7 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Earth, Wind & Fire's supremely confident debut still blows our minds today. Bandleader Maurice White melds a bold, James Brown-style horn section with dreamy harmonies, tight arrangements, and positive lyrics with a hint of the spacey astrological vibe that inspired the band's name. Uplifting tracks like "Help Somebody" and the cuddly ballad "Love Is Life" are the perfect intersection of funk and psychedelic soul. The lush vocal blend of Sherry Scott, Wade Flemons, Don Whitehead, and White comes alive—and hints at the group's later hits.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Earth, Wind & Fire's supremely confident debut still blows our minds today. Bandleader Maurice White melds a bold, James Brown-style horn section with dreamy harmonies, tight arrangements, and positive lyrics with a hint of the spacey astrological vibe that inspired the band's name. Uplifting tracks like "Help Somebody" and the cuddly ballad "Love Is Life" are the perfect intersection of funk and psychedelic soul. The lush vocal blend of Sherry Scott, Wade Flemons, Don Whitehead, and White comes alive—and hints at the group's later hits.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
13 Ratings
13 Ratings
theblackgundam ,

Vintage Earth, Wind & Fire...

This 1971 Warner Brothers debut is what I like to call "The best Earth, Wind & Fire you've never heard". This is pre-Columbia Records, so there's no Charles Stepney, Phillip Bailey or any of classic-era members save for Maurice and Verdine White. That being said, 'The Elements' have an in-your-face sound that combines War's multi-ethnic funk and tight horn arrangements reminiscent of Tower Of Power. Buy this album for "Help Somebody"; Dig a little deeper for funk-burners like "Fan The Fire" or the smooth "Love Is Life".

Lfaison45 ,

EW&F First Album

This Is The First Album EW&F Ever Made [1971] Love Is Life, Fan The Fire & Moment Of Truth Were The Hits

Shaun Peterson ,

My Favorite

I think this is my favorite album of theirs. It’s so rich and energetic.

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