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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 , 1996, 2011)

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.

by Anonymousreply 4404/02/2013

I think my favorite song by this band is "Would You Mind"- always nice to hear.

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by Anonymousreply 203/28/2013

They were better than the Beatles, in my opinion. They were consummate performers, accomlished musicians, and their recordings had the best arrangements and vocals.

by Anonymousreply 303/28/2013

Love them. On Your Face, Be Ever Wonderful, Devotion.

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by Anonymousreply 503/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 603/28/2013

I loved their song "Reasons"

by Anonymousreply 703/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 803/28/2013

they even covered the Beatles better than anyone else!

by Anonymousreply 903/28/2013

So mystical. They take you somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 1003/28/2013

Singlehandedly responsible for my interest in kemet

by Anonymousreply 1103/28/2013

Way of the World


by Anonymousreply 1203/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1303/28/2013

In tribute to White the group now bills itself as "Earth, Wind & Verklempt."

by Anonymousreply 1403/28/2013

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 Beatles song has ever defined a mood or stuck with me for so long.

by Anonymousreply 1503/28/2013

[quote] EARTH, WIND & FIRE !!!!

Is that the same band as, Earth, Wind & Fire?

by Anonymousreply 1603/28/2013

Comparing EWF to The Beatles is only going to end in an ugly fight.

I like both bands. Very much.

by Anonymousreply 1703/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1803/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1903/28/2013

OMG - yes - his name is Verdeen. Its been a few years.

by Anonymousreply 2003/28/2013

That's true, R9, that's a hugely underrated cover.

by Anonymousreply 2103/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2203/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2303/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2403/28/2013

Is Bailey gay?he always gave off that vibe...

by Anonymousreply 2503/28/2013

jeez r25, you can have a high voice and be straight.

by Anonymousreply 2603/28/2013

Fantasy is still my favorite!

by Anonymousreply 2703/28/2013

Earth, Wind and Fire for Jefferson and little brother. I haven't heard anything yet but I'll let you that your brother? He's a good looking kid.

by Anonymousreply 2803/28/2013

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

Shining Star

Love's Holiday

Mighty, Mighty

Love is Life (a real oldie)

by Anonymousreply 2903/28/2013

I can't hear "Shining Star" without thinking of this:

by Anonymousreply 3003/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3103/28/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 3203/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3303/28/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 3403/28/2013

Heartwarming story R33.

by Anonymousreply 3503/28/2013

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...

by Anonymousreply 3603/28/2013

love the groove

by Anonymousreply 3703/29/2013

It's all about "Devotion" baby! That be my jam!

by Anonymousreply 3803/29/2013

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).

by Anonymousreply 3903/29/2013

Anyone who doesn't at least have EWF's greatest hits doesn't like music much.

by Anonymousreply 4003/29/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4103/29/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4204/01/2013

"Boogie Wonderland" is Ronan the Rhythmic Sea Lion's favorite song.

by Anonymousreply 4304/02/2013

That Ronen is one fly Bitch!

by Anonymousreply 4404/02/2013
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