Spirit (Earth, Wind & Fire album)

Singles from Spirit
# "Getaway"
Released: July 7, 1976
# "Saturday Nite"
Released: November 13, 1976
# "On Your Face"
Released: April 6, 1977

Spirit is a 1976 album by Earth, Wind & Fire released on Columbia Records. The album reached number 2 on the Billboard Pop and R&B Albums Chart and has been certified double platinum.[1][2] Charles Stepney died during the sessions for Spirit, and Maurice White took over fully the arranging and production duties for the band.


Critical reception

Billboard magazine in its review found that the album's "arrangements, songs, sweet floating vocal harmonies and punching instrumental phrases are all best described as impeccable". In his 1999 review of the album Eric Atwell of the Daily Vault notes that "Spirit's tracks are distinct yet cohesive; classic in an album oriented sense, yet still sounding fresh enough to be contemporary".[3][4]

Spirit was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album. The album cut Earth, Wind and Fire was also Grammy nominated for Best Instrumental Composition.[5]

Original release

2001 reissue





Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position
1976 Black Albums 2
1976 Pop Albums 2
Singles – Billboard
Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Getaway/Saturday Nite" Club Play Singles 9
1976 "Getaway" Black Singles 1
1976 "Getaway" Pop Singles 12
1976 "On Your Face" Black Singles 26
1976 "Saturday Nite" Black Singles 4
1976 "Saturday Nite" Pop Singles 21


  1. Spirit - Charts on Allmuisc.com
  2. RIAA Certification for Spirit
  3. Atwell, Eric (1999-01-14). . dailyvault.com. http://dailyvault.com/toc.php5?review=669. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  4. . Billboard Magazine 88 (41). October 9, 1976. . 
  5. earthwindandfire.com/bio_awards
  6. a b . allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r6507. Retrieved May 8, 2009.