The Promise (Earth, Wind & Fire album)

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The Promise
Studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire
Released May 20, 2003
Genre R&B, funk
Length 56:42
Label Kalimba
Japan Avex/Cutting Edge
Producer Maurice White, Tim & Bob, Phillip Bailey
Earth, Wind & Fire chronology
Live in Rio
(2002)
The Promise
(2003)
Love Songs
(2004)
Reissue cover
2009 Reissue Cover

The Promise is a 2003 album by Earth, Wind & Fire. Released on Maurice White's label Kalimba Records, it was their first of new material in six years. The album reached #5 on the Top Independent Album Chart and #19 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart. It also featured collaborations with Angie Stone, The Emotions, Gerald Albright and Paulinho Da Costa. The album's cover art was designed by Morito Suzuki. The track "All About Love" is a different song and not a remake of their 1975 song of the same name from their album That's the Way of the World.

The album cut produced by Tim & Bob Hold Me was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.[1]

On February 24, 2009 The Promise was re-released on Kalimba Music.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Blender 3/5 stars link
People (Critic's choice) link
Yahoo Music (favorable) link

Allmusic in its review of the album declared that "a certain reverence needs to be paid toward a group that can manage to still produce interesting, soulful music well into a third decade" and that the album is "extremely soulful and soothing", while People called The Promise "musically rich".[3][4]

Trivia[edit]

"Where Do We Go from Here" and "Dirty" were originally recorded during the I Am sessions and remixed for this album. "Dirty", in particular, in its original form with blues legend Junior Wells, already appeared on the 1992 collection The Eternal Dance.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All In the Way feat. The Emotions"   Wayne Vaughn, Wanda Vaughn, Maurice White 4:28
2. "Betcha'"   Gregory Curtis 3:43
3. "Wiggle"   Preston Glass, White 0:39
4. "Why?"   Curtis, White 4:04
5. "Wonderland" feat. Angie Stone"   Chris Rodriguez, Tommy Sims 4:05
6. "Where Do We Go from Here?"   Bill Meyers, Ross Vannelli 5:21
7. "Freedom"   M. White 0:42
8. "Hold Me"   Tim Kelley, Bob Robinson 4:37
9. "Never"   Curtis, White 5:08
10. "Prelude"     0:40
11. "All About Love"   Sheila Hutchinson, Wayne Vaughn, Wanda Vaughn 4:24
12. "Suppose You Like Me"   James Bailey, Scott Storch, Pino Palladino, James Poyser, Questlove 4:37
13. "The Promise"   Raymond Crossley, Ralph Johnson, White 0:27
14. "Love's Patience/She Waits"   Marc Harris, Tommy Sims 5:09
15. "The Promise (Continued)"   Crossley, Johnson, White 0:51
16. "Let Me Love You"   Curtis 4:17
17. "Dirty"   White, Alexander Dutkewych, K.G.St.J. 3:47

[3]

Japan bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Soul"   Johnson, Carlos Rios, White 3:48
2. "So Lucky"   Bailey, Scott Storch, Questlove 4:44

[3]

Performers[edit]

  • Maurice White - Vocals, Background Vocals, Kalimba, Producer, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements, Vocal Producer
  • Tim Kelley - Mixer, Arranger, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming
  • Bob Robinson - Arranger, Producer, Piano, Guitar
  • Verdine White - Bass
  • Philip Bailey - Vocals, Background Vocals, Executive Producer
  • Ralph Johnson - Percussion, Background Vocals, Producer, Drum Programming
  • B. David Whitworth - Background Vocals
  • Tom Mgrdichian - Keyboards, String Arrangements
  • Sir Alexander Dutkewych - Guitar, Harp, "Dirty"
  • John Paris - Drums
  • Greg "G-Mo" Moore - Guitar
  • Robert Brookins - Keyboards, Producer, Drum Programming
  • Daniel de los Reyes - Percussion
  • Gary Bias - Flute, Saxophone
  • Reggie Young - Trombone
  • Ray Brown - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn Arrangements, Soloist
  • Darrell Crooks - Guitar
  • Paulinho Da Costa - Percussion
  • Gary Grant - Trumpet
  • Jerry Hey - Trumpet, Horn Arrangements
  • Sheila Hutchinson - Background Vocals
  • Tollak Ollestad - Harmonica
  • Wayne Linsey - Keyboards
  • Raymond Crossley - Keyboards
  • Gregory Curtis - Keyboards, Background Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Drum Programming
  • Andy Martin - Trombone
  • Howard McCrary - Background Vocals
  • Michael "Patches" Stewart - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • Wanda Vaughn - Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Wayne Vaughn - Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, Vocal Producer
  • Eric Walls - Guitar

Production[edit]

  • Myron McKinley - Rhythm Arrangements
  • Dave Dolimar - Engineer
  • Preston Glass - Producer, Keyboard Programming
  • Steve Hall - Mastering
  • Andy Haller - Engineer
  • Cameron Marcarelli - Engineer, Drum Programming, Assistant Engineer
  • Wallace Mercer - Engineer
  • Richard Salvato - Production Coordination
  • Dexter Simmons - Mixing
  • Ben Wright - Horn Arrangements
  • Morito Suzuki - Cover Design

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Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 89
Top Independent Albums 5
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 19

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2003 "All in the Way" Adult Contemporary 25
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 77

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