Electric Universe [Bonus Tracks]

Electric Universe [Bonus Tracks]

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Electric Universe [Bonus Tracks]

Commercially, Earth, Wind & Fire were slipping in 1983. Though a decent album, Powerlight wasn't the type of big seller EWF was used to. Maurice White responded with a change of direction that proved to be both a commercial and artistic fiasco. Working with very in-demand (and very formula-oriented) studio figures like Martin Page and David Foster, EWF went for a much slicker and more high-tech approach on the weak and disappointing Electric Universe. White saw that synthesizers and drum machines were playing more and more of a role in both R&B and pop, and wanted to acknowledge technology's impact on music with this album. But EWF usually ends up sounding insincere and even sterile. The type of synth-funk that worked so well for the System doesn't work for EWF. A few of the songs are interesting (including "Electric Kingdom" and the single "Magnetic"), but they don't prevent Electric Universe from being EWF's weakest album ever. When this release flopped, EWF's members temporarily went their separate ways, with Philip Bailey and Maurice White concentrating on solo careers. [A 2015 CD re-release added eight bonus demos and remixes.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2017
Label: Funky Town Grooves
UPC: 0810736021725
catalogNumber: 424
Rank: 11383

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earth, Wind & Fire   Primary Artist
Philip Bailey   Vocals
Maurice White   Drums,Vocals
Roland Bautista   Guitar
Larry Dunn   Synthesizer,Piano
Ralph Johnson   Percussion
Fred White   Percussion,Drums
Andrew Woolfolk   Tenor Saxophone
Veroine White   Bass

Technical Credits

Maurice White   Composer,Producer
David Foster   Composer
Martin Page   Composer
Michel Colombier   Composer
Brian Fairweather   Composer
Jon Lind   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Wanda Vaughn   Composer
Allee Willis   Composer
Alex Henderson   Liner Notes
Lisa Vaughn   Composer
Desmond O'Connor   Composer
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Wayne Vaughan   Composer

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