The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire [Limited Edition 3.0]

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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's Limited Edition 3.0 appeared in 2008 and included a bonus CD - in addition to the original, two-CD set.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886972909028
  • Catalog Number: 729090
  • Sales rank: 12,151

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mighty Mighty (3:03)
  2. 2 Evil (4:57)
  3. 3 Devotion (4:50)
  4. 4 Keep Your Head to the Sky (5:11)
  5. 5 Kalimba Story (4:01)
  6. 6 Shining Star (2:50)
  7. 7 That's the Way of the World (5:46)
  8. 8 Yearnin' Learnin' (3:39)
  9. 9 All About Love (5:32)
  10. 10 Reasons (4:59)
  11. 11 Sing a Song (3:24)
  12. 12 Can't Hide Love (4:11)
  13. 13 Getaway (3:45)
  14. 14 Saturday Nite (4:02)
  15. 15 Ponta de Areia/Be Ever Wonderful (6:01)
  16. 16 Open Our Eyes (5:04)
  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 (4:37)
  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 (3:29)
  8. 8 After the Love Has Gone (4:34)
  9. 9 Wait (3:40)
  10. 10 You and I (3:32)
  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 (5:36)
  15. 15 Fall in Love with Me (5:50)
  16. 16 Side by Side (5:32)
  17. 17 Boogie Wonderland - The Emotions (4:48)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sun Goddess (7:42)
  2. 2 Celebrate (3:07)
  3. 3 Spirit (3:14)
  4. 4 On Your Face (4:32)
  5. 5 Imagination (5:16)
  6. 6 Runnin' (5:52)
  7. 7 Jupiter (3:12)
  8. 8 System of Survival (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Primary Artist
Philip Bailey Percussion, Conga, Vocals, Group Member
Maurice White Timbales, Vocals, Kalimba, Rums, Group Member
Deodato Conductor
Roland Bautista Guitar, Group Member
Rahmlee Michael Davis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Johnny Graham Guitar, Percussion, Group Member
Al McKay Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Don Myrick Saxophone
Louis Satterfield Trombone
Verdine White Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Andrew Woolfolk Flute, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Ralph Boyd Johnson Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Michael A. Harris Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Collaboration
Earth, Wind & Fire Arranger
Maurice White Producer, Collaboration
Bill Meyers Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Deodato Arranger
Preston Glass Producer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Charles Stepney Arranger, Producer
Tom Tom 84 Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Mark Wilder Mastering
Joseph Wissert Producer
Richard Salvato Direction
Seth Foster Mastering
Bruce W. Talaman Cover Photo
Ben Wright Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Art Macnow Direction
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