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October 27, 2016

Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life (1976) – 2Lp

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Stevland Hardaway Morris (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, May 13, 1950), known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he is considered to be one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century.

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Artist:  Stevie Wonder
Title:  Songs In The Key Of Life
Year:  1976
Format:  2LP
Label:  Motown Records
Catalog#  5C 156-97900

Songs in the Key of Life is the eighteenth album by American recording artist Stevie Wonder, released on September 28, 1976, by Motown Records. It was the culmination of his “classic period” albums.

Songs in the Key of Life was Stevie Wonder‘s longest, most ambitious collection of songs, a two-LP set that — just as the title promised — touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder‘s career. The opening “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and “Have a Talk with God” are curiously subdued, but Stevie soon kicks into gear with “Village Ghetto Land,” a fierce exposé of ghetto neglect set to a satirical Baroque synthesizer. Hot on its heels comes the torrid fusion jam “Contusion,” a big, brassy hit tribute to the recently departed Duke Ellington in “Sir Duke,” and (another hit, this one a Grammy winner as well) the bumping poem to his childhood, “I Wish.” Though they didn’t necessarily appear in order, Songs in the Key of Life contains nearly a full album on love and relationships, along with another full album on issues social and spiritual. Fans of the love album Talking Book can marvel that he sets the bar even higher here, with brilliant material like the tenderly cathartic and gloriously redemptive “Joy Inside My Tears,” the two-part, smooth-and-rough “Ordinary Pain,” the bitterly ironic “All Day Sucker,” or another classic heartbreaker, “Summer Soft.” Those inclined toward Stevie Wonder the social-issues artist had quite a few songs to focus on as well: “Black Man” was a Bicentennial school lesson on remembering the vastly different people who helped build America; “Pastime Paradise” examined the plight of those who live in the past and have little hope for the future; “Village Ghetto Land” brought listeners to a nightmare of urban wasteland;  If all this sounds overwhelming, it is; Stevie Wonder had talent to spare during the mid-’70s, and instead of letting the reserve trickle out during the rest of the decade.

In 2003, it was ranked number 57 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In the same year it was preserved into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which called it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

 

Side one
1.  ove’s in Need of Love Today  (7:06)
2.  Have a Talk with God  (2:42)
3.  Village Ghetto Land  (3:25)
4.  Contusion  (3:46)
5.  Sir Duke  (3:54)

Side two
1.  I Wish  (4:12)
2.  Knocks Me Off My Feet  (3:36)
3.  Pastime Paradise  (3:28)
4.  Summer Soft  (4:14)
5.  Ordinary Pain  (6:23)

Side three
1.  Isn’t She Lovely?  (6:34)
2.  Joy Inside My Tear  (6:30)
3.  Black Man  (8:30)

Side four
1.  Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing  (3:49)
2.  If It’s Magic  (3:12)
3.  As  (7:08)
4.  Another Star  (8:28)

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