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Format: CD
Sku: 64006358
UPC: 827969648827
UPC 14: 00827969648827
Release Date: 9/27/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Mighty Mighty ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
2. Evil ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
3. Devotion ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
4. Keep Your Head To The Sky ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
5. Kalimba Story ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
6. Shining Star ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
7. That's The Way Of The World ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
8. Yearnin' Learnin' ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
9. All About Love ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
10. Reasons ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
11. Sing A Song ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
12. Can't Hide Love ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
13. Getaway ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
14. Saturday Nite ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
15. Ponta De Areia (Brazilian Rhyme) / Be Ever Wonderful ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
16. Open Our Eyes ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
17. Got To Get You Into My Life ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
Disc 2
Song Title
1. September ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
2. Serpentine Fire ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
3. Fantasy ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
4. I'll Write A Song For You ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
5. Drum Song ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
6. In The Stone ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
7. Can't Let Go ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
8. After The Love Has Gone ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
9. Wait ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
10. You And I ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
11. Let Me Talk ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
12. And Love Goes On ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
13. You ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
14. Let's Groove ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
15. Fall In Love With Me ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
16. Side By Side ~ Earth, Wind & Fire
17. Boogie Wonderland ~ Earth, Wind & Fire

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Earth, Wind & Fire: Maurice White (vocals, kalimba, timbales, drums); Verdine White (vocals, bass, percussion); Philip Bailey (vocals, congas, percussion); Larry Dunn (piano, organ, synthesizer, programming).
Muze PNote Additional personnel includes: Ken Yerke, Harris Goldman (violin); Rollice Dale (viola); Dennis Karmazyn Harry Schultz (cello); Fred Jackson Jr., Herman Riley, Jerome Richardson (saxophone); Tommy Johnson (tuba); Harvey Mason, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Beloyd Taylor (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers: Maurice White, Joe Wissert, Charles Stepney, Al McKay.
Muze PNote Compilation producers: Leo Sacks, Maurice White.
Muze PNote Recorded between 1973 & 1983. Includes liner notes by Leo Sacks, Virginia Prescott, and William C, Rhoden.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Muze PNote "These songs are as close as we came to perfection," says group founder and leader Maurice White in the liner notes to THE ESSENTIAL EARTH, WIND & FIRE. Given the quality of the music in this double-disc package, it's hard to argue. Remarkable for both its commercial success and its inventive hybrid of funk, soul, jazz, and African folk music (White's kalimba is featured as a solo instrument on "Evil," for example), Earth, Wind & Fire are deservedly regarded as one of the finest ensembles of the 1970s.
Muze PNote A thorough retrospective of the band's evolution and multiple stylistic directions (often achieved within one song), ESSENTIAL spans from the early, earthy funk of "Mighty Mighty" to the disco-flavored "Boogie Wonderland" (with the Emotions). In between are all of the group's smash hits--the infectious "Shining Star," the feel-good "Sing a Song," their jazzy interpretation of Lennon/McCartney's "Got to Get You Into My Life," and the early '80s dance-floor favorite "Let's Groove," to name a few. Throughout, complex horn parts, rich vocal harmonies, and the formidable chops of the band's instrumentalists dazzle on ballads, heady improvisations, and funk workouts alike. This is the definitive compilation of one soul's mightiest groups.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Classic Soul Hits
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Pure Funk
Muze Music Compilations Soul Hits Of The 70's
Muze Music Compilations Disco Dance
Muze Music Compilations Soul Classics Vol.2
Muze Music Compilations Soul Hits Of 70s
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits Of The 80's
Muze Music Compilations Soul Love
Muze Music Compilations Old School Vol 8
Muze Music Compilations Black Power: music Of A Revolution
Muze Music Compilations Soul Hits Of 80s
Muze Music Compilations Classic Soul 9: Wdas Fm
Muze Music Compilations Be Cool
Muze Music Compilations Madagascar
Muze Music Compilations Gold(2cd)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Kenny G
Muze Music Compilations What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977)(4CD)
Muze Music Compilations What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977)(4CD)
Muze Music Compilations Babel
Muze Music Compilations Classic Soul Hits 11
Muze Music Compilations Gold
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic R&B
Muze Music Compilations Platinum R b Party
Muze Music Compilations Rock Classic Of 70'S
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Dance Classics
Muze Music Compilations X2
Muze Music Compilations Think Like A Man:music/film (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Kenny G
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0
Muze Music Compilations Authentic
Muze Music Compilations Romancing The 60S
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:70s Soul
Muze Music Compilations Old School Gold Box Set
Muze Music Compilations AUTHENTIC [Vinyl Record]
Muze Music Compilations Power Of Soul:tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Associated Artists and Works

Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, W ~ Various Artists
Smooth Jazz Tribute to Earth Wind & Fire ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/27/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 96488
Music Label Name Label : Legacy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 3
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00827969648827

Professional Reviews

Q (1/03, p.132)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...There's still loads to savour..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Earth,Wind & Fire
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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