Fantasy (Earth, Wind & Fire song)

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"Fantasy"
Fantasy EW&F.jpg
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album All 'N All
B-side "Be Ever Wonderful"
Released January 1978
Format
Recorded 1977
Genre
Length 3:46 (7-inch version)
4:38 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Serpentine Fire"
(1977)
"Fantasy"
(1978)
"Jupiter"
(1977)
"Serpentine Fire"
(1977)
"Fantasy"
(1978)
"Jupiter"
(1977)

"Fantasy" is a song written and composed by Maurice White, Verdine White, and Eddie del Barrio. It first became an international hit in 1977 by the American group Earth, Wind & Fire. A cover version in 1990 by the Eurodance band Black Box was also a successful international hit. "Fantasy" has been covered or sampled by many artists over the years.

Original Earth, Wind & Fire version[edit]

Background[edit]

"Fantasy" was first recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire for their studio album All 'N All, and was released as a single in 1978. The song took a period of three months to be written and composed, and it was only finally finished after Maurice White saw the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind and gained inspiration from the film.[1] "Fantasy" reached number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 12 on the Billboard R&B singles chart in the United States, and number 14 on the UK singles chart. "Fantasy" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Song.[2] After its release in Japan as a digital single to cellphones in 2009, it was certified gold for 100,000 downloads in May 2011.[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" single

  1. "Fantasy" – 3:54
  2. "Be Ever Wonderful" – 5:08

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report[4] 25
Swedish Singles Chart[5] 8
UK Singles Chart[6] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 32
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 12
Netherlands[8] 6

Black Box version[edit]

"Fantasy"
Fantasy (song).jpg
Single by Black Box
from the album Dreamland
Released 1990
Format CD maxi, 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1989
Genre House
Length 5:14
Label RCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Daniele Davoli
  • Mirko Limoni
  • Valerio Semplici
Black Box singles chronology
"Everybody Everybody"
(1990)
"Fantasy"
(1990)
"The Total Mix"
(1991)
"Everybody Everybody"
(1990)
"Fantasy"
(1990)
"The Total Mix"
(1991)
Music video
"Fantasy" on YouTube

Background[edit]

Black Box recorded a cover of "Fantasy" for the group's debut studio album Dreamland in 1990. Their version featured Martha Wash on lead vocals, but their music producers initially failed to credit her. Black Box's version of the song charted at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart,[9] number 16 in Germany, and number 3 in Australia.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "Sleaze-speed house rendition of Earth, Wind & Fire's evergreen received widespread club support as an import last year. Ethereal remix emphasizing plush strings and Martha Wash's unmistakable voice should keep fires burning at pop and urban radio."[11]

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi

  1. "Fantasy" (club mix) – 7:20
  2. "Get Down" (rap mix) – 6:43
  3. "Get Down" Black Box featuring "Stepz" (rappapella) – 3:00

7" single

  1. "Fantasy" – 3:44
  2. "Get Down" Black Box featuring "Stepz" (rappapella) – 3:00

12" maxi

  1. "Fantasy" (big band remix) – 5:48
  2. "Get Down" (party remix) – 3:55
  3. "Get Down" (afro mix) – 4:15

Official versions[edit]

  • "Fantasy" – 3:44
  • "Fantasy" (Original Version) – 5:12
  • "Fantasy" (Big Band Remix) – 5:48
  • "Fantasy" (Club Mix) – 7:20

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[10] 3
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 4
French SNEP Singles Chart[14] 21
German Singles Chart[14] 16
Irish IRMA Singles Chart[15] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 26
UK Singles Chart[16] 5
Chart (1991) Position
Australian Singles Chart[17] 17
Austrian Singles Chart[18] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Funicello, Tammy (2005-05-18). "Maurice White Honored". lavalleystar.com. Retrieved 20 June 2009. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire Awards". earthwindandfire.com. Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  3. ^ レコード協会調べ 5月度有料音楽配信認定<略称:5月度認定> [Record Association report: May digital music download certifications (Abbreviation: May Certifications)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). June 20, 2011. Archived from the original on September 15, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 99. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Earth, Wind & Fire - Fantasy". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  6. ^ "Earth Wind & Fire - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Fantasy" by Earth, Wind & Fire, U.S. Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart allmusic.com (Retrieved March 19, 2009)
  8. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire - Fantasy | Top 40". Top40.nl. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 59. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  10. ^ a b "australian-charts.com > Black Box - Fantasy (song)". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on April 14, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Billboard: Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard magazine (1991-08-24, page 65). Retrieved 2018-01-25. 
  12. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Black Box – Fantasy". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Fantasy in the search field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ a b c d Steffen Hung. "Black Box - Fantasy". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  16. ^ "Black Box - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1991". Aria.com.au. Archived from the original on 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  18. ^ Steffen Hung (1991-12-22). "Jahreshitparade 1991". Austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 

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