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Earth Wind & Fire, The Promise
June 1, 2003

This issue includes...

1)  Earth Wind & Fire, The Promise
2)  Another Patti Labelle Contest
3)  Powerhouse Radio and Live365
4)  Music News: Ike Turner's not "Turning Japanese"
5)  Concert Dates
6)  Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: Elements of the Universe
7)  Music Maker: Blues Pioneers and R&B Icons
8)  What's Going On contest, part 2
9)  Your Ears all over the world
10)Your Feedback

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1) Earth Wind & Fire, The Promise

It's been about 10 years since Earth Wind & Fire released a CD collection with all new studio songs.

Their latest CD (May, 2003), The Promise, offers melodic, engaging material, featuring the signature vocals of Maurice White and Philip Bailey.

I personally was looking for more uptempo material, but many of the softer songs are soulfully satisfying.

"All In The Way" kicks off the CD. This is probably the strongest track.

Angie Stone guest stars on "Wonderland," however, her role is little more than that of a celebrity background vocalist. I wanted to hear more of her.

Latin percussionist Paulinho Da Costa is prominently featured on several tracks. The song "Never" takes advantage of Paulinho's talents. This track is another good uptempo tune.

"The Promise" is a much more even collection, compared to some of the weaker Earth Wind and Fire material released in the mid to late 1980's, and early 1990's.

Most Earth Wind and Fire fans will find several songs to like here.

Of course, the band is now touring to support this CD. A few of their concert dates are featured in the concert section below.

Earth Wind and Fire have remained true to their unique sound. After 30 years plus, they are still going strong.

Review written by King

What do you think of this CD. Tell us.

Your feedback

2) Another Patti Labelle Contest

If you missed our Tasty Tunes with Heart & Soul contest last Thanksgiving, featuring goodies from Patti Labelle and Isaac Hayes, here's a new chance to pick up Patti's latest creation in the kitchen.

Patti Labelle's Lite Cuisine: Over 100 Dishes With To-Die-For Taste Made With To-Live-For Recipes, is her brand new inspiration.

We have copies for lucky winners. Check this one out before you hit the beach this Summer!

To enter our random drawing, just go to: (Editor's note. The contest is over, so we removed the link).

Good luck.

3) Powerhouse Radio and Live365

Our streaming provider, Live365, has made several changes effective June 1. Although listening to other online stations and avoiding their audio ads (commercials) may be a hassle (and cost you money in subscription fees)...

The good news for Powerhouse Radio listeners is:

1) We remain commercial free.

2) You can listen to Powerhouse Radio at any time (without logging into Live365) by going to our website and clicking on "Listen to music."

3) You can download instant access to our website from our software download page.

4) Access is fre*e for everybody when you go through our website, or if you use the software we developed a year ago to access our site (and the music) in just two clicks.

5) The player through our website does not contain banner ads.

4) Music News: Ike Turner's not "Turning Japanese"

Ike Turner the troubled half of the legendary Ike & Tina Turner Review, was barred from entering Japan recently because of a 1990 cocaine conviction in the U.S.

Turner was questioned for five hours at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, and then was refused entry by immigration officials, who also revoked his work visa.

Turner had been scheduled to headline the 2003 Japan Blues Carnival. Ike's band played without him. Ticket holders were offered partial refunds.

Ike has posted a letter to his Japanese fans on his official website, thanking them for their support:


5) Concert Dates

Earth, Wind, & Fire
Thursday, June 5, 2003
Tower Theater, Philadelphia, PA

Earth, Wind, & Fire
Friday, June 6, 2003
Fleet Boston Pavilion, Boston, MA

Jerry Butler, Ben E. King, Lloyd Price, Gene Chandler
Saturday, June 14, 2003
Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY

Aretha Franklin (farewell tour)
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Fleet Boston Pavilion, Boston, MA

Third World
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
B.B. King Blues Club, New York, NY

Santana and Angelique Kidjo
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

Al Green
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Earth, Wind, & Fire
Wednesday, July 2, 2003
The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

Natalie Cole
Wednesday, July 2, 2003
Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA

Smokey Robinson
Friday, July 4, 2003
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI

Chaka Khan
Friday, July 4 ,2003
Essence Festival, New Orleans, LA

George Benson
Monday, July 7, 2003
The Olympia, Paris, France
Hall & Oates
Tuesday, July 8, 2003
House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Earth, Wind, & Fire
Wednesday, July 9, 2003
Casino Rama, Orillia, Toronto, Canada

Christina Aguilera
Friday, July 11, 2003
Pyramid Arena, Memphis, TN

Chaka Khan
Friday, July 25, 2003
Sunset Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Chaka Khan
Saturday, August 30th, 2003
Detroit International Jazz Festival
Ford Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI

6) Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: Elements of the Universe

Courtesy of The Archive of Misheard Lyrics at amiright.com

Earth Wind & Fire's, "Happy Feelin"
Misheard Lyrics:
"Little fairies, tell the story."
Correct Lyrics:
"Little babies, tell the story."

Earth, Wind & Fire's, "Mighty, Mighty"
Misheard Lyrics:
Every day is rare, don't go unprepared."
Correct Lyrics:
Every day is real, don't run from the fear."

Earth, Wind & Fire's, "September"
Misheard Lyrics:
Correct Lyrics:

Earth, Wind & Fire's, "'Mighty, Mighty'"
Misheard Lyrics:
"We are people, oh so mighty
Mighty people of a sort."

Correct Lyrics:
"We are people of the mighty
Mighty people of the sun."

7) Music Maker: Blues Pioneers and R&B Icons

Before there was rhythm and blues, there was, the blues. Along side of jazz, blues was the dominant popular music of the day before 1950 in black communities in the USA.

This all changed once rock n' roll became popular in the late 1950's.

There's a great website dedicated to keeping the legacy of Southern blues pioneers alive. It's the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

You can listen to quite a few blues artists sing their songs (in mp3 format). This is my favorite feature of their website.

While you are there, check out their photo gallery, and learn about some of the great people who pioneered blues music.


or, to listen to the blues songs:


8) What's Going On, part 2

We didn't have a winner last month for the easiest contest we've ever done, so you get one more chance to get the free CD's (now collecting dust in the Powerhouse Radio studio).

Do you know how many versions of "What's Going On" are included in the Powerhouse Radio master playlist?

Hint. Just go to:

the Powerhouse Radio playlist

Enter "what's going on" (without the quotes) in the search box, and click on the flashlight. Finally, go to our newsletter feedback form: Your feedback

and tell me how many versions you found. One winner selected at random will win every CD we are playing that features "What's Going On" (from among those versions in our active playlist).

It's too easy. (Editor's note for our web readers, this contest is over).

9) Your Ears All Over The World

The top 15 Countries ranked in descending order based upon the total number of hours listened to Powerhouse Radio in:

May, 2003

1)  United States
2)  Canada
3)  United Kingdom
4)  Japan
5)  Jamaica
6)  France
7)  Italy
8)  Namibia
9)  Netherlands
10) Spain
11) Australia
12) Germany
13) Turkey
14) Israel
15) Saint Kitts

The top 15 USA cities ranked in descending order based upon the total number of hours listened to Powerhouse Radio in:

May, 2003

1)  Washington, Dc
2)  New York, NY
3)  Los Angeles, CA
4)  Dallas, TX
5)  Boston, MA
6)  San Francisco, CA
7)  Atlanta, GA
8)  Memphis, TN
9)  Philadelphia, PA
10) Birmingham, AL
11) Lansing, MI
12) Denver, CO
13) Cleveland, OH
14) Raleigh-Durham, NC
15) Chicago, IL

10) Your Feedback

Anything you want to tell us? Go for it!


Until next time,



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