I Am (Earth, Wind & Fire album)

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I Am
Studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released June 9, 1979[1]
Recorded September 4-16, 1978 at Hollywood Sound Recorders
Sunset Sound Studio
Davlen Studio

(Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, Soul, Disco, Funk,
Length 37:36
Label CBS
Producer Maurice White, Al McKay
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1
(1978)
I Am
(1979)
Faces
(1980)
Singles from I Am
  1. "Boogie Wonderland"
    Released: May 6, 1979
  2. "After the Love Has Gone" / "Rock That"
    Released: July 12, 1979
  3. "In The Stone"
    Released: October 14, 1979
  4. "Star" / "You and I"
    Released: December 6, 1979
  5. "Can't Let Go"
    Released: December 30, 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Yahoo Music (favorable) link
Music Hound 4/5 stars link
Warr.org 4.5/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Billboard Magazine (favorable)[2]
Smash Hits (favorable)[3]

I Am is the ninth studio album by the R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, released on June 9, 1979 on CBS Records. The album features the singles "Boogie Wonderland" with The Emotions and "After the Love Has Gone". I Am has been certified double platinum in the US by the RIAA and platinum in the UK and in Canada by the British Phonographic Industry and Music Canada.[4][5][6]

Reception[edit]

"After The Love Has Gone" won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and "Boogie Wonderland" also won a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. "After The Love Has Gone" and an instrumental version of Boogie Wonderland also garnered Grammy nominations for Record Of The Year and Best Disco Recording respectively. Bandleader Maurice White was also Grammy nominated for Producer of the Year.[7]

Wait was sampled on Talib Kweli's track Ghetto Show which featured Common and Anthony Hamilton and was included on his 2004 album The Beautiful Struggle.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In the Stone"   Maurice White, Allee Willis, David Foster 4:48
2. "Can't Let Go"   Bill Meyers, Maurice White, Allee Willis 3:28
3. "After the Love Has Gone"   David Foster, Jay Graydon, Bill Champlin 4:26
4. "Let Your Feelings Show"   Maurice White, Allee Willis, David Foster 5:24
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Boogie Wonderland" (feat. The Emotions) Jon Lind, Allee Willis 4:48
6. "Star"   Eddie Del Barrio, Maurice White, Allee Willis 4:23
7. "Wait"   Maurice White, Allee Willis, David Foster 3:39
8. "Rock That!"   Maurice White, David Foster 3:07
9. "You and I"   Maurice White, Allee Willis, David Foster 3:34

2004 Reissue[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In the Stone"   Maurice White, Allee Willis, David Foster 4:48
2. "Can't Let Go"   Bill Meyers, Maurice White, Allee Willis 3:28
3. "After the Love Has Gone"   David Foster, Jay Graydon, Bill Champlin 4:38
4. "Let Your Feelings Show"   Maurice White, Allee Willis, David Foster 5:12
5. "Boogie Wonderland" (feat. The Emotions) Jon Lind, Allee Willis 4:48
6. "Star"   Eddie Del Barrio, Maurice White, Allee Willis 4:23
7. "Wait"   Maurice White, Allee Willis, David Foster 3:39
8. "Rock That!"   Maurice White, David Foster 3:07
9. "You and I"   Maurice White, Allee Willis, David Foster 3:34
10. "Diana"   Maurice White, David Foster 4:08
11. "Dirty (Interlude) (White) 0:52"   Maurice White 0:52
12. "Dirty (Junior's Juke)"   Maurice White, Alexander Dutkewych 3:44

[9]

Unreleased Tracks[edit]

Two songs that were recorded during the I Am sessions—"September" and "Love Music"—were included on The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 in 1978. Two other tracks ("Diana" and "Dirty") were recorded during the I Am sessions but not released at the time; these were included on the 2004 reissue of the album. "Dirty" and another unreleased song recorded in the I Am sessions entitled "Where Do We Go From Here?" were re-recorded for EWF's 2003 album The Promise.

Uses in other media[edit]

"Let Your Feelings Show" was featured in the Fame episode "Heritage".[10]

"In the Stone" was used in the 2002 movie Drumline.[11]

"In the Stone" was also the opening theme from the Brazilian TV show from SBT, Porta da Esperança, hosted by Silvio Santos.

"In the Stone" was performed by Rickey Minor and The Tonight Show Band on June 7, 2010, during Minor's first night as the show's bandleader.

"In the Stone" was used as the opening theme for the ATN-7 Sydney "Midday At The Movies" program around 1982.

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position
1979 Pop Albums 3
Black Albums 1
Year Chart Position[12]
1979 United Kingdom 5
Year Single Chart positions[13][14]
US Hot 100 US R&B US Dance UK Singles
1979 "Boogie Wonderland" (featuring The Emotions) 6 2 14 4
"After the Love Has Gone" 2 2 - 4
"In the Stone" 58 23 - 53
"Star" 64 47 - 16
"Can't Let Go" - - - 46

Performers[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Artwork By [Design] - Roger Carpenter
  • Mastered By - Michael Reese
  • Engineer - Tom Perry
  • Engineer [Assistant] - Craig Widby, Ross Pallone
  • Concertmaster - Janice Gower
  • Producer - Maurice White, Phillip Bailey[15]

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades attributed to I Am is adapted from acclaimedmusic.net[16]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Mojo 1000, the Ultimate CD Buyers Guide U.K 100 Soul Albums Everyone Should Own 2001 33
Melody Maker U.K Albums of the Year 1979 8
NME U.K Albums of the Year 1979 16

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