Various Artists – Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire

Various Artists
Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire
(Stax – 2007)
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Visionaries in music don’t come any mightier than Maurice White. As the founder of the band Earth Wind & Fire, he shrewdly assembled “the elements” that crafted a mold-shattering music machine.

Now, 37 years after Earth Wind & Fire’s 1970 debut, a stellar collection of contemporary soul disciples has created a tribute to Maurice White with ten of the groups most memorable pieces, performed by ten contemporary artists who owe the group a substantial measure of debt. This project is inaugural release for Concord’s newly reactivated Stax label.

Features: Angie Stone who channels Aretha Franklin on her rendition of “Be Ever Wonderful,” Kirk Franklin (“September”), Chaka Khan who tears up “Shining Star,” the lovely and talented Ledisi who sings the heck out of “Devotion”.

You also get The Randy Watson Experience featuring Bilal (“Can’t Hide Love”), Dwele (“That’s The Way of The World”), Lalah Hathaway, Musiq Soulchild, and Mint Condition and best of all Meshell Ndegeocello whose version of “Fantasy” is almost a match for the original.