Earth, Wind & Fire Touch The World

Touch The World

Earth, Wind & Fire

Released on October 13, 1987 by Legacy Recordings

Main artist: Earth, Wind & Fire

Genre: R&B/Soul > Funk

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Four years passed between 1983's embarrassing Electric Universe and their reunion album, Touch the World. Before the album's release, there was excitement as well as skepticism among Earth, Wind & Fire fans. Was EWF still capable of delivering a great album? And even if it was, how well would the album do in an R&B market that was radically different than that of the 1970s? As it turned out, a lot of the old magic was still there, and Maurice White and Philip Bailey proved that they could still be a powerful combination. From "Evil Roy" (which describes an urban youth's life of crime) to the major hit "System of Survival," Touch the World proved that EWF was still quite capable of excellence. Though White doesn't shy away from technology, he uses it in an organic fashion and remains faithful to the outfit's rich history. Despite "System of Survival"'s success, the album wasn't the huge commercial hit it deserved to be, but it wasn't a bomb either. ~ Alex Henderson
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:42:38

  1. 1 System of Survival

    David Rideau, Mixing Engineer - Earth, Wind & Fire, Performer - JIM WATTS VEREECKE, Assistant Engineer - Maurice White, Arranger - Maurice White, Producer - RED DAVIDSON, Assistant Engineer - Skylark, Composer - Skylark, Lyricist - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer Copyright : (P) 1987 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 Evil Roy

    A. Giles, Composer - A. Giles, Lyricist - Allee Willis, Composer - Allee Willis, Lyricist - David Rideau, Engineer - David Rideau, Mixing Engineer - Earth, Wind & Fire, Performer - LES COOPER, Assistant Engineer - MITCH ZELEZNY, Assistant Engineer - Maurice White, Producer - Philip Bailey, Composer - Philip Bailey, Lyricist - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer Copyright : (P) 1987 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Thinking of You

    David Rideau, Engineer - David Rideau, Mixing Engineer - Earth, Wind & Fire, Performer - LES COOPER, Assistant Engineer - MITCH ZELEZNY, Assistant Engineer - Maurice White, Composer - Maurice White, Performance Arranger - Maurice White, Producer - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer - W. Vaughn, Composer - Wanda Vaughn, Composer Copyright : (P) 1987 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 You and I (1987 Version)

    David Rideau, Engineer - David Rideau, Mixing Engineer - Earth, Wind & Fire, Performer - LES COOPER, Assistant Engineer - LIZ CLUSE, Assistant Engineer - MITCH ZELEZNY, Assistant Engineer - Mark Mueller, Composer - Maurice White, Arranger - Maurice White, Producer - Robbie Nevil, Composer - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer Copyright : (P) 1987 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 New Horizons (Musical Interlude)

    B. Meyers, Composer - David Rideau, Mixing Engineer - Earth, Wind & Fire, Performer - Jeff Lorenzen, Assistant Engineer - Maurice White, Arranger - Maurice White, Producer - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer Copyright : (P) 1987 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 Money Tight

    Allee Willis, Composer - D. Sembello, Composer - David Rideau, Engineer - David Rideau, Mixing Engineer - Earth, Wind & Fire, Performer - Jerry Hey, Arranger - LES COOPER, Assistant Engineer - MITCH ZELEZNY, Assistant Engineer - Maurice White, Arranger - Maurice White, Composer - Maurice White, Producer - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer Copyright : (P) 1987 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 Every Now and Then

    B. Walsh, Composer - Bill Meyers, Arranger - David Rideau, Engineer - David Rideau, Mixing Engineer - Earth, Wind & Fire, Performer - J. Lind, Composer - LES COOPER, Assistant Engineer - LIZ CLUSE, Assistant Engineer - MITCH ZELEZNY, Assistant Engineer - Maurice White, Arranger - Maurice White, Producer - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer Copyright : (P) 1987 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 Touch the World

    David Rideau, Mixing Engineer - Earth, Wind & Fire, Performer - Maurice White, Producer - Rev. Oliver Wells, Composer - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer Copyright : (P) 1987 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 Here Today and Gone Tomorrow

    David Rideau, Mixing Engineer - Earth, Wind & Fire, Performer - G. Ballard, Composer - George Duke, Arranger - M. Sharron, Composer - Maurice White, Arranger - Maurice White, Producer - Philip Bailey, Arranger - Philip Bailey, Composer - Philip Bailey, Producer - Rev. Oliver Wells, Arranger - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer Copyright : (P) 1987 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  10. 10 Victim of the Modern Heart

    David Rideau, Engineer - David Rideau, Mixing Engineer - Earth, Wind & Fire, Performer - Ian Prince, Arranger - Ian Prince, Composer - Jerry Hey, Arranger - LES COOPER, Assistant Engineer - MITCH ZELEZNY, Assistant Engineer - Maurice White, Arranger - Maurice White, Producer - Tom Lord-Alge, Mixing Engineer Copyright : (P) 1987 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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  • Four years passed between 1983's embarrassing Electric Universe and their reunion album, Touch the World. Before the album's release, there was excitement as well as skepticism among Earth, Wind & Fire fans. Was EWF still capable of delivering a great album? And even if it was, how well would the album do in an R&B market that was radically different than that of the 1970s? As it turned out, a lot of the old magic was still there, and Maurice White and Philip Bailey proved that they could still be a powerful combination. From "Evil Roy" (which describes an urban youth's life of crime) to the major hit "System of Survival," Touch the World proved that EWF was still quite capable of excellence. Though White doesn't shy away from technology, he uses it in an organic fashion and remains faithful to the outfit's rich history. Despite "System of Survival"'s success, the album wasn't the huge commercial hit it deserved to be, but it wasn't a bomb either. ~ Alex Henderson

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The multiple Grammy-winning Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment's catalog division, produces and maintains the world's foremost catalog of historic reissues, an unparalleled compendium of thousands of digitally remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, ethnic, world music, classical, comedy and more. Founded in 1990 by CBS Records (rebranded Sony Music in 1991), Legacy's original mission was to preserve and reissue recordings from the extensive catalogs of Columbia Records (including ARC, Brunswick, OKeh and Vocalion), Epic Record...

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