All 'n All

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All 'N All
Cover art by Shusei Nagaoka
Studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released November 21, 1977
Recorded August 1977 at Hollywood Sound and The Burbank Studios, California
Genre R&B, soul, jazz, funk, pop
Length 38:46
Label Columbia
Producer Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Spirit
(1976)
All 'N All
(1977)
The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1
(1978)
Singles from All 'N All
  1. "Serpentine Fire"
    Released: October 15, 1977
  2. "Fantasy"
    Released: January 1978
  3. "Jupiter"
    Released: 1978
  4. "Magic Mind"
    Released: 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian (very favourable)[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Music Hound 4.5/5 stars[4]
Warr.org 5/5 stars[5]
Billboard Magazine favorable[6]

All 'N All is the eighth studio album by the American band Earth, Wind & Fire, released in 1977 on Columbia Records. It is one of the group's most well known albums and has been certified triple platinum in the United States for sales of three million copies by the RIAA, gold in Canada by Music Canada and silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry.[7][8][9]

All 'N All reached number three on the Pop Album chart and stayed at number one on the Black Album chart for nine weeks.[10] All 'N All was also the bestselling R&B album of 1978.[11] The album features hit songs such as "I'll Write A Song For You", "Serpentine Fire", "Love's Holiday", and the pop hit "Fantasy". A remastered version of the LP was issued in 2002.

Critical reception[edit]

All 'N All is described by Alex Henderson of Allmusic as a "diverse jewel" and he goes on to say that All 'N All was "a highly rewarding addition to EWF's catalog".[12] The Guardian in its review of the album says that the "band can sound like one enormous kit, where every crash and beat has its funky place", and adds that "the whole shebang is punctuated beautifully by Toninho Horta's Brazilian Rhyme".[13]

The album won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and "Runnin'" also won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental in 1978. All 'N All also garnered an American Music Award nomination for Favorite Album- Soul/Rhythm & Blues.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Serpentine Fire"   Maurice White, Verdine White, Reginald "Sonny" Burke 3:51
2. "Fantasy"   M. White, V. White, Eduardo DelBarrio 4:38
3. "In the Marketplace (Interlude)"   M. White 0:43
4. "Jupiter"   M. White, V. White, Larry Dunn, Phillip Bailey 3:55
5. "Love's Holiday"   M. White, Skip Scarborough 4:23
6. "Brazilian Rhyme (Beijo)"   Toninho Horta 1:20
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I'll Write a Song For You"   Bailey, Al McKay, Steve Beckmeier 5:23
2. "Magic Mind"   M. White, V. White, Freddie White, Dunn, Bailey, McKay 3:38
3. "Runnin"   M. White, Dunn, DelBarrio 5:50
4. "Brazilian Rhyme (Ponta de Areia)"   Milton Nascimento 0:53
5. "Be Ever Wonderful"   M. White, Dunn 5:08

[15]

1999 Reissue[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Serpentine Fire"   Sonny Burke (aka Reginald Burke) , Maurice White, Verdine White 3:50
2. "Fantasy"   Eduardo DelBarrio, M. White, V. White 4:37
3. "In the Marketplace (Interlude)"   M. White 0:43
4. "Jupiter"   Phillip Bailey, Larry Dunn, M. White, V. White 3:11
5. "Love's Holiday"   Skip Scarborough, M. White 4:22
6. "Brazilian Rhyme (Beijo)"   Toninho Horta 1:20
7. "I'll Write a Song For You"   Bailey, Al McKay, Steve Beckmeier 5:23
8. "Magic Mind"   Bailey, Dunn, McKay, Freddie White, M. White, V. White 3:38
9. "Runnin'"   DelBarrio, M. White, Dunn 5:50
10. "Brazilian Rhyme (Ponta de Areia)"   Nascimento 0:53
11. "Be Ever Wonderful"   M. White, Dunn 5:07
12. "Would You Mind (Demo version of 'Love's Holiday')"   Scarborough, M. White 2:21
13. "Runnin' (Original Hollywood Mix)"   DelBarrio, M. White, Dunn 3:19
14. "Brazilian Rhyme (Beijo) (Recorded Live)"   Horta 2:32

[12][15]

Background[edit]

A trip for a month to Argentina and Brazil by Maurice White inspired the recording of All 'N All.[16]

The gatefold of All 'N All

Samples and covers by other artists[edit]

"Beijo" has been sampled by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five on their song "Girls Love The Way He Spins" featured on the 1985 album They Said It Couldn't Be Done, Big Pun on his song "Still Not a Playa" on his 1998 album Capital Punishment, The Fugees on their song "Refugees on the Mic" featured on the 1994 album Blunted on Reality, R&B group Blackstreet on the track "Givin' You All My Lovin'" featured on their 1994 album Blackstreet and by A Tribe Called Quest on the song "Mr. Muhammad" featured on their 1990 album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.[17]


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In addition "I'll Write a Song For You" has been sampled by Tupac Shakur on the track "Hold on Be Strong" featured on his 1997 album R U Still Down? (Remember Me).[18] and "Runnin'" has been sampled by Organized Konfusion on the track "Walk Into the Sun" included on their 1991 album Organized Konfusion.[19]

"Love's Holiday" has been covered by Deniece Williams featuring Philip Bailey on her album Love, Niecy Style. The song was also covered by Kim Burrell, for her Love Album. The song was sampled by Hurricane Chris for his single, Playas Rock in 2007.[20]

Uses in other media[edit]

"I'll Write a Song for You" was featured in the movie Sprung.[21]

"Love's Holiday" was featured in the stand up comedy special The Original Kings of Comedy. Steve Harvey used it to describe what real music was like in the 70s.

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades attributed to All 'N All is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net and the book 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.[22]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Dave Marsh & Kevin Stein U.S. The 40 Best of Album Chartmakers by Year 1981 13
Tom Moon U.S. 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die 2008 *

(*) designates lists that are unordered.

Credits[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Dorothy Ashby – Harp
  • Phil Ayling – Drums
  • Philip Bailey – Percussion, Conga, Vocals
  • Blanche Belnick – Violin
  • Roger Bobo – Tuba
  • George Bohannon – Trombone
  • Oscar Brashear – Trumpet
  • Garnett Brown – Trombone
  • Ronald Clark – Violin
  • Ronald Cooper – Cello
  • Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion
  • Eduardo del Barrio – Piano
  • David Duke – French Horn
  • Larry Dunn – Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Oberheim
  • Chuck Findley – Trumpet
  • Norman Forrest – Viola
  • Harris Goldman – Violin
  • Jack Gootkin – Violin
  • Janice Gower – Violin, Concert Master
  • Johnny Graham – Guitar
  • Terry Harrington – Flute
  • Michael Harris – Trumpet
  • Ruth Henry – Violin
  • Fred Jackson, Jr. – Flute
  • Ralph Johnson – Percussion, Drums, & Vocals
  • Jan Kelly – Cello
  • Richard Klein – French Horn
  • Renita Koven – Viola
  • Betty LaMagna – Violin
  • Carl LaMagna – Violin
  • Mary D. Lindquist – Violin
  • Linda Lipsett – Viola
  • Art Macnow – Direction
  • Steve Madaio – Trumpet
  • James M. McGee – French Horn
  • Al McKay – Guitar, Percussion
  • Abe Most – Flute
  • Don Myrick – Saxophone, Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
  • Susan Ranney – Bass
  • Alan Robinson – French Horn
  • Gale Robinson – French Horn
  • Marilyn Robinson – French Horn
  • Meyer Rubin – Bass
  • Richard Salvato – Director, Direction
  • Sheldon Sanov – Violin
  • Louis Satterfield – Trombone
  • Skip Scarborough – Percussion, Piano
  • Haim Shtrum – Violin
  • Daniel Smith – Cello
  • Barry Socher – Violin
  • Lya Stern – Violin
  • David Stockhammer – Violin
  • Barbara Thomason – Viola
  • Marcia Van Dyke – Violin
  • Fred White – Percussion, Drums
  • Maurice White – Drums, Vocals, Kalimba,
  • Verdine White – Bass, Vocals
  • Mark Wilder – Mastering
  • Andrew Woolfolk – Sax (Tenor), Wind

Production[edit]

  • Paul Klingberg – Mixing
  • Cameron Marcarelli – Mixing Assistant, Assistant
  • George Massenburg – Engineer
  • Leo Sacks – Producer, Reissue Producer, Mixing
  • Maurice White – Producer, Mixing, Original Recording Producer[12]

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position
1977 Pop Albums 3
Black Albums 1
Year Chart Position[23]
1978 United Kingdom 13
Year Single Chart positions[24][25]
US Hot 100 US R&B US Dance UK Singles
1977 "Serpentine Fire" 13 1 - -
1978 "Fantasy" 32 12 - 14
"Jupiter" - - - 41
"Magic Mind" - - - 54

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General[edit]

  • Moon,Tom. (2008) "1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die". Workman Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-7611-3963-8

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, A. (2011). "All 'N All – Earth, Wind & Fire | AllMusic". allmusic. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Artists beginning with E | Music | guardian.co.uk". web.archive.org. 2011. Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Christgau, R. (2011). "Robert Christgau: Album: Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All". robertchristgau.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Acclaimed Music – All 'n' All". acclaimedmusic.net. 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire". warr.org. 2008. Archived from the original on July 4, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ review. Superseventies.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  7. ^ RIAA Certification for All 'N All. Riaa.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  8. ^ British Phonographic Industry certification for All 'N All. Bpi.co.uk. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  9. ^ Music Canada certification for All 'N All. Musiccanada.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  10. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Serpentine Fire – Song Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  11. ^ Billboard. com – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums of 1978. Billboard.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  12. ^ a b c All 'N All on Allmusic.com
  13. ^ Artists beginning with E. Guardian. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  14. ^ www.earthwindandfire.com/bio_awards.html[dead link]
  15. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire – All 'N All". discogs.com. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ All 'N All, 1999 Reissue, Liner notes & text by Ron Wynn.
  17. ^ Samples of Brazilian Rhyme. samplespot.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  18. ^ Samples of I'll Write a Song For You. samplespot.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  19. ^ Runnin' on. Secondhandsongs.com (1991-10-29). Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  20. ^ Love's Holiday on. Secondhandsongs.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  21. ^ Earth Wind & Fire on IMDB.com
  22. ^ All 'N All. Acclaimed Music. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  23. ^ "All 'N All". chartstats.com. Retrieved May 24, 2009. 
  24. ^ allmusic (Earth, Wind & Fire > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles)
  25. ^ UK Album and Singles Database for Earth, Wind & Fire. Chartstats.com. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.