Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World (1975) [MFSL 2005] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World (1975) [MFSL 2005]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:21 minutes | Scans included | 2,03 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,02 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2016

А 1975 cull film long out of print, That’s The Way Of The World starred a young Harvey Keitel as an impassioned record company executive caught up in the politics of race, power and ambition. Earth, Wind & Fire, cast as a hungry band of hopefuls, were the pawns in a ruthless game. The film may have faded but the group’s score was larger than life. Newly mastered with previously unreleased demos of “Shining Star,” “All About Love” and the original bossa nova version of “That’s The Way Of The World,” this meditation on the rules of living ranks as one of pop’s great masterworks. Simple Truths For The Ways Of The World. (more…)

Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World: Alive In ’75 (2002) [2.0 & 5.1] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World: Alive In ’75 (2002) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 58:39 minutess | Scans included | 3,74 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 58:30 min | Scans | 1,23 GB

This isn’t really a major archival release, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an enjoyable one, either. Capturing a series of highlights from Earth Wind & Fire’s breakthrough 1975 tour — all selected by Maurice White — That’s the Way of the World may not have the ebb and flow of a proper live set, but it does have the advantage of burning bright consistently throughout the record. This isn’t just because of White’s very selections, but because this is when EWF was at their peak as a white-hot funk band, laying down tight, monstrous grooves and turning out lively, interesting jams on top of that. All of that is captured well on this nine-track live album (not counting the “Overture” and “Interlude”); even when the group brings down the tempo on “Reasons” and “That’s the Way of the World,” the music doesn’t turn flaccid — it still smolders. This doesn’t quite mean it’s an earth-shattering release, but it’s a fun record, something that the group’s fans — particularly those who loved the group’s early peak years — will surely dig. (more…)

Earth, Wind & Fire – Gratitude (1975) [Remastered Reissue 1999 (2001)] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Earth, Wind & Fire – Gratitude (1975) [Remastered Reissue 1999 (2001)] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 66:50 minutes | Scans included | 5,31 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 66:38 mins | Scans included | 1,43 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

With That’s the Way of the World having made Earth, Wind & Fire one of the best-selling soul bands of the 1970s, Maurice White and co. had no problem filling large arenas. As dynamic as EWF was on-stage, it’s a shame that there isn’t more documentation of the band’s live show. Only one live EWF album was released by a major label in America, the superb Gratitude. First a two-LP set and later reissued on CD, Gratitude brilliantly captures the excitement EWF generated on-stage at its creative peak. Neither hardcore EWF devotees nor more casual listeners should deprive themselves of the joys of the live versions of “Shining Star” and “Yearnin’ Learnin’.” Maurice White is magnificent throughout, and Philip Bailey truly soars on extended versions of “Reasons” (which boasts a memorable alto sax solo by guest Don Myrick) and “Devotion.” The album also introduced some excellent new studio songs, including the haunting “Can’t Hide Love” and the uplifting “Sing a Song.” One could nitpick and wish for live versions of “Evil,” “Keep Your Head to the Sky,” and “Kalimba Song,” but the bottom line is that Gratitude is one of EWF’s finest accomplishments. (more…)

Earth, Wind & Fire – All ‘N All (1977) [Japanese SACD 1999 #SRGS 4525] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Earth, Wind & Fire – All ‘N All (1977) [Japanese SACD 1999 #SRGS 4525]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:00 minutes | Scans included | 1,58 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 812 MB

Earth, Wind & Fire’s artistic and commercial winning streak continued with its ninth album, All ‘N All, the diverse jewel that spawned major hits like “Serpentine Fire” and the dreamy “Fantasy.” Whether the visionary soul men are tearing into the hardest of funk on “Jupiter” or the most sentimental of ballads on “I’ll Write a Song for You” (which boasts one of Philip Bailey’s many soaring, five-star performances), All ‘N All was a highly rewarding addition to EWF’s catalog. Because EWF had such a clean-cut image and fared so well among pop audiences, some may have forgotten just how sweaty its funk could be. But “Jupiter” — like “Mighty, Mighty,” “Shining Star,” and “Getaway” — underscores the fact that EWF delivered some of the most intense and gutsy funk of the 1970s. (more…)

Earth, Wind & Fire – Open Our Eyes (1974) [Audio Fidelity 2015] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Earth, Wind & Fire – Open Our Eyes (1974) [Audio Fidelity 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:51 minutes | Full Scans included | 2,99 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 40:20 mins | Scans included | 770 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 4.0 multichannel surround sound | Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 202

Finally, after almost half a decade of serious dues-paying, Earth, Wind & Fire took off commercially with its fifth album, Open Our Eyes. EWF had been delivering great albums since 1971, but it wasn’t until 1974 that the public proved genuinely receptive to Maurice White’s mystical and unorthodox take on soul and funk. No longer would EWF enjoy only a small cult following. Thanks to treasures like “Kalimba Song,” the gritty funk smoker “Mighty Mighty,” and the unforgettable “Devotion,” Open Our Eyes became EWF’s first gold album and went to the top of the R&B charts. It’s also interesting to note that with this album, singer Jessica Cleaves was gone, resulting in the first time EWF had an all-male lineup. (more…)