Columbia's 1998 collection of Earth, Wind & Fire's Greatest Hits in many ways stands as the group's definitive compilation. Even though there have been more extensive overviews of the group's work, such as the triple-disc set The Eternal Dance, this is the first collection to contain all of the group's biggest hits on one disc. All but one ("Love Music") of the ten songs from 1978's The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire are included, while six of the ten songs from The Best Of, Vol. 2 are featured; the remaining two cuts on the 17-track collection are the minor early single "Kalimba Story" and the album cut "Gratitude." These are fine additions to the album, but the true meat of the collection lies in the hits – "Shining Star," "That's the Way of the World," "Sing a Song," "Getaway," "Got to Get You Into My Life," "September," "Boogie Wonderland," "After the Love Has Gone," "Let's Groove," and so many others. They might not be presented in chronological order (the only flaw in this otherwise flawless collection), but it's a sheer delight to have all of the hits on one terrifically entertaining and valuable disc.
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.
The second collection covering hit singles from the '70s top funk and soul band, Earth, Wind & Fire. This anthology has recently been supplanted by a box set covering virtually all of their big Columbia singles and some early Warners material. If you enjoyed their disco and late '70s cuts more than the early tracks, this anthology is worth getting.
"In the Name of Love" is the 17th album by Earth, Wind & Fire. It was released in 1997 on Rhino Records and was produced by the band's leader Maurice White for Kalimba Productions. The album was originally released in Japan only, under the title of Avatar; this pressing contained a different track list than the more widely released version. The track "Love Is Life" is a remake of its namesake which appeared on the band 's debut album, Earth, Wind & Fire.
Now, Then & Forever is the 20th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released on September 10, 2013, by Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music. This is the first Earth, Wind & Fire album without musical input from founder Maurice White, although he supplied liner notes. Larry Dunn, another founding member, joined the production team on this album lending his signature style as the keyboardist for several tracks. The first release from the album was "Guiding Lights" which premiered in 2012. In 2013, the second single "My Promise" was released. Band members say that this album is a return to the old Earth, Wind & Fire sound and formula while mixing in some new innovations as well.
Illumination is the 19th album by R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire. It was released in September 2005 on Sanctuary Records. It featured collaborations with several artists including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Kenny G, Kelly Rowland, will.i.am, and Brian McKnight. Illumination debuted at #32 on the Billboard 200 Chart, and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.
The Promise is the 18th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire. Released on Maurice White's label Kalimba Records, it was their first of new material in six years. The album reached #5 on the Top Independent Album Chart and #19 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart. It also featured collaborations with Angie Stone, The Emotions, Gerald Albright and Paulinho Da Costa. The album's cover art was designed by Morito Suzuki. The track "All About Love" is a different song and not a remake of their 1975 song of the same name from their album That's the Way of the World. The album cut produced and written by Tim & Bob Hold Me was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.