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Group's first new album in 8 years coming up

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Earth, Wind and Fire will put out their first album in eight years -- and it almost didn't happen at all.

Singer Philip Bailey says the album was finished up to the mixing stage when they decided to go back to the drawing board. They originally wanted to put it out by Election Day in 2012 but delayed the release by nearly a year.

"Now, Then and Forever" will come out September 10. Bailey says it was a smart decision to delay because the album has "a lot more bells and whistles in place" and it's a better record.

Bassist Verdine White says there are two sides to the album, "the commercial hit side and the hip side."

Bailey says some people wonder why Earth, Wind and Fire bother putting out records anymore. He says it's a creative outlet for them and it's who they are.

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