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Raise!

21 May 2012 | Format: MP3

£5.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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Raise showed a movement of the EWF sound to more electronica and also a more heavy guitar sound. The returning Roland Bautista was responsible for the latter, though this had been happening since' Rock That!' on 'I Am' and even 'Got to Get You into my Life'.

The lead single was a smash and perhaps their last big hit. The remix as part of the bonus tracks has a great piece of syncopated keyboards with the horn rifts. I've been after it for years and glad I have it, along with the full version of 'Kalimba Tree'.

There is an improvement in clarity and bass extension compared to my old CD, though it seems this version is difficult to find (at a good price anyway).

Perhaps they were past their zenith by this point, Reagan's America now exerting a bigger, less subtle and less spiritual influence. Still a good album for EWF fans.

My review is for the 2011 reissue. The 2015 reissue has more single versions of tracks on. I probably won't buy it but if anyone has any thoughts on whether there is a further improvement in sound I'd be interested.
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First and foremost this is by far the best-sounding edition of Raise! to appear on CD so far – and the addition of the 7” and 12” versions makes this an essential purchase for fans of EWF & this album.

For the hardcore collector there are a couple disappointments worth mentioning: 1) Sadly the remastering hasn’t retained Maurice White’s precisely timed gaps between songs, and there is a one second gap/pause in the segue between Wanna Be With You & Changing Times. 2) The sound (though excellent) is overly bright – Sony’s 2014 compilation "The Ultimate Collection" features Let’s Groove 7" (albeit with a few seconds, I presume accidentally, chopped off the beginning) and I’ve Had Enough with more clarity, depth and richness to the sound than is evident here. I would have preferred this edition of Raise! to have used the same mastering process or masters as the compilation - for that reason it doesn’t get the full 5 stars I was hoping to award it. However, the fact remains that this is still up to FTGs high sonic standards and for that I am thankful: FTG bother to make the effort whereas so many re-issue labels don’t.

The full length version of Kalimba Tree (with it’s newly revealed earth shattering bass notes!) and Let’s Groove instrumental are going to be on loud and long heavy rotation for many months to come!

I look forward to more EWF editions from FTG - but guys, please maintain the integrity of the original album and don’t change the length of the gaps between tracks (or insert gaps between segues) – Maurice won’t be happy! :-)
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Love Earth, Wind and Fire. All their albums get you in a good mood, especially this one with its iconic cover.
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Arrived really quickly really pleased with everything
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v good
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