Friday, May 29, 2015

Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind & Fire, Featuring The Emotions

The mighty Earth, Wind & Fire brought a mystical vibe to their exquisite disco smash "Boogie Wonderland." The legendary band put their powerful and distinct stamp on this infectious dance track, which distinguished it from the flood of other disco cuts released in 1979. The song is impeccably arranged and orchestrated, and the band got strong vocal support from the honey-voiced R&b/pop sensations The Emotions. Additionally, Philip Bailey’s amazing falsetto soars to the heavens on the bridge. And Maurice White delivers a suave and assured lead vocal performance.

 The song is about how many people go to discos in hopes of finding something that has been missing in their lives whatever that may be: love, excitement, human connection, etc.  The disco is not just a place where people go to escape their troubles and worries on the dance floor for a while but also somewhere that provides them the illusion of something better than their lives.

“Boogie Wonderland” was written by award-winning songwriters Allee Willis and Jon Lind and was produced by White and Al Mckay. It was the lead single from EWF’s double-platinum album I Am (1979). The song peaked at #2 on the US R&B charts and climbed to #6 on the pop charts; and it charted at #4 on the UK singles charts. The disco hit sold more than a million copies and earned the band a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.  And in addition to “Boogie Wonderland,” the album yielded another huge hit, the gorgeous ballad “After The Love Has Gone,” which peaked at #2 on both the US R&B and pop singles charts and reached #4 on the UK singles chart. The song landed the band a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by A Duo, Group Or Chorus.

“Boogie Wonderland” is now considered a timeless disco classic and has been featured in a number of films, including Happy Feet, Madagascar, Caddyshack, Roller Boogie, Don’t Look Under The Bed, Kronk’s New Groove, Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure and The Intouchables. It’s also used in the widely acclaimed Australian musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Boogie Wonderland at Amazon

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