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The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
When it was originally released in 1978, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 was a succinct, ten-track collection of the group's best and biggest singles up to that point. The excellent "September," a brand-new song, soon became a hit in its own right, and the non-LP Beatles cover "Got to Get You into My Life," recorded for the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film, also makes its first appearance on an EWF album here, as does the track "Love Music." EWF's commercial prime hadn't yet ended when this collection appeared; thus, it's missing several crucial latter-day hits, including the slinky funk of "Serpentine Fire," the ballad "After the Love Has Gone," and the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
When it was originally released in 1978, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 was a succinct, ten-track collection of the group's best and biggest singles up to that point. The excellent "September," a brand-new song, soon became a hit in its own right, and the non-LP Beatles cover "Got to Get You into My Life," recorded for the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film, also makes its first appearance on an EWF album here, as does the track "Love Music." EWF's commercial prime hadn't yet ended when this collection appeared; thus, it's missing several crucial latter-day hits, including the slinky funk of "Serpentine Fire," the ballad "After the Love Has Gone," and the disco smashes "Let's Groove" and "Boogie Wonderland." But even if it's an incomplete hits collection, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 still ranks as a strong encapsulation of EWF the funk innovators. The singles gathered here constitute some of the richest, most sophisticated music the funk movement ever produced; when the absolute cream of the group's catalog is heard in such a concentrated fashion, the effect is dazzling. That's why The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 was remastered and reissued along with the rest of EWF's catalog, even though it's been supplanted by more extensive single-disc Greatest Hits, double-disc The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire, and triple-disc The Eternal Dance anthologies. 1998's Greatest Hits now stands as the definitive single-disc EWF overview, but for the budget-minded and the disco-phobic, this still makes for an excellent listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646573525
  • Catalog Number: 65735
  • Sales rank: 11,805

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Got to Get You into My Life (4:03)
  2. 2 Fantasy (3:46)
  3. 3 Can't Hide Love (4:10)
  4. 4 Love Music (3:55)
  5. 5 Getaway (3:46)
  6. 6 That's the Way of the World (5:46)
  7. 7 September (3:36)
  8. 8 Shining Star (2:50)
  9. 9 Reasons (4:59)
  10. 10 Sing a Song (3:23)
  11. 11 Megamix 2000 (7:38)
  12. 12 Megamix (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Primary Artist
Maurice White Drums, Vocals
Alan Hewitt Keyboards
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Liner Notes
Earth, Wind & Fire Arranger
Maurice White Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Mauro DeSantis Producer, Engineer
Jay Graydon Songwriter
Paul Klingberg Producer, Engineer
Al McKay Composer, Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Charles Stepney Arranger, Producer
Tom Tom 84 Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Wayne Vaughn Composer
Verdine White Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Mastering
Allee Willis Composer
Joseph Wissert Producer
Leo Sacks Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Alan Hewitt Programming, Producer, Engineer
Shusei Nagaoka Artwork
Richard Salvato Director
George Calle Producer, Engineer
Art Macnow Director
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