Released: Sep 1976
The sudden death of producer Charles Stepney during the recording of Spirit cast a pall over this album, and Maurice White's familiar themes of spiritual uplift on "Earth, Wind and Fire," the title track and "On Your Face" have an air of sadness. Other songs, like "Getaway" and "Saturday Nite," benefited from the vaunted Phenix Horns, whose swooping, emphatic clarion calls buoyantly lifted them to the cosmos. On Larry Dunn's "Spirit," Philip Bailey paid tribute to Stepney, who had a profound influence on E.W.F. and, by extension, popular music in the '70s.