- Released: July 27, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Q - 11/99, p.1464 stars out of 5
- "...it was with [the] Latin-influenced ALL'N'ALL that the group hit their peak, the dazzling funk of 'Fantasy' and 'Magic Mind' mixing with the delicate colors of 'Love's Holiday' to create a genuine milestone in black music."
- 1.SERPENTINE FIRE
- 3.IN THE MARKETPLACE (INTERLUDE)
- 5.LOVE'S HOLIDAY
- 6.BEIJO (INTERLUDE) AKA BRAZILIAN RHYME (INTERLUDE)
- 7.I'LL WRITE A SONG FOR YOU
- 8.MAGIC MIND
- 10.BRAZILIAN RHYME AKA PONTA DE AREIA
- 11.BE EVER WONDERFUL
- 12.WOULD YOU MIND
- 14.BRAZILIAN RHYME AKA PONTA DE AREIA
Also available in a 3-pack with THAT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD and SPIRIT.
Earth, Wind & Fire: Maurice White (vocals, kalimba, drums); Verdine White (vocals, bass, percussion); Philip Bailey (vocals, congas, percussion); Al McKay (guitar, percussion); Johnny Graham (guitar); Andrew Woolfolk (flute, soprano & tenor saxophone); Larry Dunn (piano, organ, synthesizer); Ralph Johnson, Fred White (drums, percussion).
Producer: Maurice White.
Reissue producer: Leo Sacks.
Includes liner notes by Ron Wynn.
Digitally remastered by Mark Wilder (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
Master Sound releases are 24-karat gold CDs remastered from first-generation masters. This process utilizes 20-bit technology and Sony's revolutionary "Super Bit Mapping" system.
Originally released in 1977, ALL IN ALL shows Earth, Wind & Fire breaking out of their previous funk/R&B mold and incorporating touches of world music to their sound. The result is a landmark album that sounds just as fresh more than 20 years later. A visit to Argentina and Brazil helped Maurice White and the gang inject some new influences into the recording of ALL IN ALL.
Opener "Serpentine Fire" is highlighted by Maurice's Latin percussion arrangement. "Fantasy," which features Philip Bailey's soaring vocals, is simply one of the great funk songs of the era. "Jupiter" features a tight, blasting horn section. "I'll Write a Song for You" is a smooth ballad with tender harmonies and strings. The album concludes with a live version of "Brazilian Rhyme," one of three bonus tracks included on this reissue. If you're only familiar with Earth, Wind & Fire's radio hits, pick up ALL IN ALL. The harmonies, grooves and top-notch production will make you a believer.