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That's The Way Of The World

Earth, Wind & Fire

1975

That's The Way Of The World

Album Summary

That's the Way of the World is the sixth studio album by American band Earth, Wind & Fire, released on March 15, 1975 by Columbia Records. It was also the soundtrack for a 1975 motion picture of the same name. The album rose to No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Soul Albums charts.That's the Way of the World has also been certified Triple Platinum in the U.S by the RIAA.

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Rating

3.49

Votes

4881

Genres

  • Funk
  • Soul
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My favorite EWF songs are (and pay attention, these are in order) Fantasy, September, and their transcendent cover of the Beatles' Got To Get You Into My Life. None of these are on this album, the lone EWF entry on the list. Shining Star opens the album, followed by the title track. They're both 5's (although not in my own personal Top 5, which tells you how great EWF were). But what I really want to learn more about is that apparently this album is the soundtrack to a movie of the same name starring Harvey Keitel. One would think with all of the streaming options available that at least one of them would have this curiosity available for our ready viewing pleasure. Earth, Wind & Fire actually appear in the film as a fictionalized version of themselves in a group known as...The Group? An IMDB user tells us the movie is worth seeking out and even likens it to the Paul Simon vehicle "One Trick Pony". That's all the inspiration I needed (big props to IMDB user lambiepie-2, as Prince would say, may u live 2 c the dawn), so I found this cinematic marvel on Tubi. The movie is everything I imagined it would be. It opens with EWF performing "That's The Way Of The World" while a young Harvey Keitel runs the control board. And it's pretty much a disaster from there. Keitel's record label would rather Harvey showed more interest in wan seemingly incestuous white trio called The Pages (which is somehow an even worse name than The Group). The Pages are a mix of the Carpenters, Helen Reddy, and the Starlight Vocal Band before they discovered the joy and wonders of a Nooner. White family acts were hip back then, you see. It's a thinly veiled commentary on the music industry and faceless, corporate America. It's cheesy in a way you'd expect from a forgettable film released in 1975. The script goes out of it's way to have characters say the title of the movie at least three times (possibly more, I just gave up after the third time). The movie made me appreciate the album, Harvey Keitel, Maurice White, Philip Bailey, and possibly Karen Carpenter, even more.

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5

Shining Star is always fun, the upbeat tempo and "happy" singing make for a fun, encouraging song. A good one to lead with. Interesting though as the feel is very different than the rest of the album. The sound is the "same" though. Yearnin' Learnin' is, upon first listen, my favorite song on the album. There is something about the beat and the tone of their voices, a sort of exaggerated "meah, meah, meah" sound. At first I did not think I liked Reasons but I forced myself to continue listening and I love her voice being dominant with the guys harmonizing in the background and the jazzy trumpets hitting two beats (?) mixed in. As far as lyrics, All About Love (First Impression) is my favorite. The "spokenness" of the lyrics helps drive it home and easier to listen to. Africano, I am not a fan typically of the flute (it seems to be a tin or small wood one), so the sound of the flute is not my favorite. Towards the end of the intro it has a sound of water that is reminiscent of "Native American" music. A lot of interesting sounds all together in this song, very "Cosby-showish" sounding to me. So, unfortunately hearing Cosy before this song, I hear a TV show and not the song. I am not a fan of the trumpet or sax too much in songs...this is heavy on those. The numerous sounds work well together and keep you entertained, almost as though you don't know where to look. Overall the album has a smooth, mellow sound that is hopeful and enjoyable even as the lyrics call for thinking. I liked Earth, Wind & Fire before listening to this album but I still really enjoyed it. It reminded me of The 5th Dimension's Age of Aquarius a bit.

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Going into this album, the only song that I recognized immediately looking at the tracklist was the classic opener “Shining Star.” By 1975 Earth, Wind and Fire were well on their way to establishing themselves as one of the leading R&B/funk bands of the decade. Track two is the monster title track, which somehow I had forgotten about until the opening notes kicked the song immediately back into my brain. The track leaves little doubt the band was as comfortable in mid-tempo territory as when they are dropping classic funk tunes. Mixing jazz and world influences into “Happy Feelin’” the band is just humming and mastering every tool at their disposal. Did someone mention quiet storm? “All About Love” delivers that and more. Creating a template that others, like Luther Vandross, would perfect, the band utilizes spoken word, excellent background vocals, and a tremendous horn section to pepper the track with personality. However, an overindulgent keyboard part throughout the final minute is entirely unnecessary and distracting. “Yearnin’ and Learnin’” is the first sign of filler. It's not a terrible song but feels like the type of funk song the band could write in their sleep. The horn section during “Reasons” saves it from being a generic ballad. Featuring a falsetto vocal, horns, and strings, the group does everything possible to dress it up. The album regains it's footing with the afro-centric beats of the instrumental “Africano.” I’ve heard the band was fantastic live, and it's easy to see this getting an excellent work out in concert —plenty of 70s style funk guitar, horns, and percussion light this track on fire. “See the Light,” the closing track, is a rumination on the struggles of mid70s America with a hint of spirituality as well. Throw in some psychedelic-inspired keyboards and some Broadwayesque backing vocals, and the song leaves an impression. Although, I’m not convinced it's a positive one. I wouldn't call this record a masterpiece; however, there are some highlights and a couple of indisputable classics. Overall, the legendary status that surrounds EWF appears warranted.

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“That’s the Way of the World” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1975) This is some of the best soul music ever. Listen to it as an antidote to the nightly news. Celebratory themes lift up the listener, giving gentle encouragement with soul. Earth, Wind & Fire preach (yes) a message of living a well integrated life with a funky groove. I’m in. If you’ve ever spent much time in an African American Baptist or Methodist church, you know exactly what’s going on here. This is neither Oprahfied self esteem nor the anger inducing kerygma of Farrakhan’s NOI Incorporated. It’s actualized joy. These songs come at us in a wholesome and upbeat mood only slightly tarnished by astrological and pseudo mystical wackiness. The closing track (“See the Light”) is either gospel or heliolatry, depending on your perspective. And there’s a love for newborn babies sprinkled throughout. And who doesn’t love newborn babies? (Ok, you smart alecks in the back row, put your hands down!) Lead and backing vocals display an extraordinarily diverse palette of timbres, including ghostly baritone, croaky-to-sassy-to-silky tenor, and entire gospel choirs of falsetto flavors. It’s not a stew. It’s a buffet. On top of that, we hear heavenly horns, tastefully arranged, with potent punctuation in interludes. Some of the ‘fill’ comes across as dated, but it still has nostalgic value. It’s only a minor flaw. But the standout instrumental performance on this album is the inventive bass lines by Verdine White, one of the greatest bassists of all time. He synthesizes progressive jazz, funk, and (believe it or not) classical symphonic music. It’s worth listening to this entire album with both ears trained on the electric bass. I dare ya. The album is well constructed, with the splashy lead track “Shining Star”, and the meditative end of “All about Love” to finish out side one, while side two begins ‘back to the splash’, winding up (and down) to the beautiful resolution of the closing anthem “See the Light” (starting with a rapid 7/8 that I actually wanted to dance to. You’ve got to hear it to believe it). The choral arrangement of the closing bars before the outro are ethereal. One could wrap this up with an ‘Amen’. 4/5

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Half are Super funky, jazzy grooves and half are typically lush mid 70s ballads. Pretty cool. Tracks opening each side are straight up funk. Africano is a wah wah funk jazz tour de force.

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5

starts off with shining star, reasons, the sax in africano, the xylophones, great album that shows from beginning to end it deserves its place on this list

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5

It's a beautiful album. Short and nostalgic somehow

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5

God, where are we in the world today. 9/10 Likes: 'Shining Star,' 'Happy Feelin', 'That's the Way of the World,' the horns of 'Yearnin' Learnin',' dear god 'Reasons' is a perfect masterpiece, best song on the album, fight me, is 'See the Light.' Dislikes: First half of 'All About Love,' though that synth part is phenomenally mesmerizing, Y'all know this is just my opinion right?

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5

Funky Funky Funky Funk

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5

smooth, easy listening with great voices

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5

Complete classic. Songs I grew up with and reminds me of family. Great album to listen to while working.

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5

Hot fire!

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5

Perfect funk album. Incredible.

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5

I quite liked this album. I had only heard one or two songs by Earth, Wind & Fire previously, so it was nice to hear more by them.

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5

STRONG start and a real groove throughout. I've been into Nu Funk more this year and its beyond obvious how much those folks are trying to be modern EWF. Just cool cool cool all the way. probably a 4.5 but I'm rounding up ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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5

Absolute bangers, all the way through. Probably my second favorite EWF album behind I Am, but obviously still amazing.

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5

Ok, die unmittelbare Gegenbewegung zum Abba-Tiefschlag ist abgeklungen. Trotzdem danke ich allen, die daran mitgewirkt haben mich zum tieferen Zuhören und einer relativ ausgiebigen Beschäftigung mit der Platte herauszufordern: das ist nämlich wunderbar warme, cremige und eben nicht zuckerwattige, sondern eher schokoladige Funk/Soul/Popmusik. Rhythmisch total auf den Punkt, aber auch gefühlig immer richtig dosiert, und in ihrer gesamten Mischung auf der Platte perfekt ausbalanciert zwischen Uptempo, Smoothness und Verführung. Wäre ne perfekte 4 gewesen, den zusätzlichen Punkt gibts für die Entdeckung.

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5

Earth, Wind, and FIRE. I'd probably put it as more of a 4.5 if I could, but a 4 just seems miserly.

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5

Ahh so groovy and classic. Starts off strong, vocals are fantastic and really its the occasional growl and the a cappella ending of the first song for me. Loved Yearnin' Learnin', All About Love, and Africano. 4.5-5 stars

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5

They didn’t even need to go this hard. Great stuff. The solos on Africano are very cool

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5

Imma be honest, the chimes in That’s the Way of the World sound like my apple watch notification; pretty impressive how they sampled that 40 years before it existed😎 Reasons is also a solid standout. Africano and See the Light are an interesting pair to finish up with, they popppingggg.

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5

Pretty fun! Easy to listen to. More instrumental tracks than I expected.

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5

What a funktastic album, I've never heard it, yet feel it was already in my soul!! 🥰🔥🥰

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5

I play bass, therefore I love Earth, Wind and Fire.

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5

false

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5

These guys had it figured out.

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5

Shining Star and Reasons are so great. The whole album is just right on. Even the album cover is perfect.

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5

yessssssss

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5

Absolutely fantastic. Pure funk. Head starts bobbing of its own accord. Not too sure about "All About Love" even though it has some good moments. Everything else is great though. Too short.

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5

So good

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5

🥰loved them in High School and 😍them now. As l listened more carefully this time, I felt like they were a mix of Chicago and Elton John and Marvin Gaye all rolled up in one! Great Job Earth 🌍 wind & 🔥

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5

Good stuff

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5

Me encanto!

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5

Сладенько и хорошо

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5

Todo bien

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5

Cool funk album

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5

Shining Star is a song I remember singing when I was a kid. This album reminds me of weekends when I was a kid, cooking with my mom.

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5

If you aren't absolutely grooving to Earth Wind and Fire, what are you even doing? EWF has had a special place in my heart for like 16 years at this point (half my life!). Side A is better than B, but Africano may actually be my favorite track. The origin of a bass line that literally SLAPS

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5

What you'd expect from EW&F + some prototypical party rap, wow

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5

Absolute banger start to finish

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5

I really liked this one

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5

Oh incredible!

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5

Brilliant!

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5

Such a smooth listen, and not too long either!

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5

Favourite so far!

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5

Loved it! So bluesy and groovy!

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5

what a vibe

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5

They've got the funk. They've got it right here in this box. They found they could see around corners. Ohhh gimmi that funky milk!

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5

Can never get enough of such music!

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5

Best band of all time....FIRE

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5

tava doido pra dar 4 estrelas mas vou ser obrigado a dar 5

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5

Sonzera, groovadão dá pra por no rolê dboas

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5

If I lived in the 60s I would put this album on and be happy all day long 🧡

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5

A melhor coisa do Album generator é me mostrar que o que diferencia um clássico de um som comum é a atemporalidade. Você escuta o Funk e o Soul de Earth Wind and Fire em Adele, em Amy Whinehouse, em Norah Jones, em Diana Krall... é fantástico...simplesmente fantástico. "That's The Way Of The World" tem a responsabilidade musical de ser todas as músicas de Marvin Gaye em 5:45min

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5

A groovy experience through and through. It might not be the most complex album in the world, but I loved listening to it. Each song made me want to move my body, which is what I try and look for in songs. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's certainly mine. Favorite track: Reasons

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5

Perfection.

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5

Awesome funk/soul

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5

Reminds me of Pop-Pop.

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5

I love Earth, Wind and Fire so I was excited to set this. Never heard this album before but knew the first two tracks and they are excellent. The rest of the album? Loved it! I was surprised to learn that this was a soundtrack for a movie. Think I may have to check that out too.

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5

Delightfully uplifting. Super smooth. A great accompaniment to the day.

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5

This album didn't contain my most beloved Earth, Wind & Fire songs, but I greatly enjoyed every track. Lots of fun and a light, warm spirit to it.

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5

This is delightful. It has an unselfconscious seventiesness to it that I love.

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5

niiiiiiice

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5

Almost perfect. Track 1 is a masterpiece.

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5

Classic

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5

I can't imagine giving this album fewer than five stars.

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5

5/5. There's a reason this band has the reputation they do. Not my style but it's a perfect album.

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5

really funky album!

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5

Can not beat a bit of feel good funk

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5

Great!

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5

Smooth funky goodness

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4

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4

Very nice.

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4

very chill, i like it.

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4

I have never heard of Earth Wind and Fire in a full LP capacity so this was a pleasant surprise. Sweet smooth soul+funk music, very relaxing and enjoyable. The production for 1975 is fantastic!! Not many songs stuck with me but I would surely revisit this.

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4

Banger of an album 4/5

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4

Might not be my thing.....but can’t deny how good it is.

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4

shining star is nice

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4

Good funk

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4

Classic jams, underrated band lost in the disco 70s hype

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4

Disco når det er bedst. Ikke perfekt men rigtigt godt. Et par numre som fejler

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4

Nice

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4

Feel like driving and walking down the street!

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4

I like this band. I really can't say anything more. They're great and I like them.

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4

This was awesome. Love the vibe, love the instrumentation. Going to revisit this one for sure!

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4

1. Shining Star A classic. Good start to the album. 2. That's The Way of the World Good groove. Hopeful song. 3. Happy Feelin' Self-explanatory. 4. All About Love (First Impression) I actually stopped and listened. The discordant noise took me out of it, though. 5. Yearnin' Learnin' I had to listen to this twice. I have nothing to say about it. 6. Reasons You can feel the emptiness the narrator goes through. 7. Africano Good instrumental track. I like that the beginning was experimental with its instruments. 8. See the Light I love a good multi-part suite

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4

Groovy! Not their biggest hits on this, still very enjoyable

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4

some real bangers here but also some unbearable sounds from a few tracks.

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4

Very good album. A little dated in audio quality, but not bad at all. Don't think I'd listen to the whole thing on the reg, but all and all very good.

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4

Норм)

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4

начало альбома почему-то напомнило саундтреки из Криминального Чтива

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4

Норм, но не в моем вкусе

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4

Idk if it's because we went so low with the previous album but I liked to a lot! Made slogging at my software engineering project bearable. This Aussie gives it four nights out at The Sub Club in Melbourne out of five.

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4

baby making music

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4

Vocals got a little irritating when listening to the whole album, I think these songs are better listened to when mixed in with other similar music

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4

Nice stuff

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4

A classic

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4

bem groovy

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4

terrific album

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4

Very nice big soul album. Each song is exciting and very well produced.

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4

Really liked the general vibe and especially the main hits. Got a bit boring over time.

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4

Very nice. The first track got me going but was up and down for the remainder of the album

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4

Geile disco dico ficki ficki Musik. Obwohl "September" nicht drauf ist, geile Musik. Macht Laune. Will jedes dieser Outfits in meinem Schrank wissen. Hätte mir mehr 100% bänger gewünscht, daher 4*

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4

Fun record, classic tracks. No real down notes on this LP.

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4

Classic Album with some fun unexpected twists at the backend. Shiny pop exterior with a nice fullness underneath

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4

Kolejny raz zbaflowany, bo slysze bande ktora kazdy zna i kocha za kawalki takie jak september czy boogie wonderland, a odkrywam ja na nowo, bo nie sa to klimaty diskowe jak w ich najwiekszych szlagierach, a raczej mocny blend funkowego r&b z dusza ktora czuc zwlaszcza na wolniejszych trakach, zamykajacy see the light lub reasons, jako 6 album bandowy, wiec rekiny branzy i wyjadacze, choc jeszcze nie super grupa wojujaca po calej europie, ciekawy jest orgin story tej plyty, bo chopaki i baby mieli zrobic soundtraka do filmu o tym samym tytule, wiec podzialali zrobili muzyke, nawet grali grajkow w filmie, ale film nie zapowiadal sie na sukces, wiec zeby nie zepsuc sobie albumiku recenzjami filmu uzyli ultra karty atutowej jaka bylo zatosowanie albumu do sella przed premiera filmu, plyta sie sprzedala, jest tutaj wiec status jakiegos klasyka musiala u kogos sobie wyrobic, a film jak byl kiepski takim pozostal, zarowno instrumentale jak i kontent lirykowy przekazuja wylacznie mocno pozytywne viby, poczawszy od otwarcia shining starem, a konczac trakiem zamykajacym see the light, wszedzie granie i spiewanie nawolujace do szukania swiatla, radosci w zyciu, przeslanie uniwersalne i jakze na czasie, chociaz ostatnio sa modniejsze tematy przedsisbiorczosci i sukcesu, nie mam pojecia jak wygladal proces tworczy w takiej bandzie, ale zeby przez tyle lat tworzyc kontent ktory topowal listy chartowe i nie stacic ostrosci, zachowac grupe od slawy walenia po kablach, wypromowac bandy ktore tworzyly sie chocby z backujacych wokali EWF, to trzeba miec klase, wiec wielki respekt dla pana Bialego, ojca zalozyciela, lidera i przewodnika grupy, dodatki plejkowe musze podzielic na dwie listy, wiec kawalek do soulowej to tytulowy thats the way of the world, a bardziej funkowa plejka przyjmie w swoj poczet shining star

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4

Good follow up listen to D’Angelo - I think there is a lot of EWF in his music. This is a good album - I especially liked “Africano”. 3.5 stars and rounding up for the true 70s coolness.

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4

Shining Star is such a great start to the album. Trails off a bit at the end but would def seek out again.

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4

Good production, bouncy songs, great album. The second half really sets the album apart. The production on songs like "Yearnin' Learnin'" and "Reasons" is amazing. "Happy Feelin'" is a great song that immediately puts me into a good mood, as so many songs on this album do. However, it has some flaws. "All About Love (First Impressions)" drags for too long and contains some strange, new age proselytization about looking at trees unlocking the peace of the world. Also, Phillip Bailey's falsetto, while beautiful when used in conjunction with other vocals ("Happy Feelin'"; "The Way of the World") becomes the weakest part of any song on which it is the lead vocal ("Reasons").

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4

Interesting fact if you heat up earth using fire and consume it will give you wind.

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4

👌🏾

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4

Really everyone should have a brass backup band IMHO. And when was the last time you heard a vibraphone solo let alone a flute/vibraphone duet? Just happy, uplifting music.

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4

I'm a sucker for speaking directly to the audience

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4

FUNKY AF! (en goed) (en te lang) (is maar 35 minuten maar voelt te lang) 7/10

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4

Classic, enjoyed most of album

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4

Dope

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4

Some absolute jams here. The ballads aren't as strong as the more hype tracks, but few things I've listened to are as strong as those hype tracks lol

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4

Great record to get for my first one. Only listening on a laptop, but that bass line on Happy Feelin' is killer.

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4

daora demaaaais papito, apesar de ter umas musicas DIFICEIS viu

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4

Only in the last few years have I realized the genius of Earth Wind and Fire but that's mostly been through their hits. This was a fun listen that really highlights how talented they were across the board. Both more jazzy and more rock and roll than I expected. Top track is far and away Happy Feelin'. Such a groovy intro.

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przyjemniutkie

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Not really my thing. But technically this is just about flawless and I was able to enjoy this way more than any of the albums we got before. The loungey parts kinda drag it down a bit, but the proggy chords and lines elevate it just as the loungeness gets to be a bit much. Overall an enjoyable listen that I'd probably never have done if not for this site.

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4

This is a wonderful R&B/Soul album. You could say it just makes me feel much better. And I enjoy Earth, Wind & Fire much better when September isn't being shoved down my throat. Giving it a 4/5 because I didn't enjoy the funk parts of it as much.

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4

good soul/funk sound!

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4

I was blown away by this album. It's the perfect concoction of upbeat, chilled out, funky, mellow, and just all out VIBES. It's the ultimate album for a dance party for one at home; lots of syncopation, lots of funky basslines, the group loves to have fun with their vocals and you can really feel how much fun they had recording this album. I'll be replacing my pre-pandemic getting ready to go out playlist with this album. Yearnin' Learnin' and Africano are absolute shin slappers; the only reason this doesn't get four stars is that All About Love slowed the album down a bit too much right in the middle.

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4

It's Earth, Wind, & Fire! What's not to enjoy really? Just an all-round funky time suitable for the whole family. Ok, maybe this album doesn't include some of their best hits, but its hard not to love the vibe.

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4

Big into funk at the moment and this really hits the spot for me atm. I enjoyed listening to it, there's a good variety in the songs, and they manage to feel high energy and also chill at the same time. The constant groove is infectious and so hard to ignore, my head was bopping along pretty much the whole time. High point was "all about love", a perfect break in the album that just felt melodically right. I do feel like some of the songs (Happy Feelin', Yearnin' Learnin') felt like they dragged a bit and didn't quite have the same magic as the rest, which is a shame, but luckily they didn't ruin the flow of the album for me. Overall still a blast to listen to.

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4

Immensely accomplished musicians at the top of their game. You can hear how they've influenced anyone from Whitney Houston to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. A very easy and enjoyable listen.

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4

Very solid album. Decent variety in the tracks, the vocals and brass are, as always in Earth Wind and Fire songs, perfection. Very easy to listen to while relaxing

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4

Great album, accessible, positive, and instantly listenable.

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4

AYO?????? THAT BASS BE BOPPING THO

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4

Buen disco. Mucho funk, buenas voces y se hace agradable de escuchar.

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Funky and intense with solid tracks that incorporate synths and jazz among others to make for a smooth experience. First two tracks are perfect, but I also really like "All About Love" and "Reasons." No unbearable tracks although there are some parts that don't work as they're probably intended. At 8 tracks long, the album flies by.

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Bring on the funk!! Been waiting for some EWF and this album didn't disappoint. Solid all the way through with some classics peppered in like Shining Star. I also really enjoyed Africano as a fun Jazz mix. Hopefully we get a few more of their albums because this knocked most of the last week and half out of the water.

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Love this! So uplifting, chilled and danc-y!

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Bit of fun.

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A great musical journey

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Det här var gött faktiskt. Jävligt go bas alltså.

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4

Solid funk with a couple perfect mid-70s dirtier cuts.

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very good (:

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Solid album!

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Mmmmmm hell yeah. this album is a shining star.

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YES! yes, love it

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Everyone knows Shining Star but I never stopped and listen to the full EP. I'm shocked at the depth the band goes with this, it's pretty nuts

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Shining Star is hitting the right vibes on this friday. All About Love intro sound exactly like one of my coworkers. Africano's woodwinds is really nice. This was a fine album but not the best one by this band.

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4

Solid grooves all around. I prefer the uptempo tracks to the ballads. Shining star is a monster.

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Conocía a EWF por un par de canciones disco, así que me sorprendió escucharlos así en este disco. No soy fan del género (soul / R&B) pero me gustó mucho la canción “Reasons”, así como la mezcla que hicieron con música africana. Desde que lo descubrí por esta lista, lo he escuchado unas tres veces, es de los mejores descubrimientos de esta lista hasta ahora.

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I really enjoyed this album, the grooves are tight, the bass playing is amazing, and the songs are great. I expected a much more light-weight album but got a funk driven rockin good album 3.75 stars

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4

Fire is obviously the best. Wind is a right dickhead.

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Really enjoyed it - recognised a few of the songs that have been sampled over the years

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- Classic disco/funk feel with their signature upbeat sound and solid pocket drumming - melodic bass lines - 2 serenades with some experimental instruments Great album with an amazing flow and creative solo pieces - 7/10

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Explosion of jazz, gospel, funk, soul and R&B so brilliantly intertwined no wonder they paved the way for artists like childish gambino, Andre 3000 and Thundercat. Favourite tracks: shining star, Reasons, Africano

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4

The first two songs are absolute bangers. The rest of the album doesn't have the same quality of songwriting, but the sound is so good that it's mostly fine.

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4

Love the band but these were not their best songs. However was really into it by second listen so 4*

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I really enjoyed this album. Full of funk and fun!

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This is a lost jewel for me. I've already listen to something about "Earth, Wind & Fire" but I was sure not expecting this album. Great Friday album!

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4

Listens in one breath, groovy and catchy! Although, no timeless hits

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strong 4 can't not love these guys such a nice digestible length of an album, and good length of songs.

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Veldig bra album, likte spesielt godt Happy feelin'

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Good headphone listen Happy Feelin' is fun. bad lyrics in All About Love

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So far, album has a message concerning self-positivity. Songs like "Shining Star" and "All About Love" preach being the best you can be, and that being happy is a choice. The music itself is full of soul and very danceable, with a bluesy element tastefully interwoven. Beyond that, it's experimentalness goes a bit far in some areas.

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4

Really smooth listening. Really enjoyed this and would happily listen to this.

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Thoroughly enjoyable and so easy to listen to. Could see this being great to have on quietly while reading with a cup of coffee on a lazy afternoon.

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Nice! It´s possible to hear some Brazilian references on the accords (or maybe the opposite): Azymuth, Milton Santos, Tim Maia, and more...

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Oh yeah the funk! Mestarit asialla, positiivinen ja swengaava levy, jolla ei turhia biisejä. 4/5

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Discofunkulaa!!!! No siis IMO tää on tän bändin paras levy. Jokasella levyllähän näil on joku pari megahittii ja sit täytekamaa. Mut tää on kyl groovy shit jos on disekompin ja torvien lisäks myös aika hyvä jazzin ja jopa progen katku! 4/5

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4

It would be a 5 if it had you know what on it.

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Love their sound!

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Simply groovy. Had a good time listening to this one

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The album art certainly sets one up for a fun album, and the first track practically crackles with happy feelings. It makes 1975 seem like a much better time than I remember it being. The Wikipedia article features a Rolling Stone quote: \"make-out music of the gods\". That. What makes this music so sexy? The horns? The radiant energy of nearly every track? The smooth vocals? I don't know, but by All About Love I was like it's ok you had me at Shining Star.

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4

Hugely enjoyable soul album with a charismatic front man, even when he does his ‘talking to the audience’ segments.

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Funky!

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Excelente álbum, não conhecia nada deles além de september. Minhas prediletas foram: -Shining Star; -That's the Way of the World; -Happy Fellin' -Reasons

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Really fun album from start to finish. Short and sweet, too.

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Leuk funky album om mee te knikkebollen.

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This is more my style. Let’s groove tonight

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If "September" make one dance in September, then this album makes one dance in the other 11 months. While I'm curious, I don't really care now why there is no "Water" in their name. It doesn't change the fact that these guys craft some of the most irresistible grooves, especially in this classic feel-good energy infused funk-soul album.

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Pleasantly surprised by this one. There’s some very nice instrumentation on this album, particularly on ‘shining star’ and ‘africano’. The songs here are generally well made and memorable. The real highlight here is the bass, it sounds like it’s being played by someone with three extra fingers! Very well done. The vocal harmonies are pleasant, and contribute to the uplifting feel of the album. Favourite tracks Shining star Africano Least favourites Yearnin learnin All about love

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Classic disco vibes that takes a more jazzed out experimental approach in the end. Tunes worthy for Abi's disco pants, would recommend.

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Such a strong album. Great voices, great stories. Great brass and all beautifully mixed

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Che groove 'Shining Star', bellissima! Calda suadente e gioiosa. Bella anche la seconda: 'That's the way ofd the world', ma più dimessa. Pur piacendomi, avrei preferito continuasse sulla falsariga della prima...

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Smooth and funky. 3.75

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Good Stuff.. Shining Star and title track are awesome. I also love Africano, it smokes.

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-I like the bassline and low voice singing in "Shining Star." It's also generally a catchy song -Generally solid soul/funky songs with cool bass lines and catchy in general

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Jazz, soul

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Classic funk disco. Fun.

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Funky, a lot jazzier than I've known before. A fun album. Highlight: All About Love (First Impression)

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A fresh, funky and slick collection of songs, enhanced by repeated listening. While the familiar Reasons and Shining Star are outstanding, this is a strong collection with notable tracks including That's the way of the world, Happy Feelin and All About Love. I really enjoyed listening to this

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Ce band a tellement plus de profondeur que la majorité des autres bands de funk. Philip Bailey peut tanner des fois avec son falsetto. J’aime mieux quand c’est Maurice White qui chante. Autrement, le groove est solide et c’est très diversifié.

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Smooth as ice.

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Shining Star That's the Way of the World and September are in the top ten of Best First Three Tracks of an Album. What a party these songs promote. Justin Timberlake owes a lot to these guys. If anything, this album stays a little too long at the party, but damn - they had a lot of funk and soul to share. This is just a happy, fun album that never lets up. When you feel down and out, sing a song, it will make you dance. There's your message right there.

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I've listened to this album a couple of times now, but I still don't have a lot to say about it. I like it, though. It has some genuine hits on it, and the rest of the album is diverse in terms of its style. It's sweet and mellow, sometimes, fun and funky other times. The album is also filled with great instrumentals 4/5

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Nice groove, pas vraiment de moment faible, vraiment feel good comme vibe

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Big fan, will go back and listen for sure!

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Ok

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Музыка создаёт приятное настроение.

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great fusion album. i'll always miss the even tracks, except see the light

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I should've been a 70's kid

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A very smooth, very 70s album.

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Lyssnade i Gif-Sur-Yvette

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