ARTIST: Earth, Wind & Fire
TITLE: The Need of Love
YEAR RELEASED: 1971
CHART ACTION: #89, #35 R&B
SINGLES: I Think About Lovin’ You (#44 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Really…no.
LINEUP: Sherry Scott, Verdine White, Maurice White, Wade Flemons, Chet Washington, Alex Thomas, Michael Beal, Don Whitehead, Doug Carn, Yackov Ben Israel, Oscar Brashear
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album by large horn-based soul ensemble is disappointing, and led to a breakup and a re-formation.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The first track on this record is called “Energy”, and while it may have been interesting to play and conceive, it just seems more of a jazz jam session than a concise tune, which would have confused some expecting slow jams like their R&B hit.
That hit, “I Think About Lovin’ You”, is a sweetly sung ballad (penned and voiced by Sherry Scott) that deserved to be a hit, and the closing track is nice, but the jam was pointless, and the two other tracks were bleah and moored in their own sentimentality.
It seemed the band could go into many directions and either go jazzy or straight R&B, and what they did do was break up for the most part, leaving the White brothers with the name, and an idea.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They also recorded the soundtrack to the Blacksploitation movie Sweet Sweeback’s Badass Revenge.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C-: Redeemed, barely, by the last two tracks. It’s probably good that this version blew up in 1971.