The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire [2-CD/DVD]

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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. [Columbia/Legacy released a limited-edition collector's set in 2005. It adds a DVD with 17 video clips, a few of them of live performances. The vintage varies, yet they all are fairly old-school and will no doubt seem campy to modern-day viewers. Still, it's nice to have them available, given their rarity and campiness. Some of the mid-'80s videos are for songs not compiled on the CDs, which is another bonus.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969648827
  • Catalog Number: 96488
  • Sales rank: 165,755

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mighty Mighty (3:02)
  2. 2 Evil (4:56)
  3. 3 Devotion (4:49)
  4. 4 Keep Your Head to the Sky (5:09)
  5. 5 Kalimba Story (4:01)
  6. 6 Shining Star (2:50)
  7. 7 That's the Way of the World (5:45)
  8. 8 Yearnin' Learnin' (3:39)
  9. 9 All About Love (5:30)
  10. 10 Reasons (4:58)
  11. 11 Sing a Song (3:23)
  12. 12 Can't Hide Love (4:09)
  13. 13 Getaway (3:45)
  14. 14 Saturday Nite (4:02)
  15. 15 Ponta de Areia (Brazilian Rhyme)/Be Ever Wonderful (6:00)
  16. 16 Open Our Eyes (5:03)
  17. 17 Got to Get You into My Life (4:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 September (3:35)
  2. 2 Serpentine Fire (3:50)
  3. 3 Fantasy (4:36)
  4. 4 I'll Write a Song for You (5:22)
  5. 5 Drum Song (5:09)
  6. 6 In the Stone (4:25)
  7. 7 Can't Let Go (3:28)
  8. 8 After the Love Has Gone (4:25)
  9. 9 Wait (3:39)
  10. 10 You and I (3:31)
  11. 11 Let Me Talk (4:08)
  12. 12 And Love Goes On (4:04)
  13. 13 You (5:30)
  14. 14 Let's Groove (5:32)
  15. 15 Fall in Love with Me (5:49)
  16. 16 Side by Side (5:31)
  17. 17 Boogie Wonderland - The Emotions (4:48)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Serpentine Fire
  2. 2 Boogie Wonderland - The Emotions
  3. 3 September
  4. 4 Let Me Talk
  5. 5 Let's Groove
  6. 6 Magnetic
  7. 7 Fall in Love with Me
  8. 8 System of Survival
  9. 9 Thinking of You
  10. 10 Evil Roy
  11. 11 Heritage
  12. 12 September '99
  13. 13 Fantasy
  14. 14 Reasons
  15. 15 Sing a Song
  16. 16 I've Had Enough
  17. 17 After the Love Has Gone
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Primary Artist
Philip Bailey Percussion, Conga, Vocals, Group Member
Maurice White Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Kalimba, Group Member
Dorothy Ashby Harp
Jerome Richardson Saxophone
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
Azar Lawrence Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Herman Riley Saxophone
Deodato Conductor
David Foster Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Roland Bautista Guitar, Group Member
Marilyn Baker Viola
Eduardo del Barrio Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Delores M. Bing Cello
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Garnett Brown Trombone
Denyse Buffum Viola
David Campbell 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, Group Member
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
Johnny Graham Guitar, Percussion, Group Member
Gary Grant Trumpet
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Jan Kelley Cello
Barbara Korn French Horn
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Carl LaMagna Violin
Richard Lepore Timpani
Linda Lipsett Viola
Charles Loper Trombone
Steve Lukather Guitar
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, Group Member
Sidney Muldrow French Horn
Billy Myers Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Don Myrick 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
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, Group Member
Verdine White Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Andrew Woolfolk Flute, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Ken Yerke Violin
James Dunham Viola
Daniel Smith Cello
John Walz Cello
Jerome Webster Violin
William Henderson Violin
Marie Fera Cello
Joseph Livoti Violin
James V. Ross Viola
Sherman Bryana Violin
Leena Sherman Violin
Judith Talvi Violin
Rosmen Torfeh Violin
Tommy Johnson Tuba
Maxine Lewis Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Rick Kelly Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Cynthia Kavaks Violin
Fred Jackson Jr. Saxophone
Sandy Seemore Violin
Zakir Hussein Tabla
George Bohanon Trombone
Ralph Boyd Johnson Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Michael A. Harris Trumpet, Flugelhorn
David Duke French Horn
Paul Polivnick Viola
George Del Barrio Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Anton Sen Violin
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Composer
Earth, Wind & Fire Arranger
Maurice White Composer, Producer, Reissue Producer
Bill Meyers Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Deodato Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
David Foster String Arrangements
Robert Appere Engineer
P.C. Bailey Composer
Steve Beckmeier Composer
Boz Boorer Liner Notes
Andy Ellison Liner Notes
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
George Massenburg Engineer
Al McKay Composer, Producer
Tom Perry Engineer
Dean Rod Engineer
B. Russell Composer
Charles Stepney Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tom Tom 84 Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Verdine White Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Joseph Wissert Producer
Leo Sacks Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Robert Spano Engineer
Steve Crimmel Engineer
Richard Salvato Direction
Bruce Talamon Cover Photo
Craig Widby Engineer
Richard Goodman Engineer
Seth Foster Mastering
B. Myers Composer
Ben Wright Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Trevor Jones Contributor
Art Macnow Direction
William C. Rhoden Liner Notes
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