The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998666122
  • Catalog Number: 86661

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)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Earth, Wind & Fire Primary Artist
Philip Bailey Percussion, Conga, Vocals
Michael Harris Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Maurice White Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Kalimba
Dorothy Ashby Harp
Jerome Richardson Saxophone
Bobby Bryant Trumpet
Azar Lawrence Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Herman Riley Saxophone
Deodato Conductor
Fred Jackson Saxophone
David Foster Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Roland Bautista Guitar
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
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
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Ralph Johnson Percussion, Drums
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Jan Kelley Cello
Barbara Korn French Horn
Gina Kronstadt 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
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
James Ross Viola
Henry Roth Violin
Louis Satterfield Trombone
Skip Scarborough Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Haim Shtrum Violin
Harry Shultz Cello
Maurice Spears Trombone
Charles Stepney Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Linn Subotnick Viola
Ilka Talvi Violin
Beloyd Taylor Guitar, Vocals
Barbara Thomason Viola
Kevan Torfeh Cello
Wayne Vaughn Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Verdine White Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Andrew Woolfolk Flute, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ken Yerke Violin
James Dunham Viola
Daniel Smith Cello
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
Laury Woods Viola
Tommy Johnson Tuba
Maxine Lewis Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Rick Kelly Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Sheldon Sanow Violin
Sandy Seemore Violin
Zakir Hussein Tabla
George Bohanon Trombone
David Duke French Horn
Paul Polivnick Viola
George Del Barrio Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Anton Sen Violin
Technical Credits
Philip Bailey Contributor
Earth, Wind & Fire Arranger
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Brenda Russell Composer
Maurice White Composer, Producer
Bill Meyers Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Deodato Arranger
David Foster Composer, String Arrangements
Robert Appere Engineer
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Jeanette Hawes Contributor
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Wanda Hutchinson Contributor
George Massenburg Engineer
Al McKay Producer
Ross Pallone Engineer
Tom Perry Engineer
Dean Rod Engineer
Charles Stepney Arranger, Producer
Tom Tom 84 Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Wanda Vaughn Composer
Wayne Vaughn Composer
Verdine White Composer
Sheila Whitt Contributor
Mark Wilder Mastering
Allee Willis Composer
Joseph Wissert Producer
Leo Sacks Liner Notes
Sonny Burke Composer
Robert Spano Engineer
Steve Crimmel Engineer
Richard Salvato Direction
Bruce Talamon Cover Photo
Craig Widby Engineer
Richard Goodman Engineer
Seth Foster Mastering
Ben Wright Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Art Macnow Direction
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