The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire

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The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire
Greatest hits album by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released July 30, 2002
Recorded 1973-1983
Genre R&B
Label Columbia/Legacy
Producer Maurice White, Al McKay, Charles Stepney, Joseph Wissert, Leo Sacks
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
The Ultimate Collection
(1999)
The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire
(2002)
That's the Way of the World: Alive in 75
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[2]
PopMatters (favourable)[3]

The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire is a compilation album of American R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire. It contains several songs recorded between 1973 and 1983, and all the tracks were digitally remastered. It was released on July 30, 2002 by Columbia/Legacy as a double-disc set, part of The Essential series. On September 27, 2005, it was re-released with a DVD. The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire has been certified gold in the US by the RIAA.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mighty Mighty"   Maurice White, Verdine White 3:02
2. "Evil"   Maurice White 4:56
3. "Devotion"   Philip Bailey, Maurice White 4:49
4. "Keep Your Head to the Sky"   Maurice White 5:09
5. "Kalimba Story"   Maurice White, Verdine White 4:01
6. "Shining Star"   Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Maurice White 2:50
7. "That's the Way of the World"   Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Verdine White 5:45
8. "Yearnin' Learnin'"   Philip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White 3:39
9. "All About Love"   Larry Dunn, Maurice White 5:30
10. "Reasons"   Philip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White 4:58
11. "Sing a Song"   Al McKay, Maurice White 3:23
12. "Can't Hide Love"   Skip Scarborough 4:09
13. "Getaway"   Peter Cor, Beloyd Taylor 3:45
14. "Saturday Nite"   Philip Bailey, Al McKay, Maurice White 4:02
15. "Ponta de Areia (Brazilian Rhyme)/Be Ever Wonderful"   Larry Dunn, Milton Nascimento, Maurice White 6:00
16. "Open Our Eyes"   Leon Lumkins 5:03
17. "Got to Get You into My Life"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney 4:03
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "September"   Al McKay, Maurice White, Allee Willis 3:35
2. "Serpentine Fire"   Sonny Burke, Maurice White, Verdine White 3:50
3. "Fantasy"   Eduardo DelBarrio, Maurice White, Verdine White 4:36
4. "I'll Write a Song for You"   Philip Bailey, Steve Beckmeier, Al McKay 5:22
5. "Drum Song"   Maurice White 5:09
6. "In the Stone"   Billy Myers, Maurice White, Allee Willis 4:25
7. "Can't Let Go"   Billy Myers, Maurice White, Allee Willis 3:28
8. "After the Love Has Gone"   Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon 4:25
9. "Wait"   David Foster, Maurice White, Allee Willis 3:39
10. "You and I"   David Foster, Maurice White, Allee Willis 3:31
11. "Let Me Talk"   Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Ralph Johnson, Al McKay, Maurice White, Verdine White 4:08
12. "And Love Goes On"   Larry Dunn, David Foster, Brenda Russell, Maurice White, Verdine White 4:04
13. "You"   David Foster, Brenda Russell, Maurice White 5:30
14. "Let's Groove"   Wayne Vaughn, Maurice White 5:32
15. "Fall In Love With Me"   Wanda Vaughn, Wayne Vaughn, Maurice White 5:49
16. "Side by Side"   Wayne Vaughn, Maurice White 5:31
17. "Boogie Wonderland"   Jon Lind, Allee Willis 4:48

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Credits[edit]

Accolades[edit]

The following accolades attributed to The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire is adapted from Blender.com.[6]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Blender U.S. 500 CDs You Must Own: Rhythm & Blues 2003 Alphabetical order

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blender review
  3. ^ PopMatters review
  4. ^ "The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire". riaa.com. 
  5. ^ a b "The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire - Overview". allmusic.com. Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "500 CDs You Must Own: Rhythm & Blues". blender.com. 2003-03-15. Retrieved 2009-04-04.