Live in Rio

Live in Rio


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Live in Rio

In the early '00s, Earth, Wind & Fire's hardcore followers were given a few more reasons to smile when various labels put out some previously unreleased live recordings from the soul/funk innovators' '70s/early-'80s heyday. One was Legacy/Columbia's That's the Way of the World: Alive in '75; another was Live in Rio, which came out on EWF's own Kalimba label in late 2002 and focuses on a 1980 appearance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In terms of packaging, Live in Rio isn't as strong as the Legacy disc. There are no liner notes (other than a short blurb by Maurice White), and no recording date is given. One has to visit EWF's website to ascertain that Live in Rio is a 1980 recording, although a serious EWF enthusiast could guess that it was recorded around 1979 or 1980 because of the selections and the lineup; most of the musicians heard on this 55-minute CD have long since left the band. But if Live in Rio's packaging leaves something to be desired, the performances are nothing to complain about. In 1980, EWF was very much on top of their game, and die-hard fans will be thrilled to hear live versions of hits like "Fantasy," "Boogie Wonderland," "Getaway," "September," and "Serpentine Fire." Observant listeners will notice that this CD sticks to EWF's post-Gratitude output -- that is, songs they recorded after their live album Gratitude, which came out in 1975. You won't hear "Shining Star," "Devotion," "That's the Way of the World," or "Reasons" on Live in Rio, although EWF probably performed some or all of those hits at this concert -- arguably, Kalimba Records should have offered the Rio set in its entirety and simply made Live in Rio a two-CD set. Nonetheless, the arrival of Live in Rio is still something to celebrate. The vast majority of EWF fans will agree that Gratitude remains the band's most essential live album, but Live in Rio is still a valuable -- if imperfect -- addition to their catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/2003
Label: Kalimba Records
UPC: 0686097300126
catalogNumber: 973001

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earth, Wind & Fire   Primary Artist
Philip Bailey   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Harris   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Maurice White   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Kalimba
Sylvia Cox   Background Vocals
Larry Dunn   Keyboards
Ralph Johnson   Percussion,Background Vocals
Judith Jones   Background Vocals
McKay   Guitar,Background Vocals
Don Myrick   Saxophone
Louis Satterfield   Trombone
Carla Vaughn   Background Vocals
Verdine White   Bass

Technical Credits

Philip Bailey   Composer
Milton Nascimento   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Maurice White   Composer,Executive Producer
David Foster   Composer
Eduardo del Barrio   Composer
Larry Dunn   Composer
McKay   Composer
Billy Myers   Composer
Beloyd Taylor   Composer
Fred White   Composer
Verdine White   Composer
Allee Willis   Composer
Sonny Burke   Composer
Freddie White   Composer
Peter Cor   Composer
K.C. Blinn   Art Direction,Cover Design

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