493 # – That’s the Way of the World – Earth, Wind & Fire

All groups have a signature sound. I try to isolate and quantify that sound. Steely Dan is quantified by their jazz/rock fusion sound. The Doors by the organ sound. Sometimes the sound cannot be described by a few words but you know it when you hear it. It’s that sound that you can hear a song that you’ve never heard before and you say “Oh, that’s so-and-so.” Some call it style but I think it goes deeper than that. It’s why I found covers of songs so interesting. You take basically the same words and the same notes and have two different groups perform the same song and you get two entirely different songs. I call it the signature sound.

I’ve been trying to figure out what the signature sound of Earth, Wind & Fire is and I just cannot wrap my arms around it. But one thing I read about hat’s the Way of the World that I couldn’t agree with more is that this album is tight. It is so well produced and so professional it is hard to find any flaw musically with it.

The musicians were some of the best I think I have heard brought together in one album.

Ironically, Rolling Stone writer Gordon Fletcher said in his 1975 review was that this album had “lousy production works to this LP’s detriment.” I beg to differ. The production on this was outstanding.

Produced in 1974 and released in 1975, this album is about 39 minutes in length.  I think it also has some of the best glockenspiel playing on the list so far.

Have mercy!