1980 Earth Wind & Fire – Faces

Earth Wind and Fire 1980Faces is the tenth studio album, a double-LP by R&B artists Earth, Wind & Fire, released in 1980 on ARC/Columbia Records. The album reached number 2 and number 10 on the Billboard Black and Pop albums charts.

It has been certified gold in the US by the RIAA. In a 2007 interview when asked which EWF album is his favorite Earth, Wind & Fire leader Maurice White replied “Probably Faces because we were really in tune, playing together and it gave us the opportunity to explore new areas”.

The lead-off single was “Let Me Talk”. The songs “You”, and “Sparkle” followed as single releases. Unlike previous Earth, Wind and Fire albums, there was no U.S. tour in support of the album. This was also the last Earth Wind and Fire recording with guitarist Al McKay, who left the group the next year.


Let Me Talk (Philip Bailey; Larry Dunn; Ralph Johnson; Al McKay; Maurice White; Verdine White) 04:06
2  Turn It Into Something Good (Valerie Carter; James Newton-Howard; Maurice White) 04:11
3  Pride (Philip Bailey; Larry Dunn; Al McKay; Fred White; Maurice White; Verdine White) 04:11
You (David Foster; Brenda Russell; Maurice White) 05:09
5  Sparkle (Philip Bailey; Eduardo Del Barrio; Maurice White) 03:48
Back On The Road (Al McKay; Maurice White) 03:32
7  Song In My Heart (Gary Glenn; Brenda Russell; Maurice White) 04:16
8  You Went Away (Philip Bailey; Ross Vannelli) 04:26
9  And Love Goes On (Larry Dunn; David Foster; Brenda Russell; Maurice White; Verdine White) 04:00
10  Sailaway (Philip Bailey; Eduardo Del Barrio; Roxanne Seeman; Maurice White) 04:37
11  Take It To The Sky (Larry Dunn; Garry Glenn; Maurice White) 03:48
12  Win Or Lose (Jean Hancock; Jerry Peters) 03:55
13  Share Your Love (Garry Glenn; Maurice White) 03:20
14  In Time (Arlene Matza; Howard McCrary; Maurice White) 04:15
15  Faces (Philip Bailey; Larry Dunn; Maurice White; Verdine White) 08:02


BassVerdine White
DrumsMaurice White
DrumsFred White
GuitarAl McKay
GuitarJohnny Graham
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarMarlo Henderson
KeyboardsDavid Foster
KeyboardsJerry Peters
KeyboardsGarry Glenn
OrganJerry Peters
PianoLarry Dunn
SynthesizerLarry Dunn
ProgrammingLarry Dunn
FlugelhornRahmlee Michael Davis
FluteFred Jackson
FluteLarry Williams
French HornAlan Robinson
French HornArthur Maebe
French HornGeorge Price
French HornMarilyn Robinson
French HornVince DeRosa
SaxFred Jackson
SaxLarry Williams
SaxAndrew Woolfolk
SaxDon Myrick
TromboneLouis Satterfield
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TromboneFred Wesley
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TromboneJeff Clayton
TrumpetRahmlee Michael Davis
TrumpetBobby Bryant
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetMichael Harris
TrumpetNolan Smith
TrumpetOscar Brashear
TrumpetSteve Madaio
TubaJohn Thomas Johnson
BellsGary Coleman
PercussionPhilip Bailey
PercussionRalph Johnson
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionFred White
VocalsPhilip Bailey
VocalsMaurice White

Other Musicians

6 Back On The Road

GuitarSteve Lukather

8 You Went Away

GuitarSteve Lukather


Cello – Albert Gill, Buell Neidlinger, Dennis Karmazyn, Earl Madison, Frederick Seykora, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Larry Corbett, Marston Smith, Mary Louise Zeyen, Miguel Martinez,
Harp – Dorothy Ashby
Viola – Allan Harshman, Barbara Thomason, Brenton Banks, Bryana Sherman, David Schwartz, Gareth Nuttycombe, Harry Hyams, Herschel Wise, Jimbo Ross, Laury Woods, Leanna Sherman, Marilyn Baker, Patricia Matthews, Renita Koven, Roland Kato, Rollice Dale, Ron Strauss
Violin – Arkady Shindelman, Barry Socher, Bernard Kundell, Donald Palmer, Endre Granat, Gina Kronstadt, Glenn Dicterow, Haim Shtrum, Harold Dicterow, Henry Ferber, Henry Roth, Irving Giller, Isabelle Daskoff, Jack Gootkin, Janet Lakatos, Jerome Reisler, Jerome Webster, John Wittenberg, Joseph Goodman, Joseph Shoenbrun, Joy Lyle, Karen Jones, Mari Tsumura-Botnick, Mark Cargill, Marvin Limonick, Mary Lundquist, Michael Markman, Mike Nowack, Norman Carr, Pavel Farkas, Reginald Hill, Robert Dubow, Robert Jung, Robert Lipsett, Ron Clark, Ronald Folsom, Shari Zippert, Sheldon Sanov, Sid Page, Sidney Sharp, Vicky Sylvester, William Henderson, William Kurasch

Liner Notes

Producer – Maurice White
Arranged By (Horn) – Jerry Hey (Tracks 1, 2. 3, 4, 7, 9, 14, 15)
Arranged By (Horn, Strings) – om Tom 84 (tracks: 5, 6, 11, 13)
Arranged By (Horn, Strings) – Erich Bulling (Tracks 8, 10)
Arranged By (Strings) – David Foster (Tracks 1, 4, 7, 9, 13, 15)
Arranged By (Strings) – James Newton Howard (Tracks 2
Arranged By (Strings) – Jerry Peters (Track 12)
Engineer – Ernie Sheesley, Franklin Allen, Geoff Irons, George Morgan, Jeff Borgeson, John Silcott, Mark Touchy, Ray Gonzales, Reuben, Robert Wolstein, Ron Pendragon, Steve Jackson, Tchad Thompson, Wally Heider
Mastered By – Mike Reese
Mixed By – George Massenburg, Ken Fowler
Recorded By – George Massenburg

Design, Art Direction – Roger Carpenter
Illustration – Kenvin Lyman
Photography – C. Ness, Bruce Talamon, Jim Shea, Francie Moore

Mastered At The Mastering Lab
Mastered At Customatrix
Mixed At George Massenburg Studios
Mixed At American Recording Co.
Recorded At George Massenburg Studios
Recorded At American Recording Co.
Recorded At AIR Studios, Montserrat
Recorded At Davlen Sound Studios
Recorded At Filmways/Heider Recording
Recorded At Royce Hall
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