“Fantasy” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1977)/”Fantasy” by Me’Shell NdegeOcello (2005)

Song lyrics have become a lot more literal over the years. I don’t think a song like “Fantasy” could be a hit in 2019. The millennials wouldn’t cotton to it. And I can’t really speak to how people felt when EW&F released the original version of this song-after all, I was an infant at the… Read More “Fantasy” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1977)/”Fantasy” by Me’Shell NdegeOcello (2005)

“Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins (1984)/”Ebony And Ivory” by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)

Let’s go back to the ‘80s, that magical time when you could just randomly pair a black artist with a white artist and have a smash hit! OK, it wasn’t that easy. But “Easy Lover” and “Ebony & Ivory” are two examples of that formula paying major commercial dividends. And while “Easy Lover” stands pretty… Read More “Easy Lover” by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins (1984)/”Ebony And Ivory” by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder (1982)

“Can’t Hide Love” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)

Here are some awesome things about “Can’t Hide Love” -The horn charts. That cluster of ascending notes that begins the song make it instantly recognizable. And I think any appreciator of soul music has to give props to the Phenix Horns. -The vocal interplay of Maurice White and Philip Bailey. Reese stays low to the… Read More “Can’t Hide Love” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)

“After The Love Has Gone” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1979)

David Foster is not the devil. Granted, he’s given us plenty of adult contemporary pablum to chew on in the last 30 years or so. A bunch of shitty Chicago records, the entirety of Josh Groban’s oeuvre, etc. However, he’s also (at least) partially responsible for stone gems like this lush EW&F classic from late ‘79.… Read More “After The Love Has Gone” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1979)