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Songs in the Key of Stevie Wonder [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]

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Audio CD (May 2, 2000)
Number of Discs: 2
Universal; ASIN: B00004SZWD
Other Editions: Audio Cassette Sales Rank: 861
Popular in: Hoboken, NJ (#16) , Deloitte & Touche (#8)
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Disc: 1
1. Love's In Need Of Love TodayMusic
2. Have A Talk With GodMusic
3. Village Ghetto LandMusic
4. ContusionMusic
5. Sir DukeMusic
6. I WishMusic
7. Knocks Me Off My FeetMusic
8. Pastime ParadiseMusic
9. Summer SoftMusic
10. Ordinary PainMusic

Disc: 2
1. Isn't She LovelyMusic
2. Joy Inside My TearsMusic
3. Black ManMusic
4. Ngiculela - Es Una Historia - I Am SingingMusic
5. If It's MagicMusic
6. AsMusic
7. Another StarMusic
8. SaturnMusic
9. Ebony EyesMusic
10. All Day SuckerMusic
11. Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)Music

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Songs in the Key of Stevie Wonder (1976) was the highest high point of Stevie Wonder's career. More sprawling than
Innervisions and Talking Book, this two-LP-plus-EP was also less of a consistent stunner than either of those masterworks. That Songs retains an enormous amount of visionary relevance, though, is demonstrated not only in Coolio's borrowing of "Pastime Paradise" as a template for "Gangsta's Paradise," but in the cold-as-ice synthesized string quartet of "Village Ghetto Land." This is Stevie, so naturally that cut's anger is balanced by the ultra-buoyant "I Wish," "Sir Duke," and "Another Star." The 2000 reissue boasts radically improved remastered sound. --Rickey Wright

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5 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album, July 26, 2000

Top 50 Reviewer Reviewer: Thomas Magnum (see more about me) from NJ, USA

Stevie Wonder spent almost three years working on this album and the time was well spent. The music is probably the most personal and outspoken of his career. He sings about his childhood in songs like "I Wish" & "Easy Goin' Evening", his heroes in "Sir Duke", the birth of his daughter in "Isn't She Lovely" and while "Contusion" is an instrumental the title is a reference to the life-threatening auto accident he was involved in. Mr. Wonder has always been a strong voice for the civil rights movement and the struggles for his race's equality and he expresses his feelings on those matters in "Village Ghetto Land", "Pastime Paradise" & "Joy Inside My Tears". He also gives us a history lesson in "Black Man". "Love's In Need Of Love Today" and "Have A Talk With God" are pleas for togetherness and understanding. Mr. Wonder could always write great love songs and they are here as well in the forms of "Ebony Eyes", "As", "Knocks Me Off My Feet" and others. As I've just mentioned, the album broaches many diverse subjects, but it all comes together in the end. Usually on double albums, there is filler, but not here. Every song serves a purpose and help create a cohesive musical statement. Stevie Wonder has been called a musical genius and this album is further proof that the title is an appropriate one.

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4 out of 5 stars A huge, successful mix of styles & sounds, December 10, 1999
Reviewer: milesandtrane (see more about me) from Chicago, Il

The [then] eargerly-awaited double-album opus "Songs In The Key of Stevie Wonder" - believe this or not - is considered over-rated and over-produced to some of the most hardcore Stevie fans today. In truth, it really is an impressive statement, like earlier albums in the Wonder catalog, Stevie masters many kinds of music without ever losing his own identity. "Songs In The Key..." boasts many elements; most prominent are funk jams & delicate ballads, but there's also acid-rock, swing, latin, gospel, even Hare Krishna chants. As usual, Stevie has an exceptional gift for lyrics and this album makes no exception. There's destitude horror in "Village Ghetto Land", historical declarations in "Black Man", and biblical wailing in "As". "Joy Inside My Tears" acheives in greater effect what Stevie's "Superwoman" did 4 years earlier, it combines happiness & sadness in the same space. It's as if you can hear Stevie laughing & crying at once when this track plays. The very-familiar "Isn't She Lovely" is a beautiful valentine to his wife & daughter. "Another Star" is the epitome of 70's jazz/soul/funk, it mixes lighting voices, wailing horns, rapid percussion & Stevie's beating piano. The album is so varied that it may not have an immediate, exciting appeal to the ears. Like other brilliant music, sometimes it takes several listenings to decipher what it's all about.

Some of the tracks extend themselves to 7 or 8 minutes, but you don't really notice, you could go on singing La-La-La forever. There really is a lot to swallow at once. Once again he repeatedly seems to be reaching for truth. It's as if he's always saying - of all things a blind person could say - "With love, there is always light at the end of the tunnel". It is a landmark album. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5 out of 5 stars MUSIC's in Need of ALBUMS LIKE THIS ONE Today, May 9, 2002
Reviewer: Matt Toerper (see more about me)

With all the negative vibes that are going on in the world of pop music today, it is refreshing to pop this CD in and feel real love expressed in music again. Not hollow infatuation, mind you, but true agape. My generation desperately needs a CD like this with a positive message. Of course, most of my generation thinks of Stevie Wonder as a joke, thanks to "Part Time Lover" and "I Just Called To Say I Love You." How unfortunate that two songs could do so much damage to a musical genius's image.

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5 out of 5 stars Best Stevie Wonder Album, April 20, 2002
Reviewer: rodog63jr (see more about me) from New York City

No other album comes close to this. I wish, Sir Duke, As, Isn't she lovely, Joy inside my tears, Pastime Paradise, and every other song on this album are slammin'. This is a must buy item!

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