Earth, Wind & Fire – I Am (1979) – Lp
Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and African. They are one of the most successful bands of all time. Rolling Stone Magazine described them as “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing” and declared that the band “changed the sound of black pop”.
Artist: Earth, Wind & Fire
Title: I Am
Label: CBS Records
Disco was at the height of its popularity in 1979, when Earth, Wind & Fire responded with its most disco-influenced single ever, the glossy and infectious “Boogie Wonderland.” Up to that point, EWF had pretty much ignored disco, and when the band finally acknowledged the style, the soulsters weren’t about to inundate listeners with it. “Boogie Wonderland” (which features the Emotions, a female group for whom Maurice White had been producing major hits) isn’t representative of I Am on the whole. From the hit ballad “After the Love Has Gone” to the exuberant “Let My Feelings Flow,” I Am isn’t a radical departure from its predecessor, All ‘n All.
1. In The Stone (4:48)
2. Can’t Let Go (3:29)
3. After The Love Is Gone (4:31)
4. Let Your Feelings Show (5:22)
1. Boogie Wonderland (with The Emotions (4:49)
2. Star (4:36)
3. Wait (3:39)
4. Rock That (3:07)
5. You And I (2:58)