From Maurice’s 1985 solo release, here’s the track “I Need You.”
…I became excited about doing a solo record. I felt no strain or urgency, nothing that would encourage my high-strung nature. I felt free, as if I were at the beginning of a new romance. With Martin Page and Brian Fairweather, I felt I was on to something different energetically and creatively. I knew for sure that I didn’t want to use the Complex to record my solo record. I had to break out of the inertia of the EW&F world. I did a lot of recording at Soundcastle Studios in the Silver Lake area of LA, all the way in the northeast part of town…
I recruited some great musicians for the record.
I didn’t criticize Columbia at the time, but I did feel they could have done a more across-the-board campaign – a less segregated approach to the promotion of my album.
Of course I was disappointed with that album’s lack of success, but I am proud of it. Still, I was more hurt than I ever let on. I wish I had done a few more solo records.
– Maurice White. My Life With Earth, Wind & Fire, by Maurice White with Herb Powell, 2016.
“I Need You”
Written by William Smith, Priscilla J. Coolidge, Mary Unobsky
Produced by Maurice
Co-Produced by Robbie Buchanan
Associate Producers: Martin Page, Brian Fairweather
Arranged by Robbie Buchanan
Maurice: Lead Vocals
John Robinson: Drums
Abraham Laboriel: Bass
Paul Jackson, Jr.: Guitar
Robbie Buchanon: Keyboards, Synthesizers
Paulinho da Costa: Percussion
Background Vocals: Maxine Willard, Julia Tillman, Marva Holcolm