Thinking about......Stevie Wonder

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Kieran White, Sep 22, 2022.

  1. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    Prices are much higher now, but KG Remastered the CDs for the now OOB, Audio Fidelity Label for SW’s Main 5 Albums from the 1970s. The MFSL Ultradisc CD for Innervisions typically gets great reviews on this Forum.

    in the meantime, you might wanna seek out this Box Set:

    Stevie Wonder - At The Close Of A Century
  2. George P

    George P Notable Member


    I love all his 70s work, but this one is my jam!
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  3. Tod41

    Tod41 Forum Resident

    New York
    Innervisions is a great album and many great singles in the 60s and early 70s. Some of his stuff is a little over the top and overdone. In my opinion, I think Songs in the Key of Life is a bit overrated.
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  4. stollar

    stollar Forum Resident

    Bærum Norway
    And then " I Just Called To Say I love You " was recorded.
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  5. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    Several Concerts from the 1970s make for a Great Box Set, along with a Separate Box Sets of Unreleased Songs SW has in the Vault. We at least have this Box Set, but just filled out the Songs I was missing from the Early Part of his Career.

    Stevie Wonder - At The Close Of A Century
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  6. andy75

    andy75 Forum Resident

    I love Signed Sealed and Delivered. I feel it's his best because young Stevie meets the grown up version of himself. A bit like Michael Jackson sounded on Off the Wall. Every SW album from 1970 and onwards is in my collection.
  7. Maurice

    Maurice Senior Member

    North Yarmouth, ME
    Here'a brief taste of the awesomeness of 70's live Stevie, on Sesame Street no less:

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  8. Bnk

    Bnk Forum Resident

    I`d also put Terence Trent D`Arby at the head of the queue of being influenced by Stevie..a bit ahead of Yes and The Stones.:agree:
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  9. President_dudley

    President_dudley Forum Resident

    i tend to see them as two evolutionary points on a continuum, not unlike julius erving to michael jordan
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  10. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Space-Age luddite

    Central PA
    Stevie's creative process always seemed to me, to be so d.i.y; which is tough enough as a successful artist within a moneymaking industry where everybody wanted to be a part of a success' success. Some of his choices to me seemed to be so..."clunky", where the originality seemed like it came from unformed ideas and half-solved problems. He was so far ahead of his people, that nobody wanted to smooth those edges, or put him in a box. And then these masterpieces come out, and it's like the musical equivalent of Kandinsky, or Pollock. And still able to connect the singles to an audience hungry for the funk.

    I was lucky to be in music school at the height of his favorite works, and as supposedly a student of the same art he was involved in..I still couldn't make heads or tails of it. Zappa, I could follow; Stevie, you had to follow, because you didn't really know what was going to interest him next. In retrospect, it's even hard to describe my bewilderment.
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  11. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Beautiful Psychedelic Colors Everywhere

    New York
  12. MHP

    MHP Lover of Rock ‘n Roll

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  13. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I hafta say the day I heard I Was Made To Love Her back in the 60's on my AM Radio that was the day I became a Stevie fan ..been a fan ever since.
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  14. SRC

    SRC That sums up Squatter for me

    New York, NY
    Indeed it was; a number one hit around the world. his first UK number one, won an Academy Award... :)
  15. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader

    ontario canada
    For more on this song watch 'High Fidelity'
  16. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    love that!
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  17. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Senior Member

    Love Stevie. Some of his 60s Motown work is astounding, then hit that 70s run! Incredible.
    Innervisions and SITKOL are his best but there's great music on the others from that period and Hotter Than July.
  18. Gary_Stewart

    Gary_Stewart Forum Resident

    West Hollywood, CA
    Criminally overlooked, but excellent: A Time to Love and Jungle Fever, and to a slightly lesser extent Conversation Peace.
  19. mdent

    mdent Forum Resident

    New England
    I'm not so sure Stevie Wonder is ever planning another tour. (shrugs)
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  20. MikeVielhaber

    MikeVielhaber Forum Resident

    Memphis, TN
    I am glad I was able to see him live several years ago playing SITKOL in its entirety. He still had it at that time. He also said he had an album coming soon and played a song from it, but here we are some 7 years later and nothing yet.
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  21. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

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  22. thesisinbold

    thesisinbold Forum Resident

    Camarillo, Ca, USA
    As an atheist, when I hear Stevie sing about god, I get it.

    I don’t know if I can give higher praise than that.
  23. mdent

    mdent Forum Resident

    New England
    Lucky you! I was never fortunate enough to see him perform live.
  24. pbuzby

    pbuzby Senior Member

    Chicago, IL, US
    This reminds me of the time Ray Charles was a guest on the Super Dave show and there was a joke involving Ray driving.
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  25. Tod41

    Tod41 Forum Resident

    New York
    Stevie has a number of songs that I would characterize as sappy like You are the Sunshine of my life, Ribbons in the Sky and overjoyed. And songs like Do I do just never end. The body of work overall is great but there a noticeable number of clunkers.

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