By: Associated Press
Earth, Wind and 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 and Fire is now, but not departing from the classic sound."
"It doesn't sound like we're trying to be anyone other than Earth, Wind and Fire," added bassist Verdine White.
The band - which includes founder Maurice White and Ralph Johnson - has worked on the album for two years. Its new single, "My Promise," was released Monday and was co-written by Academy Award nominee and Grammy winner Siedah Garrett. Fans who pre-order the album will have their names put in the album packaging.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are currently on a tour. Bailey said he enjoys having his son, Philip Bailey Jr., on the road and as a writer and producer on the new album.
"It's a great experience to the say the least. I spend so much time away from my family and kids . (that this is) bonding like never before," he said. "He has the same passion."
Enjoy a little classic EW&F below..
Examples of "legal" recreational supplements in Europe
Additional info by: Gere Iverson - MSTv
We've seen the beginnings of this trend in numerous, smaller convenience stores across the United States. But, its availability and usage has grown to epidemic levels as more legal highs are available in the European continent.
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) found 73 new synthetic drugs last year, compared to just 49 in 2011.
The agency says there have been positive changes in the use of more established drugs, such as fewer new users of heroin and declining use of cannabis and cocaine in some countries. But, European officials are worried about continuous, new man-made drugs being offered on the market.
How do they get around Europe? And should the U.S. be concerned?
The EMCDDA found that the way the fake legal highs are brought in to the country has changed.
European police agency, Europol, has also suggested that they were now often imported in bulk from China and India rather than being made in secret labs around Europe.
However, with the more strict importing and drug laws of the United States, the widespread availability of these synthetics just isn't likely. Not likely, but also not impossible.
Jude's Korean adventures
Alcohol in South Korea
All bars and local night establishments are filled to the brim with things you have seen in all other places like Jack Daniels and Jagermeister.
However you may spy a little green bottle with Korean writing on it and you may ask what is that? It's called Soju, my friends or 소주 for the Hangil inclined (Korean Language).
Soju is a spirit primarily made from rice, barley, potatoes or tapioca and has an average alcohol content of 20% ABV however there are some brands of Andong Soju that are upward of 45% ABV.
None the less, they will both get the job done. Soju has a taste very similar to vodka but it is slightly sweeter and easier to consume by itself.
Now we get to the matter of cost and availability; however rest assured the answer will be qiute positive. Soju is available all over South Korea from the local convenience store for 1,000 Won = roughly $1 or in a restaurant for 3,000 Won =$3. So these adult treats certainly won't set you back any considerable amount.
It alco mixes quite well with beer, cider, and energy drinks. Soju has been around since the 13th century and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. So when you get the chance come on down to the Republic of South Korea and have a shot of deliciousness.