Earth, Wind & Fire – Open Our Eyes (1974) [Audio Fidelity 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:51 minutes | Full Scans included | 2,99 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 40:20 mins | Scans included | 770 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 4.0 multichannel surround sound | Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 202
Finally, after almost half a decade of serious dues-paying, Earth, Wind & Fire took off commercially with its fifth album, Open Our Eyes. EWF had been delivering great albums since 1971, but it wasn’t until 1974 that the public proved genuinely receptive to Maurice White’s mystical and unorthodox take on soul and funk. No longer would EWF enjoy only a small cult following. Thanks to treasures like “Kalimba Song,” the gritty funk smoker “Mighty Mighty,” and the unforgettable “Devotion,” Open Our Eyes became EWF’s first gold album and went to the top of the R&B charts. It’s also interesting to note that with this album, singer Jessica Cleaves was gone, resulting in the first time EWF had an all-male lineup.
01. Mighty Mighty
03. Fair But So Uncool
04. Feelin’ Blue
05. Kalimba Story
06. Drum Song
07. Tee Nine Chee Bit
08. Spasmodic Movements
09. Rabbit Seed
11. Open Our Eyes
Quadrophonic Recording and Re-mix Engineer: Bruce Botnick for Ears
Re-Mixed at Hollywood Sound Recorders Inc., Hollywood, CA.
Stereo and SACD mastering: Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering.