Released on November 11, 1975, “Gratitude” is a double (and three quarter live) album by Earth, Wind & Fire. –
Track Listing : 1.Introduction By Mc Perry Jones (Perry Jones) – 00:21 . 2.Africano/Power (Larry Dunn, Maurice White) – 05:56 . 3.Yearnin’ Learnin’ (Phillip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White) – 04:16 . 4.Devotion (Phillip Bailey, Maurice White) – 05:07 . 5.Sun Goddess (Jon Lind, Maurice White) – 07:41 . 6.Reasons (Phillip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White) – 08:23 . 7.Sing A Message To You (Maurice White) – 01:19 . 8.Shining Star (Phillip Bailey, Maurice White, Larry Dunn) – 04:55 . 9.New World Symphony (Maurice White, Verdine White) – 09:28 . 10.Musical Interlude #1 – 00:15 . 11.Sunshine (Maurice White, Phillip Bailey, Al Mckay, Larry Dunn) – 04:24 . 12.Sing A Song (Al Mckay, Maurice White) – 03:23 . 13.Gratitude (Phillip Bailey, Maurice White, Larry Dunn, Verdine White) – 03:23 . 14.Celebrate (Phillip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White) – 03:06 . 15.Musical Interlude #2 – 00:27 . 16.Can’T Hide Love (Skip Scarborough) – 04:10
Musicians : Earth, Wind & Fire – Band . Maurice White – Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Kalimba . Philip Bailey – Percussion, Conga, Vocals . Johnny Graham – Guitar . Al Mckay – Guitar, Percussion, Vocals . Verdine White – Bass, Percussion, Vocals . Don Myrick – Saxophone . Michael Harris – Trumpet . Louis Satterfield – Trombone . Larry Dunn – Organ, Piano, Moog Synthesizer . Andrew Woolfolk – Percussion, Saxophone . Fred White – Percussion, Drums . Ralph Johnson – Percussion, Drums
Production : Produced By Maurice White, Charles Stepney, Joe Wissert . George Massenburg – Engineer, Mixing . Cameron Marcarelli – Assistant Engineer, Mixing Assistant . Leo Sacks – Mixing . Paul Klingberg – Mixing, Remix Producer . Steve Hall – Mastering . Mark Wilder – Mastering
Package : Howard Fritzson – Art Direction . Shusei Nagaoka – Artwork . Steve Newman – Design . David Redfern – Photography, Inlay Photography . Michael Cimicata – Packaging Manager
Recorded 1974 – 1975.
ReleasedOn November 11, 1975 By Columbia.
One could nitpick and wish for live versions of “Evil,” “Keep Your Head to the Sky,” and “Kalimba Song,” but the bottom line is that Gratitude is one of EWF’s finest accomplishments. […]
The three live sides reflect their genuine jazz orientation, flowing along enjoyably and unexcessively and offering more new material than is superstar practice. But orientation ain’t chops, and despite my prejudices I’d rather hear Dvorak’s New World Symphony than the Whites’ […]
martpol @ RateYourMusic
To me this album typifies the issue: most tracks either seem to feature either decent funk grooves that aren’t developed or dirty enough, or sweet-sounding soul without a memorable melody. […]