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Piss Me Off 06-13-2008 05:51 AM

Stevie Wonder
 
Well we need a thread on this guy.
I'm still very new to him ( I only have Innervisions, Songs In the Key of Life and Talking Book so far) but he has been getting a lot of play time from me lately. It's been a while since i've been this excited over an artist.
Innervisions is a brilliant compact collection of songs, with some of my highlights so far. I'm not sure if that is my favourite or Songs In The Key Of Life. The scope of that album is incredible, most albums of that size fall down and suffer due to what they're trying to achieve, but this has enough great jams, ballads and downright inspired pop songs to be a firm favourite with me.
Even the cheesy one's are growing on me!

Here's a fave song, I Wish. Later to be sampled by Will Smith of course!



Thoughts anyone?

jackhammer 06-13-2008 02:35 PM

Innervisions is a phenomenal album and I don't think people realise how many instruments this guy plays. Big up.

Urban Hat€monger ? 06-13-2008 04:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Piss Me Off (Post 490045)
Well we need a thread on this guy.
I'm still very new to him ( I only have Innervisions, Songs In the Key of Life and Talking Book so far)

Those are pretty much all you need I don't think he ever bettered those three.

Look out for a bootleg called Funkafied Rainbow. It was a gig of his recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in 1974 by Motown as a possible live album that was later shelved. It's him right at the centre of his creative peak and is a fantastic album. If you do a google search on it you should find it pretty easily.

Piss Me Off 06-13-2008 04:47 PM

I'll remember to give that a look, i want to get a few more albums first though.

Skinny. 06-14-2008 03:24 AM

This guy is sensational. My favourite tracks from this guy are, Sir Duke and Uptight.

right-track 06-14-2008 03:41 AM



'Hey Love'...my favourite Stevie Wonder track from the album 'Down To Earth'.

People don't realise how long this man has been around writing and making music. 'Hey Love' was written in 66 age 16.

His first album was made aged 12!

tarah 06-14-2008 11:18 AM

stevie a genius

Molecules 06-14-2008 01:54 PM

Spot-on, you just can't argue with his songwriting, a real-life prodigy. I only have two of the so-called classic run of seventies albums - 'Innervisions' and 'Talking Book'. 'Songbook Collection' aswell.
'I Was Made To Love Her' is his genius encapsulated into one song for me.

British_pharaoh 06-14-2008 02:24 PM

I was gonna start one but wasn't sure if there was one or not

going to see him in September in Manchester

Sir Duke and Superstition live


yeah baby!

Seltzer 06-16-2008 03:50 AM

Innervisions is an awesome album. And I've been hearing a lot of him lately because my flatmate has taken it upon himself to learn a few of his basslines.

Piss Me Off 06-16-2008 06:15 AM

I hope Higher Ground is one of them!

WateringCan 06-16-2008 07:44 AM

Only a few months ago did i discover that Wonder was blind! I have been royally mocked ever since .. .

right-track 06-16-2008 10:55 AM

...he's black too.

Civic Depreciator 06-16-2008 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Urban Hatemonger (Post 490174)
Those are pretty much all you need I don't think he ever bettered those three.

So? Even if he never topped those three, Stevie still has some other wonderful albums out there. My next couple of recommendations would include Hotter Than July, Fulfillingness' First Finale, Music of My Mind, Where I'm Coming From, and Uptight. You have plenty of work to do, my friend.

Urban Hat€monger ? 06-16-2008 11:14 AM

So what do you suggest I do to someone who wants to get started with him ? Recommend his entire Discography?

I think his 3 best albums are enough to get anyone started.

Piss Me Off 06-16-2008 11:19 AM

Hotter than July shall be my next. I think i have an old issue of Q (urgh) which reviewed all of his albums, i'll have to dig that out.

Civic Depreciator 06-16-2008 11:32 AM

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Originally Posted by Urban Hatemonger (Post 490773)
So what do you suggest I do to someone who wants to get started with him ? Recommend his entire Discography?

I think his 3 best albums are enough to get anyone started.

And if you'd bothered to read what you said properly, may I point you in this direction...
Quote:

Originally Posted by Urban Hatemonger (Post 490174)
Those are pretty much all you need


Urban Hat€monger ? 06-16-2008 11:35 AM

Yes ... TO START WITH :rolleyes:

Civic Depreciator 06-16-2008 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Urban Hatemonger (Post 490781)
Yes ... TO START WITH :rolleyes:

That's definitely not how you worded it originally. Anyhow, he was looking for recommendations beyond those, as he already owned them.

Urban Hat€monger ? 06-16-2008 11:37 AM

Oh shut up

Piss Me Off 06-16-2008 11:39 AM

I've already said which one i'm getting, why are you both still going on?

icebox 06-17-2008 08:12 AM

well.. I remember singing one of his timeless songs during my junior years.. It's overjoyed and until now it is being overplayed.. =)

dags 06-17-2008 09:39 AM

Innervisions and Songs in the key of life are filled humanity. Real people playing real instruments (mostly him). Today's artists need to make a big sound and when you hear their music they all have a wall of sound coming at you. Things are added to make the inferior songwriting sound good. Especially pop music. He was once pop music. Much better.

mamanuthead 06-17-2008 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Civic Depreciator (Post 490767)
Even if he never topped those three, Stevie still has some other wonderful albums out there. My next couple of recommendations would include Hotter Than July, Fulfillingness' First Finale, Music of My Mind, Where I'm Coming From, and Uptight. You have plenty of work to do, my friend.

I absolutely agree. If you really like Stevie, don't limit yourself to just a few albums. I personally can't think of one song that I've heard that I thought was unlistenable and I've been listening to his music since the 70's (on 8 track even) :yikes: He has such a feelgood sound that even the cheesy songs are enjoyable.

msmits85 06-17-2008 02:57 PM

agreed
 
Innervisions is an amazing album!

Seltzer 06-17-2008 07:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Piss Me Off (Post 490728)
I hope Higher Ground is one of them!

Strangely enough he hasn't learned Higher Ground. As great a bassist he is, he's only just starting to delve into the slap/pop technique - he has always played fingerstyle. I mean Higher Ground doesn't need to be slapped, but it is the standard beginner's slap/pop song, so I guess that's why he hasn't learned it yet.

Piss Me Off 06-18-2008 02:40 AM

I know Stevie played most of the intstruments but did he play that bass part? If so, kudos!

Ghostrider 06-20-2008 07:18 PM

I really like most of Stevie Wonder's work, he has to be one of the most talented artists of his era, having said that one album he did that I can't recommend is "The Secret Life Of Plants"...I tried half a dozen times to try and find something I liked about it,,,but never did. I should add that it was a double album soundtrack so maybe my expectations were too high to begin with.

Talking Book
Songs In The Key Of Life
Innervisions

My 3 favorites in order.

KENSOFINE 07-01-2008 09:55 AM

Stevie Wonder is sooo brilliant, that he created an album completely dedicated to the perspective of flowers, if they were able to think.

The Album is called: Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants.

Ghostrider 07-01-2008 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by KENSOFINE (Post 494230)
Stevie Wonder is sooo brilliant, that he created an album completely dedicated to the perspective of flowers, if they were able to think.

The Album is called: Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants.

Thanks for the proper album name, I was too lazy to look it up and it's been over 20 years since it bought the album, it may have been a brilliant concept, but it did not make a lasting impression on me anyway,,,I like the 3 albums I already listed and consider Journey... to be his least accessible work, if you are a die hard collector then maybe a case could be made to include this one in your collection.

KENSOFINE 07-02-2008 07:26 AM

I agree, actually. That is specifically why I didnt mention it as good musically, but as a brilliant concept considering he has never even seen a plant. No one bought this album, but one of his most famous songs came from it, ironically...

YouTube - Stevie Wonder - Send One Your Love

Ghostrider 07-02-2008 05:54 PM

You're right Kensofine, that is a good song, been a long long time since I heard it, thanks for putting the in the link.:yeah:

Son of JayJamJah 07-02-2008 09:00 PM

Can someone put up a Songs in the key of Life vs. Innervisions pole? Or maybe if everyone just adds that at the end of their post.

For me's it goes back and forth, right now Innervisions by a nose.

Piss Me Off 07-03-2008 04:19 AM

Why not, i added Talking Book for good measure.

Son of JayJamJah 07-03-2008 08:26 AM

Good call, it's at least notable, made add an other option too just in case. Some of my wifes friends really like his later stuff.

By the way in case I never said so, great avatar.

blackspots 08-07-2008 02:18 PM

i go with songs in the key of life right now . . . it's just so packed with unbelievable stuff. innervisions is just so beautiful.

but yeah i voted songs in the key of life.

Janszoon 08-15-2008 07:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Piss Me Off (Post 494763)
Why not, i added Talking Book for good measure.

Yeah, Talking Book is actually my favorite album by him. I like Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life a lot but both have songs I usually skip past.

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Originally Posted by Piss Me Off (Post 491345)
I know Stevie played most of the intstruments but did he play that bass part? If so, kudos!

Looks like it based on the liner notes. It's possible that it's actually played on a keyboard instead of a bass guitar.

mjscarousal 08-15-2008 06:46 PM

Stevie Wonder is a musically prophet. Eveything that he has done has been genius. I love all his music.

Piss Me Off 08-16-2008 08:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Janszoon (Post 507015)
Looks like it based on the liner notes. It's possible that it's actually played on a keyboard instead of a bass guitar.

I was thinking there was a simple bass guitar part under a keyboard part, but obviously i'm not a musician so could be wrong.

Janszoon 08-16-2008 03:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Piss Me Off (Post 507259)
I was thinking there was a simple bass guitar part under a keyboard part, but obviously i'm not a musician so could be wrong.

Yeah, I know what you mean, there's a part that sounds like bass played on a clavinet and there's a part below that which sounds more like a bass guitar. I think the part that sounds like it's played on a bass guitar is actually a keyboard too though. I just looked it up on Wikipedia, and according to them the bass line was played on a Moog synthesizer.


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