Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 September
Earth, Wind & Fire 4.8 3:35
2 Serpentine Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire 5 3:50
3 Fantasy
Earth, Wind & Fire 4 4:37
4 I'll Write a Song for You
Earth, Wind & Fire 5:22
5 Drum Song
Earth, Wind & Fire 5:09
6 In the Stone
Earth, Wind & Fire 4:25
7 Can't Let Go
Earth, Wind & Fire 3:29
8 After the Love Has Gone
Earth, Wind & Fire 4:26
9 Wait
Earth, Wind & Fire 3:39
10 You and I
Earth, Wind & Fire 3:32
11 Let Me Talk
Earth, Wind & Fire 4:08
12 And Love Goes On
Earth, Wind & Fire 4:04
13 You
Earth, Wind & Fire 5:30
14 Let's Groove
Earth, Wind & Fire 4.5 5:32
15 Fall in Love With Me
Earth, Wind & Fire 5:50
16 Side by Side
Earth, Wind & Fire 5:32
17 Boogie Wonderland
Earth, Wind & Fire feat. The Emotions 4 4:48
CD 2
# Title Rating Length
1 Mighty Mighty
3:03
2 Evil
4:57
3 Devotion
4:49
4 Keep Your Head to the Sky
5:10
5 Kalimba Story
4:01
6 Shining Star
4 2:50
7 That's the Way of the World
3 5:46
8 Yearnin' Learnin'
3:39
9 All About Love
5:30
10 Reasons
2 4:59
11 Sing a Song
3 3:24
12 Can't Hide Love
3 4:10
13 Getaway
3 3:45
14 Saturday Nite
4:02
15 Ponta De Areia (Brazilian Rhyme) / Be Ever Wonderful
6:01
16 Open Our Eyes
5:04
17 Got to Get You Into My Life
3 4:04

Credits

CD 1

arranger:
Charles Stepney (track 5)
Earth, Wind & Fire (track 5)
associate producer:
Charles Stepney (track 5)
composer:
David Foster (Canadian music producer, arranger and composer) (tracks 6, 6)
Jon Lind (track 17)
Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) (tracks 5–6, 6)
Verdine White (track 5)
Allee Willis (tracks 6, 6)
engineer:
George Massenburg (tracks 2–4)
lyricist:
Allee Willis (track 17)
producer:
Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) (tracks 2–5)
Joe Wissert (track 5)
vocals:
The Emotions (Chicago soul, disco and R&B female vocal group) (track 17)
writer:
Philip Bailey (track 4)
Steve Beckmeier (track 4)
Bill Myers (track 7)
Reginald "Sonny" Burke (Keyboard player) (track 2)
Bill Champlin (track 8)
Eduardo Del Barrio (track 3)
Larry Dunn (track 12)
David Foster (Canadian music producer, arranger and composer) (tracks 8, 12)
Jay Graydon (track 8)
Al McKay (tracks 1, 4)
Brenda Russell (track 12)
Wayne Vaughn (tracks 14–15)
Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) (tracks 1–3, 7, 12, 14–15)
Verdine White (tracks 2–3, 12)
Allee Willis (tracks 1, 7)
phonographic copyright by:
Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (not for release label use! company owned by Sony Corporation of America from 1991–2004; operated worldwide except in JP) (1978) (track 1)
Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (not for release label use! company owned by Sony Corporation of America from 1991–2004; operated worldwide except in JP) (1981) (track 14)
publisher:
Criga Music (track 3)
EMI Songs Ltd. (tracks 1, 14)
Saggifire Music (track 3)
sampled by:
Hold On Be Strong by 2Pac (track 4)
Kobiety są gorące by Norbi (track 1)
is the basis for:
I’m Alive (track 17)
later translated parody versions:
A Kapella (track 1)
live recording of:
In the Stone (track 6)
recording of:
And Love Goes On (track 12)
Boogie Wonderland (track 17)
Can't Let Go (track 7)
Drum Song (track 5)
In the Stone (track 6)
Let's Groove (track 14)
September (track 1)
Fantasy (1977-08) (track 3)
I'll Write a Song for You (1977-08) (track 4)
Serpentine Fire (1977-08) (track 2)
referred to in medleys:

CD 2

arranger:
Charles Stepney (tracks 1, 3, 5–10, 16)
Earth, Wind & Fire (tracks 1, 3–10, 16)
associate producer:
Charles Stepney (tracks 1, 3, 5, 16)
co-producer:
Charles Stepney (tracks 6–10)
composer:
Skip Scarborough (tracks 12, 12, 12)
engineer:
George Massenburg (tracks 6–8, 10)
lyricist:
Skip Scarborough (tracks 12, 12, 12)
producer:
Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) (tracks 1, 3, 5–10, 16)
Joe Wissert (tracks 1, 3–5, 16)
writer:
Philip Bailey (tracks 2–3, 6, 8, 10, 14)
Peter Cor (track 13)
Larry Dunn (tracks 6, 9)
John Lennon (Beatle) (track 17)
Leon Lumpkins (track 16)
Paul McCartney (track 17)
Al McKay (tracks 11, 14)
Charles Stepney (tracks 7–8, 10)
Bernard Taylor (guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, ex-member of Earth, Wind & Fire) (track 13)
Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) (tracks 1–4, 6–11, 14)
Verdine White (tracks 1, 7)
phonographic copyright by:
CBS, Inc. (US broadcasting company; file no releases here!) (1975) (tracks 6–8, 10)
Sony Music Entertainment (not for release label use! company owned by Sony Corporation of America since Oct 1, 2008; operates worldwide except in JP) (1975) (tracks 11–12)
Sony Music Entertainment Inc. (not for release label use! company owned by Sony Corporation of America from 1991–2004; operated worldwide except in JP) (1978 –) (track 17)
publisher:
EMI April Music Inc. (tracks 6, 8)
Northern Songs Ltd. (track 17)
sampled by:
Gator by Le Knight Club (track 4)
Guidance by Guru feat. Amel Larrieux (track 4)
The One (explicit) by Cee-Lo Green feat. Jazze Pha & T.I. (track 3)
part of:
The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (as at 2016-06-10) (number: 329) (track 7)
cover recording of:
Open Our Eyes (track 16)
later parody versions:
Child of God (track 6)
later translated versions:
live cover recording of:
live recording of:
recording of:
All About Love (track 9)
Devotion (track 3)
Evil (track 2)
Getaway (track 13)
Kalimba Story (track 5)
Mighty Mighty (track 1)
Reasons (track 10)
Saturday Nite (track 14)
Shining Star (track 6)
Sing a Song (track 11)
referred to in medleys:

Release Group

Wikidata: Q7732466 [info]
Wikipedia: en: The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire [info]