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Stevie Wonder, where do I go next?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Oscillation, Nov 28, 2021.

  1. Oscillation

    Oscillation Maybe it was the doses? Thread Starter

    I've already replaced innervisions with the orignial, but what is my next move. I would really like some great pressing of the old Motown stuff, but also feel as if I need Hotter than July. Any suggestions, yes vinyl, more than appreciated.

    Superstition, Sesame Street
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  2. drad dog

    drad dog Overstaying

    Near West
    The trilogy is TB, IV, and FFF. (The peak of his work with Tontos Exploding Headband) They are all must have. MOMM and the double album after that.
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  3. Penny24

    Penny24 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, Ca
    If you get any album from the 60's, go with For Once In My Life. I was surprised by how consistently good that album is.
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  4. Maltman

    Maltman Somewhat grumpy, but harmless old man.

    Vancouver Canada
    Talking Book would be an excellent start.
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  5. Used to enjoy playing ' Original Musiquarium', a great compilation.
  6. Take the journey through the secret Life of plants
  7. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Talking Book is my favourite album by him
  8. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

    Brooklyn, New York
    Music Of My Mind and Where I'm Coming From are also pretty damned fine.
  9. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    Innervisions, Talking Book and Songs In The Key Of Life are my favorites.
  10. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

    New York
    Where I’m Coming From (1970) was my start
  11. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk Believe In Music

    Gilbert Arizona
    Musically speaking you have to have Talking Book
  12. AL01

    AL01 Eh?

    Started with Music On My Mind 'cause it has a song (Superwoman) that I first heard on Sounds... And Stuff Like That! by Quincy Jones.
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  13. Oscillation

    Oscillation Maybe it was the doses? Thread Starter

    Is the Tamala 1972 pressing of talking book the way to go?
  14. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    Pretty much exhaust all the '70s albums (excluding 1970's "At the Talk of the Town"). There aren't a huge number of them, and they are all essential. Least essential among them: Hotter than July and the Secret Life of Plants (so get those last).

    After that...the 3LP Looking Back collection does a good job of skimming the cream off his '60s era stuff. I don't think anything from the '80s onward is essential, but you can go that direction after you're done with the '70s and Looking Back.
  15. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Songs in the Key of a Life

    No brainer.
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  16. Mother

    Mother Forum Resident

    Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions, Fullfillingness' First Finale, Songs in the Key of Life.
  17. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle God's agnostic

    Music Of My Mind
    Fulfillingness' First Finale
    Talking Book
    Inner visions
    Songs In The Key Of Life
  18. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    Big help. He needs a translator. :laugh:
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  19. drad dog

    drad dog Overstaying

    Near West
    Coincidence: My fave fabs number is "A Day In Life"
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  20. Celebrated Summer

    Celebrated Summer Forum Resident

    Yeah, I second this. These are incredible albums. They're the start of him being in complete control of his music. They're more experimental and less focused than what came soon after, but so what? They're still filled with great songs and performances.

    But I have to say that I didn't really become a Stevie Wonder fanatic until I went back even further.

    So you can scroll back to 1966 and start with Up-Tight or 1968/69 and start with For Once In My Life or My Cherie Amour. In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with Stevie Wonder from 1966 through 1985 or so. Even when the albums have cover songs, they're still good, since his harmonica and vocals are always worth hearing.

    Some of his late '60s deep cuts from these albums are my favorite of all, like "Ain't No Lovin,'" "Do I Love Her," "Angie Girl," and "You & Me."
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  21. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Stoopid iPad...

    BTW, Drad...I am not Number, I am Free man!
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  22. Izozeles

    Izozeles Pushing my limits

    Songs in the Key of life
  23. Panther

    Panther Forum Resident

    Tokyo, Japan
    1. Songs In The Key Of Life
    2A. Innervisions
    2B. Talking Book
    4. Fulfillingness' First Finale
    5. Hotter Than July
    6. Where I'm Coming From
    7. Music Of My Mind

    8. Motown compilation
    9. post-1970s' compilation
  24. WolfSpear

    WolfSpear Music Enthusiast

    You need to complete his classic era, which is everything from Music Of My Mind through Songs In The Key Of Life. I would venture into the 80’s after getting an overview of his 60’s material… which is actually very good given he was a teenager and developing his craft. He did have a #1 hit and album by the age of 13 and proved he wasn’t a fluke either.
  25. DVEric

    DVEric Satirical Intellectual

    New England
    I advise you listen to The Secret Life Of Plants for free before you spend any money on the vinyl version of it. It’s possibly the most tedious album ever made by a great artist.
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