Sunday, June 16, 2013

"You" by Earth, Wind & Fire

Song#:  0412
Date:  11/22/1980
Debut:  81
Peak:  48
Weeks:  12
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  After the lackluster single "Let Me Talk," the first from their "Faces" album, hit a disappointing #44, they shifted gears and released this ballad as a follow-up. Unfortunately, it did about the same and failed to get the group back into the Top 40. However, it did manage to reach #10 on the R&B chart.

ReduxReview:  The song is better than the previous single ("Let Me Talk"), but still nothing that really screams "hit single." It is a nice song with good pedigree - written by David Foster, Brenda Russell, and Maurice White - but for me it makes a better album track than single.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In 1975, EWF was tapped to co-star in and write the music for the film "That's the Way of the World." The film, starring Harvey Keitel, was a look at the ugly side of the music business and EWF played the fictional group who were working on their debut album when things go downhill. The group was pretty sure the film would be a bomb, so to make sure the music got a chance they released the soundtrack album ahead of the film's premier. The film was not a hit, as predicted, but the album was a #1 smash featuring the chart-topping single "Shining Star" and the #12 title track.


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