SoulTracks Lost Gem: The great Earth Wind & Fire song that didn't make "I Am"

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    Back in 1979, Earth Wind & Fire was on a run. A string of smash albums over the prior four years had moved the group to the top of the A-List of popular artists.

    As the members of EWF prepared for their I Am album, they overflowed with ideas and songs. Maurice White was working with songwriter/producer David Foster, and they had an abundance of songs for the project. And as good as I Am turned out, what was left on the cutting room floor was too good to be left behind.

    Among the songs that didn't make the cut was "Diana," a horn-filled midtempo that was strong enough to be an anchor song on the albums of most artists. But instead, the song stayed in the can for a quarter of a century, finally making it out as a bonus track on the expanded 2004 reissue of I Am. To this day, most casual fans have never heard it.

    Back in 1979, Earth Wind & Fire was on a run. A string of smash albums over the prior four years had moved the group to the top of the A-List of popular artists.

    As the members of EWF prepared for their I Am album, they overflowed with ideas and songs. Maurice White was working with songwriter/producer David Foster, and they had an abundance of songs for the project. And as good as I Am turned out, what was left on the cutting room floor was too good to be left behind.

    Among the songs that didn't make the cut was "Diana," a horn-filled midtempo that was strong enough to be an anchor song on the albums of most artists. But instead, the song stayed in the can for a quarter of a century, finally making it out as a bonus track on the expanded 2004 reissue of I Am. To this day, most casual fans have never heard it.

    We're proud to present "Diana" as our latest SoulTracks Lost Gem. It is a fun listen and a reminder of the greatness of EWF during its Imperial Period -- such greatness that a song this strong didn't even make the cut. Check it out.

    Drums, Vocal, Composer, Lyricist, Producer: Maurice White
    Producer: Paul Klingberg
    Bass, Percussion, Vocal: Verdine White
    Composer, Lyricist: David Foster
    Congas, Percussion, Vocal: Philip Bailey
    Guitar, Percussion, Vocal: Albert McKay 
    Arranger: Tom Tom 84
    Guitar, Percussion: Johnny Graham
    Guitar: Roland Bautista
    Drums, Percussion: Ralph Johnson
    Flute, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone: Andrew Woolfolk
    Drums, Percussion: Fred White
    Organ, Piano: Larry Dunn

     
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