That's the Way of the World: Alive in '75

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This isn't really a major archival release, but that doesn't mean it isn't an enjoyable one, either. Capturing a series of highlights from Earth Wind & Fire's breakthrough 1975 tour -- all selected by Maurice White -- That's the Way of the World may not have the ebb and flow of a proper live set, but it does have the advantage of burning bright consistently throughout the record. This isn't just because of White's very selections, but because this is when EWF was at their peak as a white-hot funk band, laying down tight, monstrous grooves and turning out lively, interesting jams on top of that. All of that is captured well on this nine-track live album (not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This isn't really a major archival release, but that doesn't mean it isn't an enjoyable one, either. Capturing a series of highlights from Earth Wind & Fire's breakthrough 1975 tour -- all selected by Maurice White -- That's the Way of the World may not have the ebb and flow of a proper live set, but it does have the advantage of burning bright consistently throughout the record. This isn't just because of White's very selections, but because this is when EWF was at their peak as a white-hot funk band, laying down tight, monstrous grooves and turning out lively, interesting jams on top of that. All of that is captured well on this nine-track live album (not counting the "Overture" and "Interlude"); even when the group brings down the tempo on "Reasons" and "That's the Way of the World," the music doesn't turn flaccid -- it still smolders. This doesn't quite mean it's an earth-shattering release, but it's a fun record, something that the group's fans -- particularly those who loved the group's early peak years -- will surely dig.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974850427
  • Catalog Number: 748504
  • Sales rank: 35,813

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (0:56)
  2. 2 Shining Star (5:34)
  3. 3 Happy Feelin' (5:37)
  4. 4 Yearnin' Learnin' (4:55)
  5. 5 Sun Goddess - Ramsey Lewis (7:38)
  6. 6 Interlude (0:54)
  7. 7 Evil (3:01)
  8. 8 Kalmimba Story (6:58)
  9. 9 Reasons (9:40)
  10. 10 Mighty Mighty (4:48)
  11. 11 That's the Way of the World (8:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Primary Artist
Philip Bailey Percussion, Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Michael Harris Percussion, Trumpet
Maurice White Solo Instrumental, Percussion, Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Background Vocals, Kalimba, Soloist, Group Member
Ramsey Lewis Vocals, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Larry Dunn Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Group Member
Ralph Johnson Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Al McKay Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals, Group Member
Don Myrick Percussion, Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Louis Satterfield Percussion, Trombone, Group Member
Verdine White Bass, Percussion, Background Vocals, Group Member
Andrew Woolfolk Flute, Percussion, Saxophone, Group Member
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Composer
Earth, Wind & Fire Arranger
Michael Harris Contributor
Maurice White Composer, Producer
Larry Dunn Composer
Ralph Johnson Contributor
Matthew Kelly Tape Research
Paul Klingberg Producer
Jon Lind Composer
George Massenburg Engineer
Michael Mazzarella Composer
Al McKay Composer
Charles Stepney Arranger, Composer
Verdine White Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
David Ritz Liner Notes
Leo Sacks Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Richard Salvato Direction
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
Art Macnow Direction
Woody Pornpitaksuk Authoring
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