Track listing : 1.Getaway (Peter Cor, Beloyd Taylor) – 03:47 . 2.On Your Face (Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Phillip Bailey) – 04:33 . 3.Imagination (Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Phillip Bailey) – 05:15 . 4.Spirit (Larry Dunn, Maurice White) – 03:12 . 5.Saturday Nite (Maurice White, Phillip Bailey, Al McKay) – 04:02 . 6.Earth, Wind & Fire (Maurice White, Skip Scarborough) – 04:40 . 7.Departure (Larry Dunn, Maurice White) – 00:27 . 8.Biyo (Maurice White, Al McKay) – 03:37 . 9.Burnin’ Bush (Jerry Peters) – 06:46 .
Musicians : Earth, Wind & Fire – . Verdine White – Bass, Percussion, Vocals . Philip Bailey – Congas, Percussion, Vocals . Maurice White – Drums, Kalimba, Mixing, Producer, Timbales, Vocals . Al McKay – Guitar, Percussion . Larry Dunn – Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Organ, Piano, Synthesizer . Jerry Peters – Keyboards, Piano . Ralph Johnson – Drums, Percussion . Fred White – Drums, Percussion . David Duke – French Horn . Sidney Muldrow – French Horn . Arthur Maebe – French Horn . Marilyn Robinson – French Horn . Johnny Graham – Guitar . Dorothy Ashby – Harp . Tommy Johnson – Tuba . Harvey Mason, Sr. – Percussion . Andrew Woolfolk – Percussion, Saxophone, Wind . Don Myrick – Saxophone . George Bohannon – Trombone . Richard Hyde – Trombone . Charles Loper – Trombone . Louis Satterfield – Trombone . Lew McCreary – Trombone, Trombone (Bass) . Oscar Brashear – Trumpet . Chuck Findley – Trumpet . Michael Harris – Trumpet . Steve Madaio – Trumpet . Assa Drori – Violin . Winterton Garvey – Violin . Harris Goldman – Violin . Joy Lyle – Violin . Sandy Seemore – Violin . Haim Shtrum – Violin . Ken Yerke – Violin .
Production Produced by Maurice White, Charles Stepney . Tom Tom 84 – Arranger . Richard Goodman – Assistant Engineer . Dean Rod – Assistant Engineer . George Massenburg – Engineer, Mixing . Mark Wilder – Mastering . Paul Klingberg – Mixing . Leo Sacks – Mixing .
Package : Ethan Russell – Photography . Howard Fritzson – Art Direction . Steve Newman – Design . Tom Steele – Design, Illustrations . Urve Kuusik – Inlay Photography . Herb Powell – Liner Notes .
Recorded April–May 1976, Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood .
Don Ignacio Overall, I’m happy to report that these guys aren’t complacent now that they reached commercial success. This album has its mighty moments, but it’s marred too much by their relatively uninspired tracks. In return, Spirit ends up being one of this band’s worst albums to this point based on their pretty high standards. […]
Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews You don’t hear people talk about this one too muchand I’m damned if I can figure out why. The singles (both uptempo) are pleasant if not the band’s best work (“Getaway,” “Saturday Nite”), but the real highlights are the slower numbers. […]
Wondaland Perhaps that is the price of such unrepentantly buoyant music. Spirit is perhaps Earth Wind & Fire’s most coherent, emotionally stimulatingand philosophically interesting statement, an often neglected gem in a remarkable string of classic albums. […]