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Mask of Smiles

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Released  July 26, 1985
Mask of Smiles (1985)  Rover's Return (1987)
Release date  26 July 1985
Label  EMI America Records
Recorded  1984-1985
Artist  John Waite
Producer  John Waite
Genres  Rock music, Pop music
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Studio  Clinton Recording Studio, New York
Similar  John Waite albums, Rock music albums

Mask of Smiles is the third full-length release by British rock singer-songwriter John Waite. It was released in 1985, just after the release of his hit "Missing You".


There were two singles released from the disc. The first, "Every Step Of The Way", was a top 30 hit, peaking at number 25. The other, "Welcome To Paradise", fared rather dismally, edging just inside the Hot 100 (at number 85). The album itself peaked inside the Top 40, at number 36.

Track listing

  1. "Every Step of the Way" (John Waite, Ivan Kral) - 4:09
  2. "Laydown" (Waite) - 3:30
  3. "Welcome to Paradise" (Waite) - 3:55
  4. "Lust for Life" (Waite, John McCurry) - 3:02
  5. "Ain't That Peculiar" (Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, Marv Tarplin, Ronald White) - 3:07
  6. "Just Like Lovers" (Waite, Tom Mandel) - 4:29
  7. "The Choice" (Waite) - 4:25
  8. "You're the One" (Waite, Chuck Kentis) - 3:18
  9. "No Brakes" (Waite) - 3:14


  • John Waite - vocal
  • Melanie X. - backing vocals on "Ain't That Peculiar"
  • "Bingo" - guitar, vocals
  • Ritchie Fliegler, John McCurry - guitar
  • Johnny Thunders - guitar on "No Brakes"
  • Chuck Kentis - piano
  • Tom Mandel - keyboards, synthesizers
  • Donnie Nossov - bass, backing vocals
  • Carmine Rojas, Joey Vasta - bass
  • Frankie LaRocka, Alan Childs - drums, percussion
  • Lenny Pickett - tenor saxophone on "Just Like Lovers"
  • Borneo Horns (Steve Elson, Stan Harrison) - horns
  • Production

  • Arranged, Produced, Engineered & Mixed By John Waite & Stephen Galfas
  • All Songs Published By House Of Cards (adm. Walk On Moon Music)
  • Songs

    1Every Step of the Way4:12
    3Welcom to Paradise3:58


    Mask of Smiles Wikipedia

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