In the early part of the 1970's a new form of music was emerging, one that combined Soul, Funk, Latin and Salsa music to form a bass heavy, groove-oriented sound for people to dance their butts off to. Of course, it was Disco. In those formative years a number of bands that were swept up with the same Disco broom were actually funk bands; The Gap Band, The Brothers Johnson, Parliament, The Average White Band, and Earth, Wind & Fire, to name a few. EW&F have been bringing the funk to the world for over 38 years and this live concert DVD shows us why they are considered pioneers in the world of Funk and R&B. The hour long concert was recorded on New Year's Eve in 1981 and presents a band that was at the pinnacle of their creative drive and there are some absolutely brilliant moments captured; as the sultry, funkified intro of "Fantasy" starts, it's magical to see Philip Bailey lead the massive band and fantastic horn section through what is one of the best songs to come from Earth, Wind & Fire. Another magical moment is the performance of "That's The Way Of The World" as Philip and bandleader Maurice White do the song that Maurice describes as their "national anthem".
After playing 9 songs, "Jupiter(The Battle)" seems to close off the concert with it's Sci-Fi inspired stage show, complete with a masked villain, lasers, flash pots and smoke bombs. That appears to be it. However, after a thunderous standing ovation, the band hits the highest note of the night with "Let's Groove", a song that is without a doubt one of the top 10 Funk/Disco songs of all time and a true litmus test of what Earth, Wind & Fire does best-funk! For it's day, this concert was state of the art with an amazing stage and fantastic light and pyrotechnic show to boot. The end credit sequence is cool too, with the audience dancing their way out of the venue, complete with the latest fashions of 1981. For fans of 'The Funk', this is a great DVD.