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Earth, Wind & Fire: The Greatest Hits [CD]

Wind & Fire Earth Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: CMG
  • ASIN: B003TLXL3A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let's Groove
2. Boogie Wonderland
3. September
4. After The Love Has Gone
5. Fantasy
6. Star
7. Saturday Nite
8. Let Me Talk
9. I've Had Enough
10. In The Stone
11. Can't Let Go
12. Jupiter
13. Got To Get You Into My Life
14. Shining Star
15. Serpentine Fire
16. That's The Way Of The World
17. Reasons

Product Description

BBC Review

Earth, Wind & Fire remain perennial favourites in the UK. Although there has been little appetite for any new music they have made since 1982, the demand for their work of the seven years prior to that point appears stronger than ever. And that's because it is so very upbeat and joyous. It is impossible for new generations and lapsed fans not to be moved by hits such as Boogie Wonderland or September.

This is at least the eighth EWF hits collection, and unlike their last major greatest hits set in 2002, there are no remixes or reimaginings to cloud the memory of their oeuvre. There's not a career overview or even a photograph of them on this slender reissue; what you find, simply, is a hatful of hits: 17 of them. And yes, they are all crammed with their joyous blend of jazz and soul, of American and African rhythms, topped off with the marriage of leader Maurice White's gravel vocals to Philip Bailey's soaring falsetto.

The hits line up from the relatively recent, such as 1981's Let's Groove, to their earlier breakthroughs Reasons and Saturday Nite. There are touching, almost syrupy ballads such as After the Love Has Gone and also the relatively obscure Let Me Talk from their popularly-misjudged concept album, Faces.

If you haven't heard them and want to know what the fuss is still about, listen to the introduction of In the Stone, the triumphant opener from their best-selling UK album, I Am. An appropriate amount of pathos and expectation is built by its dramatic horn flourish before it climatically gives way to a beautiful, percussion-rich, loping groove. And then those voices hit you. And this is before you hear the sultry That's the Way Of the World, arguably their finest moment in a career strewn with highlights.

At the time of writing, the live band–well, what's left of them: Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson–have just been on a UK tour. But neither that, nor the TV campaign supporting this release, can account for this compilation's huge success. Like a well-loved brand, EWF can keep being sold into houses the length and breadth of the land.

--Daryl Easlea

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Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Collection Ever! 6 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
We rated this item five stars because the songs in this collection were very well chosen!
Furthermore the sound quality is very good indeed!
We loved more than 95% of the selection!
The cover artwork was very well designed!
We recommend this product because this collection spanned Earth Wind and Fire's work from end to end!
The sound was very well equalized and solid! You can hear it even in the early hours with the same quality as if you were listening to it at higher volume selection! Really impressive!
Hats off to Sony Music UK for this well-engineered product from conception to the final product on the market!
All the Best to You!
Warmest regards,
Eliezer, Elizeu and Maria da Conceicao, Brazil.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth,Wind & Fire;The Greatest Hits 21 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I wanted to know what songs were on this CD , before buying but for those who want to know here they are ;

1.Let's Groove
2.Boogie Wonderland [with the Emotion's]
3.September
4.After the Love has Gone
5.Fantasy
6.Star
7.Saturday Nite
8.Let me Talk
9. I've had enough
10.In the Stone
11.Can't let go
12.Jupiter
13.Got to get you into my life
14.Shining Star
15.Serpentine Fire
16.That's the way of the World
17.Reason's
I do not remember all the titles but when I hear the song's it all come's back ,Brilliant.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest |Hits EWF 5 July 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow what a superb compilation. It ticked all the right boxes for me and bought back some very fond memories of School Discos. Brillantly put together and have been playing it to death. Has wetted my appietite for seeking out some more Funk and Disco albums. A must have for all EWF Fans.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars memorable 26 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
brilliant to be able to listen to all the old'uns again, as this time around you actually listen to the lyrics ---as well as sing along. I highly recommend this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past 9 Sep 2013
By LF
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Brilliant CD .....if you like 80 's music you' ll love this. You can be anywhere you like this this album... I know exactly where I was!! It's well worth the small amount of money in my opinion ....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EARTH WIND & FIRE 8 Mar 2014
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jUST LOVED THIS cd

Just loved this CD, as a teenager in the 70s, it brought back so many memories, I smiles all day, good value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jazz fan's point of view..... 24 Jun 2012
By Ian Thumwood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Although I grew up in the era when Earth, Wind and Fire were around, I never listened to their music at that time as my interest had only been with jazz. Curiously enough, despite being familiar with some of these tracks but not realising who was playing them, I became curious after hearing some of this music on Jazz FM. With the passage of time, the music sounds divorced from what passes for pop these days and the combination of some terrific grooves and punchy brass arrangements makes it understandable why this band enjoys a good reputation amongst some jazz fans. I can't understand how anyone cannot find a track like "Serpentine Fire" to be anything other than brilliant and there are plenty of other tracks which I think are of a similar high standard.

The writing and performances all demonstrate a high level of musicianship and, unlike most compilations, there aren't too many tracks that I would consider to be fillers. Nice to see some of the horn players allowed to solo too. Numbers like "After the love have gone" are now starting to be covered my jazz artists like Kurt Ellling and anyone who is familiar with the work of Medeski, Martin & Wood will appreciate the funkiness of these tracks. My only grumble is the lack of information about the musicians in the liner notes. All in all, this is hugely enjoyable and a nice contrast to some of the more "heavy" records that I have in my collection. A good price and quick delivery too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars earth wind n fire. 1 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
Ordered this item on 30th March received it on the 1st April one happy customer chilling out listening to some great music after a hard day :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
The greatest hits. Great listening, difficult to choose a favourite track. I love to play it in my car, windows down, volume up. Go girl go! This is my current favourite. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Bluebell
1.0 out of 5 stars Delivered on time
Wife loves it I loath it, Minor and standard items do not warrant extended description or review of product. This request is silly and does not warrant time spent on it
Published 1 month ago by Nicholas P Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars funktastic
danced round the house all day!!! Great band and all the tracks on this CD are great. Highly recommendable and will play again and again and .....
Published 1 month ago by Paul Savin
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth, Wind & Fire: The Greatest Hits
Loved it!! Was going to buy the newest one but this one was such a good price with the same songs on it
Published 2 months ago by Rosalyn_Keyford_Hallett
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music
This cd takes you back to the disco era. A well received Christmas present. Lots of enjoyable tracks to listen to.
Published 2 months ago by C L Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Unified
"Every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SuperPlagiarizer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
with all the hits and a couple i hadnt heard before , but now love , play this constantly all around the house
Published 2 months ago by edwina turier
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNK!
You can't help boogie-ing to this set. It's a must have! If you don't groove to Boogie Wonderland you are not alive!
Published 3 months ago by R G Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound
This recording is a few years old, but it is a great modern sound by a wonderful group.continually being played.
Published 3 months ago by michael john walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Great CD for any Earth Wind and Fire fans, has all the well known tracks. Puts you in the mood for dancing!
Published 3 months ago by Sadie
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