S.O.U.L., a ten-track budget compilation released by Sony in 2013, provides an adequate sampling of Earth, Wind & Fire's mid-'70s through early-'80s releases, from That's the Way of the World (1975) through Raise! (1981). The band released plenty of excellent material prior to and after the era, and nothing here comes from the excellent 1980 double album Faces. The two-disc Essential Earth, Wind & Fire covers much of that other ground, but this does stick to significant EW&F hits, including the classics "That's the Way of the World," "Fantasy," "Getaway," "Boogie Wonderland," "September," and "Let's Groove."
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman