Earth, Wind & Fire Download
Aug 10, 1974St. Louis Arena (St. Louis, MO)
Earth, Wind & Fire Download
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Total Length:
30:29
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Earth, Wind & Fire Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Drum Song02:40
  2. 2Evil07:34
  3. 3Devotion09:50
  4. 4Mighty Mighty10:25
Item Number:
  • 20050155-2077-AD
Date:
  • Aug 10, 1974
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Drum Song02:40
  2. 2Evil07:34
  3. 3Devotion09:50
  4. 4Mighty Mighty10:25
Total Length:
30:29
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Philip Bailey - percussion, conga, vocals; Larry Dunn - organ, synthesizer, piano, keyboards; Johnny Graham - guitar, percussion; Ralph Johnson - percussion, drums; Al McKay - guitar, percussion, vocals; Maurice White - vocals, kalimba, percussion; Fred White - drums; Verdine White - bass, percussion, vocals; Andrew Woolfolk - flute, sax, wind

Earth Wind & Fire emerged from Los Angeles after first coming together in Chicago in 1969. The band was formed by jazz/R&B session drummer Maurice White, who had been a popular percussionist at Chess Records and also a member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. While a member of the Lewis Trio in 1967 and 1968, he developed his ability to play other instruments and began seriously writing R&B and funk music. He also embraced the kalimba, an African melodic percussion instrument, which was sort of a handheld version of the vibraphone.

The kalimba would have a profound effect on White, who decided to use it as his trademark instrument that appeared in many EWF songs, and would also become the name of White's production company. The initial versions of Earth Wind & Fire were broad in their musical canvas, and were more of a funk-jazz fusion group. Three albums on Warner Brothers flopped commercially, but gained the group a strong cult following and the support of the progressive music media.

In 1973, White revised the band with a new lineup that included his brothers Verdine (bass) and Fred (as a second drummer). He also added vocalist Phillip Bailey, who lent the band enormous commercial appeal.

It was finally in 1974, the year this show was recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour, that the group finally found its musical niche, after moving to Clive Davis' Columbia Records. The group was promoting Open Your Eyes, which eventually ended up going gold. After a lengthy intro, there are three popular EWF songs performed here: "Evil," "Devotion," and "Mighty Mighty," which is almost 11 minutes long.

Of course, the band would see its biggest success between 1975 and 1980, with such R&B pop ballads as "That's The Way Of The World," "Sing A Song," "Get Away," "After The Love Is Gone," and "Boogie Wonderland." The group fell off the charts during the 1980s and 1990s when the members all pursued other projects. Singer Phillip Bailey scored a #1 hit with Phil Collins called "East Lover."

The band returned in the early 1990s, but by then Maurice White had been stricken with multiple sclerosis and was no longer able to perform with the band.

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