Earth, Wind & Fire hit their peak in 1975 with their multi-platinum album “That's the Way of the World,” excelling the band into absolute stardom with their hit title track and funky “Shining Star”. If you could have only one EWF release, this would be the best choice, and even better yet it has now been released on a quad hybrid SACD that also contains the follow-up 1976 album “Spirit.” Their powerful blend of funk and soul extends to the remainder of the album with no dull moments found within. That’s the Way of the World can easily be considered one of the strongest albums of the '70s and has been impeccably remastered by Michael Dutton for the Dutton Vocallian reissue label.
The band had a lot to live up to when they went back into the studio to record their 1976 album “Spirit.” They didn’t let fans down quickly spinning out more hits including “On Your Face” and the passionate funk classic “Getaway” plus the ballad “Imagination.” Philip Bailey soars in the upper range while Maurice White’s vision and message remains as positive and uplifting as ever. While fans may not have taken EWF's calls for unity to heart, they had no problem with their solid self-respecting spiritual grooves.
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Single Hybrid SACD with 4.0 quad and 2.0 stereo DSD layers plus Red Book CD layer.