Earth, Wind & Fire – Head To The Sky (1973) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Earth, Wind & Fire – Head To The Sky (1973)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:36:35 minutes | 832 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Columbia Records
Recorded: 1973, Clover Recorders, Hollywood. Mastered at A&M Studios.

Head to the Sky is the 4th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released in 1973. Their second album on Columbia Records, Head to the Sky was EWF’s first commercially successful album and it has been certified platinum in the United States for sales of over a million copies by the RIAA.

As phenomenally popular as Earth, Wind & Fire was from the mid-’70s to the early ’80s, it’s easy to forget that the band was hardly an overnight success. With Head to the Sky — EWF’s fourth album overall, second with Philip Bailey, and second for Columbia — Maurice White’s very spiritual and ambitious brand of soul and funk was starting to pay off commercially. The Latin-influenced “Evil” became the soulsters’ biggest hit up to that point, and material ranging from the hauntingly pretty title song (which boasts one of Bailey’s finest performances ever) to the jazz fusion gem “Zanzibar” is just as rewarding. The lineup White unveiled with Last Days and Time was working out beautifully; Bailey was clearly proving to be a major asset. Also worth noting is the presence of singer Jessica Cleaves, who left after this album and, several years later, resurfaced in George Clinton’s eccentric female group the Brides of Funkenstein. EWF still had what was basically a cult following, but that was beginning to change with Head to the Sky. And when EWF took off commercially in 1974 and 1975, many new converts went back and saw for themselves just how excellent an album Head to the Sky was. -AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson

1 Evil 4:57
2 Keep Your Head To The Sky 5:08
3 Build Your Nest 3:16
4 The World’s A Masquerade 4:47
5 Clover 5:21
6 Zanzibar 13:00

Arranged By – Earth, Wind & Fire
Clarinet, Piano, Organ – Larry Dunn
Drums, Percussion – Ralph Johnson
Guitar, Percussion – Johnny Graham
Guitar, Sitar, Percussion – Al McKay
Saxophone [Soprano], Flute – Andrew Woolfolks
Vocals – Jessica Cleaves
Vocals, Bass, Percussion – Verdine White
Vocals, Congas, Percussion – Phillip Bailey
Vocals, Drums, Kalimba – Maurice White