The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire

The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/30/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998666122
catalogNumber: 86661

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
Deodato   Conductor
Fred Jackson   Saxophone
David Foster   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Roland Bautista   Guitar
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
Assa Drori   Violin
Larry Dunn   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
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
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Zakir Hussain   Tabla
Marlo Henderson   Guitar
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Ralph Johnson   Percussion,Drums
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Jan Kelley   Cello
Barbara Korn   French Horn
Gina Kronstadt   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
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
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,Vocals
Barbara Thomason   Viola
Kevan Torfeh   Cello
Wayne Vaughn   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Verdine White   Bass,Percussion,Vocals
Andrew Woolfolk   Flute,Percussion,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
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
Sheldon Sanow   Violin
Sandy Seemore   Violin
George Bohanon   Trombone
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
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Brenda Russell   Composer
Maurice White   Composer,Producer
Bill Meyers   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Deodato   Arranger
David Foster   Composer,String Arrangements
Robert Appere   Engineer
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Jeanette Hawes   Contributor
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Wanda Hutchinson   Contributor
George Massenburg   Engineer
McKay   Producer
Ross Pallone   Engineer
Tom Perry   Engineer
Dean Rod   Engineer
Charles Stepney   Arranger,Producer
Tom Tom 84   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Wanda Vaughn   Composer
Wayne Vaughn   Composer
Verdine White   Composer
Sheila Whitt   Contributor
Allee Willis   Composer
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Leo Sacks   Liner Notes
Sonny Burke   Composer
Robert Spano   Engineer
Steve Crimmel   Engineer
Richard Salvato   Direction
Bruce Talamon   Cover Photo
Craig Widby   Engineer
Richard Goodman   Engineer
Ben Wright   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Art Macnow   Direction

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire [Columbia/Legacy] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago