Top 10 Earth Wind & Fire Album Covers

Earth Wind & Fire Album Covers

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Our Top 10 Earth, Wind & Fire Album Covers list will look at a legendary band who has done it all since the late 60s. They are known for being the elements off the earth. They are innovators in music as well as with their album covers. Earth, Wind & Fire’s music ranges from jazz, r&b, disco, soul, funk, Latin and pop. The band has sold over 90 million albums worldwide. They have won several awards throughout their long career. If you are a fan of jazz, funk and r&b music, chances are you have heard their songs. Their musical style has evolved over the years just like their album covers. Their album covers tell a story.

Maurice White created the artwork for their albums. The band wanted their album covers to stand out from the rest. They wanted the artwork to be a reflection on how they saw the world. They wanted people to see what was going on in the world. The band was always aware of what was going on and they wanted their albums to reflect that. They didn’t want to sugarcoat what was going on. They wanted to let fans know through their music that they were aware of the bad things going on in the world. Earth, Wind & Fire wanted the artwork on their album covers to have the same meaning.

Earth, Wind & Fire’s album covers have a variety of subjects. They used pyramids as well as African poses on their album covers. The artwork on the album covers is unusual and different. They coincided with the title of the albums as well as the theme. The album covers will have you talking as well as thinking. This talented band has a lot of interesting album covers that could have made our list. Explore the different album covers on our Top 10 Earth, Wind & Fire Album Covers list. Which album cover do you think made it to number one on our list?

# 10 – Now, Then & Forever

The first pick on our Top 10 Earth, Wind & Fire Album Covers list is Now, Then & Forever. Now, Then & Forever is Earth, Wind & Fire’s 20th studio album. Maurice White wanted the fans to recognize that music will connect the past with the future. He wanted to remind the world that love brought us together with our ancestors. He wanted the artwork to reflect the message. The symbolic album cover describes the theme of the album. There is a statue of an eagle perched on a pole. It is a symbol of their change. The eagle is a soft gold color.

You can also see the sky in the artwork. The eagle is surrounded by clouds. This album cover could easily be in a museum. The band was going to soar like an eagle. The picture will take you to a spiritual place. Like the band, the image is uplifting. The bright light from the sun balances out the gold. Don’t let the way the eagle looks intimidate you. The album shows their strength and solidarity and that is what the eagle represents. Now, Then & Forever was released in September 2003. This album peaked at number six on the r&b charts and number 11 on Billboard 200. The album features the singles “Guiding Lights,” “My Promise” and “Sign On.”

# 9 – Another Time

The next pick on our Top 10 Earth, Wind & Fire Album Covers list is Another Time. Another Time is Earth, Wind & Fire’s first compilation album. This is a compilation of the band’s first two albums. The unique album cover is a picture of a woman’s head emerging from the sand. The hands look like they are coming out of her head. One hand is holding a picture of the earth. The second hand is holding a picture of the wind. The third hand is holding a picture of a ball of fire. The image represents the elements of the earth. The band was known as the elements of the earth.

The artist did a magnificent job representing the elements of the earth. In addition to the woman’s head in the picture, there is a breathtaking shot of the water behind her. The artist used a beautiful color blue for the water. This alluring photo is attention grabbing. It will be hard to take your eyes away from the picture. There is no mistaking who the band is just by looking at the cover. The band doesn’t appear on the cover, but you will know this is one of their albums. The colors are vibrant and standout. The artist utilizes different shades of brown and blue. The shot of the flame gives it a bright color. Another Time was released in September 1974. The album peaked at number 29 on the r&b charts. Another Time features the singles “Fan the Fire,” “Love Is Life,” This World Today” and “Bad Tune.”

# 8 – Electric Universe

Electric Universe is Earth Wind & Fire’s 13th album. The band changed their style of music for this album. They did new wave and synth pop music on this album. The unique album cover features a triangular pyramid with a cone inside of it. The triangle and cone have illuminated rings. This symbol was supposed to show that the music industry was changing. Electronic music was taking over the music industry. The band wanted to jump on the band wagon. The album cover represents the band’s wisdom and willingness to embrace modern technology. The picture is futuristic. It looks like a galaxy in the background.

There are planets surrounding the pyramid. There is also a grid in the picture. The colors in the image are eye-catching. The bright colors will grab your attention immediately. The bright colors of the pyramid and cone are the stars of the picture. The darkness of the background keeps the picture from being too bright. This album cover doesn’t feature the band members. The band’s name and album title are written in a different way. The lettering accompanies the new wave style of the album. Electric Universe was released in November 1983. The album peaked at number eight on the r&b charts and number 40 on Billboard 200. Electric Universe features the singles “Magnetic,” “Electric Nation,” “Touch” and “Moonwalk.”

# 7 – The Promise

The Promise is Earth, Wind & Fire’s 18th studio album. Earth, Wind & Fire continued to evolve musically. With this project, they tried their hand at hip hop. This is another one of Earth, Wind & Fire’s symbolic album covers. The exquisite album cover features a man dressed in a cloak. The cloak has a symbol on the back of it. He is reaching out to the world. There are different symbols featured in the image. There are also different planets surrounding the symbols. You can see a statue embedded in the image. There are several stars in the sky.

The artist used creative license to have the man appear close to the galaxy. It looks as if he is channeling the symbols to speak to him. He is looking for meaning behind the symbols. The color scheme is excellent. The colors don’t clash with each other. They blend beautifully. The artist created a haze using blue, purple and orange. It will take your breath away. The band’s name and album title are written in gold letters. You may not get the meaning of the artwork based on the album title, but it is intoxicating. It will give you something to think about. The Promise was released in 2003. It peaked at number five on the Independent charts and number 89 on Billboard 200. It features the singles “All in the Way,” “Hold Me,” “Never” and “Why?.”

# 6 – Last Days and Times

Last Days and Times is Earth, Wind & Fire’s third album. This is an inspirational album and they wanted the artwork to convey the message they were sending. The distinctive album cover has an apocalyptic vibe. There was a war going on in the world and they wanted to capture it on their album cover. If you look at the album cover, you will see a war is brewing over their heads. There are several people standing in the street. They are from different walks of life. They are all battling a war in their minds. They are worried that these are the last days.

The artwork looks as if it takes place in the city. There are buildings in the background. The buildings look realistic. The album cover is very powerful and has a somber feel to it. There are various colors used to represent the mood. The colors aren’t too dark or light. The artist blended the colors evenly. The world is being taken over by the apocalypse and they are not ready for it. The artist did a great job conveying the fear of the world coming to an end. This cover tells a story about the racial and political problems going on in America. This image will touch your soul. Last Days and Times was released in October 1972. The album peaked at number 15 on the r&b charts and number 87 on Billboard 200. The album features the singles “Make It with You,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Mom.”

# 5 – Open Our Eyes

The next pick on our Top 10 Earth, Wind & Fire Album Covers list is Open Our Eyes. Open Our Eyes is Earth, Wind & Fire’s fifth studio album. The innovative album cover features a picture of an eye. The picture represents opening your eyes to the world. There are flames surrounding the eyeball. There is a blue color surrounding the eye. There is a picture of the world inside of the eye. They want it to appear if we are seeing the world through their eyes. There is also a shot of the band on a hill. If you look behind them, there is a shot of a mountain. Earth, Wind & Fire have stoic looks on their faces in the picture.

This is one of the few album covers where you can see their faces. It looks as if it was a picture taken of the band. The artist used soft hues for the colors. The band’s outfits add a splash of color to the picture. It keeps it from being dull. Earth, Wind & Fire didn’t go for a flashy picture. They kept the picture simple. It is an understated cover that tells a story without extra imagery. The looks on their faces tell you everything we need to know. Open Our Eyes was released in March 1974. The album peaked at number one on the r&b charts and 15 on Billboard 200. Open Our Eyes features the singles “Mighty Mighty,” “Kalimba Story” and “Devotion.” The album sold over one million copies.

# 4 – All ‘n All

All ‘n All is the band’s eighth studio album. The album reflected their style of music. They sang disco, r&b, funk, soul, jazz and pop on this album. The album cover was inspired by a trip Maurice White took. The legendary singer took a trip to Argentina and Brazil. The captivating photo is of pyramids and structures. The pyramids are surrounded by statues of people sitting. The people resemble gnomes. The pyramids blend within the mountain. There is a shot of a mountain in the background of the photo. It’s easy to see that the photo takes place during the day because the sky is blue. There aren’t any clouds in the sky. It’s a beautiful sunny day.

The colors are brightly displayed throughout the image. You can’t help noticing what is going on in the picture. The album cover doesn’t tell you what the album is going to be about so it will have you thinking how it reflects the album’s sound. It may make you want to travel to see the picture the artist captured. The artist did an amazing job blending the pyramids into the mountain. It was brilliantly done. All ‘n All was released in November 1977. The album peaked at number one on the r&b charts and number three on Billboard 200. All ‘n All features the singles “Serpentine Fire,” “Fantasy,” “Jupiter” and “Magic Mind.” The album sold over three million copies.

# 3 – The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1

The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 is Earth, Wind & Fire’s first greatest hits album. This album will remind fans that they are one of the innovators of funk music. The understated album cover is a picture of a medallion. It is a gold insignia with the band’s name and the title of the album featured in the middle. There is an eagle in the center with its wings spread out. The background of the picture is reddish orange. It blends excellently with the gold emblem. There are symbols tied to the bottom of the eagle’s foot. It is reminder of Earth, Wind & Fire’s other symbolic album covers. It doesn’t feature all the symbols that appear on their other albums, but it does have symbols on it.

The emblem is the perfect way to represent the band. The band’s music is pure gold like the logo. Most of the songs went gold or better so the album cover fits. This is another simple album cover that doesn’t have special graphics. It has everything it needs to make it work. The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 was released in 1978. The album peaked at number three on the r&b charts and number six on Billboard 200. The album features the singles “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “September.” The album sold over five million copies.

# 2 – Raise!

Raise! is Earth, Wind & Fire’s 11th studio album. The music on the album was influenced by American and African music. The album cover has an African motif. The album cover features an African statue. It is a picture of a female stone structure. The statue is a pillar that represents spirituality. It symbolizes your direction to God and Heaven. It uses futuristic imagery to create the look. It feels like the statue was made ahead of its time. The background blends blue, orange and red colors together. The dark colors dominate the picture. There is a shadow on half of the statue that makes the picture look even darker.

The artwork has a calming effect when you look at it. The solid background is easy on the eyes. The statue grabs your attention because there is nothing else to distract you from it. This is a picture you could easily see hanging in a museum. It looks like a work of art. Raise! was released in 1981. It peaked at number five on Billboard 200 and number one on the r&b charts. Raise! features the singles “Let’s Groove,” “Wanna Be with You” and “I’ve Had Enough.” The album sold over one million copies.

# 1 – I Am

The number one pick on our Top 10 Earth, Wind & Fire Album Covers list is I Am. I Am is Earth, Wind & Fire’s ninth studio album. The album cover was based on the Old Testament from the Bible. The album cover has a mystical and spiritual theme. It features stone pillars. There is a bright picture of the sun in the center surrounded by colorful rings. If you stare into the picture, it is bright. If you look away, it gets lighter. It is like a Monet painting. It looks one way up close and another from a distance. Up close it looks like a picture of the sun, but from a distance it looks like a picture of the world. There is a soft hue of green that illuminates off the cover.

This is the type of picture that will take you to a spiritual place. The poignant picture will raise questions. It will have you wondering what’s going on in the picture? Is this a picture from biblical times? Is this a picture that represents the world? Is it a painting? Is it a photograph? The questions are endless. The only thing that is clear is that the picture is creative and mind blowing. It is a picture that you haven’t seen too often. I Am was released in June 1979. The album peaked at number one on the r&b charts and number three on Billboard 200. I Am features the singles “Boogie Wonderland,” “After the Love Has Gone,” “In the Stone,” “Star” and “Can’t Let Go.” I Am sold over two million copies.

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