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Earth Wind And Fire: The Ultimate Collection/Gratitude/All ‘N’ All/That’s The Way Of The World (Columbia)

Kit Aiken, Uncut, September 1999

THE SNAZZIEST, JAZZIEST dance crew of the period. Their ‘one world’ spirituality, sunny mysticism and conspicuous musicality makes them a real genre one-off. Never as weird as Clinton, as mean as Sly or as dirty as Brown but with a pop sensibility as sophisticated and attractive as any the R&B tradition has produced, they were immeasurably more popular. With the near-perfect Hits package, two fine studio sets and one kicking live album, this music glitters with undiminished vitality.

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