That's The Way Of The World
Six albums into their career, Earth, Wind & Fire perfected their blend of dance-floor funk, crackling pop, heartfelt soul, and smooth R&B. The LP leads off with the band's first No. 1 single, the superbly crafted "Shining Star." But the masterfully arranged collection also boasts the sultry slow jam "Reasons," the funk-fortified title track, and the loose-limbed, bass-driven "Africano." It's impossible to pick EWF's best album, but this one’s a more-than-worthy contender.