Earth, Wind & Fire|
I remember hearing lots of Earth, Wind & Fire during my childhood in Miami. Every weekend we'd go to the skating rink and
songs like Fantasy and September would be blasted while we skated around a disco ball, played pinball and got our first taste
of video games. I bought The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire while on our Florida honeymoon in 2005 and the double cd Essential Earth, Wind & Fire in 2006. The more I got into world music, the more I understood Earth, Wind & Fire.
That's The Way Of The World is a film soundtrack that Earth, Wind & Fire did in 1975. The movie didn't do so well, but the soundtrack brought us the classic songs Shining Star and Reasons. There's even a bossa nova version of That's The Way Of The World on the 1999 cd release. I bought this in Eilat in June 2008 - on a very hot day! Today they're one of my favorite bands.
Gratitude was Earth, Wind & Fire's second #1 in a row. It was released in December 1975 - sounds like a great holiday gift! Gratitude is a live album and you can feel the live power of this band. Hits here include Reasons, Shining Star, Sing A Song, Gratitude and everything else!
The music of All 'N All (1977) is just as imaginative as the cover. Fantasy is my favorite song on All 'N All. Fantasy has a certain allure to it that can carry you to your own fantasy. I also love the Brazilian songs. In the liner notes, Maurice White says, "We never thought of ourselves as a funk band. I always felt we made universal music."
The back of the cd reads -
Riding a rhythm as ancient as Africa and the groove of a shrinking globe, Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White sought inspiration beyond the L.A. skyline. The Latina muse called him to South America to explore the secrets of the samba and tell the story of the serpentine fire. With soothing tropical strings and galaxy-blasting horns, EW&F created a distant planet where fantasy lives and freedom is a decree for all.
Men At Work and U2
Men At Work!! The early 80's band from Down Under. This cd has all of my favorites -- Who Can It Be Now, Down Under,
Its A Mistake, Be Good Johnny, Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Jive and others. Surreal listening to them after all these years. One day
I saw their name popup on the Internet, and the next thing I know they're on my "to buy" list. U2 was always my favorite 80's band and these are their best 80's songs.
Saturday Night Live - The Musical Performances - Volume 1
I saw this on Ebay and couldn't resist. The Grateful Dead, Paul Simon, Sting, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel and more. It ends on a funny note with Randy Newman's I Love LA (funny because SNL is so identified with New York City!).
World of Warcraft - Burning Crusade Soundtrack
In early 2008, I bought the World of Warcraft expansion - Burning Crusade. Amazing video game. The collector's edition came with playing cards, a mousepad, a behind the scenes dvd, a hardcover book of graphics and illustrations and of course this soundtrack. Oh, it also included with the game itself on cd and dvd!
Blood, Sweat & Tears
I was first exposed to Blood, Sweat & Tears on the radio in the 70's and 80's. When I started collecting the music of Woodstock on my Woodstock Project site in the early 2000's, I listened to and even watched the available parts of their set. They stood out from the other bands at Woodstock. Jazz Rock at a hippy festival?! Their Woodstock set was outstanding. In 2005, I bought Super Hits while in Miami remember listening to it while driving to Orlando and Key West.
On September 22, 2008, we saw Blood, Sweat & Tears perform in Tel Aviv. We went with a few friends and had a great time. We all agreed that its a good thing this band keeps at it!
In December 2008, we went on a trip to Georgia, Florida and a Carnival cruise to the Western Caribbean. I bought the self-titled Blood, Sweat & Tears in Savannah, Georgia. I bought Found Treasures and Extended Versions in Orlando at Orlando Premium Outlets. Considering that mall is full of high end fashion, there were lots of cd's there for well under $10 a piece.
Found Treasures is a 1972 compilation of songs. Instead of the usual hits, we're treated to a bunch of many lesser known songs. Extended Versions is a collection of live songs. There are no liner notes, but some online research turned up this information - the songs are taken from Live And Improvised, a double live album covering their 1975 tour. The songs were recorded live at -
Schaefer Music Festival, New York City on July 5, 1975
City Hall Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts on July 20, 1975
National Arts Center, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on August 11-12, 1975
Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, California on September 21, 1975