All 'n All

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All 'n All
Earth, Wind & Fire - All'N All1.jpg
Cover art by Shusei Nagaoka
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 1977
RecordedAugust 1977 at Hollywood Sound and The Burbank Studios, California
GenreR&B, soul, jazz, funk, pop
ProducerMaurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
All 'n All
The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1
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
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]
The Guardian(favourable) [2]
Village Voice(B+) [3]
Music Hound4.5/5 stars [4]
Warr.org5/5 stars [5]
Billboard Magazinefavorable [6]
New York Times(favourable) [7]
New Musical Express(favourable) [8]
Los Angeles Times(favourable) [9]

All 'n All is the eighth studio album by the American band Earth, Wind & Fire, released in November 1977 by Columbia Records.[10] The album rose to No. 1 & 3 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively.[11][12] All 'n All has also been certified Triple Platinum in the US by the RIAA, Gold in Canada by Music Canada and Silver in the UK by the BPI.[13][14][15]


The gatefold of All 'n All

All 'n All spent nine weeks atop the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.[11]

The album was also produced by Maurice White for Kalimba Productions. A month-long trip to Argentina and Brazil by White went on to inspire the recording of All 'n All.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

All 'n All is described by Alex Henderson of AllMusic as a "diverse jewel".[1] 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 Milton Nascimento's Brazilian Rhyme".[2] The Village Voice noted "Focusing soulful horns, high-tension harmonies, and rhythms and textures from many lands" on the album which "cooks throughout".[3]

As an album All 'n All won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus. A cut off the LP called "Runnin" also won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental.[17] Additionally All 'n All was nominated for an American Music Award in the category of Favorite Soul/R&B Album.[18]


An album cut called Serpentine Fire rose to Nos. 1 & 13 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively.[19][20] Another single being "Fantasy" reached Nos. 12 & 14 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs and UK Singles charts.[21][22] Fantasy was also Grammy nominated in the category of Best R&B Song.[23]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one[24]
1."Serpentine Fire"Maurice White, Verdine White, Reginald "Sonny" Burke3:51
2."Fantasy"M. White, V. White, Eduardo Del Barrio4:38
3."In the Marketplace (Interlude)"M. White0:43
4."Jupiter"M. White, V. White, Larry Dunn, Philip Bailey3:55
5."Love's Holiday"M. White, Skip Scarborough4:23
6."Brazilian Rhyme (Beijo)"M. White[25][26] (incorrectly credited to Milton Nascimento)1:20
Side two
1."I'll Write a Song For You"P. Bailey, Al McKay, Steve Beckmeier5:23
2."Magic Mind"L. Dunn, P. Bailey, A. McKay, M. White, V. White, Fred White3:38
3."Runnin"M. White, L. Dunn, E. DelBarrio5:50
4."Brazilian Rhyme (Ponta de Areia)"Milton Nascimento0:53
5."Be Ever Wonderful"M. White, L. Dunn5:08

1999 Reissue[edit]

1999 reissue[27][28]
1."Serpentine Fire"Sonny Burke (aka Reginald Burke) , Maurice White, Verdine White3:50
2."Fantasy"M. White, V. White, Eduardo DelBarrio4:37
3."In the Marketplace (Interlude)"M. White0:43
4."Jupiter"Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, M. White, V. White3:11
5."Love's Holiday"Skip Scarborough, M. White4:22
6."Brazilian Rhyme (Beijo)"M. White (incorrectly credited to Milton Nascimento)1:20
7."I'll Write a Song For You"P. Bailey, Al McKay, Steve Beckmeier5:23
8."Magic Mind"P. Bailey, L. Dunn, A. McKay, M. White, V. White, Fred White3:38
9."Runnin'"E. DelBarrio, M. White, L. Dunn5:50
10."Brazilian Rhyme (Ponta de Areia)"Milton Nascimento0:53
11."Be Ever Wonderful"M. White, L. Dunn5:07
12."Would You Mind (Demo version of 'Love's Holiday')"S. Scarborough, M. White2:21
13."Runnin' (Original Hollywood Mix)"E. DelBarrio, M. White, L. Dunn3:19
14."Brazilian Rhyme (Beijo) (Recorded Live)"M. White, M. Nascimento2:32

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.[29]

In addition "I'll Write a Song For You" has been sampled by 2Pac on the track "Hold on Be Strong" featured on his 1997 album R U Still Down? (Remember Me).[30] and "Runnin'" has been sampled by Organized Konfusion on the track "Walk Into the Sun" included on their 1991 album Organized Konfusion.[31]

"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.[32]

Uses in other media[edit]

"I'll Write a Song for You" appeared on the soundtrack of the 1997 feature film Sprung. "Love's Holiday" also appeared on the soundtrack of the 2000 feature film The Original Kings of Comedy.[33][34]


Credits are adapted from AllMusic[1] and the album’s Liner Notes[24][28]

  • Dorothy Ashby – harp
  • Phil Ayling – flute
  • Philip Bailey – vocals, percussion, congas
  • Blanche Belnick – violin
  • Roger Bobo – tuba
  • George Bohanon – trombone
  • Oscar Brashear – trumpet
  • Garnett Brown – trombone
  • Ronald Clark – violin
  • Ronald Cooper – cello
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
  • Eduardo del Barrio – piano
  • Eumir Deodato - horn arrangement, string arrangement (7, 10)
  • Warren Dewey - additional recording engineer
  • David Duke – French horn
  • Larry Dunn – assistant producer, piano, Moog synthesizer, Oberheim synthesizer
  • Chuck Findley – trumpet
  • Norman Forrest – viola
  • Harris Goldman – violin
  • Jack Gootkin – violin
  • Janice Gower – violin, concertmaster
  • Johnny Graham – guitar solo (5), additional guitars
  • Terry Harrington – flute
  • Michael Harris - trumpet solo (9), additional trumpets
  • Ruth Henry – violin
  • Fred Jackson, Jr. – flute
  • Ralph Johnson – drums
  • Jan Kelly – cello
  • Richard Klein – French horn
  • Paul Klingberg – audio mixing (12-14)
  • Renita Koven – viola
  • Betty LaMagna – violin
  • Carl LaMagna – violin
  • Mary D. Lindquist – violin
  • Linda Lipsett – viola
  • Art Macnow – direction
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet
  • Cameron Marcarelli – mixing assistant (12-14)
  • George Massenburg – recording engineer
  • James M. McGee – French horn
  • Al McKay – guitar solo (9), additional guitars
  • Abe Most – flute
  • Don Myrick – saxophone solo (9), alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
  • Susan Ranney – acoustic bass
  • Alan Robinson – French horn
  • Gale Robinson – French horn
  • Marilyn Robinson – French horn
  • Jack Rouben - assistant recording engineer
  • Meyer Rubin – acoustic bass
  • Leo Sacks – audio mixing (12-14), reissue producer
  • Richard Salvato – direction
  • Sheldon Sanov – violin
  • Louis Satterfield – trombone
  • Skip Scarborough – piano
  • Haim Shtrum – violin
  • Daniel Smith – cello
  • Barry Socher – violin
  • Lya Stern – violin
  • David Stockhammer – violin
  • Barbara Thomason – viola
  • Tom Tom 84 - horn arrangement, string arrangement
  • Marcia Van Dyke – violin
  • Fred White – drums
  • Maurice White – audio mixing (12-14), original recording producer, vocals, drums, kalimba
  • Verdine White – assistant producer, vocals, electric bass
  • Mark Wilder – mastering
  • Andrew Woolfolk – tenor saxophone


Album charts[edit]

Album – Billboard
Year Chart Peak
1977 Pop Albums 3
Black Albums 1
Year Chart Position[22]
1978 United Kingdom 13


Year Single Peak positions[35][36]
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


The information regarding accolades attributed to All 'n All is adapted from Acclaimed Music.[37]

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 *
The Guardian U.K. 1,000 Albums to Hear Before You Die 2007 *

(*) designates lists that are unordered.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All".
  2. ^ a b "Artists beginning with E".
  3. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All". Village Voice.
  4. ^ "Acclaimed Music – All 'n' All". Acclaimed Music. 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  5. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire". 2008. Archived from the original on July 4, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top Album Picks". Billboard Magazine. November 26, 1977. p. 94.
  7. ^ "Rock's History On Six Disks".
  8. ^ White, Cliff (February 11, 1978). Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All. New Musical Express.
  9. ^ "Top 40 Records". Los Angeles Times. December 18, 1977. p. 472.
  10. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All".
  11. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All".
  12. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All".
  13. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All".
  14. ^ British Phonographic Industry certification for All 'n All Archived September 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  15. ^ Music Canada certification for All 'n All . Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  16. ^ All 'n All, 1999 Reissue, Liner notes & text by Ron Wynn.
  17. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire".
  18. ^ "1978 6th American Music Awards". Los Angeles Times.
  19. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Serpentine Fire (Hot Soul Songs)".
  20. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Serpentine Fire (Hot 100)".
  21. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Fantasy (Hot Soul Songs)".
  22. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire".
  23. ^ "Maurice White".
  24. ^ a b Earth, Wind & Fire. “All 'n All”. Columbia / CBS. 1977.
  25. ^ The Eternal Dance on Retrieved 6 December 2017
  26. ^ The Eternal Dance track listing on Retrieved 6 December 2017
  27. ^ All 'n All on
  28. ^ a b Earth, Wind & Fire. “All 'n All” (Part of Legacy’s Rhythm and Soul Series). Columbia / Legacy. 1999.
  29. ^ Samples of Brazilian Rhyme. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  30. ^ Samples of I'll Write a Song For You. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  31. ^ Runnin' on. (1991-10-29). Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  32. ^ Love's Holiday on. Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  33. ^ "Sprung (Soundtrack)".
  34. ^ "The Original Kings of Comedy (Soundtrack)".
  35. ^ AllMusic (Earth, Wind & Fire > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles)
  36. ^ UK Album and Singles Database for Earth, Wind & Fire Archived July 24, 2012, at Retrieved on April 16, 2012.
  37. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All".

Works cited

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