So I had decided to listen to last.fm the other day and told it to keyword on Earth, Wind & Fire. Heard a track called Lovely People that I didn’t immediately recognize. I click on the song title and the web page pops up for the album, Illumination.
The core of the group is still there, Maurice White, Verdine White, Philip Bailey (Though he has done some very nice Jazz pieces) and Ralph Johnson. But they’ve added new musicians and brought on new vocalists over the years.
On this disc there’s Raphael Saddiq (Who was formerly part of Tony Toni Tone), Kelly Rowland, Big Boi (Outkast), Will I Am, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Taura Jackson, and Brian McKnight. They still tour, I saw them a few years ago and they’re still very tight on stage.
I love the lead track though. It’s a song that makes you move, even if you don’t want to.