Now, Then & Forever

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Down to a core trio of Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson, EWF made their first album since 2005's Illumination with a little help from Larry Dunn and guidance from Maurice White. The Whites, Bailey, and Dunn, along with Al McKay, were inducted into the Songwriting Hall of Fame in 2010, yet Bailey co-wrote only two songs here, while Dunn contributed to one. In addition to Johnson's two co-compositions, a long list of writers was involved, with Bailey's son Philip Doron Bailey given the heaviest load beside the likes of Siedah Garrett and Lee "Son of Leroy" Hutson, Jr. A couple elements of certain songs excepted -- the rigid beat of "Dance Floor," the hard ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Down to a core trio of Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson, EWF made their first album since 2005's Illumination with a little help from Larry Dunn and guidance from Maurice White. The Whites, Bailey, and Dunn, along with Al McKay, were inducted into the Songwriting Hall of Fame in 2010, yet Bailey co-wrote only two songs here, while Dunn contributed to one. In addition to Johnson's two co-compositions, a long list of writers was involved, with Bailey's son Philip Doron Bailey given the heaviest load beside the likes of Siedah Garrett and Lee "Son of Leroy" Hutson, Jr. A couple elements of certain songs excepted -- the rigid beat of "Dance Floor," the hard rhythmic drive of "Night of My Life" -- the Earth, Wind & Fire of Open Our Eyes through Faces seems to have been in the mind of each of the involved. The songs are generally enjoyable and recall that era of the band, filled with an easygoing and positive spirit with soaring vocal arrangements, Verdine's thumping bass, and those beaming horns. "My Promise" and "Guiding Light" especially rise high enough to be slotted between classics without losing listener interest. Now, Then & Forever demonstrates the lasting value of the band's classic sound. Its two-disc deluxe edition adds a seven-track selection of favorites picked by the likes of Raphael Saadiq, Lenny Kravitz, and Pharrell. Only Clive Davis ("Power") digs deep.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886979924024
  • Catalog Number: 799240
  • Sales rank: 22,663

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sign On - Daniel McClain (4:17)
  2. 2 Love is Law (4:20)
  3. 3 My Promise (3:22)
  4. 4 Guiding Lights (6:24)
  5. 5 Got To Be Love (3:41)
  6. 6 Belo Horizonte (1:51)
  7. 7 Dance Floor (4:59)
  8. 8 Splashes (5:21)
  9. 9 Night of My Life (4:00)
  10. 10 The Rush (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Primary Artist
Philip Bailey Vocals, Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Duane Benjamin Trombone
Gary Bias Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Terence Blanchard Trumpet
Sal Cracchiolo Trumpet
Larry Dunn Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Hand Clapping, fender rhodes, Soloist, Mini Moog, Piano (Grand), Hammond B3
Chuck Findley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gary Grant Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
Eric Jorgensen Trombone
Wendell Kelly Trombone
David Leach Percussion
John Paris Drums, Hand Clapping
Verdine White Bass, Hand Clapping
Morris O'Connor Guitar
Michael "Patches" Stewart Trumpet
Mark Visher Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Myron McKinley Synthesizer, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Fred Jackson Jr. Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Satnam Ramgotra Tabla
Reginald Young Trombone
Kenny Moran Synthesizer
Errol Cooney Guitar
James Ford Trumpet
Daniel McClain Vocals, Background Vocals
Nicholas Lane Trombone
Jevon McGlory Background Vocals
Ric'key Pageot Synthesizer, Keyboards
B. David Whitworth Background Vocals
Gregory Moore Guitar
Benjamin Wright Conductor
Reggie Young Bass Trombone, Tenor Trombone
Philip J. Bailey Vocals, Background Vocals
Neal H. Pogue Percussion, Hand Clapping
John Pappenbrook Trumpet
Christopher Gray Trumpet
Austin Jacobs Synthesizer, Keyboards
Darrin Simpson Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Hand Clapping, Hammond B3
Wait B Hand Clapping
Reggie Dozier Horn Engineer
Matthew Fronke Trumpet
Juan F. "Jef" Villaluna Guitar
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Composer, Producer
Siedah Garrett Composer
Raymond Crossley Composer
Larry Dunn Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Ralph Johnson Composer
Paul Klingberg Engineer
David Rideau Engineer
Verdine White Executive Producer
Allee Willis Composer
Morris O'Connor Composer
Sharlotte Gibson Composer
Vernon Mungo Vocal Engineer
Myron McKinley Composer, Producer
Kenny Moran Engineer, Percussion Engineer
Eric Rousseau Composer
Daniel McClain Composer
J.R. Hutson Producer
Jevon McGlory Composer
Justin Merrill Engineer
Lee Hutson Jr. Composer
Ric'key Pageot Composer
Benjamin Wright Horn Arrangements
Allen Bundy Composer
Philip J. Bailey Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Neal H. Pogue Composer, Producer, Engineer, Additional Production
Austin Jacobs Composer, Programming
Darrin Simpson Composer, Programming, Horn Arrangements
Jairus Lemuel-Jada Mozee Composer
Frederick A. Johnson Composer
Dr. Billy Ingram Insert Photography
Don Pace Cover Art
Wait B Producer
Tishaun Dawson Cover Art
Sondria Bailey Composer
Meg Todd Composer
Justin Panariello Composer, Producer
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    With a couple of listens you'll understand the meaning of the ti

    With a couple of listens you'll understand the meaning of the title. It is a summation of their works from the 70's 80's 90's and the now. It's given a modern sheen but still sounds like a best of, without remixed older material wondering their way in in the track list. They still hold a groove and will remain their.

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