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3.55 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Memories (3:20)
2. Seasons (4:07)
3. Ruby is the one (3:26)
4. Wild and exciting (4:03)
5. Invitation (3:50)
6. Storm and thunder (4:50)
7. Maybe tomorrow maybe tonight (3:12)
8. Love of life (3:00)
9. Only time will tell (3:41)
10. Thanks for the love (3:40)
11. What difference does it make (3:08)
12. Song of the marching children (14:08)
13. Atlantis (11:50)
14. Excerpts from "To the world of the future" (5:19)

Total Time: ca 70 minutes

Line-up / Musicians

- Theo Hurts / bass, acoustic guitar
- Jerney Kaagman / lead vocals
- Ton van de Kleij / drums, percussion
- Chris Koerts / guitars, backing vocals
- Gerard Koerts / keyboards, synthesizers, Mellotron, backing vocals
- Hans Ziech / bass

Releases information

LP Polydor 2925 044

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EARTH AND FIRE The Story of Earth and Fire ratings distribution

(4 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Proghead
3 stars Mainly a singles collection, so that should not come as any surprise that the album, for the most part put emphasis on the short cuts, cuts that were hits (at least in Europe, as EARTH & FIRE never made it in America). Here you get songs like "Seasons", "Ruby is the One", "Wild and Exciting", "Memories", "Invitation", right up to what was then their latest single, the disco-influenced "What Difference Does it Make" (1976). Many of these songs never made it to LP ("Invitation", "Thanks For the Love", "What Difference Does It Make"), so that makes it easier to get these songs. But the the biggest problem is the B-sides aren't represented so you won't get songs like "Vivid Shady Land", "Hazy Paradise", "Mechanical Lover", "From the End to the Beginning", etc. But there are songs that appeared on their proper LPs too, like "Storm and Thunder" (although edited, so you won't get the organ intro and Mellotron outro), "Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Tonight", "Love of Life" (especially because it was released as a single a year before it appeared on "To the World of the Future"), and "Only Time Will Tell".

Side two at least features two of their prog epics, "Song of the Marching Children" and "Atlantis", but in edited form (so it could all fit on one side). The album ends with "Excerpts from 'To the World of the Future'", which sounds to me like a Dutch television ad (the announcer is speaking Dutch), while you hear excerpts from that album. While the material is well-selected, I wished for a little more (like B-sides as well), but you can't ask for everything. Still a decent album, but do get their studio albums (especially "Song of the Marching Children" and "Atlantis") if you want to hear the band better represented. (3 1/2 stars)

Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars This is probably the best compilation you can get from "Earth & Fire". Two of their epics are featured : "Atlantis" and "Song From The Marching Children" in an almost complete version of and all of their hit-singles as well.

It will be the opportunity to be able to listen to "Memories" which was a non-album song, the fantastic "Storm and thunder" and it is always a pleasure to listen to those prog pop anthems like : "Maybe Tomorrow..." : very catchy chorus, superb guitar break. I have also always loved very much a track as "Only Time Will Tell".

A weirdish half a chunk from "To The World Of The Future".

Some of their very old songs are interesting for the casual fan. You'll hear how psyche this band sounded in 1970 ("Wild and exciting ).

If ever you would like to get an overview of their good work, I strongly recommend this compilation. Don't even think of other ones because they either include their infect production of the late seventies (totally uninteresting), they are too concentrated on their first release (unless you donot had the opportunity to have listened to their debut album), or they skipp all their epics.

Four stars for this one.

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