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Fusing a daring range of styles including funk, soul and John Coltrane-inspired free jazz, Earth, Wind & Fire’s sophomore effort is fearlessly experimental. On the nearly 10-minute opener, “Energy”, a groove-oriented funk arrangement opens up into a freeform, kaleidoscopic jam. The mind-bending riffs and positive-minded lyrics of tracks like "Beauty" and "Everything Is Everything" have the uplift of early Sly Stone. With its spaced-out vibe and infectious hooks, this may be our favourite EWF record for late nights and hazy mornings.

Biography

Formed: 1969 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Earth, Wind & Fire were one of the most musically accomplished, critically acclaimed, and commercially popular funk bands of the '70s. Conceived by drummer, bandleader, songwriter, kalimba player, and occasional vocalist Maurice White, EWF's all-encompassing musical vision used funk as its foundation, but also incorporated jazz, smooth soul, gospel, pop, rock & roll, psychedelia, blues, folk, African music, and, later on, disco. Lead singer Philip Bailey gave EWF an extra dimension with his talent...
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