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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
It must be disappointing to create an album like this, and have it fall on deaf ears. Earth, Wind & Fire's mentor, Maurice White, gives an excellent account on this solo debut. His vocal ability, overshadowed by Philip Bailey in EWF, is out front here with a potpourri of songs that showcases his versatility. "Switch on Your Radio" has a happy Caribbean feel, similar to an EWF recording, but somehow different. The infectious "Jamboree" is not country but another hand-clapping, good times tune that toddlers try to sing. White's rendition of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" has a herky, jerky beat; the backing vocals fill in spaces like horns. It charted but not very high, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
It must be disappointing to create an album like this, and have it fall on deaf ears. Earth, Wind & Fire's mentor, Maurice White, gives an excellent account on this solo debut. His vocal ability, overshadowed by Philip Bailey in EWF, is out front here with a potpourri of songs that showcases his versatility. "Switch on Your Radio" has a happy Caribbean feel, similar to an EWF recording, but somehow different. The infectious "Jamboree" is not country but another hand-clapping, good times tune that toddlers try to sing. White's rendition of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" has a herky, jerky beat; the backing vocals fill in spaces like horns. It charted but not very high, and gave people the wrong impression of this album; it's the only remake, and Maurice's sole attempt at nostalgia. Everything else is fresh as a morning shower, like "I Need You," a classy ballad tenderized by White's crafty read. Side two opens with "Believe in Magic," an upbeat, banging jam that has EWF stamped on it. The only thing missing is Philip Bailey's sweet falsetto, but even without Bailey it sounds like a hit, yet it didn't bust a grape. You get the feeling White tried to duplicate Lionel Richie's success, especially on "The Lady Is Love," a lilting mid-tempo love declaration. The robotic "Invitation" reminds you of Midnight Star and similar strobe-light bands. White locks the vocal down so tight, you'd think he performed songs like this all the time. His kalimba playing accents "Children of Afrika," a joyous tribute with an assembly of backing vocalists, including the Neighborhood Choir. White's limited range holds up well over the course of this album, and the razor-sharp productions never become boring. The 2001 CD reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds four bonus tracks, including "Life," a one-minute previously unreleased "freedom mix" of "Life," the previously unissued 20-second "Sam the Jam," and the previously unavailable demo "Adventures of the Heart."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972475523
  • Catalog Number: 724755
  • Sales rank: 39,734

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Switch on Your Radio (4:18)
  2. 2 Jamboree (3:26)
  3. 3 Stand by Me (4:09)
  4. 4 Sea of Glass (0:43)
  5. 5 I Need You (4:34)
  6. 6 Believe in Magic (4:35)
  7. 7 Lady Is Love (5:05)
  8. 8 Invitation (3:55)
  9. 9 The Sleeping Frame (2:02)
  10. 10 Children of Afrika (4:38)
  11. 11 Alpha Dance (1:19)
  12. 12 Life (0:57)
  13. 13 Life (3:56)
  14. 14 Adventures of the Heart (Demo) (2:34)
  15. 15 Sam the Jam (0:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maurice White Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Kalimba, Chant, Vocoder
Gerald Albright Saxophone
Jeff Lorber Synthesizer
Marlon McClain Guitar
Martin Page Bass, Background Vocals, Chant
Bill Bottrell Finger Snapping
Robbie Buchanan Synthesizer, Keyboards
Michel Colombier Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Brian Fairweather Background Vocals
Dean Gant Synthesizer
Gerald Brown Drums
Rupert Greenall Synthesizer
Donald Griffin Guitar
Jerry Hey Horn
Marva Holcolm Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar, Rhythm
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Ricky Lawson Drums
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Soloist
Sheldon Reynolds Guitar
Wanda Vaughn Background Vocals
Wayne Vaughn Synthesizer
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Horn
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
Peter Wolf Keyboards
Technical Credits
Maurice White Producer
Ramsey Lewis Liner Notes
Martin Page Arranger, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Robbie Buchanan Arranger
Brian Fairweather Vocal Arrangements, drum programming, rhythm arrangement
Dean Gant Arranger, drum programming
Matthew Kelly Tape Research
Wayne Vaughn Arranger
Leo Sacks Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Donald Art Direction
Lane Art Direction
Mike Cimicata Packaging Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EWF Founder shows off his Mighty skills

    Maurice White's solo effort shows off the skills he displayed as leader of R&B Dance Pop group sensation Earth,Wind and Fire. His music builds bridges between black and white...when I saw him with EWF in Seattle in 1982 the audience was half black and half white. Never before or since have I felt so much love coming from the stage! The crowd was on it's feet dancing from beginning to end and lovin it! From seductive soul ballads to get yo freak on boogie, Maurice is a master of the form. From his early days as a drummer with Jazz great Ramsey Lewis to his mega star days with EWF his superior style, taste and spirit have shone through. He is a fantastic singer with a great range...he's so smooth he makes it sound easy to hit those notes. Maurice is a musicians musician and a top notch producer who has inspired many of todays top black artists. Many albums from the mid 80's sound dated, but Maurice White sounds as fresh and vital today as it did 15 years ago. Highly recommended for EWF fans and DJs looking for some inspiration...check out Spirit of Radio!

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