is the twelfth studio album of American band Powerlight Earth, Wind & Fire, released in February 1983 by Columbia Records. The album rose to Nos. 4 & 12 upon the  Billboard Top R&B Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively.   Powerlight was also certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Overview [ edit ]
Powerlight was produced by EWF leader Maurice White.
Singles [ edit ]
The album cut "
Fall in Love with Me" rose to Nos. 17 & 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B Songs charts respectively. "Fall in Love with Me" was also Grammy nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
As well another single entitled
Side by Side got to No. 15 upon the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart.
Critical reception [ edit ]
The New York Times noted "melodious pop lyricism based on relatively complex, jazzy harmonies" on Powerlight.
 Allmusic's Craig Lytle refers to the album as "an entertaining piece" and goes on to say that "Throughout the entire album, White's unifying message is fueled by the aggressive rhythms and relaxing melodies".  Robert Christgau also declared that on the LP "we're free to gape at this band's spectacular popcraft".
Samples [ edit ]
Off the album "Something Special" was sampled by
Will Smith on the title track of his 1997 debut album . Big Willie Style
As well "Side by Side" was sampled by
Common on the track "Charms Alarm", off his 1992 debut album . Can I Borrow a Dollar?
Track listing [ edit ]
5. "The Speed of Love" Earth, Wind & Fire, Tony Haynes, Wayne Vaughn, White 3:36 6. "Freedom of Choice" Lawrence, Taylor, White 4:10 7. "Something Special" W. Vaughn, W. Vaughn, White 4:23 8. "Hearts to Heart" Lawrence, Taylor, White 3:45 9. "Miracles" Marry D'Astugues, del Barrio, Jon Lind, White 4:58
Credits and personnel [ edit ]
Adapted from the Discogs credits.
Additional backing vocals - Ms. Pluto
Additional backing vocals, guitar - Beloyd Taylor
Verdine White Cello - Douglas Davis, Earl Madison, Frederick Seykora, Larry Corbett, Ronald Cooper, Suzie Katayama
Double bass - Arni Egilsson
Drums, percussion - Fred White
Roland Bautista Harp - Dorothy Remsen
Keyboards - Eduardo Del Barrio, Rick Kelly, Skip Scarborough, Wayne Vaughn, George Del Barrio
Lead & backing vocals, percussion -
Philip Bailey Lead & backing vocals, drums, kalimba -
Maurice White Percussion -
Paulinho Da Costa, Ralph Johnson Piano - Maxanne Lewis
Prophet-5 synthesizer - Azar Lawrence Saxophone -
Donald Myrick Steel drums - Robert Greenidge
Synthesizer programming -
Larry Dunn Tabla - Zakir Hussain
Tenor saxophone - Andrew Woolfolk
Bill Reichenbach Jr., Charles Loper, George Bohanon, Lew McCreary, Louis Satterfield Trumpet -
Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Michael Harris, Oscar Brashear, Rahmlee Michael Davis, Jerry Hey Viola - Alan Deveritch, Allan Harshman, Carole Mukogawa, David Schwartz, Joel Soultanian, Linn Subotnick, Milton Kestenbaum, Pamela Goldsmith, Roland Karo, Rollice Dale
Violin - Anatol Kaminsky, Arnold Belnick, Bill Hybel, Bob Sanov, Brenton Banks, George Kast, Haim Shtrum, Harry Bluestone, Janet Lakatos, Karen Jones, Marshall Sosson, Miwako Watanabe, Myer Bello, Nathan Ross, Nicole Bush, Pam Tompkins, Robert Lipsett, Robert Sushel, Ron Clark, Shari Zippert, Sheldon Sanov, Stanley Plummer
Production [ edit ]
Strings arranged by Bill Meyers & George Del Barrio
Horns arranged by Jerry Hey, George Del Barrio & Bill Meyers
Art Direction - Monte White & Roger Carpenter
Shusei Nagaoka Concertmaster - Assa Drori, David Frisina
Assistant Engineers - Robert Spano & Steve Crimmel
Bernie Grundman Additional Mixing - Tom Perry
Production Staff - Geri White, Leonard Smith & Monte White
Steel drums made by Rudolph Charles
Producer - Maurice White
Recorded & Mixed by Mick Guzauski
Accolades [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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"Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight (Top R&B Albums)". Billboard.com.
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"Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight (Billboard 200)". Billboard.com.
"Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight". RIAA.com.
"Earth, Wind & Fire". Grammy.com.
"Earth, Wind & Fire: Side by Side". Billboard.com.
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"Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight". Allmusic.com.
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Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Album Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight". robertchristgau.com.
"EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Powerlight". Stero Review.
. Billboard Magazine. February 26, 1983. p. 52. Album Reviews
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"BRAZIL'S BEAT ALTERS BLACK POP". nytimes.com.
. Feature Picks 44. Cashbox Magazine. February 26, 1983. p. 6.
"Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight". rollingstone.com.
"Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight". newspapers.com. Los Angeles Times. February 27, 1983. p. 303.
"Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight". newspapers.com. Los Angeles Times. February 27, 1983. p. 304.
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"Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight". whosampled.com.
"Powerlight - Overview". allmusic.com . Retrieved . September 13, 2010
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"Earth, Wind & Fire: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard.com.
"Earth, Wind & Fire: Dance Club Songs". Billboard.com.
"Dean's List (1983)". robertchristgau.com.