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Head To The Sky


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  • Audio CD (January 23, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00000250L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Evil
2. Keep Your Head To The Sky
3. Build Your Nest
4. The World's A Masquerade
5. Clover
6. Zanzibar

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Head To The Sky by Earth, Wind & Fire

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Zanzibar is funk/jazz at it's best.
J. tervalon
Maurice was the trend setter and leader of the band and he was beginning to bring together an more tightly cohesive message as well as sound.
Shining Star
The elements in the music that are still being worked out are the fact the band still have a quirkiness that's actually very random.
Andre S. Grindle

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on June 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Though I know they made 3 albums before this one
with an early line up of some of the best jazz players
of the time and future jazz players even
(Hubert & Ronnie Laws)...
1973's "Head To The Sky" was my first introduction
to the elements of the universe aka Earth, Wind & Fire!
They are my all-time favorite band and this is the
album that started that love affair between them and myself!

In 1973, I was a 9 yr old kid who was developing my
own burgeoning musical gifts,
and boy, was there so many great musical
mentors from that time to follow...
Stevie was in the middle of his incredible creative
run with "Innervisions" taking the world by storm!
Donny Hathaway was at his brilliant peak with
the now iconic "Extensions Of A Man"..
( I miss Donny!)
WAR was groovin' with "Deliver The Word",
Sly Stone was bumpin' the airwaves with his
last good effort "Fresh",
a pre-mothership Funkadelic was ripping it up
and slightly freaking my little 9 yr old brain out
with their 1973 effort "Cosmic Slop",
The Isley Brothers had revamped and were begining
their incredible 70's multi-platinum streak with
"3+3"....
Man, it was truly a time of artistic giants
and the bar was set high then! (Unlike today!)

Of course I was exposed to all this and more by
my mother and older cousins who were doing their thing
at that time with the weed, wine and parties!
But even then, my musical aesthetic was way keen
and I was absorbing everything I heard at warp speed!
One day my momz brought home an album with this group of smiling faces on it,
adorned in the flower / peace regalia of the time
and it read "HEAD TO THE SKY"..
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MilesAndTrane on March 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Some may prefer EWF's more polished, radio-friendly recordings from the mid-to-late 70's, but 1973's "Head To The Sky" is one of their greatest efforts. This early in the game EWF were alerady composing angelic ballads like "World's A Masquerade", displaying their infallible skill for harmony arrangements. The opening track, "Evil" is a mysterious piece, incorporating funk guitars, latin rhythms, ghostly back-up vocals and Maurice White's ever-present kalimba, which is used here to spooky effect. "Build Your Nest" is a favorable funk jam, the ballad "Keep Your Head To The Sky" showcases Phillip Bailey's and Jessica Cleaves' wonderful falsetto voices. The last two tracks, "Clover" and "Zanzibar" incoporate funk, rock, african & latin rhythms into spacious instrumental jams that would become absent from their later records and appear only onstage.
The album also features wonderful horn arrangements, all the strengths you hear on this album will be better developed on later efforts. (Also recommended, 1972's "Last Days & Time".)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kireviewer VINE VOICE on January 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Zanzibar is one of the great extended jazz-rock numbers of the early seventies. It is on a par with the Rascal's Peaceful World and Parliment's Maggot Brain. It lies about half way between the two in intensity. At over 15 minutes, it is a departure from the rest of EWF' other music and probably alienates a number of fans and short attention span reviewers. I give the album 5 stars based on this cut. The others are more traditional soul, and are very good. EWF had not gotten into the pop stage yet.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Topper on May 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Head To The Sky" finally saw the group reach its first flowering of maturity; like its predecessor "Last Days And Time" it is a strong and highly spiritual collection of Afro-funk rockers, ballads and lengthy funk-fusion numbers, but improves on all three counts, and also comes together better as a unified statement. Unusually, it is the only EWF album not to feature the group's trademark horn arragements, but this does not detract from the proceedings one bit; indeed, it allows the group a chance to stretch out in other directions. "Evil" starts the album strong with a strong, sure groove that is abetted by the kalimba and some stellar harmony vocals; these vocals reach an absolute peak of ecstasy on the title track, which is the most graceful and thought-provoking ballad in the group's repertoire (check out the insanely high pitched final vocal line!). Sitars, electric pianos, fuzzed guitars and kalimbas are mixed in a sound that is both soulful and experimental; the band make it all come together with disarming ease. The next three tracks follow from there, with the closing instrumental epic "Zanzibar" reminding one of a more relaxed, sophisticated version of "Power" from the previous album--the organ solo in particular is a unique highlight. Although the filler still pops up (this time it's another soppy ballad, "Masquerade", although even this one has its guilty charms) and the overall mood can get a bit *too* relaxed, "Head To The Sky" was a perfect setup for the commercial breakthrough which was to come with the next album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NDBx on March 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ahh, to witness the beginning of something special and wondrous. One of the true innovators. This album mixes the complex harmonies, exotic rhythms and elements from funk, jazz, latin, gospel and pop into something ahead of it's time. "Zanzibar" is worth the price of this CD alone. Open and exotic, improvisational and rhythmic.
"Zanzibar", "Evil", "Head to the Sky" and "Masquerade" shows a stark beauty that is seldom heard. The beginning of the wondrous journey begins here.
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