Ah yes, and now we turn back the hands of clock nostalgia to the love years of Maurice White, Philip Bailey, producer Charles Stepney, and the whole company of the iconic Earth, Wind & Fire and rediscover what "depth of soul" really means. This masterful collection of Beautiful Ballads is just as much a narrative of a time when we spoke with and to our hearts as it is about the tone and texture of the music itself. The melodies, always rich and filling, took on a life all their own and led us wherever they wanted, and we trusted their direction.
The opening track, "That’s the Way of the World," has to be the most covered track in the world (okay, maybe an overstatement), certainly attesting to its universal appeal. Then, who can listen to "All About Love" and not fall in love all over again? No, not just with your significant other, but with life itself and all it entails (not to mention those majestic ever-present horns)? Let’s not forget the demanding "Devotion," with its sway and Bailey-rich vocals. "Can’t Hide Love," "Fantasy," "After the Love Is Gone," "Love’s Holiday," "Keep Your Head to the Sky," and "Reasons" all serve as just samples of what this album holds as the fireworks to light up any night sky. A steely collection of dreams all in one album, I think the CD jacket summarily touts it all correctly by stating that "Earth, Wind & Fire teach us that true sensuality comes from peeling off the mask and letting go."
What else can be said that hasn’t already been said about one of the biggest supergroups of all supergroups to ever share their wealth of talent and musical knowledge with us? Let me just add my voice to the many who hail it as one of the greatest influences on modern music as we will ever know it. As many of you know, the group still tours, demonstrating that the magic still lives. Whether you’ve been part of this ongoing celebration of decades-long musical eloquence or just have your robust memories of the colorful past, how fortunate we are to be part of the overall experience!