Studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire Released
February 3, 1983 Recorded
R&B, electro-funk, post-disco, new wave, funk, boogie, synth-funk Length
41: 23 Label
Maurice White Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Singles from Powerlight
is the twelfth studio album of American band Powerlight Earth, Wind & Fire, released on February 3, 1983 by Columbia Records. The album was produced by the band's founder Maurice White. Powerlight rose to nos. 4 & 12 upon the Billboard Top R&B Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively.   Powerlight was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. 
Overview [ 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 ]
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 says that on the album "we're free to gape at this band's spectacular popcraft" and summed up his review by describing Powerlight as "the best argument for universalism they'll ever make".
Samples [ edit ]
"Something Special" was sampled by rapper
Will Smith on the title track of his debut 1997 album . "Side by Side" was sampled by rapper Big Willie Style Common on his song "Charms Alarm", featured on 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
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.
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"Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight". Allmusic.com.
"RIAA Certification for Earth, Wind & Fire". RIAA.com.
"Earth, Wind & Fire". Grammy.com.
"Earth, Wind & Fire: Side by Side". Billboard.com.
^ a b
Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Album Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight". robertchristgau.com.
"EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Powerlight". Stero Review.
Lytle, Craig. "Powerlight album review". allmusic.com.
Earth, Wind & Fire music sampled by others
"Powerlight - Overview". allmusic.com . Retrieved . September 13, 2010
Powerlight on discogs.com
"Earth, Wind & Fire: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard.com.
"Earth, Wind & Fire: Dance Club Songs". Billboard.com.