#GuelphMusicClub, Pt. XI: 1974-1983, Edition B


o shti!

#GuelphMusicClub is showing some real signs of life again.

I am happy to see some folks slowly making their way back.

This thing can’t die.

Saying that, I missed week 2  of ’74-’83 so I am likely to make two separate posts this week if I can manage squeeze them in.

Can’t be cheaping out after hassling everyone else to make their return!

Have a look at the picks made by some of the others within the club this week:

So without further adieu, I am gonna join the ranks and dive right into it.

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Let’s get one thing straight: Earth, Wind & Fire (@EarthWindFire) are one of the greatest groups to ever do this music shit.

That’s not an opinion but a downright fact.

Don’t believe me? Check out this laundry list of awards and achievements.

Love ’em or hate ’em, their ability to fit into a variety of genres allowed them to cross over racial boundaries and maintain relevancy as the musical landscape continually evolved.

With a career spanning across nearly five decades, you could start a small country with the amount of group members who have come and gone.

Which is to say, EWF have changed dramatically throughout the years!

Highlights have emerged at every point in their career but, in my opinion, the funk / R&B / disco era is where they dropped the majority of their jewels.

I have thought about this post for about a week now and have had difficulty narrowing my choice down between two albums.

So I won’t bother.

Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s the Way of the World  (1975)

Earth, Wind & Fire – All ‘N All  (1977)

The former is arguably the pick of their discography and the top selling album.

Originally planned as the accompanying soundtrack to a film sharing the same name, the band insisted upon putting the record out ahead of the movie, as they were convinced the flick would fail subsequent to seeing the screener (it did).

Wise move. That’s the Way of the World  would become their breakthrough record as well as their first (and only) to reach #1 on the Billboard 200.

It is also home to some of their biggest hits:

Earth, Wind & Fire – “Shining Star”
from the album, THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD  (1975)

Earth, Wind & Fire – “That’s the Way of the World”
from the album, THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD  (1975)

The degree of musicianship on this recording is top-notch.
Like, I’m talking unfuckwitable territory.

Shit is uplifting, there’s just no other way to describe it.

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If you don’t acknowledge That’s the Way of the World  as the pinnacle of the EWF catalogue, it’s likely you claim All ‘N All  as the peak.

By this point in their careers, the band had a stage show that was a full-on production, one that included pyrotechnics, elaborate costumes, as well as world class magic and illusions directed by the late Canadian Doug Henning (also acclaimed for his work in the 80s with Michael Jackson) and his assistant, a still-fledgling David Copperfield.

The Egyptian style album art was a reflection of this grandoise point in their career.

But the tracks banged hard enough to make it their second-best seller.

Earth, Wind & Fire – “Serpentine Fire”
from the album, ALL ‘N ALL  (1977)


Earth, Wind & Fire – “Jupiter”
from the album, ALL ‘N ALL  (1977)


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3 thoughts on “#GuelphMusicClub, Pt. XI: 1974-1983, Edition B

    • it is my pleasure.. truth be told, i have been curious about what your selections would be ever since you co-signed getz/gilberto.. so great to see some you digging up some deep cuts!!

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