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Now, Then & Forever

Now, Then & Forever

6 Sep 2013
4.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 6 Sept. 2013
  • Release Date: 21 Oct. 2013
  • Label: Legacy Recordings
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  • Total Length: 43:21
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  • ASIN: B00F9FUAX8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,764 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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O.K. now i'm a die hard EWF fan of nearly 40 years, and to me they have always been the most signifacant band in black music.
Since the mid 80s (let's say after the 'Powerlight' album)their music has been less inspiring than it was in the mid to late 70s.
After the band started to split up with first Al McKay then Larry Dunn leaving,(two very important members) the sound started to lose it's edge. Sure it was still EWF but not firing on all cylinders. The Phenix Horns went to work with Phil Collins and never came back. Apart from a couple of tracks he had them on i still don't know what he did with them. I'll never forgive him for that. Then Maurice White (The Main Man)started to take less of a role due to his illness, things were just not the same. The last three or four albums the band have put out have been good in parts but no where near the high standards they had set themselves. So onto the new album. 2 years in the making and apparentley back to their basic best. Up first was 'Guiding Lights', which came out as a single over a year ago now and indeed was a return to that hey day sound. Nice mid tempo groove and the return of Larry Dunn, who's keys are instantly recognisable. This can only be good for the album me thinks. The new single 'My Promise' is a nice happy uptempo tune. Nice harmonies and a good horn section (not exactly Phenix style) but it will do. Happy so far. 'Sign On' is getting a lot of attention on soul radio and rightly so. Could have easily been the lead single. Yeah! a really good uptempo track. The pace drops for 'Love Is Law' and we find Mr. Bailey in fine form. All the ingrediants are there on this one. 'Got To Be Love' again keeps the tempo down and is another good track, although i still have trouble with not hearing Maurice's baritone.
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Earth, Wind & Fire has been around since I was a child and started listening to music - and they've never ever disappointed me. Still haven't with this release. They show that they're still a really fantastic band with truly great music!
Big love to one of the worlds' greatest vocalists ever; Philip Bailey, who has such a beautiful voice with an out of this world range and simply all you can ever wich for. <3
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The best way to approach this album is to look at it as a new soul album, rather than an Earth, Wind And Fire album, and not to compare it to their previous work.

With that in mind, I've really enjoyed it as the songs are catchy, upbeat and thankfully not too overproduced like most of today's music.

The first few tracks are all memorable, in fact it's a shame they don't come in extended form as they seem a bit too short.

Sure it's missing Maurice White's distinctive vocals, and is never gonna be up there with the giddy heights of 'I Am', but compared to everything else around at the moment it's a joy for the ears.

Inexplicably my copy has 6 classic tracks on it, such as 'Boogie Wonderland' and 'Let's Groove' which whilst nice to have, kinda reinforces how Maurice White's presence is missing. Would have preferred some extended versions of the new songs.

All in all, a very nice surprise.
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Great opener and some sound follow ups. Some duffers too particularly the awful 'Dance Floor'. Splashes is a beautiful reminiscence of Zappaesque jazz floatiness but unusual outside of Overnite Sensation era acid jazz rock ('Nice...'). Worth it for the first few tracks alone plus you might enjoy some of the others too.
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Forty-one years after the release of their debut album, Earth, Wind & Fire (1972), legendary R&B/Funk/Disco group Earth, Wind & Fire released their 21st studio album, Now, Then & Forever. The preceding press release said that Now, Then & Forever would mark a return to the horn-laden signature sound that turned these innovative pioneers into international superstars in the `70s and early `80s. While a partially valid selling point, Earth, Wind & Fire had already made a return of sorts to said signature sound on 2002's The Promise, and, even more so, on 2005's all-star collaboration, Illumination. After more than a decade of Earth, Wind & Fire catering to the stylistically somewhat sterile and simplistic sounds and productions of the times (late `80s, 1990s) - a stark contrast to the lush, intricate arrangements of their `70s/early `80s recordings - they finally successfully updated their signature sound without compromising its warmth and aesthetic.

Everything about Now, Then & Forever is a tribute to Maurice White, the group's visionary, original leader, singer, songwriter, musician, producer and arranger. Even if Maurice White is not present on Now, Then & Forever as a creative force, he's there in mind, soul and spirit - and it sounds and feels good.
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I love EW&F and this album did not disappoint me, Took me right back to their old days even though Maurice is missing it's still highly enjoyable. My only gripe is that I wished it was in a plastic cd case and not a cardboard one as these get tatty after a while and do not look so good in a cabinet.
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This is EWF as we know them, a great new album that should have been released ages ago...Hurry up guys lets have the next one sooner rather than later...
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