Tuesday, August 21, 2007

347. Earth, Wind, And Fire - That's The Way Of The World (1975)

Track Listing

1. Shining Star
2. That's The Way Of The World
3. Happy Feelin'
4. All About Love
5. Yearnin' Learnin'
6. Reasons
7. Africano
8. See The Light


Well this is an interesting soul/funk album. It isn't anything spectacular, it's not the Isley Brothers 3+3 or any of the good Stevie Wonder albums, but it is very good on its own merits. It is fun and funky and there isn't much more that you can ask from Earth, Wind, And Fire.

There is not much to be said about this album, except the fact that it is a very competent one and is peppered with intricate harmonies and instrument play. The brass section is particularly impressive here as well as some of the guitars.

For some reason I know Shining Star really well but in another version, and I can't for the life of me remember where I know it from, Wikipedia is also no help, it might be something in Portugal, I am not sure. So if you know where I might know it from in another version drop me a comment, because this shit drives me insane.

Track Highlights

1. Shining Star
2. Reasons
3. That's The Way Of The World
4. Africano

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

That's the Way of the World is a 1975 album by Earth, Wind & Fire. It was also the soundtrack for a 1975 motion picture of the same name which featured several of the band members in cameo roles. The album is best known for the lead track "Shining Star".

In 2003, the album was ranked number 493 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

What a crap video for Shining Star:


Dan said...

Fairly recently (it might be a few years back now) there was a remake of "Shining Star" by the youngster-oriented Radio Disney popstars Jump5. You might have heard that version of it. If you haven't, though, I really wouldn't recommend trying it out.

Francisco Silva said...

Yeah, fortunately that's not it. But thank you for making me download it to check it out... I'm going to throw myself out of the window now.

hooligan said...

"Shining Star" is also the title of a soul song by The Manhattans.

Francisco Silva said...

hooligan: Yeah, I know but that's a completely different song