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

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Media Type: CD
Artist: EARTH WIND & FIRE
Title: VOL. 1-BEST OF EARTH WIND & FI
Street Release Date: 07/27/1999
Domestic
Genre: SOUL/R & B

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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. Sing a Song
  11. MegaMix 2000
  12. MegaMix
  13. Earthlink Browser Software and Internet Connection


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: July 27, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000JQFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Yes, There are other compilations out there, but this stands as the best. 10 classic songs that cannot be beat. If you want to have "Boogie Wonderland" and "Let's Groove" you will have to purchase some of the other compilations. I realize many songs that may be considered essential songs are not on this album. This only goes up to 1978 and omits some the earlier material. It heavily focuses on the main stream pop songs that you heard on radio. "Reasons" was not released as a hit single, but still stands out as a classic song. "Sing a Song" is one of those songs you just can't help wanting to play over and over again. Also "Shining Star" is another classic hit that always gets played on the old school R&B radio stations. Buy this album, it is a real bargain. You can sometimes find this in the discount bin at stores, not because it is a secondary collection, but because there are more comprehensive collections out there that include more songs. Anyway it is a great collection and you cannot go wrong.
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Just got it today-5/24/2016!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Amazon has everything you could ever imagine or want!! :o)
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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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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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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! Just as smooth, yet energetic and charismatic as ever! I can get more things done around the house if I put this EWF CD on. Oh, I found my older one ~ now I put it in the car so I have both house and car covered. Who would've thought I'd be jamming with EWF from 8-tracks to Social Security! Love these guys!
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