Essential Plus (w/ Bonus DVD) CD (2005)

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Sony
SKU 64006358
UPC 827969648827
UPC 14 00827969648827
Format CD
Release Date 9/27/2005
Links
Author Wind & Fire Earth
Compilation Appearance AUTHENTIC [Vinyl Record]
Technical Info
Engineer Richard Goodman; Craig Widby; Dean Rod; George Massenburg; Robert Spano; Mick Guzauski; Robert Appere; Steve Crimmel; Tom Perry
CatalogID 96488
Lable Name Legacy
Released 09/27/2005
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 3
SPARE Code n/a
Length 152m : 26s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00827969648827
Album Notes and Credits
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).
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).
Producers: Maurice White, Joe Wissert, Charles Stepney, Al McKay.
Compilation producers: Leo Sacks, Maurice White.
Recorded between 1973 & 1983. Includes liner notes by Leo Sacks, Virginia Prescott, and William C, Rhoden.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Al McKay (vocals, guitar, percussion); Maurice White (vocals, drums, kalimba, timbales); Philip Bailey (vocals, congas, percussion); Verdine White (vocals, percussion); Johnny Graham (guitar, percussion); Beloyd Taylor (guitar, background vocals); Roland Bautista , Steve Lukather, Marlo Henderson (guitar); Dorothy Ashby (harp); Assa Drori, Jack Gootkin, Jerome Reisler, Winterton Garvey, Harris Goldman, Anton Sen, Ken Yerke, Judith Talvi, Carl LaMagna, Rosmen Torfeh, Joy Lyle, Leena Sherman, Marci Dicterow, Joseph Goodman, Henry Ferber, Gina Kronstadt, Jerome Webster, Sandy Seemore, Henry Roth, Pamela Gates, Cynthia Kavaks, Sherman Bryana, Joseph Livoti, Ilka Talvi, Pavel Farkas, William Henderson , Sheldon Sanov, Ronald Clark, Haim Shtrum (violin); David Campbell , Paul Polivnick, James V. Ross, James Dunham , Barbara Thomason, Rollice Dale, Linda Lipsett, Marilyn Baker, Virginia Majewski, Denyse Buffum (viola); Jan Kelley, Dennis Karmazyn, Daniel Smith, Harry Shultz, Ronald Cooper, Delores M. Bing, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Miguel Martinez, Larry Corbett, John Walz, Marie Fera (cello); Andrew Woolfolk (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion); Don Myrick, Fred Jackson, Jr. , Herman Riley, Jerome Richardson (saxophone); Michael A. Harris, Rahmlee Michael Davis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Oscar Brashear, Steve Madaio, Bobby Bryant (trumpet); Arthur Maebe, David Duke , Richard Perissi, Marilyn Robinson, Barbara Korn, Sidney Muldrow (French horn); Garnett Brown, George Bohanon, Benjamin Powell, Charles Loper, Maurice Spears, Louis Satterfield, Lew McCreary, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Tommy Johnson (tuba); Larry Dunn (piano, organ, synthesizer); George Del Barrio, Eduardo del Barrio, Rick Kelly, Maxine Lewis, Jerry Peters, Skip Scarborough, Steve Porcaro, Azar Lawrence, Wayne Vaughn, Billy Myers, David Foster, Charles Stepney (piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Ralph Boyd Johnson, Fred White (drums, percussion); Zakir Hussein (tabla); Richard Lepore (timpani); Harvey Mason, Sr. , Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: William C. Rhoden; Leo Sacks; Andy Ellison; Boz Boorer.
Photographers: Jeffrey Mayer; Sandy Speiser; Simon Fowler .
Unknown Contributor Role: Trevor Jones .
Arrangers: Charles Stepney; Tom Tom 84; Deodato; Earth, Wind & Fire.
"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.
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.
Professional Reviews
Q (1/03, p.132) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...There's still loads to savour..."
Disc 1
1 Mighty Mighty,September
2 Evil,Serpentine Fire
3 Devotion,Fantasy
4 Keep Your Head To The Sky,I'll Write A Song For You
5 Kalimba Story,Drum Song
6 Shining Star,In The Stone
7 That's The Way Of The World,Can't Let Go
8 Yearnin' Learnin',After The Love Has Gone
9 All About Love,Wait
10 Reasons,You And I
11 Sing A Song,Let Me Talk
12 Can't Hide Love,And Love Goes On
13 Getaway,You
14 Saturday Nite,Let's Groove
15 Ponta De Areia (Brazilian Rhyme) / Be Ever Wonderful ,Fall In Love With Me
16 Open Our Eyes,Side By Side
17 Got To Get You Into My Life,Boogie Wonderland
Disc 2
1 Mighty Mighty,September
2 Evil,Serpentine Fire
3 Devotion,Fantasy
4 Keep Your Head To The Sky,I'll Write A Song For You
5 Kalimba Story,Drum Song
6 Shining Star,In The Stone
7 That's The Way Of The World,Can't Let Go
8 Yearnin' Learnin',After The Love Has Gone
9 All About Love,Wait
10 Reasons,You And I
11 Sing A Song,Let Me Talk
12 Can't Hide Love,And Love Goes On
13 Getaway,You
14 Saturday Nite,Let's Groove
15 Ponta De Areia (Brazilian Rhyme) / Be Ever Wonderful ,Fall In Love With Me
16 Open Our Eyes,Side By Side
17 Got To Get You Into My Life,Boogie Wonderland
Product Attributes
Artist Earth,Wind & Fire
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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