Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Open Our Eyes’ is their fifth studio album produced by Maurice White & Charles Stepney and released on March 25, 1974 b Columbia.
Track Listing : 1.Mighty Mighty (Maurice White, Verdine White) – 03:03 . 2.Devotion (Maurice White, Philip Bailey) – 04:50 . 3.Fair But So Uncool (Rick Giles, Charles Stepney) – 03:39 . 4.Feelin’ Blue (Kenny Altman) – 04:28 . 5.Kalimba Story (Maurice White, Verdine White) – 04:03 . 6.Drum Song (Maurice White) – 05:10 . 7.Tee Nine Chee Bit (Maurice White, Charles Stepney, Philip Bailey) – 03:45 . 8.Spasmodic Movements (Eddie Harris) – 01:50 . 9.Rabbit Seed (Maurice White) – 00:31 . 10.Caribou (Charles Stepney, Rick Giles) – 03:25 . 11.Open Our Eyes (Leon Lumkins) – 05:06
Musicians : Earth, Wind & Fire – Band . Philip Bailey – Congas, Percussion, Vocals . Larry Dunn – Moog Synthesizer, Organ, Piano . Johnny Graham – Guitar, Percussion . Ralph Johnson – Drums, Percussion . Ralph Boyd Johnson – Drums, Percussion . Al Mckay – Guitar, Percussion, Vocals . Maurice White – Drums, Kalimba, Vocals . Verdine White – Bass, Percussion, Vocals . Andrew Woolfolk – Flute, Sax (Soprano)
Production : Produced By Maurice White, Charles Stepney . Paul Klingberg – Mixing . Leo Sacks – Mixing . Mark Wilder – Mastering
Package : Howard Fritzson – Art Direction . David Gahr – Photography . Steve Newman – Design . Michael Ochs – Photography . J. Poet – Liner Notes
Recorded August 1973 At Caribou Ranch.
Released On March 25, 1974 By Columbia.
Don Ignacio’s Music Reviews
One thing you cannot accuse this album of being is non-diverse! Although some of these songs don’t sound as fresh, exciting or tuneful as I would have liked from a pop album, they don’t repeat themselves much. This is a quality of an album that I’m always happy to see! […]
“Mighty Mighty”, the opener, is an excellent example of the slick funk E,W&F would perfect. An infectious rhythm track built on a chunky guitar line, riddled with snaking, Sly-like horn refrainsand edged with the multiple vocal harmonies, became their trademark. […]
Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
The band took over productionand the result was the first instance of the classic EWF sound: transcendent backing vocals, jabbing horns, White’s kalimba, layers of percussionand infectious guitars (original guitarist Roland Bautista was gone, but Al McKay and Johnny Graham more than make up for it). […]