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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 (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMY3C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mighty Mighty
2. Devotion
3. Fair But So Uncool
4. Feelin' Blue
5. Kalimba Story
6. Drum Song
7. Tee Nine Chee Bit
8. Spasmodic Movements
9. Rabbit Seed
10. Caribou
11. Open Our Eyes
12. Ain't No Harm to Moan (Slave Song) [#][*]
13. Fair But So Uncool [Walkin' in N'Awlins Mix][#][*]
14. Step's Tune [#][*]
15. Dreams [#][*]

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The Sound was still as moving now as it was back in the day .
Ol Sqool AKA Eddie
This, to me, is the greatest album/LP ever on the CBS/Columbia Records label ever for 1974!
Mr. Jackson
I always say it&I'll Say it again this is the Best Band I've Ever Heard.
MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael Erisman on October 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Of course Earth Wind and Fire have tons of hits, spanning a couple decades, but the gems on this release are the non-single tracks. While both hits "Mighty Mighty" and "Devotion" are great, this CD is simply full of music from beginning to end that is funky, soulful, and fun. The title track "Open Our Eyes" is a wonderful gospel song, and the minor hit "Feeling Blue" is a great ballad which you may remember, but the highlights are the added tracks including the funky "Fair But So Uncool" and the gospel inspired soul in "Ain't No Harm to Moan". You will love the improvised jamming in "Drum Song" and the African inspired "Kalimba Story".
This is a wonderful collection of music and you can tell they had a lot of fun recording it. The music sounds fresh and alive, which is remarkable considering it has been nearly 30 years since it was recorded. A great and underrated release from one of the most talented recording groups of all time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Williams on September 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Whoa! Even with the enlightening evolution of EW&F's fourth release, Head To The Sky, nobody could have seen this coming. This album is nothing short of bold and brilliant. It is an all-out assault on several musical genres, as well as the full emergence of a newly refined and crystalized EW&F sound.

"Mighty Mighty" is an eyebrow-raising funk experience in under 3 minutes, that boldly uplifts those of African descent, completes with fierce guitar licks, a snaky bassline, and confident vocals that all overflow with attitude. I hope that soundproof booth wasn't made of glass, because Phillip Bailey certainly would have shattered it. Other immediate standouts are the arm-waving anthem "Devotion", the much too funky "Kalimba Story" and the wordless "Drum Song" and "Caribou". You must love "Tee Nine Chee Bit" for it's lowdown Ohio Players-like feel. An album like this could have very easily taken a wrong turn, but the fact is that this one doesn't. It is random perfection. The only possible thing you could criticize is the somewhat lazy sounding vocals on "Caribou", and still this is overshadowed by the fact that you can't get this sound anywhere else.

This album crosses pop, funk, gospel, jazz, R&B and African music barriers full-stride without missing a step. It's also saturated with musical, vocal, spiritual and commercial prowess without being preachy. How can you even call yourself an Earth, Wind & Fire fan without owning this musical goldmine???!!! Even the bonus tracks are really bonus. Get it while the gettin' is good, my mellow.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Harris on April 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When this album was released in mid 1974 it was the first major turning point in the incredible career of Earth Wind & Fire. "Open Our Eyes" was the first album to feature the line up that would vault them into superstardom, first top 40 single("Mighty, Mighty"), first million selling album, and their first album to crack the top 20. Recorded at Chicago producer James William Guerico's Caribou Ranch, this album is the first to demonstrate what Earth Wind & Fire was capable of. The funky, hard driving "Mighty, Mighty", and fan favorites like "Devotion", "Kalimba Story", and the cool Brazilian influenced "Caribou" are included here. This reissue contains some interesting outtakes from the album recording sessions, including the gospel influenced "Ain't No Harm To Moan", an instrumental version of "Fair But So Uncool", the percussive latin flavored "Step's Tune" and the extended interlude "Dreams". A great sounding remaster, reprinted lyrics, and excellent liner notes about the making of this great album make this one a keeper.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on June 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
this is the Album that Got EWF on there Road to Higher Places.this Album Contains alot of Wonderful Musical Elements that further took EWF to Higher Musical Heights than ever before."Open Our Eyes" is the kind of song that stops me in my tracks every time."Mighty,Mighty" is straight up Funky."Feelin Blue" is a Nice Mellow Jam.I always say it&I'll Say it again this is the Best Band I've Ever Heard.The Greatest Band Ever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kam Steele on October 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was a Teenager when this Album was released on "Vinyl" (for those of you from the CD Age ask your Grandparents). Back then I loved every Song on the Album, and that love stands pat today as Earth, Wind & Fire's Music from those days Song just as Beautiful Today as it did then, and there'll never be another Band like them. I have every E.W.F. Album made in the 70"s on CD now. Some of the best purchases I ever made.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rodog63jr on May 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Mighty,Mighty, Kalimba Story, Devotion, Feelin' Blue, Caribou and open our eyes make this a breakthrough album for earth wind and fire. this is a collector's item.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
During this period EWF were developing musically at such a rapid pace that it seemed difficult to follow their progression. Here everything from the bands logo to the full fledged presense of Charles Stepney as musical collaborator really served to pull together all the different things that would be part of the entire Earth Wind & Fire experience during the big period of their career. Arriving just before their breakthrough That's the Way of the World this album has the destinction of being the bands first huge hit album. One thing that should be understood however is that this album did so without the presense of any huge charting pop single. Frankly their sound at this period still wasn't quite "comfortable" with everything else on the pop charts in that day with all of heavy polyrhythmic African-styled percussion,themes and psychedelic funk effects throughout this album. For that and the mixture of variety and cohesiveness this album provides make it one of my favorite EWF albums on a personal note. Their sound wasn't 100% polished yet but as Maurice White himself pointed out they were heading in the right direction. "Mighty Mighty",a very no-hold-barred funk jam is the closest thing to a big hit this album had and it isn't one of EWF's more remembered tunes in many circles. Even though it wasn't even as well known as that "Devotion" has a lot more to say about where the band were going,with it's sophisticated production and Bailey's sparkling inspirational vocal than much of what is here. Over the coming years it became an important staple of EWF's live shows,becoming as important if not more in that context than many of their bigger future hits.Read more ›
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