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Earth Wind&Fire - Energy (1971)

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AMG: The ambitions of Earth, Wind&Fire only increased after their stellar debut, and the group brought an abstract sense of composition to their sophomore record, The Need of Love. The opener, a ten-minute piece named "Energy," is proof enough, with several extended passages inspired by everything from free jazz as well as in-the-pocket funk like Kool&the Gang. The next song up, "Beauty" is also positive and intriguing, though in an overly similar groove as "Fan the Fire" from the first album. The closer, a cover of Donny Hathaway's gloriously funky "Everything Is Everything," does justice to the original (and that's saying a lot)

Bass -- Verdine A. White
Drums, Percussion, Kalimba, Vocals -- Maurice White
Guitar, Harmonica -- Michael Beal
Percussion, Congas -- Yackov Ben Israel
Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals -- Don Whitehead
Producer -- Joe Wissert
Tenor Saxophone -- Chet Washington*
Trombone -- Alex Thomas*
Vocals -- Sherry Scott, Wade Flemons

Tags: free jazz

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