Earth And Fire

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This Dutch band featured female vocalist Jerney Kaagman, twin brothers Chris and Gerard Koerts (Chris handled the guitars and Gerard handled the keyboards), bassist Hans Ziech, and drummer Ton v.d. Kleij. Earth & Fire had quite a few hits, like "Seasons" (1969), "Ruby is the One" (1970), "Wild & Exciting" (1970), "Invitation" (1971, released only as a single at that time), "Memories" (1972), and many more. In fact, Song of the Marching Children had a Dutch hit aswell, "Storm & Thunder" (but was edited for single release). When this album came out, the band started to include the Mellotron and synthesizers to their keyboard setup (as well as the Hammond organ, which they used from the beginning), as well as including a side length epic.
Earth & Fire were able to make some great albums in the process. The early Atlantis (1973) and Song of the Marching Children (1971), are recommended. To the World of the Future (1975) finds the band exploring more synthesizers, and Disco tendencies were starting to surface. Other albums are Gate to Infinity (1977), Reality Fills Fantasy (1979), Andromeda Girl (1981), In State of Flux (1982), and their 1989 reunion album Phoenix.
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Earth And Fire - Earth And Fire album art Earth And Fire Earth And Fire (Album) Polydor Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Song Of The Marching Children album art Earth And Fire Song Of The Marching Children (Album) Polydor Germany 1971 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Atlantis album art Earth And Fire Atlantis (Album) Polydor Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - To The World Of The Future album art Earth And Fire To The World Of The Future (Album) Polydor Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Gate To Infinity album art Earth And Fire Gate To Infinity (Album) Polydor Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Reality Fills Fantasy album art Earth & Fire* Reality Fills Fantasy (Album) Vertigo Sweden 1979 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Andromeda Girl album art Earth And Fire Andromeda Girl (Album) Vertigo, Qcumber Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - In A State Of Flux album art Earth & Fire* In A State Of Flux (Album) Dureco Benelux Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Phoenix album art Earth & Fire* Phoenix (Album) CNR Records, CNR Records, CNR, CNR Netherlands 1989 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Earth And Fire - Seasons album art アース・アンド・ファイアー* = Earth & Fire* アース・アンド・ファイアー* = Earth & Fire* - Seasons (Single) Polydor Japan 1969 Sell This Version
DI-3002 Earth And Fire - Shocking You / 21st Century Show album art Shocking Blue / Earth And Fire Shocking Blue / Earth And Fire - Shocking You / 21st Century Show(7", Promo) Polydor DI-3002 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Wild And Exciting album art Earth & Fire* Wild And Exciting (Single) Polydor Netherlands 1970 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Ruby Is The One album art Earth And Fire Ruby Is The One (Single) Polydor UK 1970 Sell This Version
6075 122 Earth And Fire - Ruby Is The One / Wild And Exciting album art Earth & Fire* Ruby Is The One / Wild And Exciting(7", Single) Philips 6075 122 France 1970 Sell This Version
M 7072 Earth And Fire - Seasons / Osaka album art Earth And Fire / The Shoes Earth And Fire / The Shoes - Seasons / Osaka(7", Promo) Joker (2), Joker Hi-Fi Records M 7072 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Storm And Thunder album art Earth And Fire Storm And Thunder (Single) Polydor Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Invitation album art Earth And Fire Invitation (Single) Circle (2) Japan 1971 Sell This Version
DP 1774 Earth And Fire - 21st Century Show / Wild And Exciting album art Earth And Fire 21st Century Show / Wild And Exciting(7") Polydor DP 1774 Japan 1971 Sell This Version
6129 001 Earth And Fire - Invitation / Wild & Exciting album art Earth And Fire Invitation / Wild & Exciting(7", Single) Nepentha 6129 001 UK 1971 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Memories album art Earth & Fire* Memories (Single) Polydor Portugal 1972 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Tonight album art Earth & Fire* Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Tonight (Single) Polydor US 1973 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Love Of Life album art Earth & Fire* Love Of Life (Single) Polydor UK 1974 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Thanks For The Love album art Earth & Fire* Thanks For The Love (Single) Polydor Germany 1975 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - Only Time Will Tell album art Earth & Fire* Only Time Will Tell (Single) Polydor Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
Earth And Fire - What Difference Does It Make album art Earth And Fire What Difference Does It Make (Single) Polydor Germany 1976 Sell This Version

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Jarren

Jarren

February 23, 2019
edited about 1 month ago
Their first two albums are outstanding. I'm not even a fan of Prog but Earth & Fire managed to balance it with some seriously heavy riffs and pure pop song structures.

Yeah, that sounds weird on paper but it just works!

Early songs such as Seasons & Hazy Paradise still have a distinct Psych touch, which is wonderful.

But by '71 they were getting seriously heavy. The b-side "Lost Forever" is good enough to rival Zeppelin of the same era.

While their debut LP contained definite hints of Prog ("21st Century Show" being a prime example), it was only with "Song Of The Marching Children" that the band fully embraced it.

The a-side of the album contains four songs, quite varied in style. "Ebb Tide" is light but carries a menacing undercurrent. "Storm And Thunder", one of my personal favourites, is a full-on ride through hell to heaven and back again.

The b-side contains one song (the title piece). It was actually previously recorded as a short 4 minute piece (it featured as a b-side in fact). Here the song is fleshed out to a full 18 minutes. It's the perfect example of Earth & Fire. The musicianship is top drawer, Jerney's vocals are mind blowing, the song never gets boring. It's so varied, but never too "out there" (which is something I dislike in Prog, over-indulgence).

I kinda stumbled upon this band quite by chance. I just found one of their compilations in a record store and thought the band looked cool so I gave it a listen. I was hooked, and I'm more into Electronic music!

In fact, some of the songs do remind me of one of my favourite bands ever, Ladytron (for example, the single "Memories"). No, it's not just the female vocals. Much more than that. I feel a very strong musical correlation.

Anyway, I have yet to really investigate the rest of Earth & Fire's discography. I'm a little wary with what I've heard so far (from the late 70's) to be honest. But I'll definitely be checking out Atlantis, their 3rd LP.
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vinyl-79

November 29, 2017
The band should have stopped after releasing the first album and maybe the single Memories.
etienne.stekelenburg

etienne.stekelenburg

February 26, 2015
edited over 4 years ago
This must be a mistake. I have never read that the band was named 'Earth & Wind' of 'Earth'

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