Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Illumination’

Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Illumination’ is their nineteenth album recorded with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Kenny G, Kelly Rowland, will.i.am and Brian McKnight and released on September 20, 2005 by Sanctuary.

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Track Listing : 1.Lovely People (Keith Harris, Will.I.Am) – 04:28 . 2.Pure Gold (James Harris Iii, Terry Lewis, Tony L. Tolbert, Bobby Ross Avila, Issiah J. Avila) – 04:40 . 3.A Talking Voice (Interlude) (Philip Bailey) – 00:19 . 4.Love’S Dance (James Harris Iii, Terry Lewis, Tony L. Tolbert) – 04:28 . 5.Show Me The Way (Taura Jackson, Raphael Saadiq) – 07:47 . 6.This Is How I Feel (Patrick Brown, Marqueze Ethridge, Ray Murray, Antwan Patton, Rico Wade) – 04:21 . 7.Work It Out (James Bailey, Taura Aura Jackson, Raphael Saadiq, Kelvin Wooten) – 04:29 . 8.Pass You By (Raphael Saadiq, Taura Jackson) – 04:59 . 9.The One (Brandon Bennett, Patrick Brown, Samuel Christian, Ray Murray, Rico Wade) – 05:11 . 10.Elevated (Marsha Ambrosius, Darren Henson, Keith Pelzer, Natalie Stewart) – 04:37 . 11.Liberation (Junius Bervine, Vikter Duplaix) – 05:25 . 12.To You (Brian Mcknight) – 04:37 . 13.The Way You Move (Antwan Patton, Carlton Mahone, Patrick Brown) – 04:36

Musicians : Earth, Wind & Fire – Band . Maurice White – Guitar, Kalimba, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Vocals (Background) . Philip Bailey – Bongos, Percussion, Vocals, Vocals (Background) . Verdine White – Bass, Bass Instrument, Kalimba . Floetry – Vocals On (10) . Vikter Duplaix – Drum Programming, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass On (11) . Kenny G – Guest . Big Boi – Vocals On (6) . Kelly Rowland – Vocals On (6) . Sleepy Brown – Piano, Vocals On (6), Vocals (Background) . Will.I.Am – Programming, Vocals On (1), Vocals (Background) . Brian Mcknight – Vocals (Background) On (12) . Raphael Saadiq – Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals On (5), Vocals (Background) . Preston Crump – Bass . Kelvin Wooten – Bass, Keyboards . Organized Noize – Drum Programming, Programming . Prescott Ellison – Drums . Khari Parker – Drums . Keith Harris – Drums, Keyboards . Robert Ozuna – Drums, Percussion . Neil Pogue – Percussion . Bobby Ross Avila – Fender Rhodes, Guitar, Keyboards . Jimmy Jam – Fender Rhodes . Greg Moore – Guitar . Shorty B. – Guitar . Jeff Bradshaw – Trombone . Matt Cappy – Trumpet . Junius Bervine – Keyboards . Myron Mckinley – Keyboards . Dave Robbins – Keyboards . Ralph Boyd Johnson – Percussion . Gary Bias – Saxophone . The South Central Chamber Orchestra – Strings . Reggie C. Young – Trombone . Gary Grant – Trumpet . Bobby Rodriguez – Trumpet . Nolan Shaheed – Trumpet . Doc Holiday -Vocals (Background) . Natalie Stewart – Vocals . Marsha Ambrosius – Vocals (Background) . Prof. T. – Vocals (Background) . Chimere Scott – Vocals (Background)

Production : Produced By Will.I.Am, Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis, Raphael Saadiq, Darren Henson & Keith Pelzer, Brian Mcknight, Organized Noize . Raphael Saadiq, Kelvin Wooten, Keith Harris, Ray Brown,Bill Meyers, Jeff Bradshaw, Matt Cappy, Charles Veal . Mary Ann Souza – Assistant Engineer . James Tanksley – Assistant Engineer . Tim Wentzlaff – Assistant Engineer . Chris Bell – Engineer . Gerry The Gov Brown – Engineer . Ian Cross – Engineer . Sean Davis – Engineer . Charnessa Jones – Engineer . Ray Murray – Engineer . Jimmy Randolph – Engineer . John Tanksley – Engineer . Chris Wood – Engineer . Brian Gardner – Mastering . Serban Ghenea – Mixing . Matt Marrin – Mixing . Dave Pensado – Mixing . Cameron Marcarelli – Engineer . Darren Limitless Henson – Engineer . Keith Pelzer – Engineer . Neil Pogue – Engineer, Mixing

Arrangements : Raphael Saadiq, Kelvin Wooten, Keith Harris, Ray Brown,Bill Meyers, Jeff Bradshaw, Matt Cappy, Charles Veal

Recorded 2004-2005 At Flyte Tyme West At The Village Recorders; Larrabee North Studios, Los Angeles, California; Magnet Vision Studios, Santa Monica, California; Blakeslee Recording Company, Hollywood, California; The Dungeon Recording Studio, Atlanta, Georgia.

Released On September 20, 2005 By Sanctuary.

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Rolling Stone
Their twenty-third album, Illumination, taps into Santana’s now-familiar Supernatural formula: Give a veteran great a hip replacement by surrounding it with lots of gifted youngbloods. […]

Slant Magazine
Like nearly everything else about Illumination, their “The Way You Move” doesn’t resemble either cover or tribute so much as outright theft. Why Kenny G is driving their getaway car is anyone’s guess. Must be the bottomless tank of gas. […]

Volt & Volume
Earth, Wind & Fire stay true to their spiritual vision and their positive, inspiring music and messages. Illumination is a wonderful continuation of the Earth, Wind & Fire sound and an an impressive addition to their timeless musical legacy. […]

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