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
Studio Clover Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre R&B
Length 36:51
Label Columbia
Producer Joseph Wissert
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Last Days and Time
(1972)Last Days and Time1972
Head to the Sky
Open Our Eyes
(1974)Open Our Eyes1974
Singles from Open Your Eyes
  1. "Evil"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Keep Your Head to the Sky"
    Released: 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [2]
Yahoo Music (favorable) [3]

Head to the Sky is the fourth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released in May 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 by the RIAA.[1][4]


Erykah Badu paid tribute to the album in the music video of her single "Honey".[5] "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.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[1]
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


  • Verdine White – vocals, bass, percussion
  • Philip Bailey – vocals, congas, percussion
  • Maurice White – vocals, drums, kalimba, leader
  • Jessica Cleaves – vocals
  • Johnny Graham – guitar, percussion
  • Al McKay – guitar, sitar, percussion
  • Larry Dunn – clarinet, piano, organ
  • Ralph Johnson – drums, percussion
  • Andrew Woolfolk – soprano saxophone, flute
  • Oscar Braschear – guest trumpet on Zanzibar
  • Arranged by Earth, Wind and Fire
  • Robert Appère – engineer, mixing
  • Lee Lawrence – cover design, photography


Album – Billboard[1]
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


  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". yahoo.com. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "RIAA Certification for Earth, Wind & Fire". RIAA.com. 
  5. ^ "Erykah Badu's 'Honey' Music Video is Tribute to Music and Music Lovers". reuters.com. Feb 4, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ Earth, Wind & Fire samples by others