Essential Earth, Wind & Fire [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Columbia/Legacy's double-disc set The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire lives up to its title by offering 34 tracks of the groundbreaking funk band at its peak. All of the hits, whether they're R&B or tunes that crossed over to the pop charts, are here, along with important album tracks that capture the range and depth of EWF. Since this focuses on their peak of the '70s and early '80s, there's very little here that doesn't qualify as "essential," which makes it a better bet than their box set. The single-disc Greatest Hits remains the choice for the casual and the curious listener due to its concise concentration of classics, but anybody who wants a thorough...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Columbia/Legacy's double-disc set The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire lives up to its title by offering 34 tracks of the groundbreaking funk band at its peak. All of the hits, whether they're R&B or tunes that crossed over to the pop charts, are here, along with important album tracks that capture the range and depth of EWF. Since this focuses on their peak of the '70s and early '80s, there's very little here that doesn't qualify as "essential," which makes it a better bet than their box set. The single-disc Greatest Hits remains the choice for the casual and the curious listener due to its concise concentration of classics, but anybody who wants a thorough retrospective should choose this. [A 35-track double disc set was released in 2014.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2014
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 888430249226
  • Catalog Number: 302492
  • Sales rank: 10,513

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mighty Mighty (3:02)
  2. 2 Devotion (4:50)
  3. 3 Keep Your Head To the Sky (5:10)
  4. 4 Kalimba Story (4:01)
  5. 5 Shining Star (2:50)
  6. 6 That's the Way of the World (5:46)
  7. 7 Reasons (4:59)
  8. 8 Sing a Song (3:23)
  9. 9 Can't Hide Love (4:10)
  10. 10 Getaway (3:46)
  11. 11 On Your Face (4:33)
  12. 12 Saturday Nite (4:02)
  13. 13 Got To Get You Into My Life (4:02)
  14. 14 September (3:35)
  15. 15 Serpentine Fire (3:51)
  16. 16 Fantasy (4:37)
  17. 17 I'll Write a Song For You (5:23)
  18. 18 Drum Song (5:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Boogie Wonderland - Sheila Whitt (4:48)
  2. 2 In the Stone (4:25)
  3. 3 Can't Let Go (3:29)
  4. 4 After the Love Has Gone (4:39)
  5. 5 You and I (3:32)
  6. 6 Let Me Talk (4:08)
  7. 7 And Love Goes On (4:05)
  8. 8 You (5:30)
  9. 9 Let's Groove (5:39)
  10. 10 Fall In Love With Me (5:52)
  11. 11 Magnetic (4:21)
  12. 12 Dance Dance Dance (3:12)
  13. 13 System of Survival (5:00)
  14. 14 Sunday Morning (4:11)
  15. 15 Pure Gold (4:41)
  16. 16 The Way You Move - Kenny G (4:37)
  17. 17 My Promise (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Primary Artist
Skylark Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Philip Bailey Percussion, Conga, Vocals
The Emotions Guest Appearance
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Maurice White Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Kalimba, Vocoder, Group Member
Kenny G Guest Appearance
Jerome Richardson Saxophone
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
Azar Lawrence Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Herman Riley Saxophone
David Foster Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Roland Bautista Guitar
Michael Thompson Guitar
Bobby Ross Avila Guitar
Duane Benjamin Trombone
Gary Bias Saxophone
George Bohannon Trombone
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Garnett Brown Trombone
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion, Drums
Rahmlee Michael Davis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Larry Dunn Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Hand Clapping, Group Member
Preston Glass Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards
Johnny Graham Guitar, Percussion, Group Member
Gary Grant Trumpet
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Ralph Johnson Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Eric Jorgensen Trombone
Wendell Kelly Trombone
Barbara Korn French Horn
Charles Loper Trombone
Steve Lukather Guitar
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Arthur Maebe French Horn
Harvey Mason Sr. Percussion, Drums
Lew McCreary Trombone
Al McKay Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Sidney Muldrow French Horn
Don Myrick Saxophone
John Paris Percussion, Drums
Richard Perissi French Horn
Jerry Peters Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Benjamin Powell Trombone
Sheldon Reynolds Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Marilyn Robinson French Horn
Louis Satterfield Trombone
Skip Scarborough Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Maurice Spears Trombone
Charles Stepney Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Beloyd Taylor Guitar
Tony Tolbert Background Vocals
Wayne Vaughn Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Wayne Wallace Trombone
Fred White Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Verdine White Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Group Member
Andrew Woolfolk Flute, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Billy Meyers Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Michael "Patches" Stewart Trumpet
Tommy Johnson Tuba
Maxine Lewis Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Rick Kelly Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Mark Visher Saxophone
Zakir Hussein Tabla
Mike McKnight Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
James Ford Trumpet
Daniel McClain Background Vocals
Issiah "IZ" Avila Percussion, Drums
Mark Russo Saxophone
David Duke French Horn
George Del Barrio Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Elmar Brown Trumpet
Fred Jackson Jr. Saxophone
Charles Findley Trumpet
Benjamin Wright Conductor
Reggie Young Trombone
Neal H. Pogue Percussion, Drums
Ray Brown Trumpet
Michael Harris Trumpet, Flugelhorn
John Pappenbrook Trumpet
Austin Jacobs Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Darrin Simpson Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Matthew Fronke Trumpet
Walt B Guitar, Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Skylark Composer
Philip Bailey Composer
Earth, Wind & Fire Arranger
Siedah Garrett Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Maurice White Arranger, Composer, Producer
David Foster Composer, String Arrangements
Bill Champlin Composer
Martin Page Composer
Eduardo del Barrio Composer
Larry Dunn Composer
Preston Glass Producer
Jerry Hey Arranger, Horn Arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements
Jimmy Jam Producer, Horn Arrangements
Ralph Johnson Composer
Terry Lewis Producer
Jon Lind Composer
Al McKay Composer, Producer
Sheldon Reynolds Composer
B. Russell Composer
Skip Scarborough Composer
Charles Stepney Arranger, Composer, Producer
Beloyd Taylor Composer
Tony Tolbert Composer
Tom Tom 84 Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Wayne Vaughn Composer
Tom Washington Horn Arrangements
Verdine White Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Allee Willis Composer
Joseph Wissert Producer
Billy Meyers Composer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Leo Sacks Liner Notes
Raphael Saadiq Producer
Sonny Burke Composer
James Harris Composer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Producer
Mark Larson Art Direction
Joel Whitburn Chart Information
Hooshik Art Direction
Carlton "Carl Mo" Mahone Composer
Bruce Talamon Cover Photo
Peter Cor Composer
P. Brown Composer
William C. Rhoden Liner Notes
Issiah "IZ" Avila Composer, Producer
Virginia Prescott Liner Notes
George Massenberg Sound Ideas
A. Patton Composer
S. Beckmeier Composer
J. Graydon Composer
Benjamin Wright Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Eumir Deodato Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Neal H. Pogue Producer
Bobby Avila Composer, Producer
Austin Jacobs Composer
Darrin Simpson Composer, Horn Arrangements
Jai-Dig Producer
Walt B Producer
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