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When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I liked to buy a music album when I could afford it. My taste then, as now, varied greatly, and I purchased albums and singles by the artists of the time and, they included Elton John, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Rose Royce, Rod Stewart, David Cassidy (Well, I was in love!) and...the brilliant Stevie Wonder.
Yes, I am the proud owner of a vinyl album of the amazing masterpiece, 'Songs in the Key of Life' by Stevie Wonder.
Stevie Wonder has certainly passed the test of time and to my mind is still going strong. I think he is just one of those few highly talented people who simply, 'have the music in them'.
This famous black artist was born in the U.S. in May 1950. He was born blind. When I listen to this man speak on rare interviews, I am inspired. He seems to have a love of people no matter what their creed. He grew to be one of the world's best known singer/songwriters, playing a wide range of instruments and also a record producer.
Stevie signed with Motown at the age of eleven. Much later, he was becoming disillusioned in the 1970s but then signed a new contract with Motown. The plan was to bring out a double album, which, after a long wait, was finally released in September 1976. Well the wait was well worth it, as this album, 'Songs in the Key of Life' is one of the best of all time.
The album has four sides and even an E.P. containing four bonus tracks. You could listen to this album all the way through and probably love every track. There is so much on this and many tracks are long, some last for over eight minutes, so give yourself time to relax to the incredible music. I believe there is something for everyone from the slow smoochy numbers, such as, 'Knocks me off my feet' and, 'If it's Magic' to the upbeat, toe tapping, 'Sir Duke' and 'I wish'. I love, 'Another Star' as I think at first it seems quite simple but after listening to the lyrics you realise how beautiful they are. But, my favourite HAS to be the so original, 'As'. Forget George Michael, Stevie is in a class of his own and this is his song.
The album came with a booklet to match the album design featuring song lyrics. Very useful for a teenager.
1) Love's in Need of Love Today
2) Have a Talk With God
3) Village Ghetto Land
5) Sir Duke
1) I Wish
2) Knocks Me Off My Feet
3) Pastime Paradise
4) Summer Soft
5) Ordinary Pain
1) Isn't She Lovely
2) Joy Inside My Tears
3) Black Man
1) Ngiculela-Es Una Historia/I am Singing
2) If It's Magic
4) Another Star
In 2003 'Songs In The Key Of Life' was ranked at number 56 in 'Rolling Stone' list of the 500 greatest albums.
This album is my favourite by Stevie Wonder, although I think almost everything he has done is exceptional. This album though really is a an all time great and is not a all outdated. If you like R & B and the unique sound of Stevie Wonder then listen to this. I hope you enjoy.
I decided to change this opinion because it did not fully express the happiness that Stevie Wonder brought me. As a kid, i was surrounded by music. I have much older brothers and sisters. they all loved Motown music. I used to love listening to theri music and we used to dance like crazy kids on it. But my favourite Artist was Stevie Wonder and his Songs in the "Key of Life". by the way that guy is singing you can really tell thathe loves his music. "I wish " is the best for me. When i used to take the tube to go to college, I listened to that album all the time and it took me away from the grey reality of the city. Even if it was for a moment, a moment only, I was on another planet were everything was in harmony and were love was all around. There was no violence no bad thoughts, just peace. Unfortunately, this dream suddenly stopped 10 stops later and back to the real world.
This is one of those albums I remember from when I was a teenager and I've always thought I'd love to have it on CD. My old record collection was sold off years ago but I often looked at 'Songs In The Key Of Life' and thought "If only I had the money." Somehow, there were always more important things to spend just over £20 on. So, imagine my delight when I went into MVC last week and saw this very album in a repackaged version for just over half the price it used to be! Needless to say, I bought it. This is an amazing album - "Sir Duke", "I Wish", "As", "Isn't She Lovely" - all classic songs in their own right - plus lots of other great tunes to please the ears. The repackaged version still contains the full lyric booklet plus all the tracks from the original double album and its accompanying EP. Amazing value!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Love's In Need Of Love Today
2 Have A Talk With God
3 Village Ghetto Land
5 Sir Duke
6 I Wish
7 Knocks Me Off My Feet
8 Pastime Paradise
9 Summer Soft
10 Ordinary Pain
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Isn't She Lovely
2 Joy Inside My Tears
3 Black Man
4 Ngiculela-Es Una Historia-I Am Singing
5 If It's Magic
7 Another Star
9 Ebony Eyes
10 All Day Sucker
11 Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)