Earth, Wind & Fire initially wanted to release its new album around the 2012 presidential election, but the band realized it wasn’t satisfied with the songs it created.
‘We have a lot more bells and whistles in place now and the record is better,’ singer Philip Bailey said in a recent interview.
Now, Then & Forever, the group’s first album in eight years, will be released Sept. 10. Bailey said the band called co-founding member Larry Dunn and others to help produce its latest sound.
‘I said, ‘Let’s go back to the drawing board,’’ he recalled. ‘It’s a great representation of who Earth, Wind & Fire is now, but not departing from the classic sound.’