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I Am

Earth, Wind & Fire

1979

I Am
Album Summary

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I Am is the ninth studio album by the American band Earth, Wind & Fire, released in June 1979 by ARC/Columbia Records. The LP rose to number one on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart, and number three on the Billboard 200 chart. I Am has been certified Double Platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA, Platinum in the UK by the BPI, and Platinum in Canada by Music Canada. Eric Sieger of The Baltimore Sun described I Am as "faultlessly produced". Sieger added, "The album features a horn and string section, synthesizers, congas and kalimbas and the material ranges from straight boogie to soulful ballads. Lyrically, some of the numbers leave something to be desired, but Earth, Wind & Fire is one group where the musicianship is so sharp and vibrant that the words don't seem to matter quite so much." AllMusic's Alex Henderson noted, "I Am isn't a radical departure from its predecessor, All 'n All. Though not in a class with That's the Way of the World, Spirit, or All 'n All, I Am is a rewarding album that has a lot going for it."

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Rating

3.67

Votes

63

Genres

  • Funk
  • Soul

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Tue Feb 13 2024
5

I gave the official EWF album on the official list 5 stars, but this is a better album. I want to travel back in time with Verdine White and make my past self give THAT album a lower rating because this one is so good. And then we'll all groove on.

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

I just think the album makes the world a happier place. 10/10

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

10/10. Yeah, it's Earth Wind and Fire, and one of their better albums at that. Always super fun to listen to, though I'm not usually the type to listen to a whole album of theirs at once, and I did like That's the Way of the World better as an album.

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Wed Feb 28 2024
5

Boogie wonderland. Nuff said.

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Wed Feb 28 2024
5

The bops here are every bit as strong as the ones on That's the Way of the World (the official album on the list). However, the ballads here are FAR stronger than on the official album. This is absolutely peak RnB/Disco/Funk jam. They may not include water in their entitled elements, but I'd still drink a glass of this any day.

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Sun Feb 04 2024
4

Kinda the point, one gathers, but this style of music is perfectly represented by its productions, disco string sections singing among other tunes and the always-expected ever-happy vocals. Late enough in the form, Rock That! drops the voices and apes fusion, with periodic rhythmic reprieve so you don't forget where to dance. The mood's not multiple, and it's not deep, but it sure is pleasurable.

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Sun Feb 18 2024
4

Earth, Wind & Fire found their best sound in the second half of the 70s, with this particular mix of funk and disco sound, 'I Am' arguably being the epitome of it all. Of course, here 'After the Love Has Gone' and 'Boogie Wonderland' overshadow the rest of the tracks, but the album as a whole has a vitality and brilliance that they would never achieve again after leaving the seventies behind

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Sat Mar 02 2024
4

Some classic Earth, Wind & Fire tracks on here. Overall it's a banger.

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Sat Mar 02 2024
4

What's not to like? Even the auto-played tracks that Spotify played after the album was over were fantastic. I could stay in this zone pretty much indefinitely.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
4

Just solid soul and funk, nothing to complain about here

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Wed Apr 10 2024
4

100% should've been on the list 4

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Tue Feb 06 2024
3

This is a fun, vibrant offering. It may be a bit too commercial sounding for me but one can't deny these guys are tight and skilled musicians with a knack for writing happy, brassy, funky tunes.

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Sat Mar 09 2024
3

It's a fun boogie wonderland. Not my favorite type of music, but enjoyable to listen to. 3 stars.

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Sat Mar 23 2024
3

Not really a disco-kinda-guy, but still I must say that this is some timeless music. Very well done.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
3

Don't mind these guys. Cool album. 3/5.

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Wed Apr 10 2024
3

A very funky disco-album. A bit too much of the same after a while, but still fun

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Sat Mar 23 2024
2

Yes, it's all very nice and very well played. But it's just too slick and soft for my taste.

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Thu Apr 25 2024
2

harmonious but conventional, a lot of sound and disco rhythm of the time.

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