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Features 10 of today's Top Soul Artists performing Stellar Interpretations of Earth, Wind & Fire's most memorable Hits. Artists include Chaka Khan, Angie Stone, Kirk Franklin, Lalah Hathaway and Mint Condition among others. The first single to radio is 'September by Kirk Franklin.


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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stax
  • ASIN: B000N0U2U0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Seand67 on March 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After countless delays, Maurice White finally releases 'Interpretations - Celebrating The Music Of Earth, wind & Fire', and the results are good for the most part. Before I review this CD, it's important to know that Maurice personally chose each of the artists on the CD, and he didn't want them to rehash the old songs with the same old arrangements...He wanted them to INTERPRET the songs in their own way! Hence you get the title 'Interpretations'...NOT REMAKES. So give this CD a chance because NOBODY expects the artists to surpass the classic songs, and they don't, but it is pretty interesting to say the least.

Now for my review! 'Interpretations' starts with a BANG as Chaka Khan (backed by members of Soulive) tears through her reading of 'Shining Star', and with her high octane vocals up front (and in good form), the song turns out to be a serious funkfest (don't sleep on Soulive...they can PLAY!!).

'Be Ever Wonderful' is a STRANGE choice for the 2nd track, and it features Neo-Soul legend Angie Stone, who doesn't give me enough on this reading. She is simply TOO restrained and after hearing the song, I'm left wanting more. Don't get me wrong, Angie sounds good, but the song never fully develops (the original was almost 6 minutes long!) as it fades out with a quickness after only 4 minutes.

'September' is a perfect vehicle for Kirk Franklin, and his reading of the classic is a winner. He updated the lyrics and transformed EWF's classic into a Gospel stompfest.

'Devotion' by Ledisi really shines, and Maurice is to be commended for pairing the singer (no, the SANGER) with this jam. NO, Ledisi doesn't try to be Philip Bailey here, but her extensive range is on full display here. Like the original, I can actually FEEL her rendition, not just hear it!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steven Housman on April 19, 2007
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When the idea of this album began a couple of years ago, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, couldn't have been more thrilled that The Concord Music Group agreed he would retain control over matching the songs with the appropriate artists. After all, who were they to argue with this master multi-record selling and award-winning musician and producer? White was not only the man that founded and molded the sound of Earth, Wind & Fire, he also wrote and produced their music along with vocalist Philip Bailey and his vocalist brother Verdine White. The result of this tribute album is nothing less than astonishing.

The disc kicks off with the unrivaled vocals of Chaka Khan interpreting Earth, Wind & Fire's first #1 smash, "Shining Star." Her vocals are vibrant and reminiscent of her heyday with Rufus. And it's no coincidence that four of the ten tracks off this album were lifted from the 1975 multi-platinum opus That's The Way Of The World, which I still feel (after 32 years) is their best and most accomplished studio album. This is the album that introduced the fusion of Soul, R&B, Funk and Pop to the mainstream, and it still holds a place in my heart as one of the finest recordings of the 70's and the last half of the 20th century. Yes, it's that great!

The incomparable songstress Angie Stone weaves her golden vocals around the slow and sultry "Be Ever Wonderful" which is lifted from the group's 1977 tour de force All `N All, and makes it shimmer so beautifully that it makes me scratch my head and wonder why Stone hasn't been recognized by mainstream audiences. She's certainly highly regarded in the industry as one of the most amazing vocalists, but hasn't broken through that star barrier to household name status.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Williams on April 6, 2007
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This album, both victim of my expectations and masseuse of my ears, was not a bad idea overall and gave me enough to smile about to be happy with this purchase. While it's not a new EWF album, it caught my attention with a lineup like Angie Stone, Chaka Khan, Kirk Franklin and other neo-soul powerhouses. I scooped it the day it went on sale, and it continues to have a positive effect on me.

Chaka's "Shining Star" - Chaka combines her energy from Rufus years with the inherent energy of this original EWF classic and, well...do you mind if she smokes? Gotta be one of the strongest performances here. She comes off so Chaka, even in this remake, and absolutely blows the doors off the studio. I'm sayin', when's her next joint comin' out? (10/10)

Angie Stone's "Be Ever Wonderful" - OK, Angie's diggin' into the track. I feel it. It's mellow. Appreciating the updated music. Building up for the ending. What??? It's over? A disappointment only because the song fades out before she gets into the big "Badap Bow" ending. "Be Ever..." being one of my favorite EWF cuts, I felt seriously slighted. (5/10)

Kirk Franklin's "September" - Particularly a big one for me, because I gave my heart to the Lord on September 4th. Full of energy and just as danceable as the original. Thorough representation of the uplifting feel of this classic, but with all-new Christian lyrics. Kirk knows just where to drop those ad libs. Check out Kirk's version of "Keep Your Head To The Sky" on the "Hero" album. (10/10)

Ledisi's "Devotion" - I enjoyed this one. Ledisi is an underrated artist and has the vocal range to pull this off. I must admit, I listened to it tongue-in-cheek with skepticism, holding her accountable for every imperfection as she reached for those Bailey notes.
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