14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the '70s slinked into decadence, so did Earth, Wind & Fire. By the band’s eighth album, Maurice White's funk machine counted its contributing musicians in the dozens; here they incorporate international flair in the form of Brazilian composer/arranger Milton Nascimento and Eumir Deodato. But even as EWF unspool the languid ballad "I'll Write a Song for You," atmospheric interludes like "In the Marketplace," and the oft-sampled "Beijo (aka Brazilian Rhyme)," they tighten up for propulsive jam "Jupiter," percussive workout "Runnin'," and pop smash "Fantasy."

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the '70s slinked into decadence, so did Earth, Wind & Fire. By the band’s eighth album, Maurice White's funk machine counted its contributing musicians in the dozens; here they incorporate international flair in the form of Brazilian composer/arranger Milton Nascimento and Eumir Deodato. But even as EWF unspool the languid ballad "I'll Write a Song for You," atmospheric interludes like "In the Marketplace," and the oft-sampled "Beijo (aka Brazilian Rhyme)," they tighten up for propulsive jam "Jupiter," percussive workout "Runnin'," and pop smash "Fantasy."

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