Thursday, March 23, 2017

Earth, Wind & Fire – Singasong (Columbia)

Classics: Earth, Wind & Fire – Singasong (Columbia)

Contrary to what it may seem at first sight, there’s no typo in our writing of the title of this song. Even though many single releases came up as ‘Sing A Song’, its title did it as ‘Singasong’ on the album version. An album which definitely marked a strong evolution for E,W & F in terms of notoriety back in 1975. With thanks to gems such as its title cut (‘Gratitude’). But also ‘Devotion’, ‘Sun Goddess’ and ‘Shining Star’. Not to mention ‘Can’t Hide Love’ which Masters At Work memorably remixed in the early 80’s.

‘Singasong’ (‘Sing A Song’) just has both an irresistible flow and appeal. An invitation to sort of jam together, its instrumental version perfectly fits with the atmosphere of ‘L’Equipe du soir’. A weekday sport show featuring a band of journalists and consultants commenting the latest events with acuracy and humor in a unique way…

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 vocal pfew words, the first ones coming to mind would be their obvious flamboyance, both on stage as musically speaking. But also the dynamicerformances sound of their horn section which is a part of their signature. The beauty of their vocal arrangements. With thanks to the contrasting 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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