USA For AfricaWe Are The World

Label:CBS – CBS 26454, CBS – 26454, CBS – USA 40043
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold, Orange/Yellow Label
Genre:Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:Pop Rock, Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Vocal, Gospel


A1USA For AfricaWe Are The World
Arranged By [Synthesizer, Rhythm], Programmed By [Synthesizer]John Barnes
Arranged By [Synthesizer]David Paich, Ian Underwood, Michael Omartian
Arranged By [Synthesizer], Programmed By [Synthesizer]Michael Boddicker
Arranged By [Vocal Choir, Solo Vocal Choreography, Synthesizer, Rhythm]Quincy Jones
Arranged By [Vocal Choir, Solo Vocal Choreography]Tom Bahler
Arranged By [Vocal Choir]Michael Jackson
ConductorQuincy Jones
EngineerJohn Guess
Engineer, Mixed ByHumberto Gatica
Mastered ByBernie Grundman
Mixed By [Assistant]Khaliq Glover, Larry Fergusson*
ProducerQuincy Jones
Producer [Associate]Tom Bahler
Programmed By [Oberheim-8]Marcus Ryles
Programmed By [Synclavier]Kevin Maloney (4), Mark Ross (6)
Programmed By [Synthesizer]Steve Porcaro
A2Steve PerryIf Only For The Moment, Girl
BassBob Glaub
ContractorBob Glaub
Engineer [Additional]Richard Bosworth
GuitarMike Landau*
Other [Assistant]Bob Schiely
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PianoRandy Goodrum
Recorded By, Mixed ByNiko Bolas
SaxophoneJoel Peskin
VocalsSteve Perry
Written-ByRandy Goodrum, Steve Perry
A3The Pointer Sisters*Just A Little Closer
Arranged By [Vocals]The Pointer Sisters*
Coordinator [Production Coordinator]Brad Rosenberger
EngineerMichael Brooks
Engineer [Assistant]Glen Holguin
Mixed ByDavid Holman*, Jim Tract
PercussionTerry Santiel*
ProducerRichard Perry
Synthesizer, Drums [Drum Fills]Howie Rice
Synthesizer, Synthesizer [Mini Moog], Drum ProgrammingJeff Lorber
Written-ByMark Mueller, Robbie Nevil
A4Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band*Trapped
BassGarry Tallent
DrumsMax Weinberg
Guitar, Backing VocalsNils Lofgren
Lead Vocals, GuitarBruce Springsteen
Mixed ByThom Panunzio
Mixed By [Assisted By]Scott Weinstein, Miriam "Squeak" Stone*
OrganDanny Federici
Percussion, Backing VocalsPatti Scialfa
Recorded ByToby Scott
Recorded By [Assisted By]David Bianco, Jim Scott
Saxophone, Percussion, Backing VocalsClarence Clemons
SynthesizerRoy Bittan
Written-ByJimmy Cliff
B1Northern Lights (Canadian All Stars)*Tears Are Not Enough4:21
B2Prince & The Revolution*4 The Tears In Your Eyes
Engineer, Mixed ByDavid Tickle
B3Chicago (2)Good For Nothing
BassPeter Cetera
DrumsDanny Seraphine*
Engineer, Mixed ByHumberto Gatica
Keyboards, SynthesizerDavid Foster, Bobby Lamm*
ProducerDavid Foster
B4Tina TurnerTotal Control
BassJohn Trivers
DrumsJack Bruno
GuitarPaul Warren
KeyboardsJimmy Phillips
Written-ByJ. Jourard*, M. Davis*
B5Kenny RogersA Little More Love
Backing VocalsKin Vassy, Marc Beeson, Terry Williams
BassJoe Chemay
DrumsPaul Leim
Engineer, Mixed ByJoe Bogan
GuitarBilly Joe Walker*
KeyboardsSteve Goldstein
ProducerDavid Malloy
Written-ByFred Knobloch, Tom Schuyler*
B6Huey Lewis & The NewsTrouble In Paradise
Arranged By [Horns]Greg Adams
DrumsBill Gibson
Keyboards, VocalsSean Hopper
Lead Guitar, VocalsChris Hayes
Mixed ByBob Clearmountain
Recorded ByBiff Dawes
Saxophone, Guitar, VocalsJohn Colla*
Vocals, HarmonicaHuey Lewis
Written-ByHuey Lewis, John Colla*

Companies, etc.



First edition orange/yellow “sunburst” center label used by CBS from 1976 until 1985.

Release titles:
THE HISTORIC RECORDING / WE ARE THE WORLD / PLUS NINE NEW SUPERSTAR SONGS / -list of artists- / Written by MICHAEL JACKSON and LIONEL RICHIE • Conducted and Produced by QUINCY JONES / -USA FOR AFRICA logo- [sleeve front]

Gatefold sleeve: inside USA For Africa information, 25 session photos
Inner sleeve: track credits, thank you's, session photo of all/most artists

On inner sleeve:
A1 Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering
A2 recorded at Record One, Los Angeles, CA
A3 recorded and mixed at Studio 55, Los Angeles, CA
A4 recorded live at the Meadowlands, August 6, 1984 on the Record Plant (L.A.) remote truck. Mixed at Clover Recorders, Los Angeles, CA
B1 recorded at Manta Sound, Toronto and Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver
B2 recorded at Record Plant, New York and Black Truck, New Orleans
B3 recorded and mixed at Lion Share Studios, Los Angeles, CA
B4 recorded at Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA
B5 recorded at Lion Share Studios and Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA. Mixed at Lion Share Studios.
B6 recorded live in San Francisco on February 21, 1985 on the Westwood One remote truck

On back cover:
℗ 1985 United Support Of Artists For Africa
© 1985 United Support Of Artists For Africa

A1: ℗ 1985 United Support Of Artists For Africa
A2: ℗ 1985 CBS Inc.
A3: ℗ 1985 Planet Records
A4: ℗ 1985 Bruce Springsteen
B1: ℗ 1985 Northern Lights For Africa Society
B2, B3: ℗ 1985 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
B4: ℗ 1985 Capitol Records Inc.
B5: ℗ 1985 RCA Records
B6: ℗ 1985 Chrysalis Records

Made in Holland
Distribution CBS Records/CBS Disques S.A.

[Inner Sleeve Publishers]
A1 © 1985 Mijack Music (BMI) and Brockman Music (ASCAP)
A2 © 1985 Random Notes (ASCAP) and Street Talk Tunes (ASCAP)
A3 © 1984 MCA Music, a Div. of MCA, Inc. (ASCAP)/Music Corp. of America, Inc. (BMI)
A4 © 1972 Island Music (BMI)
B1 © 1985 Foster Frees Music, Inc. (BMI)/Adams Communications, Inc. (BMI)/Calypso Toonz (PROC)/Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
B2 © 1985 Controversy Music (ASCAP)
B3 © 1985 Security Hogg Music (ASCAP), Fin De Siecle Musique (ASCAP) and Foster Frees Music, Inc. (BMI)
B4 © 1979 Frettssongs/Clean Sheets Music (BMI)
B5 © 1984 Debdave Music Inc. (BMI)/Briarpatch Music Inc (BMI)/Good Sport Music (ASCAP)/Montage Music Inc. (ASCAP)
B6 © 1979 Hulex Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

[Label Publishers]
A1 Mijack Music/Brockman Music
A2 Random Notes/Street Talk Tunes
A3 MCA Music, a Div. of MCA, Inc./Music Corporation of America Inc.
A4 Island Music
B1 Foster Frees Music, Inc./Adams Communication, Inc./Calypso Toonz/Irving Music Inc.
B2 Controversy Music
B3 Security Hogg Music, Inc./Fin De Siecle Musique/Foster Frees Music, Inc.
B4 Frettsongs/Clean Sheets Music
B5 Debdave Music Inc./Briarpatch Music Inc./Good Sport Music/Montage Music Inc.
B6 Hulex Music Inc.

Publisher Differences:
"Security Hogg Music" on inner sleeve - "Security Hogg Music, Inc." on label
"Frettssongs" on inner sleeve - "Frettsongs" on label
"Adams Communications, Inc." on inner sleeve - "Adams Communication, Inc." on label

On runouts:
First part of the runouts (PxL 40043-xx) is etched, while the second part (01-26454-1x-1 x) is stamped on all variants.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Label Code: LC 0149
  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: PROC
  • Price Code: CB 341
  • Matrix / Runout (Sleeve rear, inner sleeve): 01-026454-20
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): 01-026454-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): 01-026454-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): PAL 40043-IJ 01-26454-1A-1 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): PBL 40043-IK 01-26454-2B-1 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): PAL 40043-IN 01-26454-2A-1 E
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): PBL 40043-IK 01-26454-1B-1 H
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 3): PAL 40043-IK 01-26454-2A-1 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 3): PBL 40043-IJ 01-26454-1B-1 E
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 4): PAL 40043-IK 01-26454-2A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 4): PBL 40043-IK 01-26454-2B-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 5): PAL 40043-IJ 01-26454-1A-1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 5): PBL 40043-IJ 01-26454-1B-1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 6): PAL 40043-IM 01-26454-4A-1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 6): PBL 40043-IK 01-26454-2B-1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 7): PAL 40043-IJ 01-26454-3A-1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 7): PAL 40043-IK 01-26454-2B-1 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 8): PAL 40043-IM 01-26454-4A-1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 8): PAL 40043-IJ 01-26454-1B-1 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 9): PAL 40043-IK 01-26454-2A-1 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 9): PBL 40043-IJ 01-26454-1B-1 C

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
We Are The World (Cassette, Album)ColumbiaUST 40043US1985
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We Are The World (Cassette, Album)CBS40-26454Europe1985
We Are The World (CD, Album, Stereo)Polygram824 822-2Germany1985
We Are The World (LP, Album, Pitman, Gatefold)ColumbiaUSA 40043US1985
We Are The World (LP, Album)ColumbiaBEN 40043Canada1985


  • pointman1921's avatar
    Found this at a garage sale a while ago, just out of chance. It plays well, a little muddy, but nothing too bad. Nothing to complain about. Love the song though!



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