The warmth that is exuded from this collection of songs is quite overwhelming to say the least. This is music for everyone who loves happy music. Maurice White and his crew really created something wonderful here back in '77. This is essentially an album of dance music, but not of the mechanical kind, so often found in today's club scene. This is sophisticated and intelligent, something that is absolutely drenched in soul and furthermore, this is music that transcends genre. A true fusion.
All 'n' All's success is that it explores so many different types of grooves but is never a jack of all trades/master of none. Listen to track 9 Runnin' and you can hear dashes of 50's John Coltrane which I'm sure would please any die-hard jazz fan, mixed with Samba that Airto would be proud of. If you want to hear funk, listen to Jupiter. If you want to hear a beautifully sung ballad (and the voice of an angel) listen to Phillip Bailey on I'll write a song for you.
I got this album yesterday and since it's arrival through the post, have practically had it on a constant loop. I took it into work yesterday playing it to a few buddies, people with varied tastes in tunes, folks who are into Jazz, House, Hip-hop, Metal, Garage, the list goes on, but the resounding factor was that they liked the tunes on this album. Says a lot for joyful music such as this. If more people listened to these tunes i'm pretty convinced there'd be less fussing and fighting in the world.
Summing up, one of the happiest album's I've heard in years. Hope this recording brings my fellow listeners the same joy that it has brought me in the short time that i've had owned it.