Producer Joseph Wissert
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Last Days and Time
(1972)
Head to the Sky
(1973)
Open Our Eyes
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [2]
Warr.org 3/5 stars [3]
Yahoo Music (favorable) [4]

Head to the Sky is the 4th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released in 1973. Their second album on Columbia Records, Head to the Sky was EWF's first commercially successful album and it has been certified platinum in the United States for sales of over a million copies by the RIAA.[1][5]

Reception[edit]

Erykah Badu paid tribute to the album in the music video of her single "Honey".[6] "Evil" was sampled by Amerie on the track "Can We Go" on her 2005 album Touch. "Keep Your Head to the Sky" was sampled by Jay-Z on the 1994 track "Reach The Top", and also by Kirk Franklin on the track "Keep Your Head" from his album Hero.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Evil"   Phillip Bailey, Maurice White 5:00
2. "Keep Your Head to the Sky"   Maurice White 5:10
3. "Build Your Nest"   Maurice White, Verdine White 3:17
4. "The World's a Masquerade"   Skip Scarborough 4:48
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Clover"   Larry Dunn, Maurice White 5:27
6. "Zanzibar"   Edu Lobo 13:09

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Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position
1973 Black Albums 2
Pop Albums 27
Singles – Billboard
Year Single Chart Position
1973 "Evil" Black Singles 25
Pop Singles 50
"Keep Your Head To The Sky" Black Singles 23
Pop Singles 52

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Henderson, Alex. "((( Head to the Sky > Overview )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire Head To The Sky". rollingstone.com. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire Head To The Sky". warr.org. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire Head To The Sky". yahoo.com. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ "RIAA Certification for Head to the Sky". riaa.com. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Erykah Badu's 'Honey' Music Video is Tribute to Music and Music Lovers". reuters.com. Feb 4, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  7. ^ Earth, Wind & Fire samples by others