"That's the Way of the World" was released in March 1975. It was the soundtrack for a 1975 motion picture of the same name which featured several of the band members in cameo roles. Included on the album was the single "Shining Star", which was a #1 US pop and R&B hit. Another popular single was the title track, which reached #12 on the pop chart. The album spent three weeks atop the billboard pop albums chart.
"That's the Way of the World" was also the third best-selling pop album and the number one best-selling R&B album of 1975 respectively and has been certified triple platinum in the United States by the RIAA. In 2003 the album was ranked number 493 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and in 2012, on a revised list by the magazine, the album listed at #486.
The album received generally positive reviews from critics. Billboard described the album as "a very tightly produced and performed package" and added in their review that "EW&F has some of the finest musicians in any band and the compositions are all top-notch". Music critic Robert Christhau noted that on the album "this unit can do so many things it qualified as the one-man band of black music even though it has nine members" and "That's the Way of the World" has also been described by Alex Henderson of Allmusic as "the band's best album" and "one of the strongest albums of the 1970's and EW&F's crowning achievement".
"That's the Way of the World" was nominated in 1975 and 1976 for an American Music Award for favourire soul/R&B album and also won a Rock music award in the category of best soul album.
Earth Wind & Fire - That's The Way Of The World
U.K. CBS S80575 stereo (1975)
Album produced by Sig Shore.
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.
For full track listing see Own tab.