Spirit (Earth, Wind & Fire album)

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Spirit
Studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released September 1976
reissue 2001
Recorded April–May 1976, Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood
Genre Funk
Length 36:29
reissue 49:58
Label Columbia
Producer Maurice White, Charles Stepney
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Gratitude
(1975)
Spirit
(1976)
All 'N All
(1977)
Singles from Spirit
  1. "Getaway"
    Released: July 7, 1976
  2. "Saturday Nite"
    Released: November 13, 1976
  3. "On Your Face"
    Released: April 6, 1977

Spirit is the seventh studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released in 1976 on Columbia Records. The album reached number 2 on the Billboard Pop and R&B Albums Chart and has been certified double platinum in the US by the RIAA.[1][2] Charles Stepney died during the sessions for Spirit, and Maurice White took over fully the arranging and production duties for the band.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Daily Vault (A)[4]
Warr.org 4/5 stars[5]
Music Hound 5/5 stars[6]

Billboard magazine in its review found that the album's "arrangements, songs, sweet floating vocal harmonies and punching instrumental phrases are all best described as impeccable". In his 1999 review of the album Eric Atwell of the Daily Vault notes that "Spirit's tracks are distinct yet cohesive; classic in an album oriented sense, yet still sounding fresh enough to be contemporary".[7][8]

Spirit was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album. The album cut Earth, Wind and Fire was also Grammy nominated for Best Instrumental Composition.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Getaway"   Peter Cor, Beloyd Taylor 3:47
2. "On Your Face"   Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Phillip Bailey 4:33
3. "Imagination"   Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Phillip Bailey 5:15
4. "Spirit"   Larry Dunn, Maurice White 3:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Saturday Nite"   Maurice White, Phillip Bailey, Al McKay 4:02
6. "Earth, Wind & Fire"   Maurice White, Skip Scarborough 4:40
7. "Departure"   Larry Dunn, Maurice White 0:27
8. "Biyo"   Maurice White, Al McKay 3:37
9. "Burnin' Bush"   Jerry Peters 6:46

2001 reissue[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Getaway"   Peter Cor, Beloyd Taylor 3:47
2. "On Your Face"   Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Phillip Bailey 4:33
3. "Imagination"   Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Phillip Bailey 5:15
4. "Spirit"   Larry Dunn, Maurice White 3:12
5. "Saturday Nite"   Maurice White, Phillip Bailey, Al McKay 4:02
6. "Earth, Wind and Fire"   Maurice White, Skip Scarborough 4:40
7. "Departure"   Larry Dunn, Maurice White 0:27
8. "Biyo"   Maurice White, Al McKay 3:37
9. "Burnin' Bush"   Jerry Peters 6:46
10. "Saturday Nite (Alternate Mix)"   Maurice White, Al McKay Phillip Bailey 4:55
11. "Seraphim"   Maurice White, Al McKay Phillip Bailey 2:06
12. "Imagination (Angels Mix)"   Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Phillip Bailey 1:02
13. "Departure (The Traveler)"   Larry Dunn, Maurice White 3:37
14. "African Symphony"   Larry Dunn, Maurice White 1:52

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Performers[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position
1976 Black Albums 2
Pop Albums 2
Singles – Billboard
Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Getaway/Saturday Nite" Club Play Singles 9
"Getaway" Black Singles 1
Pop Singles 12
"On Your Face" Black Singles 26
"Saturday Nite" Black Singles 4
Pop Singles 21

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Spirit - Charts on Allmuisc.com
  2. ^ RIAA Certification for Spirit
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ The Daily Vault review
  5. ^ Warr.org review
  6. ^ Music Hound review
  7. ^ Atwell, Eric (1999-01-14). "The Daily Vault Music Reviews: Spirit". dailyvault.com. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  8. ^ "Billboard's Top Album Picks". Billboard Magazine 88 (41). October 9, 1976. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  9. ^ earthwindandfire.com/bio_awards
  10. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire - That's the Way of the World". allmusic.com. Retrieved May 8, 2009.