Earth Wind & Fire CD, “Holiday”
Earth Wind & Fire CD, “Holiday”…
As the season approaches, what could be more fitting than Earth Wind & Fire’s first and only holiday CD, ”Holiday“?
I wandered into the stores early November and saw the Christmas displays with giant racks of CD’s done by almost every artist on the planet. I have to wonder what makes this one so different? The answer is plain and simple, Earth Wind & Fire does Christmas music in their unique, extraordinary style and they make these seasonal standards their own. They even top it all off with their classic tune, “December” (actually based on the tune “September”).
This CD is fully loaded with a tight horn section, well executed keyboard work, precise vocals, serious guitar & string sections and a rhythmic signature that makes you able to ID the band with your eyes closed. The driving tempos make you want to get right up and dance. Make sure you keep your ears alert for the Kalimba that makes a few cameo appearances. The intricate arrangements are the work of a accomplished musician that knows how to bring the best out of his band.
All in all, this is a highly polished, refined, flawless gem of holiday cheer. As always, the whole musical work is driven by the consistently solid bass work that Mr Verdine White brings to the table. You can catch some of the riffs and runs that this legendary bassist has at his command. (And I am sure you remember our interview with Verdine in our September 2013 issue – click to read).
The upbeat, palpable joy in the very familiar song list makes this CD perfect for that upcoming holiday party you have planned. I would not be surprised to hear some of these in movie soundtracks down the line.
The set-list includes:
- Joy to the World
- Happy Seasons
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- Winter Wonderland
- What Child is This?
- Away in A Manger
- The Drummer Boy
- Everyday is Christmas
- The First Noel
- Sleigh Ride
- Jingle Bell Rock
- If you want to get your holidays off to a great start, and you are an Earth Wind & Fire fan, you need this CD to get you there is style!
Available at Amazon.com