The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 2

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This sequel to the hit-packed THE BEST OF EARTH, WIND & FIRE, VOL. 1 is a worthy successor that leans heavily on the group's late-'70s and early-'80s material. Masterminded by drummer and bandleader Maurice White, EWF have always represented the uplifting and somewhat ethereal side of funk, as opposed to the more randy and earthly pleasure-seeking Parliament/Funkadelic. Noted for their powerful horn section which Phil Collins later enlisted for his solo work and Phillip Bailey's wistful falsetto, this ten-piece L.A. band gracefully moved from bittersweet ballads "After the Love Is Gone" to sinewy soul serenades "Serpentine Fire" and sweeping epics "Fantasy". But during this period in their illustrious career, ...
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This sequel to the hit-packed THE BEST OF EARTH, WIND & FIRE, VOL. 1 is a worthy successor that leans heavily on the group's late-'70s and early-'80s material. Masterminded by drummer and bandleader Maurice White, EWF have always represented the uplifting and somewhat ethereal side of funk, as opposed to the more randy and earthly pleasure-seeking Parliament/Funkadelic. Noted for their powerful horn section which Phil Collins later enlisted for his solo work and Phillip Bailey's wistful falsetto, this ten-piece L.A. band gracefully moved from bittersweet ballads "After the Love Is Gone" to sinewy soul serenades "Serpentine Fire" and sweeping epics "Fantasy". But during this period in their illustrious career, the dance floor is where EWF truly stood out. Who can forget "Boogie Wonderland," the group's disco duet with the Emotions, or "Let's Groove," a Top Five smash anchored by rhythmic bass, punctuated horns, and vocoder-accented vocals? Also included are a pair of bonus tracks: the inspirational "Keep Your Head to the Sky" and the delicate ballad "l'll Write a Song for You." This supreme addition to Earth, Wind & Fire's available catalog reasserts their place in music history as shining stars of soul.Dave Gil de Rubio
All Music Guide
The second collection covering hit singles from the '70s top funk and soul band, Earth, Wind & Fire. This anthology has recently been supplanted by a box set covering virtually all of their big Columbia singles and some early Warners material. If you enjoyed their disco and late '70s cuts more than the early tracks, this anthology is worth getting. The 2000 CD reissue has two bonus tracks: the moderate 1973 hit "Keep Your Head to the Sky" and "I'll Write a Song for You," from the 1977 album All 'n All. ~ Ron Wynn & Richie Unterberger
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644501322
  • Catalog Number: 45013

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turn on (The Beat Box) (4:39)
  2. 2 Let's Groove (5:34)
  3. 3 After the Love Has Gone (4:24)
  4. 4 Fantasy (4:36)
  5. 5 Devotion (4:48)
  6. 6 Serpentine Fire (3:49)
  7. 7 Love's Holiday (4:21)
  8. 8 Boogie Wonderland - The Emotions (4:47)
  9. 9 Saturday Nite (4:01)
  10. 10 Mighty Mighty (3:01)
  11. 11 Keep Your Head to the Sky (5:10)
  12. 12 I'll Write a Song for You (5:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Primary Artist, Group
Philip Bailey Percussion, Conga, Vocals
The Emotions Track Performer
Maurice White Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Kalimba
Dorothy Ashby Harp
Bill Meyers Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Jerome Richardson Saxophone
Azar Lawrence Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Herman Riley Saxophone
David Foster Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Roland Bautista Guitar
Marilyn Baker Viola
Eduardo del Barrio Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Delores M. Bing Cello
George Bohannon Trombone
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Garnett Brown Trombone
Denyse Buffum Viola
Charles Veal Concert Master
Ronald Clark Violin
Ronald Cooper Cello
Larry Corbett Cello
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Rollice Dale Viola
Rahmlee Michael Davis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Marci Dicterow Violin
Assa Drori Violin
Larry Dunn Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
Pavel Farkas Violin
Henry Ferber Violin
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Winterton Garvey Violin
Pamela Gates Violin
Harris Goldman Violin, Concert Master
Joseph Goodman Violin
Jack Gootkin Violin
Janice Gower Concert Master
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jeanette Hawes Vocals
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Wanda Hutchinson Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Jan Kelley Cello
Barbara Korn French Horn
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Richard Lepore Timpani
Steve Likather Guitar
Linda Lipsett Viola
Charles Loper Trombone
Jacqueline Lustgarten Cello
Joy Lyle Violin
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Arthur Maebe French Horn
Virginia Majewski Viola
Miguel Martinez Cello
Harvey Mason Sr. Percussion
Lew McCreary Trombone
Al McKay Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Sidney Muldrow French Horn
Don Myrick Alto Saxophone
Richard Perissi French Horn
Jerry Peters Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Steve Porcaro Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Benjamin Powell Trombone
Jerome Reisler Violin
Marilyn Robinson French Horn
James Ross Viola
Henry Roth Violin
Sheldon Sanov Violin
Louis Satterfield Trombone
Skip Scarborough Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Haim Shtrum Violin
Harry Shultz Cello
Maurice Spears Trombone
Charles Stepney Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Ilka Talvi Violin
Beloyd Taylor Guitar, Background Vocals
Barbara Thomason Viola
Wayne Vaughn Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Fred White Percussion, Drums
Verdine White Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Sheila Whitt Vocals
Andrew Woolfolk Flute, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ken Yerke Violin
James Dunham Viola
John Walz Cello
Jerome Webster Violin
William Henderson Violin
Marie Fera Cello
Joseph Livoti Violin
Sherman Bryana Violin
Leena Sherman Violin
Judith Talvi Violin
Rosmen Torfeh Violin
Maxine Lewis Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Rick Kelly Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Fred Jackson Jr. Saxophone
Sandy Seemore Violin
Zakir Hussein Tabla
David Duke French Horn
Paul Polivnick Viola
George Del Barrio Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Anton Sen Violin
Technical Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Arranger
Maurice White Producer, Re-Release Producer
Bill Meyers Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Deodato Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
David Foster Arranger, String Arrangements
Robert Appere Engineer
David Coleman Art Direction
Larry Dunn Producer
Jay Graydon Songwriter
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Jerry Hey Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Rhett Lawrence Producer
George Massenburg Engineer
Al McKay Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Tom Perry Engineer
Dean Rod Engineer
Charles Stepney Arranger, Producer
Tom Tom 84 Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Verdine White Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Joseph Wissert Producer
Benjamin F. Wright Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Leo Sacks Re-Release Producer
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Robert Spano Engineer
Howard Fritzon Art Direction
Steve Crimmel Engineer
Shusei Nagaoka Artwork
Craig Widby Engineer
Richard Goodman Engineer
Mike Cimicata Packaging Manager
James Everette Lawrence Composer
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