Open Our Eyes

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Open Our Eyes
Earth, Wind & Fire - Open Our Eyes.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 25, 1974
RecordedAugust 1973, Caribou Ranch
Nederland, Colorado, U.S.
GenreSoul, funk, jazz
Length39:52
LabelColumbia/Legacy
ProducerMaurice White
Joe Wissert
Charles Stepney
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Head to the Sky
(1973)
Open Our Eyes
(1974)
Another Time
(1974)
Singles from Open Your Eyes
  1. "Mighty Mighty"
    Released: February 1, 1974
  2. "Kalimba Story"
    Released: June 14, 1974
  3. "Devotion"
    Released: September 7, 1974

Open Our Eyes is the fifth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released on March 25, 1974 on Columbia Records.[1] The album rose to Nos. 1 & 15 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums and Top Pop Albums charts respectively.[2][3] Open Our Eyes has been certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.[4]

Overview[edit]

Open Our Eyes was produced by Maurice White and Joe Wissert. Charles Stepney worked on the album as an associate producer. In 2001, Open Our Eyes was reissued with four bonus tracks.[1][5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[5]
Billboard(favourable)[6]
Village Voice(A–)[10]
PopMatters(favourable) [7]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[8]
Warr.org3.5/5 stars[9]

Rolling Stone calls Open Our Eyes a "cheerful" LP with lots of "positive elements". The Village Voice's Robert Christgau also describes the album as a complete "tour de force".[8][10]

Singles[edit]

The track, "Mighty Mighty", peaked at Nos. 4 and 29 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs and Hot 100 charts, respectively.[11][12][13] "Kalimba Story" reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart.[14][15] Another single, "Devotion", peaked at Nos. 23 and 33 on the Hot Soul Songs and Hot 100 charts, respectively.[16][17]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Mighty Mighty"Maurice White, Verdine White3:03
2."Devotion"M. White, Philip Bailey4:50
3."Fair But So Uncool"Rick Giles, Charles Stepney3:39
4."Feelin' Blue"Kenny Altman4:28
5."Kalimba Story"M. White, V. White4:03
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Drum Song"M. White5:10
7."Tee Nine Chee Bit"M. White, C. Stepney, P. Bailey3:45
8."Spasmodic Movements"Eddie Harris1:50
9."Rabbit Seed"M. White0:31
10."Caribou"C. Stepney, R. Giles3:25
11."Open Our Eyes"Leon Lumpkins5:06

[18]

2001 Reissue[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Mighty Mighty"Maurice White, Verdine White3:03
2."Devotion"M. White, Philip Bailey4:50
3."Fair But So Uncool"M. White, Rick Giles, Charles Stepney3:39
4."Feelin' Blue"Kenny Altman4:28
5."Kalimba Story"M. White, V. White4:03
6."Drum Song"M. White5:10
7."Tee Nine Chee Bit"M. White, C. Stepney, P. Bailey3:45
8."Spasmodic Movements"Eddie Harris1:50
9."Rabbit Seed"M. White0:31
10."Caribou"C. Stepney, R. Giles3:25
11."Open Our Eyes"Leon Lumpkins5:06
12."Ain't No Harm To Moan (Slave Song)"M. White, Larry Dunn5:21
13."Fair But So Uncool (Walkin' In N'Awlins Mix)"C. Stepney, R. Giles, M. White3:37
14."Step's Tune"M. White, C. Stepney2:33
15."Dreams"M. White, C. Stepney, L. Dunn3:23

[5][19]

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from Allmusic[5] and the album's liner notes.[18][19]

Production[edit]

  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Musical arrangements
  • Maurice White - Producer (Original recording), Audio Mixing (12-15)
  • Bruce Botnick - Recording Engineer, Remix
  • Paul Klingberg - Audio Mixing (12-15)
  • Leo Sacks - Producer (Reissue), Audio Mixing (12-15)
  • Charles Stepney - Associate Producer (Original recording), Musical arrangements
  • Joe Wissert - Producer (Original recording)

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position
1974 Black Albums 1
Pop Albums 15
Singles – Billboard
Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Devotion" Black Singles 23
Pop Singles 33
"Kalimba Story" Black Singles 6
Pop Singles 55
"Mighty Mighty" Black Singles 4
Pop Singles 29

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes". 45worlds.com.
  2. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes (Top Soul Albums)". billboard.com.
  3. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes (Top Pop Albums)". billboard.com.
  4. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes". riaa.com.
  5. ^ a b c d Henderson, A. "Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes". allmusic.com.
  6. ^ Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes. Billboard Magazine. March 16, 1974. p. 48.
  7. ^ Warner, S. (2011). "Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes / Spirit < PopMatters". popmatters.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  8. ^ a b Emerson, Ken (May 9, 1974). "Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes". rollingstone.com.
  9. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire". warr.org. 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes". robertchristgau.com.
  11. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Mighty Mighty". 45cat.com.
  12. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Mighty Mighty (Hot R&B Songs)". Billboard.com.
  13. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Mighty Mighty (Hot 100)". Billboard.com.
  14. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Kalimba Story". 45cat.com.
  15. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Kalimba Story (Hot R&B Songs)". Billboard.com.
  16. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Devotion (Hot 100)". billboard.com.
  17. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Devotion (Hot R&B Songs)". Billboard.com.
  18. ^ a b Earth, Wind & Fire. “Open Our Eyes” (Album Notes). Columbia. 1974.
  19. ^ a b Earth, Wind & Fire. “Open Our Eyes” (Remastered). Legacy’s Rhythm Soul Series. Columbia / Legacy. 2001.