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The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol.1 [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Earth, Wind & FireAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Legendary band Earth, Wind, & Fire is simply one of the most important, innovative,and commercially invincible contemporary Pop / R&B music forces of the 20th century. The group has had a remarkable and celebrated career spanning over four decades. Their signature sound is not easily categorized and since its inception has been profoundly influential...musically, socially and ... Read more in Amazon's Earth, Wind & Fire Store

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  • Audio CD (July 27, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000JQFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Got To Get You Into My Life
2. Fantasy
3. Can't Hide Love
4. Love Music
5. Getaway
6. That's The Way Of The World
7. September
8. Shining Star
9. Reasons
10. Singasong
11. Megamix 2000
12. Megamix (Radio Edit)

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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

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sampler of EWF; not the best single CD collection December 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This CD offers a lot of their famous hits and is a good sampler. However, it is not complete enough (hence Vol. 1) because it does not contain great songs/hits like "Saturday Nite" (1976), "Boogie Wonderland" (1979), and "Let's Groove" (1981). All of these songs are included in the single CD collection Earth Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits, which is a much more complete collection on 1 CD (plus, it has remastered sound). I would highly recommend that collection over this one, especially for casual fans like myself.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOO SHORT-- but ohhh so sweet! October 26, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This reminds me of CHICAGO IX-- every single song worth hearing over and over-- but it could stand to be longer. In addition to the obvious hits ("Shining Star", "Getaway", "Fantasy"-- the 45 edit is included here) were 3 "new" songs-- "September", "Love Music" and "Got To Get You Into My Life" (from the Peter Frampton / Bee Gees SGT. PEPPER movie-- EWF's version must rate as one of the most AUDACIOUS reinventions of any Beatles cover!). GREAT disc! But, if you want more, try the recent EWF'S GREATEST HITS, or maybe better, the import EWF: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION. Any way, this stuff is SO GOOD you can't lose!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Band Ever! February 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There never was and never will be a better and more versatile band than EWF! From slow to medium to fast, they could truly play it all and with such flare and class! I don't believe they ever recieved their due during the time they were at their peak (1975-82?)and probably never will except by those of us who were and always be touched by their tunes! What we need now is a DVD of one of their early concerts, say about 1976-8!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ANY Month (Even September) June 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Earth,Wind & Fire made spotty albums,huh?Well I MUST be dreaming because I have ALL of EWF's 1970's albums (including
their two legendary Warner Brothers CD's) and can't find a bad moment on ANY of them so guys-PLEASE speak to your critics!
This isn't bad either since you can't find the classic "September" or the simmering "Love Music" on any other
album.So don't listen to critics! (and see my other EWF reviews).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't stop here October 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This album is a great way to start your collection . If you want the true artistic and creative aspects of this group try "all n' all" and "i am". I also highly reccomend "Raise" a very underated album. Listen to the horn arrangements, no one group did it better. When are these guys gonna get their due. The Hall of Fame is screaming for these guys.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless October 9, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I forgot how great this CD is. I used to have it in my player a long time ago and lost it in a move. Every track just makes you smile and sing....a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Optimism Freely Expressed August 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Spirituality drives their interest right down to their name. Rhythms framework their music. Hear how this opens with tasty brass, which is a teaser into a fabulous Beatles cover. Then get swept away by those blissful harmonies for ten powerful songs that fuse funk, jazz and soul. The musicianship of this self-contained band plays as a tribal celebration and it imparts that unity to the world. And the landmarks "Fantasy" and "Shining Star" are the apotheosis of that spiritual pursuit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Best Of Album. Wish It Were Longer December 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've always loved this album ever since it's initial release in 1978, however, i've always felt they should have added more songs, especially from their early 70's period when the group was 1st formed. They produced some outstanding early material at a time when the music world was in rapid change & artists, bands & groups, who were unable to change with the times were falling by the way side. That being said, it has wonderful material that just puts a smile on my face each time i hear it!

A lot of the classics are here: Fantasy, Can't Hide Love, Shining Star, That's The Way of The World & Reasons. It also has, what was then, 2 incredible new songs, Love Music (check out the incredible harmonies on this one) & the hit September. It also has an outstanding cover of Got to Get You into My Life that won them a grammy award and showed how great this band was as they were able to take a song by the Beatles and make it more of a hit than they did. Robert Stigwood, who was the manager of the Bee Gees and also an employee of the Beatles managers Brian Epstein's production company, loved their music asked Earth, Wind and Fire to do a cover of one of their songs on his upcoming tribute film for Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band.

Maurice and the band agreed and were given a choice of 3 songs, Verdine suggested that they do Got To Get You Into My Life. Maurice listened to the song, reworked it with an R&B, Jazz arrangement and went into the studio with the band to record it. It's considered to this day as the best song off of the film and one of the best covers to one of the Beatles songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I only knew 2 songs on here and the quality was very poor. I realize it's old music, but I would think they digitally master it or something to make it sound better. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Horselady
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
The best part of this CD is when they put parts of their songs together in one lengthy track and it is marvelous. I play this one track over and over. Otherwise it's OK.
Published 1 month ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Awesome Awesome
Love this CD. There is nothing like Earth Wind and Fire! The bonus tracks are pretty good as well. For me, it does not get much better than this!
Published 2 months ago by Dominick Pariano
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love EWF??
I thought I had lost my CD of the "Best of". So I ordered another. If you love the Earth Wind and Fire songs that were rockin in the 70's, then this is the CD for you! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dena Willard
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in quality
Jacket and cover are in excellent shape. Album skips on first song. Appears to have some imperfection, scratch or defect.
Published 4 months ago by James R. Willey
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire
I purchased this as a gift for my husband for Christmas. He really enjoys Earth Wind and Fire. Thanks for helping me get this for him.
Published 5 months ago by Valerie Munson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This is one of the titles I just wanted to add to my collection. It's not a matter of whether I like it or not, I just wanted to get my hands on this great music.
Published 8 months ago by Gregory R. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars always good.
The seventies had great music. Earth Wind and Fire is the best. It is a classic. Enjoyed hearing all the great songs again.
Published 10 months ago by Karen Dampier
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Classic
All of the great songs with perfect sound. Timeless wonder.
Even the bonus tracks, though initially disturbing, have been entertaining.
Published 10 months ago by Jafar
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great CD.
I am enjoying this CD. It has lots of the songs of the past by earth, wind, and fire. It was in very good condition and I appreciate it. Arrival time was good also.
Published 13 months ago by jancan
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