September 04, 2011
EARTH, WIND & FIRE — THE COLUMBIA MASTERS
15 NEWLY MASTERED CDS ENCOMPASSING THEIR ASTONISHING RECORDING CAREER ON COLUMBIA RECORDS
PLUS A BONUS DISK OF RARITIES, INSTRUMENTALS AND UNRELEASED TRACKS
SUPERVISED BY EW&F’S FOUNDER AND SPIRITUAL GUIDE MAURICE WHITE
Earth, Wind & Fire’s horn-powered hit machine represents the best in pop melodies, harmonizing voices, funky syncopation and rhythms of the world.
During their heyday in the Seventies, they became one of music’s most beloved groups with catchy songs like “September,” “Shining Star,” “Let’s Groove,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Sing a Song,” “Can’t Hide Love,” “Reasons” and “After the Love Is Gone.”
Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and The Columbia Masters demonstrates why the group became the soundtrack for 20th century American life.
The set — personally supervised by the group’s founder and spiritual guide Maurice White — includes:
*15 of the band’s classic albums, newly mastered for superior sound.
*Original LP jackets, meticulously reproduced.
*A 40-page booklet with photos and commentary by Maurice White.
The Columbia Masters also features a newly compiled bonus disk with:
*Two unreleased tracks from the Touch the World sessions.
*Two scintillating live performances (“Getaway” and “In the Stone”) recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 1980.
*Rare instrumental versions of “Let’s Groove” and “Boogie Wonderland” (with The Emotions).
*Maurice White’s unmistakable productions for Neil Diamond, Ramsey Lewis, Jennifer Holiday and Barbra Streisand.
1. Last Days and Time
2. Head to the Sky
3. Open Our Eyes
4. That’s the Way of the World
7. All ‘N All
8. The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1
9. I Am
13. Electric Universe
14. Touch the World
16. Constellations (A new compilation supervised by Maurice White.)
“This is our gift to you.” — Maurice White