Illumination [CD & DVD]

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Following 2003's The Promise, Earth, Wind & Fire went back to the studio and refined and updated their approach to music with a more contemporary neo-soul sound on Illumination, and the gamble paid off plentifully, as it's one of the group's freshest and most fully realized albums since the glory years of the '70s, when the group was releasing one timeless single after another. What makes Illumination work so well is their approach to staying contemporary without looking ridiculous in the process. The production from start to finish is polished and ready for prime-time urban radio airplay, while still maintaining a sense of the old-school sound that made it work in ...
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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Following 2003's The Promise, Earth, Wind & Fire went back to the studio and refined and updated their approach to music with a more contemporary neo-soul sound on Illumination, and the gamble paid off plentifully, as it's one of the group's freshest and most fully realized albums since the glory years of the '70s, when the group was releasing one timeless single after another. What makes Illumination work so well is their approach to staying contemporary without looking ridiculous in the process. The production from start to finish is polished and ready for prime-time urban radio airplay, while still maintaining a sense of the old-school sound that made it work in the first place. Guest appearances are the norm rather than the exception, with nonstop cameos from a wide range of artists, from OutKast and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am all the way to soft rock horn tooter Kenny G. But the crown jewel of the album is unquestionably the eight-minute jam "Show Me the Way," with Raphael Saadiq handling lead vocals in a way that should make Maurice White blush with pride, confident in the knowledge that his influence is very much alive and well in the next generation of soul musicians. The album's final pieces are puzzling, as Brian McKnight's eloquent appearance on the ballad "To You" is roughly knocked out of place as the fitting closer by a smooth jazz cover of OutKast's "The Way You Move," an ill-fitting move for an otherwise outstanding record. Sequencing error aside, Illumination is the musical defibrillator other aging soul musicians should grab hold and take note of. [This version also features a bonus DVD disc, complete with all sorts of extras that will appeal to the most die-hard as well as the most casual of fans.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768754829
  • Catalog Number: 87548

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lovely People (4:28)
  2. 2 Pure Gold (4:40)
  3. 3 A Talking Voice (Interlude) (0:19)
  4. 4 Love's Dance (4:28)
  5. 5 Show Me the Way (7:47)
  6. 6 This Is How I Feel (4:21)
  7. 7 Work It Out (4:29)
  8. 8 Pass You By (4:59)
  9. 9 The One (5:11)
  10. 10 Elevated (4:37)
  11. 11 Liberation (5:25)
  12. 12 To You - Brian McKnight (4:37)
  13. 13 The Way You Move (4:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pure Gold (3:11)
  2. 2 Kalimba Story (4:37)
  3. 3 That's the Way of the World (4:13)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Live at Red Rocks
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Primary Artist
Philip Bailey Percussion, Bongos, Vocals, Background Vocals
Maurice White Vocals, Background Vocals, Kalimba
Bobby Ross Avila Guitar, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Brian McKnight Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Bias Saxophone
Preston Crump Bass
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Jimmy Jam fender rhodes
Greg Moore Guitar
Dave Robbins Keyboards
Bobby Rodriguez Trumpet
Shorty B. Guitar
Verdine White Bass
Raphael Saadiq Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Prof. T. Background Vocals
Reggie C. Young Trombone
Vadim Zilbershtein Guitar
Kelvin Wooten Bass, Keyboards
Myron McKinley Keyboards
Kelly Rowland Vocals
The South Central Chamber Orchestra Strings
Nolan Shaheed Trumpet
Cameron Marcarelli Horn Engineer
Vikter Duplaix Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Sleepy Brown Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ralph Boyd Johnson Percussion
Junius Bervine Keyboards
Khari Parker Drums
Robert Ozuna Percussion, Drums
Prescott Ellison Drums
Chimere Scott Background Vocals
I.Am Wil Vocals, Background Vocals
Doc Holiday Background Vocals
Keith Harris Drums, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Executive Producer
Maurice White Producer, Executive Producer
Bill Meyers Producer, Horn Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Bobby Ross Avila Composer, Producer
Brian McKnight Producer
James Bailey Composer
Ray Brown Orchestration
Charles Veal Orchestral Arrangements
Brian Gardner Mastering
Jerry Hey Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Jimmy Jam Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Charnessa Jones Engineer
Terry Lewis Composer, Producer
Organized Noize Programming, Producer, drum programming
Neil Pogue Engineer
Raphael Saadiq Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Producer
Scott Fritz Engineer
Jimmy Randolph Engineer
Kelvin Wooten Composer
Sean Davis Engineer
P. Brown Composer
will.i.am Composer, Programming, Producer
Keith Pelzer Producer
Cameron Marcarelli Engineer
Vikter Duplaix Producer, drum programming
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Engineer
Ray Murray Engineer
Montina Cooper Vocal Producer
Darren "Limitless" Henson Producer
Khari Parker String Arrangements
B. Bennett Composer
John Tanksley Engineer
Taura "Aura" Jackson Composer
Doc Holiday Vocal Producer
Chris Bell Engineer
Keith Harris Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Chris Wood Engineer
Ian Cross Engineer
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