Now, Then & Forever

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Now, Then & Forever
Studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released September 10, 2013
Recorded 2012-2013
Genre R&B, funk
Length 43:21
Label Legacy
Producer Neal H. Pogue, Walt B., Jai-Dig, JR Hutson, Philip J. Bailey, Myron McKinley, Justin Panarielo, Philip D. Bailey, Larry Dunn
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Illumination
(2005)
Now, Then & Forever
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Now, Then & Forever is the 20th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released on September 10, 2013, by Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music. This is the first Earth, Wind & Fire album without musical input from founder Maurice White although he supplied liner notes. Larry Dunn, one of the original founding members of Earth, Wind & Fire joined the production team on this album lending his signature style as the keyboardist for several tracks. The first release from the album was "Guiding Lights" which premiered in 2012. In 2013, the second single "My Promise" was released. Band members say that this album is a return to the old Earth, Wind & Fire sound and formula while mixing in some new innovations as well.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sign On" (featuring Daniel McClain) Philip D. Bailey, Sharlotte Gibson, Austin Jacobs, Daniel McClain, Neal H. Pogue, Darrin Simpson 4:17
2. "Love Is Law"   Allen Bundy, Lee Hutson, Jr., Jairus Lemuel-Jada Mozee, Ric'key Pageot, Eric Rousseau, Meg Todd 4:20
3. "My Promise"   Siedah Garrett, Austin Jacobs, Darrin Simpson 3:22
4. "Guiding Lights"   Philip D. Bailey, Austin Jacobs, Daniel McClain, Darrin Simpson 6:24
5. "Got to Be Love"   Philip D. Bailey, Philip J. Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Myron McKinley 3:41
6. "Belo Horizonte"   Raymond Crossley, Frederick A. Johnson, Ralph Johnson, Morris O'Connor 1:50
7. "Dance Floor"   Philip D. Bailey, Sondria Bailey, Justin Panariello 4:59
8. "Splashes"   Philip D. Bailey, Justin Panariello 5:21
9. "Night of My Life"   Philip D. Bailey, Jevon McGlory, Justin Panariello 4:00
10. "The Rush"   Philip J. Bailey, Larry Dunn, Allee Willis 5:07

Credits[edit]

Adapted from Allmusic and album liner.[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[9] 75
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 171
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 121
French Albums (SNEP)[12] 94
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 55
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[14] 34
Korean Albums (GAON)[15] 26
Italian Albums (FIMI)[16] 14
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 35
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 85
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[19] 96
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 25
US Billboard 200[21] 11
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[22] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/FIRST-LISTEN-Earth-Wind-Fires-New-Single-Sign-On-20130812
  3. ^ http://www.target.com/p/earth-wind-fire-now-then-forever-only-at-target/-/A-14726310
  4. ^ http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Now,+Then+%26+Forever+%5BBest+Buy+Exclusive%5D+-+CD/1381723.p?id=2736232&skuId=1381723
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Then-Forever-Wind-Fire-Earth/dp/B00EUT63KI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379340690&sr=8-1&keywords=Now%2C+Then+%26+Forever
  6. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/Now-Then-Forever-Intl-Deluxe/dp/B00DMNMKZA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379340267&sr=8-1&keywords=Now%2C+Then+%26+Forever
  7. ^ http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%95%E3%82%A9%E3%83%BC%E3%82%A8%E3%83%B4%E3%82%A1%E3%83%BC-%E5%88%9D%E5%9B%9E%E7%94%9F%E7%94%A3%E9%99%90%E5%AE%9A%E7%9B%A4-%E3%82%A2%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B9%E3%83%BB%E3%82%A6%E3%82%A4%E3%83%B3%E3%83%89-%E3%83%95%E3%82%A1%E3%82%A4%E3%82%A2%E3%83%BC/dp/B007W4DY2I/ref=pd_sim_sbs_m_4
  8. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/now-then-forever-mw0002288011/credits
  9. ^ "Earth Wind And Fire - Now, Then & Forever" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 04, 2013.
  10. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire – Now, Then & Forever" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  11. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire – Now, Then & Forever" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  12. ^ "Earth Wind And Fire – NOW, THEN & FOREVER (ALBUM)". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 05, 2013.
  13. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved October 06, 2013.
  14. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums" (In Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  15. ^ "South Korea GAON Albums Chart". On the page, select "2013-09-14" to obtain the corresponding chart. Korean Charts. GAON. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  16. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire – Now, Then & Forever". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  17. ^ "Earth Wind And Fire – Now, Then & Forever" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  18. ^ "Earth Wind And Fire – Now, Then & Forever". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved October 06, 2013.
  19. ^ "Earth Wind And Fire – Now, Then & Forever". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  20. ^ "2013-11-02 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  21. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Earth, Wind & Fire. Prometheus Global Media.
  22. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums for Earth, Wind & Fire. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 28, 2013.