Earth, Wind & Fire (album)

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Earth, Wind & Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire - Earth, Wind & Fire.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1971
StudioSunset Sound Studios, Hollywood
GenreFunk, soul, psychedelic soul
Length27:58
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerJoe Wissert
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Earth, Wind & Fire
(1971)
The Need of Love
(1971)

Earth, Wind & Fire is the self-titled debut studio album by the band Earth, Wind & Fire, released in February 1971 by Warner Bros. Records.[1] The album got to No. 24 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.[2]

Overview[edit]

Hip hop artist Ludacris has named this LP as one of his five favourite records that he considers forerunners of hip-hop.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Village Voice(C+)[5]
Rolling Stone(favourable)[6]
Billboard(favourable)[7]
Detroit Free Press(favourable)[8]
Jazz Journal(favourable)[9]

Lester Bangs of Rolling Stone noted a "heavy Sly influence" and the "smooth harmonies" of The Fifth Dimension on the LP".[6] The Village Voices Robert Christgau was ambivalent towards the album's various musical "cross-references", including "the expert vocal harmonies [that] neither fit the concept nor assert any personality of their own", and said that even its successful songs have "a way of slipping away unnoticed once the record is over".[5] As well AllMusic editor John Bush gave the album four-and-a-half out of five stars and complimented its songs' "freewheeling arrangements".[4] Bush found the songwriting "as strong and focused as the musicianship" and praised the songs' social context, noting "unerringly positive compositions, reflecting the influence of the civil rights movement with nearly every song urging love, community, and knowledge as alternatives to the increasing hopelessness plaguing American society".[4] Billboard also noted "soul oriented rhythms and harmonies" on the album with songs which encourages one "to move on the dance floor".[7]

Singles[edit]

The track "Love Is Life" reached No. 43 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart.[10][11]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Help Somebody"Wade Flemons, Maurice White, Don Whitehead3:37
2."Moment of Truth"Wade Flemons, Maurice White, Don Whitehead3:08
3."Love Is Life"Wade Flemons, Maurice White, Don Whitehead5:02
4."Fan the Fire"Wade Flemons, Maurice White, Don Whitehead4:59
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."C'mon Children"Michael Beal, Wade Flemons, Maurice White, Verdine White, Don Whitehead3:08
6."This World Today"Wade Flemons, Maurice White, Don Whitehead3:33
7."Bad Tune"Michael Beal, Wade Flemons, Maurice White, Verdine White, Don Whitehead4:31

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Joe Wissert
  • Recording engineer: Bruce Botnick
  • Arranger: Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Horn arrangements: Leslie Drayton
  • Art direction: Ed Thrasher
  • Design: Mary Ann Dibs
  • Artwork: Russ Smith

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1971 Black Albums 24
Pop Albums 172

Certifications and sales[edit]

artist title region award
Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire France Gold[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire". 45worlds.com.
  2. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire (Top Soul Albums)". billboard.com.
  3. ^ "Hit List: Ludacris". wsj.com.
  4. ^ a b c Bush, John. "Earth, Wind & Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire". allmusic.com.
  5. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire". robertchristgau.com. Village Voice.
  6. ^ a b Bangs, Lester (June 24, 1971). "Earth, Wind & Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire". rollingstone.com.
  7. ^ a b Album Reviews. 83. Billboard Magazine. March 20, 1971. p. 44.
  8. ^ "Music's Finest Hour Symphonic Jazz". newspapers.com. Detroit Free Press. May 9, 1971. p. 47.
  9. ^ "Earth, Wind And Fire: Earth, Wind And Fire / The Need Of Love". jazzjournal.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Love Is Life". 45cat.com.
  11. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Love Is Life". billboard.com.
  12. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire". snepmusique.com. SNEP.

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