Raise! originally released by ARC/Columbia Records in 1981 marked the tenth anniversary of Earth, Wind & Fire and included the smash hit “Let’s Groove,” which returned the group to the top spot in the charts and sold a million copies in addition to winning a Grammy. The runaway success of “Let’s Groove” somewhat overshadowed the other outstanding tracks on the album. “Wanna Be With You” (the second single), “Evolution Orange” and the rousing album closer “The Changing Times” all deliver in a very Earth, Wind & Fire way while pointing the way to the future direction of the band.
This Iconoclassic expanded edition of Raise! picks up the EWF reissue series and features remastering by Mark Wilder and Vic Anesini from the original tapes. This expanded edition adds extended 12″ and instrumental mixes of “Let’s Groove” in addition to the fan favorite full version of “Kalimba Tree.” Liner notes by A. Scott Galloway feature commentary by bandleader Maurice White and several of the contributing musicians and songwriters.