Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth-Wind-&-Fire

 

In the 1970’s Earth, Wind & Fire put out one great album after the next. Between 71 and 81, the multi platinum Chicago based band released 12 albums of which 7 were top 10, had 7 top 10 singles, earned 6 Grammys and 4 American Music Awards. The groups blend of up beat funk, gospel, jazz and rock defined American Soul music and paved the way for acts like The Commodores, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Rick James. I never followed them back then, because my tastes were in a different place at that time, but recently I’ve had the chance to visit this band’s breath of work (you could say I’ve been binging on EWF) and have been really getting off on the love and good vibrations that are central and run through their entire catalog.

Today’s Runner is their 1971 self titled debut, and although it is short, under 30 minutes total time, there is a lot of positive energy, love and hope here. Songs like Help Somebody and Love is Life aren’t as well know as  later EWF hits like Shining Star or September, but they have the same good Karma, positive message and great brass. Hope rings true when Maurice White sings “The flame of love is about to die, somebody fan the fire”, and the album wraps just as quickly as it started with a funky instrumental that’s so good, it’s a “Bad Tune”.

Earth, Wind & Fire – Enjoy!

1. Help Somebody
2. Moment Of Truth
3. Love is Life
4. Fan The Fire
5. Cmon Children
6. This World Today
7. Bad Tune

 

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