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Earth, Wind & Fire - The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1 (1999)

10-06-2014, 13:38
Music | Jazz | Soul | Funk | R&B | Pop | Disco | FLAC / APE

Earth, Wind & Fire - The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1 (1999)

Artist: Earth, Wind & Fire
Title Of Album: The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1
Year Of Release: 1999
Label: Columbia/Legacy / CK65735
Genre: Soul, Funk, Disco
Total Time: 51:40 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 128 mb / 378 mb (Covers)

Earth, Wind & Fire - The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1 (1999)

Like a lot of second-wave funk bands, Earth, Wind & Fire were adept at balancing slickness and rawness. While their albums were occasionally spotty, the outfit achieved truly miraculous moments like the rocking "Shining Star" and the gloriously syncopated "September." (Come to think of it, the screaming guitar of the former was also nicely set off by its rhythmic flow.) In a have-you-never-been-mellow decade, their positivity seemed mostly realistic. With something like their powerhouse transformation of "Got to Get You into My Life"--pulling one of the great Beatles covers out of the awful Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie--they could make even the most churlish listener believe anything was possible. --Rickey Wright

When it was originally released in 1978, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 was a succinct, ten-track collection of the group's best and biggest singles up to that point. The excellent "September," a brand-new song, soon became a hit in its own right, and the non-LP Beatles cover "Got to Get You into My Life," recorded for the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film, also makes its first appearance on an EWF album here, as does the track "Love Music." EWF's commercial prime hadn't yet ended when this collection appeared; thus, it's missing several crucial latter-day hits, including the slinky funk of "Serpentine Fire," the ballad "After the Love Has Gone," and the disco smashes "Let's Groove" and "Boogie Wonderland." But even if it's an incomplete hits collection, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 still ranks as a strong encapsulation of EWF the funk innovators. The singles gathered here constitute some of the richest, most sophisticated music the funk movement ever produced; when the absolute cream of the group's catalog is heard in such a concentrated fashion, the effect is dazzling. That's why The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 was remastered and reissued along with the rest of EWF's catalog, even though it's been supplanted by more extensive single-disc (Greatest Hits), double-disc (The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire), and triple-disc (The Eternal Dance) anthologies. 1998's Greatest Hits now stands as the definitive single-disc EWF overview, but for the budget-minded and the disco-phobic, this still makes for an excellent listen.


01 Got To Get You Into My Life
02 Fantasy
03 Can't Hide Love
04 Love Music
05 Getaway
06 That's The Way Of The World
07 September
08 Shining Star
09 Reasons
10 Sing A Song
11 Megamix 2000 (Bonus Track)
12 Megamix (Radio Edit) (Bonus Track)

Philip Bailey – vocals, percussion
Roland Bautista – guitar
Jessica Cleaves – vocals
Rhamlee Michael Davis – trumpet, flugelhorn
Larry Dunn – keyboards
Johnny Graham – guitar, percussion
Michael Harris – trumpet, flugelhorn
Alan Hewitt (musician) – keyboards
Ralph Johnson – drums, percussion
Ronnie Laws – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute
Al McKay – guitar, percussion
Don Myrick – saxophone
Louis Satterfield – trombone
Dick Smith – guitar
Fred White – drums
Maurice White – vocals, drums, percussion
Verdine White – bass
Andrew Woolfolk – saxophone, flute

Earth, Wind & Fire - The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1 (1999)



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