The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire [2-CD/DVD]

The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire [2-CD/DVD]

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Columbia/Legacy's double-disc set The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire lives up to its title by offering 34 tracks of the groundbreaking funk band at its peak. All of the hits, whether they're R&B or tunes that crossed over to the pop charts, are here, along with important album tracks that capture the range and depth of EWF. Since this focuses on their peak of the '70s and early '80s, there's very little here that doesn't qualify as "essential," which makes it a better bet than their box set. The single-disc Greatest Hits remains the choice for the casual and the curious listener due to its concise concentration of classics, but anybody who wants a thorough retrospective should choose this. [Columbia/Legacy released a limited-edition collector's set in 2005. It adds a DVD with 17 video clips, a few of them of live performances. The vintage varies, yet they all are fairly old-school and will no doubt seem campy to modern-day viewers. Still, it's nice to have them available, given their rarity and campiness. Some of the mid-'80s videos are for songs not compiled on the CDs, which is another bonus.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969648827
catalogNumber: 96488

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earth, Wind & Fire   Primary Artist
Philip Bailey   Percussion,Conga,Vocals,Group Member
Maurice White   Drums,Timbales,Vocals,Kalimba,Group Member
Dorothy Ashby   Harp
Jerome Richardson   Saxophone
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Azar Lawrence   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Herman Riley   Saxophone
Deodato   Conductor
David Foster   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Roland Bautista   Guitar,Group Member
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Eduardo del Barrio   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Delores M. Bing   Cello
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Denyse Buffum   Viola
David Campbell   Viola
Charles Veal   Concert Master
Ronald Clark   Violin
Ronald Cooper   Cello
Larry Corbett   Cello
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Rollice Dale   Viola
Rahmlee Michael Davis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Marci Dicterow   Violin
Assa Drori   Violin
Larry Dunn   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Group Member
Pavel Farkas   Violin
Henry Ferber   Violin
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Winterton Garvey   Violin
Harris Goldman   Violin,Concert Master
Joseph Goodman   Violin
Jack Gootkin   Violin
Janice Gower   Concert Master
Johnny Graham   Guitar,Percussion,Group Member
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Zakir Hussain   Tabla
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Jan Kelley   Cello
Barbara Korn   French Horn
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Carl LaMagna   Violin
Richard Lepore   Timpani
Linda Lipsett   Viola
Charles Loper   Trombone
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Jacqueline Lustgarten   Cello
Joy Lyle   Violin
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Harvey Mason   Percussion
Lew McCreary   Trombone
McKay   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Sidney Muldrow   French Horn
Billy Myers   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Don Myrick   Saxophone
Richard Perissi   French Horn
Jerry Peters   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Benjamin Powell   Trombone
Jerome Reisler   Violin
Marilyn Robinson   French Horn
Henry Roth   Violin
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
Louis Satterfield   Trombone
Skip Scarborough   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Harry Shultz   Cello
Maurice Spears   Trombone
Charles Stepney   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Ilka Talvi   Violin
Beloyd Taylor   Guitar,Background Vocals
Barbara Thomason   Viola
Wayne Vaughn   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Fred White   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Verdine White   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Andrew Woolfolk   Flute,Percussion,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Ken Yerke   Violin
James Dunham   Viola
Daniel Smith   Cello
John Walz   Cello
Jerome Webster   Violin
William Henderson   Violin
Marie Fera   Cello
Joseph Livoti   Violin
James V. Ross   Viola
Sherman Bryana   Violin
Leena Sherman   Violin
Judith Talvi   Violin
Rosmen Torfeh   Violin
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
Maxine Lewis   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Rick Kelly   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Cynthia Kavaks   Violin
Fred Jackson   Saxophone
Sandy Seemore   Violin
George Bohanon   Trombone
Ralph Boyd Johnson   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Michael A. Harris   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Duke   French Horn
Paul Polivnick   Viola
Pam Gates   Violin
George Del Barrio   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Anton Sen   Violin

Technical Credits

Philip Bailey   Composer
Earth, Wind & Fire   Arranger
Maurice White   Composer,Producer,Reissue Producer,Audio Production
Bill Meyers   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Deodato   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Foster   String Arrangements
Robert Appere   Engineer
P.C. Bailey   Composer
Steve Beckmeier   Composer
Boz Boorer   Liner Notes
Andy Ellison   Liner Notes
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
George Massenburg   Engineer
McKay   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tom Perry   Engineer
Dean Rod   Engineer
B. Russell   Composer
Charles Stepney   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tom Tom 84   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Verdine White   Composer
Joseph Wissert   Producer,Audio Production
Leo Sacks   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Robert Spano   Engineer
Steve Crimmel   Engineer
Richard Salvato   Direction
Bruce Talamon   Cover Photo
Craig Widby   Engineer
Richard Goodman   Engineer
B. Myers   Composer
Ben Wright   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Trevor Jones   Contributor
Art Macnow   Direction
William C. Rhoden   Liner Notes

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