Spirit (Earth, Wind & Fire album)

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Spirit
EWF - Spirit.jpg
Studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released September 1976
reissue 2001
Recorded April–May 1976, Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood
Genre Funk
Length 36:29
reissue 49:58
Label Columbia
Producer Maurice White, Charles Stepney
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Gratitude
(1975)Gratitude1975
Spirit
(1976)
All 'N All
(1977)All 'N All1977
Singles from Spirit
  1. "Getaway"
    Released: July 7, 1976
  2. "Saturday Nite"
    Released: November 13, 1976
  3. "On Your Face"
    Released: April 6, 1977

Spirit is the seventh studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released in September 1976 by Columbia Records. The album reached number 2 on the Billboard Pop and R&B Albums Chart and has been certified double platinum in the US by the RIAA.[1][2] Maurice White fully took over the arranging and production duties for the band after Charles Stepney died during the sessions for Spirit

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Daily Vault (A)[4]
Warr.org 4/5 stars[5]
Music Hound 5/5 stars[6]

Billboard magazine in its review found that the album's "arrangements, songs, sweet floating vocal harmonies and punching instrumental phrases are all best described as impeccable". In his 1999 review of the album Eric Atwell of the Daily Vault notes that "Spirit's tracks are distinct yet cohesive; classic in an album oriented sense, yet still sounding fresh enough to be contemporary".[7][8]

Spirit was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album. The album cut Earth, Wind and Fire was also Grammy nominated for Best Instrumental Composition.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Getaway" Peter Cor, Bernard “Beloyd” Taylor 3:47
2. "On Your Face" Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Philip Bailey 4:33
3. "Imagination" C. Stepney, M. White, P. Bailey 5:15
4. "Spirit" Larry Dunn, M. White 3:12
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Saturday Nite" Al McKay, M. White, P. Bailey 4:02
6. "Earth, Wind & Fire" Skip Scarborough, M. White 4:40
7. "Departure" L. Dunn, M. White 0:27
8. "Biyo" M. White, A. McKay 3:37
9. "Burnin' Bush" Jerry Peters 6:46

[10]

2001 reissue[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Getaway" Peter Cor, Bernard “Beloyd” Taylor 3:47
2. "On Your Face" Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Philip Bailey 4:33
3. "Imagination" C. Stepney, M. White, P. Bailey 5:15
4. "Spirit" Larry Dunn, M. White 3:12
5. "Saturday Nite" Al McKay, M. White, P. Bailey 4:02
6. "Earth, Wind and Fire" Skip Scarborough, M. White 4:40
7. "Departure" L. Dunn, M. White 0:27
8. "Biyo" M. White, A. McKay 3:37
9. "Burnin' Bush" Jerry Peters 6:46
10. "Saturday Nite (Alternate Mix)" M. White, A. McKay, P. Bailey 4:55
11. "Seraphim" M. White, A. McKay, P. Bailey, L. Dunn 2:06
12. "Imagination (Angels Mix)" C. Stepney, M. White, P. Bailey 1:02
13. "Departure (The Traveler)" L. Dunn, M. White 3:37
14. "African Symphony" L. Dunn, M. White 1:52

[11][12]

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from Allmusic[11] and the album’s Liner Notes[10][12]

Production[edit]

  • Producers - Maurice White (Original recording), Charles Stepney (Original recording), Leo Sacks (Reissue)
  • Arrangers - Jerry Peters (8-9), Charles Stepney (1-3, 5-7), Tom Tom 84 (4)
  • Engineer, Remix - George Massenburg
  • Audio Mixing - Paul Klingberg (10-14), Leo Sacks (10-14), Maurice White (10-14)

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position
1976 Black Albums 2
Pop Albums 2
Singles – Billboard
Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Getaway/Saturday Nite" Club Play Singles 9
"Getaway" Black Singles 1
Pop Singles 12
"On Your Face" Black Singles 26
"Saturday Nite" Black Singles 4
Pop Singles 21

[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spirit - Charts on Allmuisc.com
  2. ^ "RIAA Certification for Spirit". 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Spirit - Daily Vault". dailyvault.com. 
  5. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire". www.warr.org. 
  6. ^ "Music Hound review". 
  7. ^ Atwell, Eric (1999-01-14). "The Daily Vault Music Reviews: Spirit". dailyvault.com. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  8. ^ "Billboard's Top Album Picks". Billboard Magazine. 88 (41). October 9, 1976. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  9. ^ "earthwindandfire.com/bio_awards". Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. 
  10. ^ a b Earth, Wind & Fire. “Spirit” (Album Notes). Columbia. 1976.
  11. ^ a b c "Earth, Wind & Fire - Spirit". allmusic.com. Retrieved May 2, 2018. 
  12. ^ a b Earth, Wind & Fire. “Spirit” (Remastered). Legacy’s Rhythm Soul Series. Columbia / Legacy. 2001.