Gratitude (Earth, Wind & Fire album)

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Gratitude
Live album by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released Original: November 11, 1975
Re-issued: May 9, 2000
Genre R&B, Funk, Soul, Jazz-funk
Length 66:22
Label Columbia/Legacy
Producer Maurice White, Charles Stepney, Joe Wissert (Live shows)
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
That's the Way of the World
(1975)
Gratitude
(1975)
Spirit
(1976)
Singles from Gratitude
  1. "Sing a Song"
    Released: November 8, 1975
  2. "Can't Hide Love"
    Released: March 16, 1976

Gratitude is a double album by the band Earth, Wind & Fire. It was released in December 1975 (see 1975 in music), and re-issued on May 9, 2000 (see 2000 in music). The album spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart, six nonconsecutive weeks at number one on the Soul/Black Albums chart and has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA.[1][2] Gratitude was also the 2nd bestselling R&B album of 1976.[3] 3/4 of the album is live and the other 1/4 is recorded in the studio.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Yahoo Music (favorable)[5]
RS Album Guide 5/5 stars[6]
Warr.org 4.5/5 stars[7]
NME (favorable)[8]
Billboard Magazine (favorable)[9]

The band was Grammy nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group or Chorus for the title track, Gratitude and "Can't Hide Love" was also Grammy nominated for Best Arrangement For Voices. Earth, Wind & Fire also won a Rock Music Award in the category of Best Soul Album for Gratitude.[10][11]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Introduction by MC Perry Jones"   Perry Jones 0:21
2. "Africano/Power"   Larry Dunn, Maurice White 5:56
3. "Yearnin' Learnin'"   Phillip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White 4:16
4. "Devotion"   Phillip Bailey, Maurice White 5:07
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Sun Goddess"   Jon Lind, Maurice White 7:41
6. "Reasons"   Phillip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White 8:23
7. "Sing a Message to You"   Maurice White 1:19
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Shining Star"   Phillip Bailey, Maurice White, Larry Dunn 4:55
9. "New World Symphony"   Maurice White, Verdine White 9:28
10. "Musical Interlude #1*"     0:15
11. "Sunshine*"   Maurice White, Phillip Bailey, Al McKay, Larry Dunn 4:24
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Sing a Song*"   Al McKay, Maurice White 3:23
13. "Gratitude*"   Phillip Bailey, Maurice White, Larry Dunn, Verdine White 3:23
14. "Celebrate*"   Phillip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White 3:06
15. "Musical Interlude #2*"     0:27
16. "Can't Hide Love*"   Skip Scarborough 4:10

* indicates studio recording

2000 reissue[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Introduction by MC Perry Jones"   Perry Jones 0:21
2. "Africano/Power"   Larry Dunn, Maurice White 5:56
3. "Yearnin' Learnin'"   Phillip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White 4:16
4. "Devotion"   Phillip Bailey, Maurice White 5:07
5. "Sun Goddess"   Jon Lind, Maurice White 7:41
6. "Reasons"   Phillip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White 8:23
7. "Sing a Message to You"   Maurice White 1:19
8. "Shining Star"   Phillip Bailey, Maurice White, Larry Dunn 4:55
9. "New World Symphony"   Maurice White, Verdine White 9:28
10. "Musical Interlude #1"     0:15
11. "Sunshine"   Maurice White, Phillip Bailey, Al McKay, Larry Dunn 4:24
12. "Sing a Song"   Al McKay, Maurice White 3:23
13. "Gratitude"   Phillip Bailey, Maurice White, Larry Dunn, Verdine White 3:23
14. "Celebrate"   Phillip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White 3:06
15. "Musical Interlude #2"     0:27
16. "Can't Hide Love"   Skip Scarborough 4:10
17. "Live Bonus Medley: Serpentine Fire/Saturday Nite/Can't Hide Love/Reasons"   Philip Bailey, Sonny Burke, Al McKay, Skip Scarborough, Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Verdine White 6:13

[12]

Later Samples[edit]

Sunshine has been sampled by Arrested Development on the track "Natural" featured on their 1992 album 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... and by Wyclef Jean on the song "To All the Girls" featured on his 1997 album The Carnival.[13]

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades attributed to Gratitude is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net, www.rockhall.com and rocklistmusic.co.uk.[14][15][16]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Various writers U.S. Albums: 50 Years of Great Recordings 2005 *
Rickey Vincent U.S. Five Star Albums from "FUNK: The MUSIC, the PEOPLE, and the RHYTHM *
National Association of Recording Merchandisers and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame U.S. The Definitive 200 2007 141
New Book of Rock Lists U.S. The 50 Best Number One Albums (1955–93) 1994 Chronological

(*) designates lists that are unordered.

Performers[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Joseph Wissert - producer, original recording producer, original album producer
  • Charles Stepney - producer, original recording producer, original album producer
  • Leo Sacks - producer, reissue producer, mixing
  • Joy Gilbert - project director
  • Richard Salvato - director, direction
  • Art Macnow - direction
  • Howard Fritzson - art direction
  • Steve Hall - mastering
  • Mark Wilder - mastering
  • Paul Klingberg - mixing, remix producer
  • George Massenburg - engineer, mixing
  • Cameron Marcarelli - assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Shusei Nagaoka - artwork
  • Steve Newman - design
  • David Redfern - photography, inlay photography
  • Michael Cimicata - packaging manager

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1976 Black Albums 1
Pop Albums 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Sun Goddess" Black Singles 20
Disco Singles 5
Pop Singles 44
1976 "Can't Hide Love" Black Singles 11
Pop Singles 39
"Sing a Song/Gratitude" Club Play Singles 1
"Sing a Song" Black Singles 1
Pop Singles 5

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Preceded by
Chicago IX - Chicago's Greatest Hits by Chicago
Billboard 200 number-one album
January 17 - February 6, 1976
Succeeded by
Desire by Bob Dylan