Earth, Wind & Fire – Raise! (1981/2015) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Earth, Wind & Fire – Raise! (1981/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:38:26 minutes | 884 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | © Columbia Records
Recorded: May, 1981 at ARC/George Massenburg Studio, West Los Angeles, California, and Sunset Sounds Recording Studio, Hollywood, California

Raise! is the eleventh studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, produced by the band’s leader Maurice White for Kalimba Productions, and released in 1981 on CBS Records. Raise! has been certified platinum in the US by the RIAA for sales of over a million copies and gold in the UK and Canada by the British Phonographic Industry and Music Canada respectively.
Raise! was the bestselling R&B album of 1982. The album featured the #1 R&B and # 3 Pop hit “Let’s Groove”. The single “Wanna Be With You” won EWF a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group. Raise also marked the return to the band of rhythm guitarist Roland Bautista, last heard from on 1972’s Last Days and Time.
Raise! would be the final EWF album to be released on ARC. The label would be discontinued by Columbia Records the following year.

The end was near for Earth, Wind & Fire. Raise! wasn’t quite the disaster it was made out to be at the time, but it was their least distinguished overall album since the early days on Warner Bros., with the exception of their participation in the awful Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band film soundtrack in 1978. “Let’s Groove” was just a recycled mid-tempo tune from the mid-’70s, and everything else sounded desultory and uninspired. It was no surprise that after two more albums Maurice White and Company decided to take some time away from the scene. -AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

1 Let’s Groove 5:36
2 Lady Sun 3:39
3 My Love 4:33
4 Evolution Orange 4:37
5 Kalimba Tree 0:25
6 You Are A Winner 4:09
7 I’ve Had Enough 4:34
8 Wanna Be With You 4:35
9 The Changing Times 5:36

Bass, production assistant – Verdine White
Cello – Frederick Seykora, Jerome Kessler, Larry Corbett, Mary Louise Zeyen, Paula Hochhalter, Selene Burford
Co-producer, writer, lead & backing vocals, percussion – Philip Bailey
Concertmaster – Assa Drori, James Getzoff
Drums, percussion – Fred White
Guitar – Johnny Graham, Roland Bautista
Keyboards – Billy Meyers, David Foster, Wayne Vaughn
Piano, synthesizer, production assistant – Larry Dunn
Saxophone – Tom Saviano
Alto & tenor saxophones – Don Myrick
Tenor saxophone – Andrew Woolfolk
Synthesizer, vocoder – Michael Boddicker
Trombone – Bill Reichenbach, Charles Loper, Dick Hyde, George Bohanon, Lew McCreary, Louis Satterfield
Trumpet – Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey, Larry G. Hall, Michael Harris, Oscar Brashear, Rahmlee Michael Davis
Viola – Alan DeVeritch, Allan Harshman, Gareth Nuttycombe, Pamela Goldsmith, Virginia Majewski
Violin – Anton Sen, Arkady Shindelman, Arnold Belnick, Betty LaMagna, Brian Leonard, Denyse Buffum, Endre Granat, Haim Shtrum, Henry Ferber, Irving Geller, Jerome Reisler, John Wittenbert, Mari Tsumura Botnick, Marvin Limonick, Myra Kestenbaum, Nathan Ross, Norman Leonard, Reginald Hill, Ronald Folsom, Sheldon Sanov, Thomas Buffum, William Hymanson, William Kurasch
Additional backing vocals – Ms. Pluto
Additional backing vocals, guitar – Beloyd Taylor
Additional backing vocals, percussion – Ralph Johnson
Drums, kalimba, lead & backing vocals, producer – Maurice White