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Elements of Love: Ballads

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Earth, Wind & Fire 5/28/1996

Review

The softer side of Maurice White's creation, Earth, Wind & Fire, is displayed on Elements of Love: Ballads, a sparkling, 14-song compilation of ballads. Though EW&F's biggest hits were fast numbers, they had a gift for slow heart-tuggers. The leads are divided among Maurice White and Philip Bailey, with Bailey's being the cream. His forceful, shimmering, pause-stopping falsetto glows on "Devotion," "Reasons," and "Keep Your Head to the Sky." Their most successful ballad, chart-wise, "After the Love Is Gone," is poignant, majestic, and sounds years ahead of its time. White had a slick Chicago sound that was balanced by deep soul roots (he was raised in Memphis, TN), and "Can't Hide Love" is a good example of the unique combination. As usual, Latin beats and rhythms find their way onto EW&F's recordings, and "Ponta de Areia" and "Love's Holiday" are two sweet examples. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Open Our Eyes Earth, Wind & Fire 5:6
  3. 2 Keep Your Head to the Sky Earth, Wind & Fire 5:10
  4. 3 Devotion Earth, Wind & Fire 4:50
  5. 4 Love's Holiday Earth, Wind & Fire 4:23
  6. 5 Ponta de Areia (Brazilian Rhyme) (Interlude) Earth, Wind & Fire 0:53
  7. 6 Be Ever Wonderful Earth, Wind & Fire 5:8
  8. 7 All About Love (First Impressions) Earth, Wind & Fire 5:31
  9. 8 Can't Hide Love Earth, Wind & Fire 4:8
  10. 9 I'll Write a Song for You Earth, Wind & Fire 5:24
  11. 10 After the Love Has Gone Earth, Wind & Fire 4:26
  12. 11 Imagination Earth, Wind & Fire 5:16
  13. 12 Side by Side Earth, Wind & Fire 5:32
  14. 13 Spirit Earth, Wind & Fire 3:12
  15. 14 Reasons Earth, Wind & Fire 8:22

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