Earth Wind & Fire: Now,Then & Forever CD 2013

2013 album from the legendary Soul outfit. Now, Then & Forever, marks a return to the signature sound that made them international superstars. After an eight-year absence from the studio, the band takes center stage with 10 all-new, vibrant, energetic songs befitting one of the most beloved ensembles in music history.

From the rich tenor vocals of Philip Bailey to the deep-groove rhythms of bassist Verdine White and percussionist Ralph Johnson - not to mention the stellar horn section - Now, Then & Forever features all the elements that made them international superstars. Features the feel-good celebration of love "My Promise," the socially-conscious "Sign On," and the fun, funky anthem "Dance Floor."

Track Listing

  Track # Title
1 Sign on
2 Love Is Law
3 My Promise
4 Guiding Lights
5 Got to Be Love
6 Belo Horizonte
7 Dance Floor
8 Splashes
9 Night of My Life
10 The Rush


Product Reviews

Down to a core trio of Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson, EWF made their first album since 2005's Illumination with a little help from Larry Dunn and guidance from Maurice White. The Whites, Bailey, and Dunn, along with Al McKay, were inducted into the Songwriting Hall of Fame in 2010, yet Bailey co-wrote only two songs here, while Dunn contributed to one. In addition to Johnson's two co-compositions, a long list of writers was involved, with Bailey's son Philip Doron Bailey given the heaviest load beside the likes of Siedah Garrett and Lee "Son of Leroy" Hutson, Jr. A couple elements of certain songs excepted -- the rigid beat of "Dance Floor," the hard rhythmic drive of "Night of My Life" -- the Earth, Wind & Fire of Open Our Eyes through Faces seems to have been in the mind of each of the involved. The songs are generally enjoyable and recall that era of the band, filled with an easygoing and positive spirit with soaring vocal arrangements, Verdine's thumping bass, and those beaming horns. "My Promise" and "Guiding Light" especially rise high enough to be slotted between classics without losing listener interest. Now, Then & Forever demonstrates the lasting value of the band's classic sound. I. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi


Earth Wind & Fire
Now Then & Forever
R&B & Soul
Soul / R & B
10 September 2013
~ Discs:1
Sbme/Legacy ( SNYL )
Compact Disc


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