Maurice White [Remastered/Bonus Tracks]

Maurice White [Remastered/Bonus Tracks]

by Maurice White
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Maurice White [Remastered/Bonus Tracks]

It must be disappointing to create an album like this, and have it fall on deaf ears. Earth, Wind & Fire's mentor, Maurice White, gives an excellent account on this solo debut. His vocal ability, overshadowed by Philip Bailey in EWF, is out front here with a potpourri of songs that showcases his versatility. "Switch on Your Radio" has a happy Caribbean feel, similar to an EWF recording, but somehow different. The infectious "Jamboree" is not country but another hand-clapping, good times tune that toddlers try to sing. White's rendition of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" has a herky, jerky beat; the backing vocals fill in spaces like horns. It charted but not very high, and gave people the wrong impression of this album; it's the only remake, and Maurice's sole attempt at nostalgia. Everything else is fresh as a morning shower, like "I Need You," a classy ballad tenderized by White's crafty read. Side two opens with "Believe in Magic," an upbeat, banging jam that has EWF stamped on it. The only thing missing is Philip Bailey's sweet falsetto, but even without Bailey it sounds like a hit, yet it didn't bust a grape. You get the feeling White tried to duplicate Lionel Richie's success, especially on "The Lady Is Love," a lilting mid-tempo love declaration. The robotic "Invitation" reminds you of Midnight Star and similar strobe-light bands. White locks the vocal down so tight, you'd think he performed songs like this all the time. His kalimba playing accents "Children of Afrika," a joyous tribute with an assembly of backing vocalists, including the Neighborhood Choir. White's limited range holds up well over the course of this album, and the razor-sharp productions never become boring. The 2001 CD reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds four bonus tracks, including "Life," a one-minute previously unreleased "freedom mix" of "Life," the previously unissued 20-second "Sam the Jam," and the previously unavailable demo "Adventures of the Heart."

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972475523
catalogNumber: 724755
Rank: 49451

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maurice White   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Kalimba,Chant,Vocoder
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Jeff Lorber   Synthesizer
Marlon McClain   Guitar
Martin Page   Bass,Background Vocals,Chant
Bill Bottrell   Finger Snapping
Robbie Buchanan   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Michel Colombier   Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Brian Fairweather   Background Vocals
Dean Gant   Synthesizer
Gerald Brown   Drums
Rupert Greenall   Synthesizer
Donald Griffin   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Horn
Marva Holcolm   Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Rhythm
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Soloist
Sheldon Reynolds   Guitar
Wanda Vaughn   Background Vocals
Wayne Vaughn   Synthesizer
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Julia Tillman   Background Vocals
Peter Wolf   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Maurice White   Producer
Ramsey Lewis   Liner Notes
Martin Page   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger
Brian Fairweather   Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Dean Gant   Arranger,drum programming
Matthew Kelly   Tape Research
Wayne Vaughn   Arranger
Leo Sacks   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Donald   Art Direction
Lane   Art Direction
Mike Cimicata   Packaging Manager

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Maurice White [Remastered/Bonus Tracks] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maurice White's solo effort shows off the skills he displayed as leader of R&B Dance Pop group sensation Earth,Wind and Fire. His music builds bridges between black and white...when I saw him with EWF in Seattle in 1982 the audience was half black and half white. Never before or since have I felt so much love coming from the stage! The crowd was on it's feet dancing from beginning to end and lovin it! From seductive soul ballads to get yo freak on boogie, Maurice is a master of the form. From his early days as a drummer with Jazz great Ramsey Lewis to his mega star days with EWF his superior style, taste and spirit have shone through. He is a fantastic singer with a great range...he's so smooth he makes it sound easy to hit those notes. Maurice is a musicians musician and a top notch producer who has inspired many of todays top black artists. Many albums from the mid 80's sound dated, but Maurice White sounds as fresh and vital today as it did 15 years ago. Highly recommended for EWF fans and DJs looking for some inspiration...check out Spirit of Radio!