“Songs In The Key Of Life” by Stevie Wonder - album review

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TJR says

On the ratings front, I include the 17 LP tracks, but exclude the bonus 4 track single that came with the album. The 2LP set was released in September, 1976, and became the best-selling and most critically acclaimed album of his career, which must have come as some relief to Berry Gordy as the Motown boss had paid an eye-watering sum, reportedly $37M (in 1975!) to keep the man in his stable. Extraordinarily, it went straight in at #1 in the American album chart, and gave him his biggest album hit yet in the UK, peaking at #2. Four singles proper were released from the set; “I Wish” (#1), “Sir Duke” (#1), “Another Star” (#32) and “As” (#36). According to rebel sensibilities, one good, one decent and one average track represents a very poor return from seventeen. I really can't stand this new contemporary R n B era, but who could fail to admire the man?

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A1 [07:05] 2.9.png Stevie Wonder - Love’s In Need Of Love Today (Stevland Judkins) Pop Ballad
A2 [02:42] 4.0.png Stevie Wonder - Have A Talk With God (Stevland Judkins, Lula Mae Hardaway) Dubbeat
A3 [03:25] 5.4.png Stevie Wonder - Village Ghetto Land (Stevland Judkins, Gary Byrd) Songwriter
A4 [03:45] 4.0.png Stevie Wonder - Contusion (Stevland Judkins) Disco / Funk
A5 [03:54] 6.8.png Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke (Stevland Judkins) Disco / Funk
B1 [04:12] 4.0.png Stevie Wonder - I Wish (Stevland Judkins) Disco / Funk
B2 [03:36] 2.4.png Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me Off My Feet (Stevland Judkins) R n B
B3 [03:27] 6.4.png Stevie Wonder - Pastime Paradise (Stevland Judkins) Dubbeat
B4 [04:14] 3.6.png Stevie Wonder - Summer Soft (Stevland Judkins) Jazz
B5 [06:23] 2.8.png Stevie Wonder - Ordinary Pain (Stevland Judkins) R n B
C1 [06:34] 2.4.png Stevie Wonder - Isn’t She Lovely (Stevland Judkins) Pop
C2 [06:29] 0.8.png Stevie Wonder - Joy Inside My Tears (Stevland Judkins) Pop Ballad
C3 [08:29] 3.7.png Stevie Wonder - Black Man (Stevland Judkins, Gary Byrd) Disco / Funk
D1 [03:48] 2.3.png Stevie Wonder - Ngiculela Es Una Historia I Am Singing (Stevland Judkins) Pop
D2 [03:12] 3.0.png Stevie Wonder - If It’s Magic (Stevland Judkins) Songwriter
D3 [07:08] 4.5.png Stevie Wonder - As (Stevland Judkins) Disco / Funk
D4 [08:28] 2.2.png Stevie Wonder - Another Star (Stevland Judkins) Disco / Funk

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