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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.

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Earth, Wind & Fire – Electric Universe (Expanded Edition) (1983/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Earth, Wind & Fire – Electric Universe (Expanded Edition) (1983/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:16:34 minutes | 1,72 GB | Genre: Soul, Funk, Disco
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

Commercially, Earth, Wind & Fire were slipping in 1983. Though a decent album, Powerlight wasn’t the type of big seller EWF was used to. Maurice White responded with a change of direction that proved to be both a commercial and artistic fiasco. Working with very in-demand (and very formula-oriented) studio figures like Martin Page and David Foster, EWF went for a much slicker and more high-tech approach on the weak and disappointing Electric Universe. White saw that synthesizers and drum machines were playing more and more of a role in both R&B and pop, and wanted to acknowledge technology’s impact on music with this album. But EWF usually ends up sounding insincere and even sterile. The type of synth-funk that worked so well for the System doesn’t work for EWF. A few of the songs are interesting (including “Electric Kingdom” and the single “Magnetic”), but they don’t prevent Electric Universe from being EWF’s weakest album ever. When this release flopped, EWF’s members temporarily went their separate ways, with Philip Bailey and Maurice White concentrating on solo careers.

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Earth, Wind & Fire – Holiday (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Earth, Wind & Fire – Holiday (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:21 minutes | 567 MB | Genre: Funk
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

Presenting Holiday, the first-ever Christmas album from the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire. Holiday is a spirited celebration of the festive season, bringing together brand new recordings of seasonal standards (“Winter Wonderland,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Jingle Bell Rock”), beloved carols (“Joy to the World,” “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “What Child Is This?,” “Away in a Manger,” “The First Noël”), a traditional Japanese winter song (“Snow”), a modern day Christmas song (“Every Day Is Like Christmas”) and future Earth, Wind & Fire classics: “Happy Seasons” (inspired by “Happy Feelin’), and “December” (inspired by “September”) featuring original vocals from Maurice White.

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Earth, Wind & Fire – Powerlight (1983/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Earth, Wind & Fire – Powerlight (1983/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:09 minutes | 944 MB | Genre: Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Columbia

“Powerlight” is the twelfth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, produced by the band’s leader Maurice White for Kalimba Productions, and released in February 1983. went to number 12 and number 4 on the Pop and R&B album charts and the single “Fall in Love with Me” reached number 17 and number 4 on the Pop and R&B charts respectively. “Fall in Love with Me” was also Grammy nominated for Best R&B vocal performance by A Duo or group. Powerlight has been certified gold for selling over 500, 000 copies in the US by the RIAA.

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Earth, Wind & Fire – The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 (1978/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Earth, Wind & Fire – The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 (1978/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 40:07 minutes | 913 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 is a 1978 compilation album collecting the charting singles of Earth, Wind & Fire. In addition to collecting previously charting songs, the album also included three new tracks for the band: a cover of The Beatles’ song “Got to Get You Into My Life” and the original track “September”, both of which also became charting singles, the former also winning a Grammy Award, and “Love Music”. The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 is ranked numbers 30 and 44 on AllMusic’s list of the Top urban and R&B albums of all time respectively.

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Earth, Wind & Fire – Head To The Sky (1973) [Audio Fidelity 2016] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Earth, Wind & Fire – Head To The Sky (1973) [Audio Fidelity 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 37:04 minutes | Scans included | 2,85 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 691 MB
Features Stereo and Quadrophonic surround sound | Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 236
Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul

As phenomenally popular as Earth, Wind & Fire was from the mid-’70s to the early ’80s, it’s easy to forget that the band was hardly an overnight success. With Head to the Sky – EWF’s fourth album overall, second with Philip Bailey, and second for Columbia – Maurice White’s very spiritual and ambitious brand of soul and funk was starting to pay off commercially. The Latin-influenced “Evil” became the soulsters’ biggest hit up to that point, and material ranging from the hauntingly pretty title song (which boasts one of Bailey’s finest performances ever) to the jazz fusion gem “Zanzibar” is just as rewarding. The lineup White unveiled with Last Days and Time was working out beautifully; Bailey was clearly proving to be a major asset. Also worth noting is the presence of singer Jessica Cleaves, who left after this album and, several years later, resurfaced in George Clinton’s eccentric female group the Brides of Funkenstein. EWF still had what was basically a cult following, but that was beginning to change with Head to the Sky. And when EWF took off commercially in 1974 and 1975, many new converts went back and saw for themselves just how excellent an album Head to the Sky was.

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Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire – Heart and Soul Tour 2015 WEB-DL 720p AVC AAC 2.0

Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire – Heart and Soul Tour 2015

AVC, 1280x720p (16:9), 6.0 mbps, 30 fps | AAC 128-384 kbps, 2 ch | 03:20:15 | 8.7 GB
Genre: Jazz-Rock, Soft Rock, Funk, Soul, Disco | Live Nation | WEB->TS

Two of the most successful and critically-acclaimed bands — Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago — announced today their North American co-headlining summer CHICAGO AND EARTH, WIND & FIRE – HEART AND SOUL TOUR 2015, kicking off July 15 in Concord, California. The 25-date tour, promoted by Live Nation, will take the GRAMMY® Award-winning and multi-platinum selling groups through major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Boston. The tour will conclude Sept. 6 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“One of the most exciting things about the show is when both bands perform at the end of the concert,” Lee Loughnane of Chicago said. “Having these 21 very talented musicians playing our greatest hits together puts the excitement level at a fever pitch! From the Heart of Chicago and the Soul of Earth, Wind & Fire, it is an unforgettable experience.”

“This is a real treat for fans of both groups to experience again the power-packed collaboration of Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago,” Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire added. “We are looking forward to it ourselves – it has always been one of our favorite tours.”

The tour will provide unparalleled entertainment from two of America’s most legendary musical groups, who have more than 200 million albums sold and 20 GRAMMY® nominations between them. Billboard hails that Chicago is one of “the most successful American rock band[s] of all time, in terms of both albums and singles” and has “been able to fill arenas with satisfied fans” with music that has endured throughout time. Rolling Stone has described Earth, Wind & Fire as “a funk-fusion powerhouse that changed the sound and history of popular music.”

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