Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World (1975) [Qobuz FLAC 24/96]

Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World (1975)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:38:51 minutes | 870 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Columbia Records
Recorded: September 16, 1974 – October 2, 1974, Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado

That’s the Way of the World is a 1975 album by Earth, Wind & Fire released on Columbia Records. It was also the soundtrack for a 1975 motion picture of the same name which featured several of the band members in cameo roles. Included on the album was the single “Shining Star”, which was a #1 U.S. pop and R&B hit. Another popular single was the title track, which reached #12 on the pop chart. The album spent three weeks atop the Billboard Pop Albums Charts, five nonconsecutive weeks atop the Soul Albums chart.

That’s the Way of the World was also the third best-selling pop album and the number one best-selling R&B album of 1975 respectively and has been certified triple platinum in the U.S by the RIAA.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 493 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2012, on a revised list by the magazine, the album listed at #486.

Earth, Wind & Fire has delivered more than its share of excellent albums, but if a person could own only one EWF release, the logical choice would be That’s the Way of the World, which was the band’s best album as well as its best-selling. Open Our Eyes had been a major hit and sold over half a million units, but it was World that established EWF as major-league, multi-platinum superstars. Fueled by gems ranging from the sweaty funk of “Shining Star” and “Yearnin’ Learnin’” to the gorgeous ballad “Reasons” and the unforgettable title song, EWF’s sixth album sold at least five million units. And some of the tracks that weren’t major hits, such as the exuberant “Happy Feelin’” and the gospel-influenced “See the Light,” are equally powerful. There are no dull moments on World, one of the strongest albums of the 1970s and EWF’s crowning achievement. –AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

Tracklist:
1 Shining Star 2:50
2 That’s The Way Of The World 5:45
3 Happy Feelin’ 3:16
4 All About Love 5:30
5 Yearnin’ Learnin’ 3:41
6 Reasons 4:53
7 Africano 5:10
8 See The Light 5:30

Personnel:
Bass – Verdine White
Congas – Philip Bailey
Drums – Fred White, Maurice White, Ralph Johnson
Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Andrew P. Woolfolk
Guitar – Al McKay, Johnny Graham
Kalimba – Maurice White
Percussion – Al McKay, Fred White, Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Verdine White
Piano, Organ, Synthesizer [Moog] – Larry Dunn
Vocals – Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White

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