22 Jun Earth, Wind & Fire – 1973 – Head to the Sky

Earth, Wind & Fire – 1973 – Head to the Sky

A tremendously beautiful album – and a righteous anthem of power and growth that seems to open itself up to us more and more over the years! Earth Wind & Fire are at their height here – mixing together soul and funk with a set of influences that includes African percussion and Brazilian jazz – then blending the whole thing effortlessly into a cosmic sound that’s simply breathless!

Keep Your Head To The Sky” is a song of pride that became an instant underground classic; “Zanzibar” is an incredible reworking of Edu Lobo’s famous composition, turning the Brazilian baroque track into a spacey groover that soars on for 13 minutes; and “Evil” is a great tune that features the electrified Kalimba that became the band’s sonic and legal trademark over the years! 

Tracks
A1 Evil 4:57
A2 Keep Your Head To The Sky 5:08
A3 Build Your Nest 3:16
A4 The World’s A Masquerade 4:47
B1 Clover 5:21
B2 Zanzibar 13:00

By breakwind 

The most complete and consistent EWF studio release in the band’s catalog, encompassing all they were from top to bottom.
You get the hard hitting early funk approach, and some of the polish/sophistication they would be known for, which was less than a year away.
Head To The Sky serves as a transitional record in this respect.
A perfect mixture of what they were and what they would become.

The sound is cleaner than earlier recordings, better realized, and filled with what should have been greatest hits if not for these guys hitting the stratosphere in years to come.
Dig the raw extended guitar solo on “Clover“, the 13 minute jazz funk instrumental “Zanzibar“, the likes of which the band would never revisit again.
Embrace the latin funk of “Evil” or slow jam message song “Keep Your Head To The Sky“, the likes of which the band would embrace and enhance moving forward.
Head To The Sky is a hidden gem.

By soulmakossa  

Having explored the Latin vibes a bit on their last album, the ‘OK’ ‘Last Days and Time’, EW&F delved deeper into the genre with more conviction on their new release ‘Head to the Sky’. 

Maurice White‘s understated vocal – which I have always favoured over Philip Bailey‘s falsetto – along with his skills on the kalimba are given the spotlight on the frenzied opening track “Evil“. Furiously catchy, with more booming bass licks from brother Verdine White. The Latin journey is continued on the mellow jazz jam “Clover“, which features some nice, warm flutes. 

But EW&F were also masters of funk, as exemplified on the ferocious romp “Build Your Nest” – clavinet, wah wah guitars, crashing drums and that bumping, omnipresent bass… Heavy. 

Somewhere in between lies the brooding “Keep Your Head to the Sky“, where the electric guitar weaves a web around the intro, with the sitar taking over thereafter. Bailey takes the lead here, really going over the top as the song progresses. 

Far better is the low-key, introspective work-out “The World’s a Masquerade“, with Maurice back on lead. A hypnotizing, ethereal piece of music. 

Closing the album is a 13-minute Latin jam entitled “Zanzibar“, which combines Brazilian and Caribbean flavors with street funk and a touch of jazz. 

A nice album, ideal for the summer.

You can also enjoy their 1971 debut album in our back pages here

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20 Comments
  • Kenny and Annie
    Posted at 19:10h, 22 June 2018 Reply

    One of the greatest and inspiring albums by Earth, Wind, and Fire.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 19:14h, 22 June 2018 Reply

    A breathtaking masterpiece! Love EWF, and will greatly miss Maurice White, may he R.I.P.

  • Rhonda Anderson
    Posted at 19:31h, 22 June 2018 Reply

    Awesome Band. What a joy still listening such heavenly music. A winner from start to finish.

  • Rois
    Posted at 20:22h, 23 June 2018 Reply

    oooooooh…..smooth..Everyone needs to give it a spin!

  • Larry Brown
    Posted at 20:24h, 23 June 2018 Reply

    What a terrific album

  • Vernon J
    Posted at 10:38h, 24 June 2018 Reply

    Almost every track here is beyond brilliant. EWF in full power and one of the best things ever recorded by anyone.

  • Curtis
    Posted at 11:30h, 24 June 2018 Reply

    Sublime

  • Durand
    Posted at 18:42h, 24 June 2018 Reply

    This is the way music should be made, with heart & soul

  • Jean
    Posted at 19:01h, 24 June 2018 Reply

    Super bien ….. J adore 😉

  • Stanley Bull
    Posted at 00:09h, 25 June 2018 Reply

    So cool and hypnotic! Close your eyes and the world just drops away and everything feels perfect!

  • LoveMusic89
    Posted at 20:13h, 25 June 2018 Reply

    The first E,W, & F record I ever heard and forever I was changed!

  • Meli
    Posted at 10:17h, 26 June 2018 Reply

    Muchas gracias por subirlo, saludos Nikos.

  • guelda
    Posted at 12:01h, 26 June 2018 Reply

    Merci beaucoup pour le partage, hâte d’écouter en entier ce superbe album !
    Thank you very much for sharing, can’t wait to listen to it entirely !

  • Karen
    Posted at 09:08h, 27 June 2018 Reply

    Always a smile on my face when I hear Earth, Wind and Fire. They were shining stars.

  • Amber
    Posted at 09:33h, 27 June 2018 Reply

    I absolutely love these songs! They are truly so talented and made some of the best music ever!

  • John P
    Posted at 10:09h, 28 June 2018 Reply

    Hot damn, I haven’t heard this since I was a teenager and by then this song was a bonafide classic to my parents.

  • F Coleman
    Posted at 23:18h, 28 June 2018 Reply

    Thanks very much for this classic!

  • Morales
    Posted at 00:10h, 29 June 2018 Reply

    Today’s so-called musicians have a long way to go to match this.

  • Lonnie
    Posted at 23:04h, 04 July 2018 Reply

    73′ till infinity…

  • Psychfan
    Posted at 03:38h, 17 August 2018 Reply

    Thanks very much! A long time favorite.

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