Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0766
Date:  10/03/1981
Debut:  83
Peak:  3
Weeks:  24
Genre:  R&B, Funk, Dance

Pop Bits:  The group's previous release, the double-LP "Faces," signaled a decline with none of its three singles reaching the pop Top 40 and the album only reaching gold status (after six straight platinum/multi-platinum efforts). While certainly not a failure, it's performance prompted the group to look at the new musical landscape of the 80s and to try and incorporate some of the new sounds into their formula. The result was the album "Raise!" and although it wasn't a big critical success, the LP reached #1 at R&B and #5 pop (their last to reach the Top 10). This first single had a lot to do with the album's success as it spent five weeks at #3 on the pop chart and eight weeks at #1 on R&B. It would be their final pop Top 10 hit and their last to go gold.

ReduxReview:  I wasn't all that into EWF, but I did like this song. I was surprised it did so well in the anti-disco days, as this really is based in disco. It's got a jammin' groove and is probably their best latter-day offering. It still holds up well and I always keep it in my Jamz playlist.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  The song got the group a Grammy nod for Best R&B Performance Duo or Group.


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