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30
May

Stevie Wonder – Original Musiquarium (1982) – 2Lp

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Stevie Wonder
Title:  Original Musiquarium
Year:  1982
Format:  2LP
Label:  Motown Records
Catalog#  428009

Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I is a compilation album by R&B/soul musician Stevie Wonder that was released in 1982 by Tamla Records. It collects eleven Top 40 hit singles and five album tracks, including four tracks from 1972 to 1980.

The double-album Original Musiquarium I summarizes Stevie Wonder‘s classic period of the ’70s, concentrating primarily on the hits, but adding a few album tracks to hint at the depth of his albums, as well as four new songs (one for each side, all pleasant, none particularly remarkable).

Eleven previously released tracks were taken as singles from their respective albums, with “Higher Ground” and “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” released before the LP. “Isn’t She Lovely” was not released as a single from Songs in the Key of Life, while “Superstition“, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life“, “You Haven’t Done Nothin’“, “I Wish“, and “Sir Duke” all topped the Billboard Hot 100. “Living for the City” and “Boogie On Reggae Woman” appear in slightly different versions to those on their albums, and “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” is the single mix with the horns added.

The album also included four new songs, each tagged on as the last track on each album side: “Front Line“, “Ribbon in the Sky“, “That Girl“, and “Do I Do“. The latter track features a solo by bebop innovator Dizzy Gillespie.

 

Side one
1.  Superstition  (4:25)
2.  You Haven’t Done Nothin’  (3:29)
3.  Living For The City  (7:26)
4.  Front Line  (5:56)

Side two
1.  Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)  (7:27)
2.  Send One Your Love  (4:02)
3.  You Are The Sunshine Of My Life  (2:51)
4.  Ribbon In The Sky  (5:35)

Side three
1.  Higher Ground  (3:46)
2.  Sir Duke  (3:52)
3.  Master Blaster (Jammin’)  (5:08)
4.  Boogie On Reggae Woman  (4:55)
5.  That Girl  (5:15)

Side four
1.  I Wish  (4:12)
2.  Isn’t She Lovely  (6:32)
3.  Do I Do  (10:27)

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27
Oct

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

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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