Open Our Eyes

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Open Our Eyes
Earth, Wind & Fire - Open Our Eyes.jpg
Studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released March 25, 1974
Recorded August 1973, Caribou Ranch
Nederland, Colorado, U.S.
Genre Soul, funk, jazz
Length 39:52
Label Columbia/Legacy
Producer Maurice White
Joe Wissert
Charles Stepney
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Head to the Sky
(1973)Head to the Sky1973
Open Our Eyes
(1974)
Another Time
(1974)Another Time1974
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. The album went to number one on the R&B Charts and number 15 on the Pop Charts. Open Our Eyes contained the Billboard charting singles, "Mighty Mighty" (R&B #4, Pop #29), "Devotion" (R&B #23, Pop #33) and "Kalimba Story" (R&B #6, Pop #55).[1] The album was made available in a digitally remastered version in 2001, which includes 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks.[2] Open Our Eyes has been certified platinum in the US by the RIAA.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]
Blender4/5 stars
PopMatters(favourable) [5]
Yahoo Music(very favorable)[6]
Warr.org3.5/5 stars[7]
Robert ChristgauA− [8]

Yahoo Music calls Open Our Eyes "simply superb" and Robert Christgau in his review of the album describes it as a "tour de force."[9][10] "Devotion" has been sampled by Yo-Yo featuring Ice Cube on the track "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo" featured on her album Make Way for the Motherlode. "Drum Song" was sampled by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes on the single "The Block Party" that was featured on her 2001 album Supernova.[11]

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"M. White, 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

[12]

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

[2][13]

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from Allmusic[2] and the album’s Liner Notes[12][13]

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. ^ Open Our Eyes - Charts on Allmusic.com
  2. ^ a b c Open Our Eyes on Allmusic.com
  3. ^ RIAA Certification for Open Our Eyes Archived 2015-10-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Henderson, A. (2011). "Open Our Eyes - Earth, Wind & Fire | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Warner, S. (2011). "Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes / Spirit < PopMatters". popmatters.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Epstein, Dan (2011). "Earth, Wind & Fire Reviews on Yahoo! Music". music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire". warr.org. 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Christgau, R. (2011). "Robert Christgau: Album: Earth, Wind & Fire: Open Our Eyes". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Open Our Eyes - Robert Christgau
  10. ^ Open Our Eyes - Yahoo Music
  11. ^ Earth, Wind & Fire music sampled by others
  12. ^ a b Earth, Wind & Fire. “Open Our Eyes” (Album Notes). Columbia. 1974.
  13. ^ a b Earth, Wind & Fire. “Open Our Eyes” (Remastered). Legacy’s Rhythm Soul Series. Columbia / Legacy. 2001.