Wednesday, February 15, 2012

That's the Way of the World - Earth, Wind and Fire



That's the Way of the World

That's the Way of the World is a 1975 album by Earth, Wind & Fire released on Columbia Records. It was also the soundtrack for a 1975 motion picture of the same name which featured several of the band members in cameo roles. Included on the album was the single "Shining Star", which was a #1 U.S. pop and R&B hit. Another popular single was the title track, which reached #12 on the pop chart. The album spent three weeks atop the Billboard Pop Albums Charts, five nonconsecutive weeks atop the Soul Albums chart.

That's the Way of the World was also the third bestselling pop album and the number one bestselling R&B album of 1975 respectively and has been certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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

1. "Shining Star" Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Maurice White 2:50
2. "That's the Way of the World" Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Verdine White 5:45
3. "Happy Feelin'" Verdine White, Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Maurice White, Al McKay 3:35
4. "All About Love" Larry Dunn, Maurice White 6:35
5. "Yearnin' Learnin'" Philip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White 3:39
6. "Reasons" Philip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White 4:59
7. "Africano" Larry Dunn, Maurice White 5:09
8. "See the Light" Louise Anglin, Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn 6:18
9. "Shining Star (Future Star) [Original Sketches]" Larry Dunn, Maurice White, Philip Bailey 1:05
10. "All About Love (First Impression) [Original Sketches]" Larry Dunn, Maurice White 3:12
11. "Happy Feelin' (Anatomy of a Groove) [Original Sketches]" Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Al McKay, Maurice White, Verdine White 3:31
12. "Caribou Chaser (Jazzy Jam) [Original Sketches]" Larry Dunn, Maurice White 1:39
13. "That's the Way of the World (Latin Expedition) [Original Sketches]" Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Verdine White 1:41

* Bass - Verdine White
* Co-producer - Charles Stepney
* Drums - Fred White, Maurice White, Ralph Johnson
* Engineer - George Massenburg
* Flute, Saxophone - Andrew P. Woolfolk
* Guitar - Al McKay, Johnny Graham
* Kalimba - Maurice White
* Percussion - Al McKay, Fred White, Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Verdine White
* Piano, Organ, Synthesizer [Moog] - Larry Dunn
* Producer - Maurice White
* Vocals - Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White

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