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That's the Way of the World [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Earth, Wind & FireAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 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: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000JQFK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shining Star
2. That's The Way Of The World
3. Happy Feelin'
4. All About Love
5. Yearnin' Learnin'
6. Reasons
7. Africano
8. See The Light
9. Shining Star (Future Star)
10. All About Love (First Impression)
11. Happy Feelin' (Anatomy Of A Groove)
12. Caribou Chaser (Jazzy Jam)
13. That's The Way Of The World (Latin Expedition)

Editorial Reviews

While not quite in a league with Stevie Wonder's best '70s albums, That's the Way of the World finds Earth, Wind & Fire taking a similar path to good effect. Melding rock, funk, jazz, and African influences, the group also works its positive messages--belief in oneself, understanding of others--into each track. "Shining Star," one of the greatest singles ever, leads off the set, but the title track, "See the Light," and "All About Love" keep the good vibes flowing with a minimum of sappiness. This excellent remaster contains a passel of bonus demo versions. --Rickey Wright

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Way January 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
That's The Way Of The World was the soundtrack to film that featured a young Harvey Keitel as a record producer and Earth, Wind & Fire as a band with big potential. The band is dropped in favor of what record company executives feel was more commercial group and they gone on to major success. The film mirrored EWF themselves as the album propelled them to the top of the charts. After several years of moderate success despite making excellent records, this soundtrack album showed all the band's talents and mixing of jazz, soul, funk and positive themes. "Shining Star" opens the album with a pumping beat that set it up to the number one position of the charts. The title track starts off with a slow, smooth beat and then erupts into a harmony-fueled explosion. "All about Love" has some jazzy elements while "Africano" explores some world rhythms. "Yearnin', Learnin'" is an underrated song in their catalog and "Reasons" is a powerful ballad. That's The Way Of The World tanked at the box office and was quickly forgotten, but the album hit number on the charts and made EWF superstars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent SACD Remaster October 12, 2005
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Though it's not the stellar mind-blowing sound of the two SACD live albums "Gratitude" and "...Alive in '75", this remaster is much richer aurally. In comparison the regular CD version sounds harsh and has less fidelity at higher frequencies. The SACD version reminds me a lot of the sound quality from a very good LP setup.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the re-mastering and extra tracks July 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album was originally a soundtrack for a long forgotten film. In fact I have never seen the film. However, the songs have been quite the opposite - unforgettable classics.
Earth Wind and Fire have always been extremely talented musicians and posses amazing vocal harmonies. What is not always realized is just how out in front they were with combining the elements of jazz, and horns, infused into smooth R&B dance tracks and ballads.
This CD contains some of their best work - namely the songs "Shining Star" and "That's the Way of the World". Both are classics and are worth the price on their own.
The additional, previously unreleased, tracks are excellent, with my only complaint that they are too short. Of particular interest is the track "Caribou Chaser (Jazzy Jam)", which showcases the ability of this band to play jazz with the best of them.
Most everything they released from the early 70's through the mid-80's is simply classic music from one of the best bands ever. Now that these great albums are being re-released with extra bonus tracks, its time to revisit them again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grooves on This Album Wore Out Long Ago... December 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
...from consistent playing as a youth. Even as I listen to the songs today on CD, I remember parts in each song where the record would skip. I didn't own a whole lotta records back then so I intimately knew each song. EWF was always more spiritual than political in their approach to songwriting and at the same time they seem to be embraced by the party people who may have missed the message in their music.
In the 'hood where I grew up, everyone digged EWF; blacks, Latinos, Samoans, you name it. "Reasons" was THE slow jam to slow dance to with the girl you liked. But the one song I played over and over was "Happy Feelin'". I was just drawn to that funky new instrument, the kalimba, that was solo'd in the song's choruses. And it was an up-tempo number that you could boogie to (that was the term we used back then).
This album is a must-have if you are serious about collecting R&B/soul music from the 70s. It catches them at a time before they too fell into the trap of commercialism.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elements in Classic Form April 15, 2003
By Milton
Format:Audio CD
This album is a certified classic, ...this album is very much on par with Stevie Wonder's best 70's material. From the opening lines of "Shining Star" to the last note (a beautiful falsetto by Philip Bailey)on "See the Light", this soundtrack helped to define what R&B and Funk was all about while beginning one of the greatest and most influential periods in music history.
Maurice White is a true musical avatar, like Stevie, he was able to blend several different types of musical influences while maintaining an underlying African foundation upon which he built such masterpieces as "That's the Way of the World", "Yearnin Learnin" and one of my personal favorites "Africano".
The Elements are, without question, one of the greatest musical forces at any point in music history and my favorite band of all time. Soaring vocals, majestic melodies & harmonies, outstanding musicianship and awesome lyrics are what made Earth, Wind and Fire a group not just for the 70's but for all ages.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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"That's The Way Of The World" finally nailed down the formula which had been developing in Earth, Wind And Fire's sound over their last two albums; the result was a massively successful #1 smash that spawned several hit singles. The album basically takes the premise of side one of "Open Our Eyes"--alternating uplifting funk rockers with slow ballads--stretches it through the length of both sides, and adds a sheen of production polish through the use of sweeping string arrangments. The results include all of the group's finest singles ("Shining Star", the title track, "Yearnin' Learnin'"), the best instrumental since "Power" ("Africano") and a majestic closing number "See The Light" which features some great harmonies and keyboard work. The overall sound is uplifting, slightly mystical, highly commercial and completely definitive. If any complaint can be lodged against TTWOTW, it is that it also marks the beginning of an increasing slickness which would eventually steer itself toward disco as the decade progressed; funkmeister George Clinton railed against this sound with good reason, but at least on this album the formula is still largely on the safe side of the funk/disco divide.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Earth Wind and Fire
Great music by great artist. The group was outstanding. I would recommend buying it even though it's not todays music. You'll love them.
Published 5 months ago by Mickey
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
ewf is a great group and this is a great cd. i like all of the tracks and you can't go wrong buying this cd. the music takes me back and brings back alot of memories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by stayone
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This brings back a lot of memories. There are some songs that are not as popular as others and it was good to hear them. The musical instruments and harmony are just outstanding. Read more
Published 6 months ago by ruby206
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this..
I brought the album when it first came out. Still loving this CD. Would reccommend to friends and family. Grew up loving their music, always will. What can I say... Read more
Published 7 months ago by O. Flenory
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast From The Past!
What really can be said about Earth, Wind & Fire? Too bad music is not made like this anymore. This Disc, is filled with wonderful tracks. Sound quality is spot on.
Published 7 months ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Re-mastering, Brilliant Album
The 1999 remastering really did the album a lot of good. I'm getting great warmth and separation. Oh, and EVERY song is a great one. Duh... Read more
Published 7 months ago by YY
5.0 out of 5 stars That's the way of the world
I have every album this group has made. I highly recommend this product.
Published 7 months ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars gotta see the movie
I remember this music from my youth, loved the hope and general upbeat messages it sought to impart to the people. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joseph McGrath
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