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The Need of Love

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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). Compared to the debut, The Need of ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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). Compared to the debut, The Need of Love lacked a sense of exuberance as well as a passel of solid songs and performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Hi Horse Records
  • UPC: 725543262318
  • Catalog Number: 19580

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Maurice White Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Kalimba
Wade Flemons Vocals
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Alexander Thomas Trombone
Verdine White Bass
Michael Beal Guitar, Harmonica
Yackov Ben Israel Percussion, Conga
Sherry Scott Vocals
Chet Washington Tenor Saxophone
Don Whitehead Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Arranger
Douglas Botnick Engineer
Lee Herschberg Engineer, Remastering
Al Schmitt Remastering
Joseph Wissert Producer
Bob MacLeod Jr. Mastering
Don Whitehead Contributor
Kevin Tong Reissue Producer
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