| November 21, 1977|
21 November 1977
Earth, Wind & Fire
| August 1977 at Hollywood Sound and The Burbank Studios, California|
The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1
Funk, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Earth - Wind & Fire albums, Rhythm and blues albums
All 'N All is the eighth studio album by the American band Earth, Wind & Fire, released in 1977 on Columbia Records. It is one of the group's most well known albums and has been certified triple platinum in the United States for sales of three million copies by the RIAA, gold in Canada by Music Canada and silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry.
All 'N All reached number three on the Pop Album chart and stayed at number one on the Black Album chart for nine weeks. All 'N All was also the bestselling R&B album of 1978. The album features hit songs such as "I'll Write A Song For You", "Serpentine Fire", "Love's Holiday", and the pop hit "Fantasy". A remastered version of the LP was issued in 2002.
All 'N All is described by Alex Henderson of Allmusic as a "diverse jewel" and he goes on to say that All 'N All was "a highly rewarding addition to EWF's catalog". The Guardian in its review of the album says that the "band can sound like one enormous kit, where every crash and beat has its funky place", and adds that "the whole shebang is punctuated beautifully by Toninho Horta's Brazilian Rhyme".
The album won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and "Runnin'" also won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental in 1978. All 'N All also garnered an American Music Award nomination for Favorite Album- Soul/Rhythm & Blues.
A trip for a month to Argentina and Brazil by Maurice White inspired the recording of All 'N All.
"Beijo" has been sampled by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five on their song "Girls Love The Way He Spins" featured on the 1985 album They Said It Couldn't Be Done, Big Pun on his song "Still Not a Playa" on his 1998 album Capital Punishment, The Fugees on their song "Refugees on the Mic" featured on the 1994 album Blunted on Reality, R&B group Blackstreet on the track "Givin' You All My Lovin'" featured on their 1994 album Blackstreet and by A Tribe Called Quest on the song "Mr. Muhammad" featured on their 1990 album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
In addition "I'll Write a Song For You" has been sampled by 2Pac on the track "Hold on Be Strong" featured on his 1997 album R U Still Down? (Remember Me). and "Runnin'" has been sampled by Organized Konfusion on the track "Walk Into the Sun" included on their 1991 album Organized Konfusion.
"Love's Holiday" has been covered by Deniece Williams featuring Philip Bailey on her album Love, Niecy Style. The song was also covered by Kim Burrell, for her Love Album. The song was sampled by Hurricane Chris for his single, Playas Rock in 2007.
"I'll Write a Song for You" was featured in the movie Sprung.
"Love's Holiday" was featured in the stand up comedy special The Original Kings of Comedy. Steve Harvey used it to describe what real music was like in the 70s.
The information regarding accolades attributed to All 'N All is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net and the book 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.
(*) designates lists that are unordered.Dorothy Ashby – harp
Phil Ayling – drums
Philip Bailey – percussion, conga, vocals
Blanche Belnick – violin
Roger Bobo – tuba
George Bohanon – trombone
Oscar Brashear – trumpet
Garnett Brown – trombone
Ronald Clark – violin
Ronald Cooper – cello
Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
Eduardo del Barrio – piano
David Duke – French horn
Larry Dunn – synthesizer, piano, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, Oberheim
Chuck Findley – trumpet
Norman Forrest – viola
Harris Goldman – violin
Jack Gootkin – violin
Janice Gower – violin, concertmaster
Johnny Graham – guitar
Terry Harrington – flute
Michael Harris – trumpet
Ruth Henry – violin
Fred Jackson, Jr. – flute
Ralph Johnson – percussion, drums, vocals
Jan Kelly – cello
Richard Klein – French horn
Renita Koven – viola
Betty LaMagna – violin
Carl LaMagna – violin
Mary D. Lindquist – violin
Linda Lipsett – viola
Art Macnow – direction
Steve Madaio – trumpet
James M. McGee – French horn
Al McKay – guitar, percussion
Abe Most – flute
Don Myrick – alto, baritone and tenor saxophones
Susan Ranney – bass
Alan Robinson – French horn
Gale Robinson – French horn
Marilyn Robinson – French horn
Meyer Rubin – bass
Richard Salvato – direction
Sheldon Sanov – violin
Louis Satterfield – trombone
Skip Scarborough – percussion, piano
Haim Shtrum – violin
Daniel Smith – cello
Barry Socher – violin
Lya Stern – violin
David Stockhammer – violin
Barbara Thomason – viola
Marcia Van Dyke – violin
Fred White – percussion, drums
Maurice White – drums, vocals, kalimba
Verdine White – bass, vocals
Andrew Woolfolk – tenor saxophone, wind
Paul Klingberg – mixing
Cameron Marcarelli – mixing assistant
George Massenburg – engineer
Leo Sacks – producer, reissue producer, mixing
Maurice White – producer, mixing, original recording
Mark Wilder – mastering
1Serpentine Fire3:51All 'n All Wikipedia
3In the Market Place (interlude) / Jupiter3:55