Maurice White - (Import CD)
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- Mono / Stereo
- Maurice White [Remaster]
Personnel includes: Maurice White (vocals, kalimba, percussion); Paul Jackson, Jr., Marlon McClain, Donald Griffin, Michael Landau, David Williams, Sheldon Reynolds (guitar); Gerald Albright (saxophone); Jerry Hey, Bill Reichenbach (horns); Robbie Buchanan, Peter Wolf (keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming); Martin Page, Abraham Laboriel, Gerald Brown (bass); Vinnie Colaiuta, Ricky Lawson, John Robinson (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Brian Fairweather, Dean Gant (drum programming)
Producer: Maurice White.
Reissue producer: Leo Sacks.
Originally released on Columbia (39883). Includes liner notes by Ramsey Lewis.
Digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York.)
It must be disappointing to create an album like this, and have it fall on deaf ears. Earth, Wind & Fire's mentor, Maurice White, gives an excellent account on this solo debut. His vocal ability, overshadowed by Philip Bailey in EWF, is out front here with a potpourri of songs that showcases his versatility. "Switch on Your Radio" has a happy Caribbean feel, similar to an EWF recording, but somehow different. The infectious "Jamboree" is not country but another hand-clapping, good times tune that toddlers try to sing. White's rendition of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" has a herky, jerky beat; the backing vocals fill in spaces like horns. It charted but not very high, and gave people the wrong impression of this album; it's the only remake, and Maurice's sole attempt at nostalgia. Everything else is fresh as a morning shower, like "I Need You," a classy ballad tenderized by White's crafty read. Side two opens with "Believe in Magic," an upbeat, banging jam that has EWF stamped on it. The only thing missing is Philip Bailey's sweet falsetto, but even without Bailey it sounds like a hit, yet it didn't bust a grape. You get the feeling White tried to duplicate Lionel Richie's success, especially on "The Lady Is Love," a lilting mid-tempo love declaration. The robotic "Invitation" reminds you of Midnight Star and similar strobe-light bands. White locks the vocal down so tight, you'd think he performed songs like this all the time. His kalimba playing accents "Children of Afrika," a joyous tribute with an assembly of backing vocalists, including the Neighborhood Choir. White's limited range holds up well over the course of this album, and the razor-sharp productions never become boring. The 2001 CD reissue on Columbia/Legacy adds four bonus tracks, including "Life," a one-minute previously unreleased "freedom mix" of "Life," the previously unissued 20-second "Sam the Jam," and the previously unavailable demo "Adventures of the Heart." ~ Andrew Hamilton
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- Maurice White
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Switch on Your Radio
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Jamboree
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Stand by Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Sea of Glass
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I Need You
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Believe in Magic
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Lady Is Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Invitation
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Sleeping Flame, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Children of Afrika
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Alpha Dance
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Life - (Freedom mix, previously unreleased)
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Life
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Adventures of the Heart - (previously unreleased, demo)
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Sam the Jam - (previously unreleased)
- Studio / Live
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