The legendary Earth, Wind and Fire have released a brand new box set titled ‘The Columbia Masters’. The box set is now for sale encompassing the group’s extraordinary career which has spanned decades.
‘The Columbia Masters’ is every Earth, Wind & Fire fan’s dream, containing the band’s 15 classic albums original jackets, bonus discs as well as unreleased material. The box set covers the group’s sounds of the pasts and also documents their activities today on tour, and with new music.
Earth, Wind and Fire are no doubt a crucial part of musical history as one of the few artists who managed to transcend several genres including RnB, soul, gospel, funk, pop, and disco to name a few. Founded in 1969, Maurice White was responsible for their formation in Chicago. White decided to name the band ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ to capture the spiritual approach in the group’s music. The band members have included Philip Bailey, Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, Larry Dunn, and Al McKay as well as White to name a few in a line-up that has often changed throughout their existence.
The 1970s was when Earth, Wind and Fire really began their huge impact on music. ‘I Think About Lovin’ You’ was the group’s first Top 40 RnB Hit in 1971 from their self-titled debut album. Two of the band’s biggest albums to date were also released in 1975, ‘That’s The Way of The World‘ and ‘Gratitude’ which included great tracks such as ‘Singasong’, ‘Can’t Hide Love’ and ‘Celebrate’. Both albums reached number #1 in the US Charts. Earth, Wind and Fire also hold a number of Top 10 singles from the 1970s and early 1980s including ‘September’, ‘Boogie Wonderland’ and ‘Let’s Groove’.
For all their musical success, Earth, Wind and Fire have picked up an impressive 8 Grammy Awards between them, and 4 American Music Awards. The group’s work has been honoured in awards from the American Society of Composers, NAACP, and BET. But the band’s achievements have surpassed more than just musical awards.
Earth, Wind and Fire were the first African-American act to sell out New York’s Madison Square Garden, and also performed at the White House for President Obama’s first social event of his administration upon invitation from him. Earth, Wind and Fire have always been known for putting on concerts like no other.
With their sell out shows, they remain identifiable for their performances with eccentric costumes, and vibrant sets. The band most recently played a number of shows in the UK, and also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, last month. Selling over 90 million albums worldwide, The Columbia Masters sure does well to incorporate the group’s legacy in music.
The Columbia Masters is available for purchase now!
Written by Nikita Rathod