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Last Days & Time
Earth Wind & Fire
Last Days & Time
Genres: Pop, R&B
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1

Third album by the R&B group originally released in 1972, which featured cover illustration by Abdul Mati Klarwein.


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All Artists: Earth Wind & Fire
Title: Last Days & Time
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Release Date: 2/1/2008
Genres: Pop, R&B
Styles: Funk, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 886972381527


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Third album by the R&B group originally released in 1972, which featured cover illustration by Abdul Mati Klarwein.

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One of my Personal Favorites
M. Jones | 09/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the album were they began going down the path, with the majority of the memebers that we would come to know as the Mighty Elements. This album is raw, funky & progressive. The band doesn't hold back in the least, nasty guitar and bass, the usual amazing vocals and one of the, if not the, greatest instrumental offerings ever in the song "Power" composed by Maurice White. That song is truly a gift from above brought down and given to us the listener.

Although, this is this is Earth, Wind and Fire's 3rd album by that name, only 2 of the original members are left at this point, Maurice and his brother, Verdine on bass. This album introduces us to Larry Dunn, Phillip Bailey & Ralph Johnson all of whom would form the foundation of greatness that was about to define the Elements as the greatest band ever!

Other personal favorites on the record are the cover to "Where Have the Flowers Gone" were we get our 1st taste of Phillip Bailey's incredible vocals. I also love "Time is on Your Side", "What About the Children" is raw funk & "Mom" is a wonderful tribute to mothers everywhere and what the feminine aspect truly gives if only received.

Once again this album showcases Maurice White's incredible songwriting, musicianship & production skills. This is probably their hardest album and one that i would highly recommend."
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S. Brown | Prince George's County | 05/07/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Just to correct/add to a couple of earlier reviews, the track "Power", onle of my favorites for nearly 40 years now, is on the box set "The Eternal Dance". I believe that is Ronnie Laws blowing the sax."
Echoes Of The Future But Still Searching For Their Identity
MUZIK4THAPEOPLE!! | Seattle & San Diego | 07/20/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Overall, I'd say 1972's "Last Days & Time" was a pretty
decent offering. I didn't really get into E, W & F until
1973's "Head To The Sky" after they made the final personel
changes which would bring them into their greatest
creative period and success from 1973-1982.
On this album, their first with Columbia Records,
they were still searching for their indentity and
unique niche. This is a very raw and tribal funky
jazz rock fusion sound with echoes of smoother
pop-influenced aspirations which they would sharpen
to a fine point within the next few years with
the help of the late great Charles Stepney and later
others like David Foster, Bill Champlain, and other
writers and production assistants.
This was the afrocentric, fist-raising but still
universal, afro & platform shoe-wearing, semi-glitter,
black hippyesque E,W & F, who played the black college
circuit and opened up shows for the likes of contemporaries
like Funkadelic, Mandrill, WAR, Rare Earth, New Birth,
Curtis Mayfield, Sly & The Family Stone, etc., and who
had also just a year before, after an uneventful 1970-71
stint with Warner Brothers Records, created the soundtrack
(basically for nothing!) to the 70's black cinema classic
"Sweet Sweetback's Baddass Song"!!
(A Little known fact to look up!)

This was also the emergence of some pivotal young band
members who would shape their future sound considerably:
Then 21 yr old Philip Bailey, whose beautiful & powerful
falsetto is very unpolished on this album, then 20 yr old
Larry Dunn, who Bailey brought to Maurice White's attention
as an amazing young keyboard player and one of his homeboys
from Denver, Colorado. Also young soprano sax and flutist
Andrew Woolfolk hailed from Denver and was brought in on
Bailey's recomendation. Then there was Al Mckay, a brilliant guitarist
who was probably more accomplished than all the
other band members besides Maurice White.
He had played behind established stars of the day like
The Watts 103rd Street Band, Issac Hayes, Johnnie Taylor
and many others. He would replace early guitarist
Roland Bautista, who would return years later for a
re-tooled and scaled down version of the band in the 80's.
Less pivotal to their sound, but just as brilliant in their musicanship
were other newcomers like guitarist Johnny Graham
(no relation to Larry),who along with Phillip, Larry,
Andrew and Verdine, were fresh out of college when they
joined and infused Maurice White's vision for E, W & F
with that youthful energy and openess!
There were also two female voices, Sherry Scott
of Philadelphia International Records fame.
(Y'all remember Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes smooth
jam "I Hope That We Can Be Together Soon"??..that was her
dueting with Teddy Pendergrass.)
Also, there was the rich and sultry voice of
Jessica Cleaves, who was a member of the late
60's/early 70's soul-pop vocal group "Friends Of Distinction".
After leaving "Friends" abruptly in mid '72, she joined
E, W &F briefly to fill in for Scott, who was doing things
between with P.I.R. and E, W & F.
Jessica would eventually leave E, W & F just as abruptly
a year later in mid '73, when her drug habit and less
than clean living & questionably spiritual lifestyle
clashed with E, W & F's then devoutly spiritual, non-pork
eating, mostly vegan, meditating, communal lifestyle.
Sherry Scott is singing lead on "I'd Rather Have You"
while Jessica's siren-like voice can be heard blending
with Phillip's falsetto throughout this album as well
as on "Head To The Sky". After Scott and Cleaves left,
Maurice decided not to replace them.
With Phillip's incredible 4 octave vocal range as well
as his own amazing baritone-tenor-falsetto and a few of
the other members tenor/falsettos, he decided that they
had the vocals pretty much covered! (-:
Younger brother and a brilliant Chicago session drummer
in his own right, Fred White, who had been playing the
likes of Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield,
joined the band full time in 1973 along with the
equally adept drummer-percussionist Ralph Johnson,
and the band was then set "In The Stone" for the next 9 years!

The gems that still hold up on this album are:
"Time Is On Your Side", "They Don't See",
"Remember The Children", and "Mom".
The instrumental "Power" is cool on here and
worked for it's time, but I prefer it's live
infusion with 1975's "Africano", later featured
on "Gratitude" as the "Africano/Power Medley"!!
That version rocked!
As for the rest of this album, it's kind of dated and
doesn't hold up. They cover Bread's "Make It With You"
and Pete Seeger's folk-pop anti-war standard
"Where Have All The Flowers Gone" kind of lacklusterly
to me, but the song "I'd Rather Have You" is cool in
that early 70's soulful-pop Fifth Dimension meets
The Carpenters kind of way! (-:
But this album is essential in the musical evolution
of what E, W & F would become later on in the 70's,
when they ruled R&B and Pop music along with
the likes Stevie Wonder, and could fill stadiums and
large arenas all over the world!
Their music and elaborate stage shows were the
stuff of legend! (-: Though this album was one I
discovered and explored much later on (around 1980)
after E, W & F had been successful for awhile,
I think it's definitely worth a listen.
The cover art was quite innovative for it's time
and still catches the eye!"