Friday, June 23, 2017

Earth, Wind & Fire – September (ARC/Columbia)

Classics Earth, Wind & Fire – September (ARC/Columbia)

Oh yes, you sure remember! Quite circumstantial, I reckon… Although it ironically saw the light as a single in November back in 1978. Then it would feature on ‘The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. 1’ compilation album.

Co-written by band leader Maurice White with Al McKay and Allee Willis… ‘September’ is one of the band’s biggest classics ever alongside ‘Boogie Wonderland’. Both of them showcasing their outstanding vocal performance and brilliant strings and horns arrangements (under the direction of Tom Tom 84). As many elements which would be for much on their growing recognition. Meanwhile standing as their (unique) signature sound…

Overview
Founded in Chicago by Maurice White back in 1971, Earth Wind & Fire stand as one of the most successful bands of the 20th Century. Their music is a unique blend of R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Disco, Rock, Latin and African vibes. If ever we had to summarize them in a few words, the first ones coming to mind would be their obvious flamboyance, both on stage as musically speaking. But also the dynamic sound of their horn section which is a part of their signature. The beauty of their vocal arrangements. With thanks to the contrasting vocal performances of falsetto singer Philip Bailey and contralto Maurice White. Not to mention the presence of the Kalimba (what the Africans tend to call the “thumb piano”) being the icing on the cake)…

The impressive list of their classics speaks for itself. From ‘Shining Star’ to ‘Devotion’, and ‘Sing A Song’. But also ‘Fantasy’, ‘September’, ‘Boogie Wonderland’ or ‘Let’s Groove’. Not to mention ‘Can’t Hide Love’ which Masters At Work brilliantly remixed back in 2002. And ‘Getaway’ which The Salsoul Orchestra covered back in 1977…

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