Earth, Wind & Fire – Last Days and Time (1972/2015) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Earth, Wind & Fire – Last Days and Time (1972/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:39:44 minutes | 854 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Columbia Records
Recorded: April 1972, Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, California

Last Days and Time is the third studio album by American R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, released in 1972, their first on Columbia Records. It was recorded at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, California.

Earth, Wind & Fire were nothing if not ambitious, and by the time of their third album they had forged an individual sound by absorbing nearly everything that had gone before them in the previous ten years. It was as if they were trying to encapsulate every eclectic foray pursued by Motown, from catchy, rhythmic pop to churning funk, and even from Stevie Wonder singing borrowed folk songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” (here, Philip Bailey did “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”) to the schmaltzy, string-filled pop that spelled legitimacy to Motown. Not only that, they wanted to incorporate Sly & the Family Stone’s horn-filled, gutbucket R&B and some of the fusion style of Weather Report. On Last Days and Time, they succeeded in pulling all that into their orbit, but they hadn’t yet managed one crucial thing: they hadn’t learned to write hits. That would come next. -William Ruhlmann

1 Time Is On Your Side 3:41
2 Interlude #1 0:23
3 They Don’t See 3:31
4 Interlude #2 0:23
5 Make It With You 3:26
6 Power 8:17
7 Remember The Children 4:03
8 Interlude #3 0:52
9 Where Have All The Flowers Gone 4:52
10 I’d Rather Have You 4:40
11 Mom 5:51

Verdine White – vocals, bass, percussion
Maurice White – vocals, percussion
Philip Bailey – vocals, percussion
Jessica Cleaves – vocals
Roland Bautista – guitar
Ronnie Laws – flute, soprano & tenor saxophones
Larry Dunn – piano, organ, clavinet
Ralph Johnson – drums, percussion