The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1

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The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1
BestofEarthWind&Fire.jpg
Cover art by Shusei Nagaoka
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 23, 1978 (November 23, 1978)
GenreR&B, soul, jazz, pop
Length40:22
LabelARC/Columbia
Legacy (1999 reissue)
ProducerMaurice White, Charles Stepney
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
All 'n' All
(1977)
The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1
(1978)
I Am
(1979)
Singles from Vol. 1
  1. "Got to Get You Into My Life"
    Released: July 14, 1978
  2. "September"
    Released: September 29, 1978

The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 is an album by the band Earth, Wind & Fire issued in 1978 by Columbia Records.[1] The album rose to Nos. 3 & 6 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums and Billboard 200 charts respectively.[2][3] The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 has been certified Quintuple Platinum in the US by the RIAA.[4] The album has also been certified Platinum in the UK by the BPI and in Canada by Music Canada respectively.[5][6]

Singles[edit]

The album produced three new songs and two singles. The LP's first single, "Got to Get You into My Life", preceded the album by a few months and was first included on the 1978 soundtrack Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from the feature film with the same title. The single reached Nos. 1 & 9 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively.[7][8] Got to Get You into My Life was Grammy nominated in the category of Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus. The song went on to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s).[9][10]

The second single, "September" rose to Nos. 1 & 8 on the Billboard Hot Soul Songs and Hot 100 respectively.[11][12] September also got to No. 3 on the UK Singles chart.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[14]
Village Voice(A–)[15]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[16]
Cashbox(favourable)[17]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[18]
NY Daily News(favourable)[19]

AllMusic described The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 as "a strong encapsulation of EWF the funk innovators" that "makes for an excellent listen."[14] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice noted on the LP "ten exquisitely crafted pop tunes" where "the passion and resonance of black music tradition are blended into a slick and sumptuous concoction".[15] The Los Angeles Times proclaimed the album as an "excellent package".[18] The New York Daily News also called the LP "a well paced showcase".[19]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Got to Get You Into My Life" (From Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (soundtrack), 1978)John Lennon, Paul McCartney4:03
2."Fantasy" (From All 'n All, 1977)Eduardo Del Barrio, Maurice White, Verdine White3:46
3."Can't Hide Love" (From Gratitude, 1975)Skip Scarborough4:10
4."Love Music" (Previously unreleased)S. Scarborough3:55
5."Getaway" (From Spirit, 1976)Peter Cor, Bernard “Beloyd” Taylor3:46
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."That's the Way of the World" (From That's the Way of the World, 1975)Charles Stepney, M. White, V. White5:46
7."September" (Previously unreleased)Al McKay, Allee Willis, M. White3:36
8."Shining Star" (From That's the Way of the World, 1975)Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, M. White2:50
9."Reasons" (From That's the Way of the World, 1975)P. Bailey, C. Stepney, M. White4:59
10."Sing a Song" (From Gratitude, 1975)A. McKay, M. White3:23

[20]

Reissue[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Got to Get You Into My Life" (From Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (soundtrack), 1978)John Lennon, Paul McCartney4:03
2."Fantasy" (From All 'n All, 1977)Eduardo Del Barrio, Maurice White, Verdine White3:46
3."Can't Hide Love" (From Gratitude, 1975)Skip Scarborough4:10
4."Love Music" (Previously unreleased)S. Scarborough3:55
5."Getaway" (From Spirit, 1976)Peter Cor, Bernard “Beloyd” Taylor, Louis Silas Jr.3:46
6."That's the Way of the World" (From That's the Way of the World, 1975)Charles Stepney, M. White, V. White5:46
7."September" (Previously unreleased)Al McKay, Allee Willis, M. White3:36
8."Shining Star" (From That's the Way of the World, 1975)Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Sonny Burke, M. White, V. White2:50
9."Reasons" (From: That's the Way of the World, 1975)P. Bailey, C. Stepney, M. White4:59
10."Sing a Song" (From Gratitude, 1975)A. McKay, M. White3:23
11."MegaMix 2000" (Bonus track on reissue)Wayne Vaughn, A. McKay, M. White, A. Willis7:38
12."MegaMix (Radio Edit)" (Bonus track on reissue)A. McKay, M. White3:23

[20][21]

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album’s text.[20][21]

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Earth, Wind & Firemusical arrangements (3, 6, 8-10)
  • Philip Baileyliner notes
  • George Calle – producer, recording engineer, audio mixing (12)
  • Mauro DeSantis – producer, recording engineer, audio mixing (12)
  • Larry Dunn – production assistant (2)
  • Howard Fritzson – art direction
  • David Gahr – Photography
  • Alan Hewitt – music programming, producer, recording engineer, audio mixing (11)
  • Paul Klingberg – producer, recording engineer, audio mixing (11)
  • Art Macnow – director
  • Cameron Marcarelli – assistant engineer (11)
  • Al McKay – producer
  • Shusei Nagaoka – artwork
  • Steve Newman – design
  • Joseph M. Palmaccio – mastering
  • Leo Sacks – producer (11), reissue producer, liner notes
  • Richard Salvato – director
  • Jim Shea – photography
  • Charles Stepney – producer, musical arrangements (3, 5-6, 8-10), synthesizer programming
  • Tom Tom 84 – horn arrangements, string arrangements (2, 4, 7)
  • Chris Walter – photography
  • Maurice White – producer (1-11), musical arrangements (1), recording engineer, audio mixing (11), liner notes
  • Verdine White – production assistant (2), liner notes
  • Mark Wilder – audio mastering
  • Joseph Wissert – producer

Charts[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1979 U.S. Billboard Top Soul Albums 3
U.S. Billboard 200 6
U.K. UK Albums 6[13]
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) 13[22]
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Got to Get You into My Life" Billboard Top Soul Singles 1
Billboard Hot 100 9
UK Singles 33[13]
Dutch Single Top 100 33[23]
1979 "September" Billboard Top Soul Singles 1
Billboard Hot 100 8
UK Singles 3[13]
Swedish Singles (Sverigetopplistan) 3[22]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[26] none 377,600 [25]*
Netherlands (NVPI)[27] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 (Top Soul Albums)". billboard.com. Billboard.
  3. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 (Billboard 200)". billboard.com. Billboard.
  4. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1". riaa.com.
  5. ^ "RIAA Certification of The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1". Riaa.com. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  6. ^ "British Phonographic Industry certification of The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1". Bpi.co.uk. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  7. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Got to Get You into My Life (Hot R&B Songs)". Billboard.com.
  8. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Got to Get You into My Life (Hot 100)". Billboard.com.
  9. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire". grammy.com.
  10. ^ "Maurice White". grammy.com.
  11. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: September (Hot 100)". billboard.com. Billboard.
  12. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: September (Hot Soul Songs)". billboard.com.
  13. ^ a b c d "Earth, Wind & Fire". officialcharts.com.
  14. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Earth, Wind & Fire: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1". allmusic.com. Allmusic.
  15. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Earth, Wind & Fire: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1". robertchristgau.com. Village Voice.
  16. ^ Earth, Wind & Fire: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1. Rolling Stone Album Guide. Rolling Stone Magazine.
  17. ^ Albums. 40. Cashbox Magazine. p. 35.
  18. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1". newspapers.com. Los Angeles Times. December 17, 1978. p. 418.
  19. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire: The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1". newspapers.com. New York Daily News. December 10, 1978. p. 355.
  20. ^ a b c The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1. ARC/Columbia. 1978.
  21. ^ a b “The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1” (Reissue). Legacy’s Rhythm & Soul Series. Columbia / Legacy. 1999.
  22. ^ a b "Earth, Wind & Fire". sverigetopplistan.se.
  23. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Got to Get You into My Life". dutchcharts.nl.
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Earth, Wind and Fire – The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1". Music Canada.
  25. ^ https://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=900
  26. ^ "French album certifications – Earth, Wind and Fire – The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  27. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Earth, Wind and Fire – The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  28. ^ "British album certifications – Earth, Wind and Fire – The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  29. ^ "American album certifications – Earth, Wind and Fire – The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.