May 1, 2009

Celebrate, Groove 3 Earth Wind

Earth, Wind & Fire - The Very Best Of vol 1 (^147mb)

Earth, Wind & Fire were one of the most musically accomplished, critically acclaimed, and commercially popular funk bands of the '70s. Conceived by drummer, bandleader, songwriter, kalimba player, and occasional vocalist Maurice White, EWF's all-encompassing musical vision used funk as its foundation, but also incorporated jazz, smooth soul, gospel, pop, rock & roll, psychedelia, blues, folk, African music, and, later on, disco. The band could harmonize like a smooth Motown group, work a simmering groove like the J.B.'s, or improvise like a jazz fusion outfit. Plus, their stage shows were often just as elaborate and dynamic as George Clinton's P-Funk empire.

After numerous line up changes their career took of in 75, when they scored a movie that flopped but they had the good sense to release the soundtrack beforehand, That's the Way of the World contained their first no 1 hit -Shining Star album sales went platinum and EW& F was in business. 1977's All n' All was another strong effort that charted at number three and spawned the R&B smashes "Fantasy" and the chart-topping "Serpentine Fire"; meanwhile, the Emotions topped the pop charts with the White-helmed smash "Best of My Love." The following year, White founded his own label, ARC, and EWF appeared in the mostly disastrous film version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, turning in a fine cover of the Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life" that became a Top Ten pop hit .

1979's I Am contained EWF's most explicit nod to disco, a smash collaboration with the Emotions called "Boogie Wonderland" that climbed into the Top Ten. The ballad "After the Love Has Gone" did even better, falling one spot short of the top. Although I Am became EWF's sixth straight multi-platinum album, there were signs that the group's explosion of creativity over the past few years was beginning to wane. The eighties, again saw numerousline up changes and limited chart success, as a consequence they were dropped by their label Columbia in 1990. EW &F returned on Reprise with the more traditional-sounding Millennium in 1993, but were dropped when the record failed to recapture their commercial standing despite a Grammy nomination for "Sunday Morning". Tragedy struck that year when onetime horn leader Don Myrick was murdered in Los Angeles. Bailey and the White brothers returned once again in 1997 on the small Pyramid label with In the Name of Love. After 2003's The Promise, the group realigned itself with several top-shelf adult contemporary artists and released 2005's Illumination.

01 - Let's Groove
02 - Getaway
03 - Shining Star
04 - Spread Your Love
05 - Reasons
06 - Can't Let Go
07 - Serpentine Fire
08 - Boogie Wonderland (Voc.The Emotions)
09 - Star
10 - Jupiter
11 - Electric Nation
12 - Fall In Love With Me
13 - And Love Goes On
14 - Keep Your Head To The Sky

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LL Cool J - I Can't Live Without My Radio EP (85 ^39mb)

Born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, Ladies Love Cool James (LL Cool J) began his career in Queens, N.Y. when he was 16 years old, though he had been rapping since the age of nine. His grandfather bought him a mixing table and LL began to record tapes in his home. Inevitably, he sent his tapes to various record labels and finally interested Def Jam Productions. In 1984 they signed him and released his first single, "I Need A Beat." The single sold more than 100,000 copies and established LL Cool J in the rap industry. His debut album, I Can't Live Without My Radio, (which went platinum) was recorded in 1985 after LL left high school to pursue a career in music. Al 4 tracks from Radio

01- I Can't Live Without My Radio (5:27)
02 - You'll Rock (Remix) (4:32)
03 - Rock The Bells (4:00)
04 - El Shabazz (3:24)

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