When you talk about longivity
in the music industry, Earth Wind & Fire
is one of those who are at the top of the list. The group
(originally known as the Sandy Peppers)
though considerably smaller than their line up of earlier years, have
been given us their brand of quality soul music for the better part
of 30 years but now Earth Wind & Fire
is back ladies and gents and back with a vengence.
With this their first album of
new material in six years, The Promise
brings E, W & F's unique style and rhythm that put them ahead
of their time in the 70s back to their adoring public in the new mellennium.
Although there hasn't been any new material in that time, they have
not been sitting idle, the band's been on the road constantly touring
with various members putting out solo efforts.
The music on the other hand remains to be the barometer on the bar
for the band. With driving force and founding member Maurice
White, Phillip Bailey
and Verdine White all sounding
as good as they did when they first started out, 'The
Promise' gives us all that we could hope for - grooving
soul music done the E, W & F way.
With help from friends both past
and present, the album's first single, 'All
in the Way' reunites them with one of my favourite female
groups The Emotions some 20 years
after their collaboration of the ever-popular dance floor anthems
'Boogie Wonderland' and 'Let's
shining bright as a memento to their signature sound of the 70s is
'Betcha' and 'Never'
but the present is well represented as well with the smooth groove
'Wonderland' featuring the lovely
As we all know the band is also well known for their ballads and this
album doesn't disappoint with standouts such as 'All
About Love', Phillip Bailey's distinctive baritone on "Where
Do We Go From Here' and particularly 'Hold
This is an album for the old
and the new with a little something for everyone who loves good soul
music to enjoy Earth, Wind and
Fire hasn't lost the passion
or the heart for the music and listeners will appreciate this record
purely on it's own merit.
I do recommend you get this disc.
It's one for your listening pleasure.
Listen to Earth
Wind & Fire's 'All
in the way'
Listen to Earth
Wind & Fire's 'Hold