Elements of Love: Ballads

Elements of Love: Ballads


The softer side of Maurice White's creation, Earth, Wind & Fire, is displayed on Elements of Love: Ballads, a sparkling, 14-song compilation of ballads. Though EW&F's biggest hits were fast numbers, they had a gift for slow heart-tuggers. The leads are divided among Maurice White and Philip Bailey, with Bailey's being the cream. His forceful, shimmering, pause-stopping falsetto glows on "Devotion," "Reasons," and "Keep Your Head to the Sky." Their most successful ballad, chart-wise, "After the Love Is Gone," is poignant, majestic, and sounds years ahead of its time. White had a slick Chicago sound that was balanced by deep soul roots (he was raised in Memphis, TN), and "Can't Hide Love" is a good example of the unique combination. As usual, Latin beats and rhythms find their way onto EW&F's recordings, and "Ponta de Areia" and "Love's Holiday" are two sweet examples.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/1996
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646489925
catalogNumber: 64899

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earth, Wind & Fire   Primary Artist
Philip Bailey   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Michael Harris   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Maurice White   Drums,Timbales,Vocals,Kalimba
Dorothy Ashby   Harp
Jerome Richardson   Saxophone
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Azar Lawrence   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Herman Riley   Saxophone
David Foster   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Roland Bautista   Guitar
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Eduardo del Barrio   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Delores M. Bing   Cello
George Bohannon   Trombone
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Elmer Brown   Trumpet
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Denyse Buffum   Viola
David Campbell   Viola
Charles Veal   Concert Master
Ronald Clark   Violin
Jessica Cleaves   Vocals
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,Percussion,Piano,Drums
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
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Zakir Hussain   Tabla
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Azkir Hussain   Drums
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Jan Kelley   Cello
Richard Kelly   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Barbara Korn   French Horn
Cynthia Kovacs   Violin
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Richard Lepore   Timbales,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
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
James Ross   Viola
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
Linn Subotnick   Viola
Ilka Talvi   Violin
Beloyd Taylor   Guitar,Background Vocals
Barbara Thomason   Viola
Kevan Torfeh   Cello
Wayne Vaughn   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Fred White   Percussion,Drums
Verdine White   Bass,Percussion,Vocals
Andrew Woolfolk   Flute,Percussion,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ken Yerke   Violin
James Dunham   Viola
Daniel Smith   Cello
John Walz   Cello
Jerome Webster   Violin
William Henderson   Violin
Marie Fera   Cello
Joseph Livoti   Violin
Sherman Bryana   Violin
Leena Sherman   Violin
Phenix Horns   Horn
Judith Talvi   Violin
Rosmen Torfeh   Violin
Laury Woods   Viola
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
Maxine Lewis   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Rick Kelly   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Winterton Carvey   Violin
Cynthia Kavaks   Violin
Kevin Torefeh   Cello
Laurie Wiids   Viola
Fred Jackson   Saxophone
Sandy Seemore   Violin
David Duke   French Horn
Paul Polivnick   Viola
Pam Gates   Violin
George Del Barrio   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Anton Sen   Violin

Technical Credits

Earth, Wind & Fire   Arranger
Maurice White   Composer,Producer
Deodato   Arranger,Director,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Foster   String Arrangements
Robert Appere   Engineer
Adam Block   Contributor
Larry Dunn   Contributor
Jay Graydon   Songwriter
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
George Massenburg   Engineer
Ross Pallone   Engineer
Tom Perry   Engineer
Dean Rod   Engineer
Charles Stepney   Arranger,Producer
Tom Tom 84   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Wayne Vaughn   Composer
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Nelson George   Liner Notes
Tony Sellari   Art Direction
Robert Spano   Engineer
Steve Crimmel   Engineer
Craig Widby   Engineer
Richard Goodman   Engineer

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Elements of Love: Ballads 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Kisocama More than 1 year ago
My daughters gave this to me for Christmas and I've worn it out...need a new one!