Since I paid my $18 .......I decided to start a thread about one of the GREATEST BANDS EVER!!
I think they deserve that label, not simply for the number of the hits they produced, but for their longevity... and the fact that they STAYED TOGETHER!
So, if you've had the great fortune to see them LIVE (especially in the 70s), I wanna hear about it!! (I've seen them live three times -- 1988 ,
Of course, they are now without their magnificent lead singer/songwriter Maurice White, due to his battle with Parkinson's disease.....but he is always with them, in spirit! When I saw them a couple years ago, at the Hollywood Bowl, Maurice came out on-stage during the second set.....just to wave
"Hello" .. And the whole Hollywood Bowl crowd started chanting, "MAURICE! MAURICE! MAURICE!! MAURICE!!!". I still get chills/ totally verklempt, just thinking about it! It was SUCH A beautiful moment!
I listen to EWF, la lot . Right now I'm really into to the off-beaten-path songs -- Can't Let Go, Star, Evil, Sunshine.
I think my favorite song by this band is "Would You Mind"- always nice to hear.
They were better than the Beatles, in my opinion. They were consummate performers, accomlished musicians, and their recordings had the best arrangements and vocals.
Love them. On Your Face, Be Ever Wonderful, Devotion.
They are an awesome UNDER-RATED band OP!!! I always wonder if their tour sponsor being Viagra made people see them in a less than serious light.
Their music was very spiritual, why is why I regard them as better than the Beatles.
I cannot name one song of theirs that has darkness or underlying and deceptive meaning. The music is very pure, and it makes you feel like you are always in love.
they even covered the Beatles better than anyone else!
Singlehandedly responsible for my interest in kemet
Way of the World
love their music and spiritual flavor as well. September always makes me smile, Sing a Song too.
There's a great documentary about them and all members are featured.
Maurice White talks a lot about forming the band (and minimizes his parkinsons -- says it was more he was tired of the road).
His brother Vernon is really captivating to watch -- very expressive. Very spiritual.
Phillip Bailey talked about the band disbanding or his leaving, I forget which it was. Probably at the time of his hit w/Phil Collins. But he came back/they reformed and is glad he did.
He also talked about how odd he thought it was so many couples chose "Reasons" for their wedding song, since it's essentially about a one night stand.
Was fun to see the crazy space outfits they wore. Vernon said it got away from the music -- as the disco era did.
Very positive, uplifting band.
Oh, and all members -- even those no longer w/the band -- came to their induction into the R&R HoF. Not every band is civil enough to do that.
In tribute to White the group now bills itself as "Earth, Wind & Verklempt."
I agree with r3.
There is another thread now about "Ominous songs" and I thought of EWF. Not ominous as much as so sad and still effects me. "After the Love is Gone" came out when I was 7 and the first time I heard it I was saddened and felt just melancholy, I guess. I am 40 now and still feel the same way. I don't know what it is about it..no Beatles song has ever defined a mood or stuck with me for so long.
[quote] EARTH, WIND & FIRE !!!!
Is that the same band as, Earth, Wind & Fire?
Comparing EWF to The Beatles is only going to end in an ugly fight.
I like both bands. Very much.
R13..the brother's name is Verdine. I have seen him being interviewed on both TMZ and VH1 Classic. He is really laid back and he seems to have a vast knowledge of music history.
I've spent some time with Vernon - he is incredible. Thin as a rail, full of energy. He told me about growing up as a youth in Chicago and learning classical bass (the stand up kind) in an orchestra youth program type thing. And the importance of knowing music concepts, history, having a classical education. He's also extremely into the Aquarian concepts of love and peace and the unity of all mankind that EW&F embodies.
OMG - yes - his name is Verdeen. Its been a few years.
That's true, R9, that's a hugely underrated cover.
They did a couple of tours with Chicago a few years back. They were AMAZING together, feeding off each others' energy. You could feel the total respect they had for each other's talents.
Adore both groups.
Such a great time for r&b music. I've been meaning to get a studio album of theirs, I think the one with "After the Love Has Gone" on it but I think the less disco, more funk ones of the mid 70s are also meant to be classics. Let's Groove is one of the all time classic uplifting songs.
There are many artists from my childhood in the late 70's and early 80's that I am just so tired of. I constantly change the station when I listen to "oldies" but never when they come on. They make me smile.
Is Bailey gay?he always gave off that vibe...
jeez r25, you can have a high voice and be straight.
Fantasy is still my favorite!
Earth, Wind and Fire for Jefferson and little brother. I haven't heard anything yet but I'll let you know..is that your brother? He's a good looking kid.
Maurice White is one of my all time favorite singers--I know he's no Luther Vandross or Marvin Gaye, but his voice had so much soul and power and emotion--whenever I hear an EWF song and his voice, I'm always moved and feel the way I did decades ago when I first heard him. Phillip Bailey was great too, they made an amazing vocal team.
My favorite songs are:
All About Love
That's The Way of the World
Be Ever Wonderful
Open Our Eyes
Imagination (so intense and powerful - great vocal by Phillip Bailey)
Can't Hide Love
Love is Life (a real oldie)
I can't hear "Shining Star" without thinking of this:
September was my college anthem.
During orientation week freshman year, this song was played over and over all night at every party that I attended during that week.
Everytime I hear this tune it brings back fond memories.
R1 you mean "Love's Holiday"
I loved their earlier, jazzy and gritty stuff before they went mainstream. But one of my most favorite ballads are their "I'll Write A Song For You" sung by Phillip Bailey
R32, My older gay brother loved that song. Unfortunately, he passed very young - bad heart. Sometimes I have a glass of wine and listen to the song. It brings back such fond and loving memories of him.
Yes, R22, I saw that tour. Chicago is my favorite group of all time, and EWF is in my top 10, so it was amazing. Loved when they each played one song of the other and when they played together. What a horn section!
Heartwarming story R33.
That's how I feel about them and "After the Love is Gone" r33, it's sad but I love to hear it, it's hard to explain..I haven't felt it with any song or band but them and I'm not a huge fan but that song...
love the groove
It's all about "Devotion" baby! That be my jam!
Beautiful song, thanks for the reminder, R33.
Sorry for your loss, I'll also think of your brother whenever I hear the song (not by design).
Anyone who doesn't at least have EWF's greatest hits doesn't like music much.
This annoying house song ruined "Boogie Wonderland" for me.
I certainly knew of the song and main riff, but didn't realise how innovative and intricate the instrumental parts were and I can't hear it the same now. Damn samples ruined music, wish I was older so I knew the originals first, better time for music.
I completely agree r40. The first two records I ever bought with my own allowance money (in 1977) were EWF's Greatest Hits and Stevie Wonder's
Songs in the Key of Life. When I bought my first cd (having received a CD player for Christmas, 1987), it was EWF's Greatest Hits.
"Boogie Wonderland" is Ronan the Rhythmic Sea Lion's favorite song.