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Reply #90 posted 06/02/22 4:27am

RJOrion

SoulAlive said:

Albumism_EarthWindAndFire_AlbumMosaic.jpg




So many iconic album covers...for me, that was a big part of anticipating an EW&F album release...going into the record store and wondering what the cover would look like.
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Reply #91 posted 06/02/22 11:16am

SoulAlive

^^yeah and it's hard to pick a favorite album cover because they're all great smile I think the Spirit cover is my favorite

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Reply #92 posted 06/02/22 9:13pm

SoulAlive

"Diana" (an outtake from 'I Am') (1979)

Earth Wind & Fire - Diana - YouTube

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Reply #93 posted 06/02/22 10:34pm

SoulAlive

I want a T-shirt like this smile

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Reply #94 posted 06/02/22 11:02pm

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SoulAlive said:

I want a T-shirt like this smile





Yeah I saw that on EBay awhile back after I ordered Slave The Concept and
Parliament Gloryhallastupid tshirts. lol
Don't laugh at my funk
This funk is a serious joint
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Reply #95 posted 06/02/22 11:07pm

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My favorite EWF album covers are That's The Way Of The World, Spirit, and Powerlight
Don't laugh at my funk
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Reply #96 posted 06/03/22 3:36am

RJOrion

SoulAlive said:

I want a T-shirt like this smile





I have the hoodie version of that tshirt
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Reply #97 posted 06/03/22 10:41am

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RJOrion said:

SoulAlive said:

I want a T-shirt like this smile





I have the hoodie version of that tshirt


I havent seen them in while but there was a company in China that used to pop up in my facebook feed that created t-shirts and hoodies using a lot of classic album covers. I have a bunch of Chaka tee shirts both solo and Rufus album covers. Excellent quality. I remember seeing EW&F gear, too.
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Reply #98 posted 06/03/22 12:31pm

RJOrion

kitbradley said:

RJOrion said:



I have the hoodie version of that tshirt


I havent seen them in while but there was a company in China that used to pop up in my facebook feed that created t-shirts and hoodies using a lot of classic album covers. I have a bunch of Chaka tee shirts both solo and Rufus album covers. Excellent quality. I remember seeing EW&F gear, too.


Sounds like the same site i got mine from, because they had all kinds of Chaka Khan & Rufus shirts, too
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Reply #99 posted 06/06/22 7:43am

BalladofPeterP
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With all the EWF fans around I'm sure some of you are hip to the Pharaohs.HIGHLY recommnded for old school lovers.

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Reply #100 posted 06/06/22 7:49am

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Smoke one with ya boy.

[Edited 6/6/22 7:49am]

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Reply #101 posted 06/07/22 5:15am

RJOrion

BalladofPeterParker said:

With all the EWF fans around I'm sure some of you are hip to the Pharaohs.HIGHLY recommnded for old school lovers.



Oh yeah...Maurice White, Don Myrick, Louis Satterfield, and Rahmlee Michael Davis (from EW&F) all played and recorded with The Pharoahs at one time.
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Reply #102 posted 06/07/22 10:26am

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One of my favorites from them is "Evil Roy" from their 1987 "Touch The World" LP.

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Reply #103 posted 06/13/22 1:35pm

SoulAlive

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One of my favorites from them is "Evil Roy" from their 1987 "Touch The World" LP.

Touch The World is a solid album.My favorite tracks are "Thinking Of You","Evil Roy",Here Today and Gone Tomorrow","Every Now and Then" and "Victim Of The Modern Heart".

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Reply #104 posted 06/14/22 7:14pm

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Philip Bailey - State of ... - YouTube

Iam counting this LOL. Both Philip and Maurice did the solo crossover thing in the mid 80's. Above song does sound abit like EWF I feel.

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Reply #105 posted 06/15/22 12:05am

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Philip Bailey - State of ... - YouTube

Iam counting this LOL. Both Philip and Maurice did the solo crossover thing in the mid 80's. Above song does sound abit like EWF I feel.

I liked this song but the album Inside Out wasn't that good imo.

It wasn't solid like previous albums Continuation and Chinese Wall.

Don't laugh at my funk
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Reply #106 posted 06/15/22 5:27am

RJOrion

phunkdaddy said:



thesexofit said:


Philip Bailey - State of ... - YouTube



Iam counting this LOL. Both Philip and Maurice did the solo crossover thing in the mid 80's. Above song does sound abit like EWF I feel.




I liked this song but the album Inside Out wasn't that good imo.


It wasn't solid like previous albums Continuation and Chinese Wall.



I loved "Continuation"... "The Good Guy's Supposed To Get The Girl" was my joint... sounded like it couldve been an Earth Wind & Fire smash hit...i remember playing "Continuation" more than the actual EW&F lp of that same year, "Electric Universe"....that was easily EW&Fs worst lp.
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Reply #107 posted 06/15/22 5:39am

RJOrion

After legendary guitarist Al McKay left (after the "Faces" lp 1980), Earth Wind & Fire's classic sound/style left with him...his prominent rhythm (and lead) guitar licks and his songwriting/arranging/composing was one of the pillars of Earth Wind & Fire from 1973-1980...he co-wrote/co-produced several EWF and The Emotions hit songs with Maurice White...he then went on to become a highly sought after producer and session guitarist...i always wished Al & Maurice couldve worked out their differences because Al McKay leaving, was the beginning of the premature end for EW&F...philip bailey has said on many occasions that Charles Stepney's death and Al McKay's departure destroyed the group's sound and chemistry...
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Reply #108 posted 06/15/22 11:08am

SoulAlive

Charles Stepney solo album 'Step On Step'----a collection of demos and home recordings

International Anthem is proud to present 'Step on Step', a double LP collection of home recordings marking the de-facto eponymous debut album by enigmatic producer, arranger, and composer Charles Stepney (1931-1976). The music that makes up Step on Step was created by Stepney alone, in the basement of his home on the Southside of Chicago, sometime in the late 1960s and early 1970s, before his untimely death in 1976.

A Chicago born and bred arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Stepney is known for his work with Earth, Wind & Fire, Deniece Williams, and Ramsey Lewis, and as a staff producer for Chess Records in the 1960s, where he was an essential creative force behind seminal recordings by Rotary Connection, Minnie Riperton, Marlena Shaw, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Terry Callier, The Dells, The Emotions, and many more. In the decades since his passing, the presence of his name in liner notes and on vinyl labels has become a seal of quality for record collectors, music historians, and aficionados, while his sound has been used by countless samplers in the hip-hop world including Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, The Fugees, MF Doom, and Madlib. But in comparison to the post-mortem renown of his sound, or the music he created and the artists he supported while he was alive, Stepney is a greatly underappreciated figure… a genius relegated to the shadows.

One of the signature elements of his “baroque soul” sound is the epic, expansive, orchestral expression of his horn and string arrangements (in many cases brought to life by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), as heard on Minnie Riperton’s “Les Fleurs,” or Marlena Shaw’s “California Soul,” or Terry Callier’s “What Color Is Love.” Hence making it even more special that his de-facto debut LP Step on Step, which sees its first wide release nearly five decades after his death, is a collection of stripped-down 4-track tape recordings featuring Stepney, alone, performing all instruments with minimal means. It is, as said by Chicago culture historian (and author of Step on Step liner notes) Ayana Contreras, “the uncut funk,” an unprecedented depiction of an imbued composer imagining and conceiving music (some of which would eventually become massive studio productions) in its primal state.

Step on Step features 23 tracks, most of which are original compositions by Stepney that were never again recorded by him or any other artist. It also features prototypical, seedling-style demos of Stepney compositions for Earth, Wind & Fire, including “That’s The Way of The World,” “Imagination,” and “On Your Face,” as well as the original version of “Black Gold,” which would eventually be recorded by Rotary Connection (as “I Am The Black Gold of The Sun,” with lyrics by Richard Rudolph). And in addition to the wordless croons of Stepney original and early single “Daddy’s Diddies,” Stepney’s actual voice is heard on a couple occasions across the album, testing microphones and inputs on his tape machine.

All of the otherwise unrecorded, previously unnamed original compositions contained on Step on Step were given their titles by Stepney’s daughters Eibur, Charlene, and Chanté Stepney, whose voices are also heard throughout the album, telling stories and sharing memories about their father. The Stepney Sisters, who produced this album over many years, have long been engaged in efforts to celebrate their father’s legacy and bring his work into brighter light. They’ve cherished the tape reels left behind by their father in the basement of their home, transferring the audio on multiple occasions, and originally compiling the recordings for an ultra-limited CD on their own DIY label (The Charles Stepney Masters) in the early 2010s. “We always talk about how we were trying to develop this and would go to different people and they would go ‘what is this raw stuff…’ It was just the first level of something that became something really great,” says Chanté. “To get this type of intimate look into an artist’s process is really unknown and unheard of… so I just really appreciate the opportunity to give this. I am very happy for my Dad that we’re able to share this with the world in this way, with this amount of respect.”

This new double LP collection on International Anthem presents “a genuine, beautiful, deeply emotional and personal effort by three women to reconnect with their father and validate their own memories of his passion and brilliance,” says label co-founder Scott McNiece. And it’s a long-overdue fulfillment of Stepney’s unsatiated plan to release a solo album – which he once vowed to his daughters that he would do, and that he would name it: “Step on Step.”

credits

releases September 9, 2022

All instruments performed & recorded by Charles Stepney.

.
Roll Tape
2.
Gimme Some Sugar
3.
4.
Gotta Dig It To Dig It
5.
No Credit For This
6.
Roadtrip
7.
On Your Face
8.
That's The Way Of The World
9.
Imagination
10.
In The Basement
11.
Business
12.
13.
Around The House
14.
Funky Sci Fi
15.
Mini Mugg
16.
Chicago Independent
17.
Surround Stereo
18.
Black Gold
19.
Denim Groove
20.
Notes From Dad
21.
Rubie & Charles
22.
Greatness
23.

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Reply #109 posted 06/19/22 11:06am

SoulAlive

"All In The Way",the first single from 2003's 'The Promise' was a nice surprise.It sounds like a long-lost outtake from the late 70s.

Earth Wind and Fire All I... - YouTube

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Reply #110 posted 06/21/22 7:45am

RJOrion

Maurice White's self titled solo album from 1986 was criminally underrated..it was much better than any EW&F album made between 1983-1990...Jamboree, Stand By Me, Invitation, Switch On The Radio, Children Of Africa, I Need You, all solid joints...that lp has aged better than i thought
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Reply #111 posted 06/21/22 8:46am

BalladofPeterP
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RJOrion said:

Maurice White's self titled solo album from 1986 was criminally underrated..it was much better than any EW&F album made between 1983-1990...Jamboree, Stand By Me, Invitation, Switch On The Radio, Children Of Africa, I Need You, all solid joints...that lp has aged better than i thought

I'm with you. I love that record.

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Reply #112 posted 06/21/22 8:47am

BalladofPeterP
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SoulAlive said:

Charles Stepney solo album 'Step On Step'----a collection of demos and home recordings

International Anthem is proud to present 'Step on Step', a double LP collection of home recordings marking the de-facto eponymous debut album by enigmatic producer, arranger, and composer Charles Stepney (1931-1976). The music that makes up Step on Step was created by Stepney alone, in the basement of his home on the Southside of Chicago, sometime in the late 1960s and early 1970s, before his untimely death in 1976.

A Chicago born and bred arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Stepney is known for his work with Earth, Wind & Fire, Deniece Williams, and Ramsey Lewis, and as a staff producer for Chess Records in the 1960s, where he was an essential creative force behind seminal recordings by Rotary Connection, Minnie Riperton, Marlena Shaw, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Terry Callier, The Dells, The Emotions, and many more. In the decades since his passing, the presence of his name in liner notes and on vinyl labels has become a seal of quality for record collectors, music historians, and aficionados, while his sound has been used by countless samplers in the hip-hop world including Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, The Fugees, MF Doom, and Madlib. But in comparison to the post-mortem renown of his sound, or the music he created and the artists he supported while he was alive, Stepney is a greatly underappreciated figure… a genius relegated to the shadows.

One of the signature elements of his “baroque soul” sound is the epic, expansive, orchestral expression of his horn and string arrangements (in many cases brought to life by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), as heard on Minnie Riperton’s “Les Fleurs,” or Marlena Shaw’s “California Soul,” or Terry Callier’s “What Color Is Love.” Hence making it even more special that his de-facto debut LP Step on Step, which sees its first wide release nearly five decades after his death, is a collection of stripped-down 4-track tape recordings featuring Stepney, alone, performing all instruments with minimal means. It is, as said by Chicago culture historian (and author of Step on Step liner notes) Ayana Contreras, “the uncut funk,” an unprecedented depiction of an imbued composer imagining and conceiving music (some of which would eventually become massive studio productions) in its primal state.

Step on Step features 23 tracks, most of which are original compositions by Stepney that were never again recorded by him or any other artist. It also features prototypical, seedling-style demos of Stepney compositions for Earth, Wind & Fire, including “That’s The Way of The World,” “Imagination,” and “On Your Face,” as well as the original version of “Black Gold,” which would eventually be recorded by Rotary Connection (as “I Am The Black Gold of The Sun,” with lyrics by Richard Rudolph). And in addition to the wordless croons of Stepney original and early single “Daddy’s Diddies,” Stepney’s actual voice is heard on a couple occasions across the album, testing microphones and inputs on his tape machine.

All of the otherwise unrecorded, previously unnamed original compositions contained on Step on Step were given their titles by Stepney’s daughters Eibur, Charlene, and Chanté Stepney, whose voices are also heard throughout the album, telling stories and sharing memories about their father. The Stepney Sisters, who produced this album over many years, have long been engaged in efforts to celebrate their father’s legacy and bring his work into brighter light. They’ve cherished the tape reels left behind by their father in the basement of their home, transferring the audio on multiple occasions, and originally compiling the recordings for an ultra-limited CD on their own DIY label (The Charles Stepney Masters) in the early 2010s. “We always talk about how we were trying to develop this and would go to different people and they would go ‘what is this raw stuff…’ It was just the first level of something that became something really great,” says Chanté. “To get this type of intimate look into an artist’s process is really unknown and unheard of… so I just really appreciate the opportunity to give this. I am very happy for my Dad that we’re able to share this with the world in this way, with this amount of respect.”

This new double LP collection on International Anthem presents “a genuine, beautiful, deeply emotional and personal effort by three women to reconnect with their father and validate their own memories of his passion and brilliance,” says label co-founder Scott McNiece. And it’s a long-overdue fulfillment of Stepney’s unsatiated plan to release a solo album – which he once vowed to his daughters that he would do, and that he would name it: “Step on Step.”

credits

releases September 9, 2022

All instruments performed & recorded by Charles Stepney.

.
Roll Tape
2.
Gimme Some Sugar
3.
4.
Gotta Dig It To Dig It
5.
No Credit For This
6.
Roadtrip
7.
On Your Face
8.
That's The Way Of The World
9.
Imagination
10.
In The Basement
11.
Business
12.
13.
Around The House
14.
Funky Sci Fi
15.
Mini Mugg
16.
Chicago Independent
17.
Surround Stereo
18.
Black Gold
19.
Denim Groove
20.
Notes From Dad
21.
Rubie & Charles
22.
Greatness
23.

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Thanks for sharing! I just ordered it!!

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Reply #113 posted 06/21/22 1:30pm

SoulAlive

^^I’m gonna keep my eye on that project and check it out when it is released
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Reply #114 posted 06/24/22 11:58am

SoulAlive

Fun fact: Earth Wind and Fire's 1975 hit "Can't Hide Love" is actually a remake.The original,written by Skip Skarborough,was recorded by a group called Creative Source and released in 1973.

Creative Source - You Can... - YouTube

Creative Source – You Can't Hide Love (1973, Vinyl) - Discogs

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Reply #115 posted 06/25/22 3:37am

RJOrion

SoulAlive said:

Fun fact: Earth Wind and Fire's 1975 hit "Can't Hide Love" is actually a remake.The original,written by Skip Skarborough,was recorded by a group called Creative Source and released in 1973.



Creative Source - You Can... - YouTube









Creative Source – You Can't Hide Love (1973, Vinyl) - Discogs




eek ...i never knew that was a remake.
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Reply #116 posted 06/25/22 8:07am

SoulAlive

Yeah that surprised me too smile of course,EW&F took that song and really made it their own.Their version is superior.
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Reply #117 posted 06/25/22 9:48am

BalladofPeterP
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SoulAlive said:

Yeah that surprised me too smile of course,EW&F took that song and really made it their own.Their version is superior.

My older siblings had the Creative Source version on 45 so I was aware it was a remake. EWF really took it to a whole nother level! Love the song (and the original too actually)!!!

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Reply #118 posted 06/25/22 10:12am

RJOrion

SoulAlive said:

Yeah that surprised me too smile of course,EW&F took that song and really made it their own.Their version is superior.



Just like they did with The Beatles joint, "Got To Get You Into My Life"...even Paul McCartney himself acknowledged the EWF version
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Reply #119 posted 06/25/22 4:49pm

SoulAlive

RJOrion said:

SoulAlive said:
Yeah that surprised me too smile of course,EW&F took that song and really made it their own.Their version is superior.
Just like they did with The Beatles joint, "Got To Get You Into My Life"...even Paul McCartney himself acknowledged the EWF version

yup

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