Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World (1975)

AllMusic Review: Earth, Wind & Fire has delivered more than its share of excellent albums, but if a person could own only one EWF release, the logical choice would be That’s the Way of the World, which was the band’s best album as well as its best-selling. Open Our Eyes had been a major hit and sold over half-a-million units, but it was World that established EWF as major-league, multi-platinum superstars. Fueled by gems ranging from the sweaty funk of “Shining Star” and “Yearnin’ Learnin'” to the gorgeous ballad “Reasons” and the unforgettable title song, EWF’s sixth album sold at least five-million units. And some of the tracks that weren’t major hits, such as the exuberant “Happy Feelin'” and the gospel-influenced “See the Light,” are equally powerful. There are no dull moments on World, one of the strongest albums of the ’70s and EWF’s crowning achievement — Alex Henderson

Track Listing:

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Shining Star” Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Maurice White 2:50
2. “That’s the Way of the World” Charles Stepney, Verdine White, M. White 5:45
3. “Happy Feelin'” Al McKay, V. White, P. Bailey, L. Dunn, M. White 3:35
4. “All About Love” L. Dunn, M. White 6:35
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. “Yearnin’ Learnin'” P. Bailey, C. Stepney, M. White 3:39
6. “Reasons” P. Bailey, C. Stepney, M. White 4:59
7. “Africano” L. Dunn, M. White 5:09
8. “See the Light” Louise Anglin, P. Bailey, L. Dunn 6:18


Schill Score:  8.25/10


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