Let Me Talk

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"Let Me Talk"
EarthWind&Fire - Let Me Talk.jpg
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album Faces
B-side"Let Me Talk" (Instrumental)
ReleasedAugust 1980
Format7", 12"
GenreFunk, R&B, Post-Disco
Length3:45
LabelARC, Columbia
Songwriter(s)Maurice White, Ralph Johnson, Phillip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Al McKay, Verdine White
Producer(s)Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Can't Let Go"
(1979)
"Let Me Talk"
(1980)
"You"
(1980)
Music video
"Let Me Talk" on YouTube

"Let Me Talk" is a single by the R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire released in August 1980 by ARC/Columbia Records.[1] The single reached Nos. 8 and 29 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles and UK Singles charts, respectively.[2][3]

Overview[edit]

Let Me Talk was produced by EWF leader Maurice White. As well the song was composed by White, Ralph Johnson, Phillip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Al McKay and Verdine White.[1]

The b-side of the single was an instrumental version of Let Me Talk. The song has an allegro tempo of 112 beats per minute.[4] Let Me Talk also came off EWF's 1980 album Faces.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

NME noted that the song is "without a recognisable disco beat", has an "irresistible riff" and "gives off such a compulsive, joyous, frienzied noise that it's hard to sit still".[5] Record Mirror declared that Let Me Talk "sets off at a punishing pace that is never relinquished" and its "positively frantic".[6] Billboard described the song as "rock oriented" with "a clipped lead vocal and a steady rhythmic beat alternating choruses" with a "fulsome melodious sound".[7]

NME also gave Let Me Talk an honourable mention in their list of the top singles of 1980.[8]

Music Video[edit]

A music video for "Let Me Talk" was also released in September 1980. The video had a duration of four minutes.[9][10]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980)[2][3] Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 44
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 85
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 8
UK Singles Chart 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Earth, Wind & Fire: Let Me Talk. Columbia Records. August 1980.
  2. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: Let Me Talk (Hot R&B Songs)". Billboard.com.
  3. ^ a b "Earth Wind & Fire - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Let Me Talk". chords.tv.
  5. ^ Rambali, Paul (October 11, 1980). Singles. NME. p. 19.
  6. ^ Singles. Record Mirror. September 21, 1980. p. 13.
  7. ^ "Top Single Picks". Vol. 92 no. 38. Billboard Magazine. September 20, 1980. p. 71. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  8. ^ "NME Albums and Singles of 1980". rocklistmusic.co.uk. New Musical Express.
  9. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Let Me Talk". Youtube.com.
  10. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Let Me Talk". imdb.com.

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