The journey began in 1971, Maurice White had started his dream of putting together the greatest band of all time. One that would change how music was conceived, recorded and performed, no longer would things go as the status quo. Earth, Wind and Fire would forever change the landscape of music and give us some of the greatest entertainment of all time. No one would write like them, no one would record like them, no one would dress like them, no one would play like them, no one would sing like them and NO ONE would ever put on a live show like them!
This album marked the 10th year of Maurice's dream and it was a decade that saw many changes both musically and socially. But one thing remained the same, Earth, Wind and Fire was electrifing us with incredible music that helped to shape our lives in a unique way. They just made you feel a little happier about life and helped get you through many bad days. This was the first album recorded after the departure of Al Mckay and it was kind of a reunion album for his replacement who'd been the one he'd replaced back in 1973, Roland Bautista. It's was like Roland had never truly left and they picked up right were they left off after the "Last Days And Times" album.
They had another number one hit with "Let's Groove" which started the album off and continued to amaze us with the likes of "Evolution Orange", "You're A Winner" (which has some of the funkiest horn arrangements ever for the Phoneix Horns) & one of my personal favorites "Wanna Be With You". This edition also has a longer and sweeter version of the instrumental interlude "Kalimba Tree". This would be the last in a string of albums that solidified their greatness. After this, they would have other good albums with good songs, but this was the band at their height and this was when music truly was more than just throwing something together to get out and make money.
Earth, Wind and Fire were truly in a class and league all their own as a band and the world had never before nor has it since heard, experienced and been amazed by any other band the way it was by these 9 men. Thank you Maurice and Earth, Wind and Fire for sharing your dreams with us via the wonderful avenue of the Song.