Characters CD (1989)

Artist: Stevie Wonder

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Label Uni/motown
SKU 60032666
UPC 737463624824
UPC 14 00737463624824
Format CD
Release Date 10/25/1989
Author Stevie Wonder
Associated Artist/Work Freelon, Nnenna
Associated Artist/Work Gaye, Marvin
Associated Artist/Work Gray, Macy
Associated Artist/Work Najee
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Rednow, Eivets
Associated Artist/Work Sinatra, Frank
Associated Artist/Work Spinna, DJ
Associated Artist/Work Stone, Angie
Associated Artist/Work Warwick, Dionne
Technical Info
Engineer Gary Olazabal
Producer Stevie Wonder
CatalogID 636 248
Lable Name Motown
Released 11/19/2001
Original Release 1987
Number of Discs 1
Length 61m : 37s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00737463624824
Musical Guests
B.B. King
Michael Jackson
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson (vocals); Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King (guitar).
By the time CHARACTERS was released in 1987, Stevie Wonder had gone from being a child prodigy to a leader of the politically charged '70s soul movement to a pop balladeer again in the '80s. By assimilating everything he had learned over the past 20 some years, he had developed into a world-class songwriter and producer. CHARACTERS displays every side of his musical personality, from the funky ("Skeletons"), to the tender ("With Each Beat Of My Heart") to the poppy ("Get It," which features Michael Jackson).
His social conscience is in full display on "Dark 'n' Lovely" and "Skeletons." Perhaps the most poignant is in the opening track "You Will Know," where he explores the problems of drugs and single parenthood but offers hope with a simple phrase; "Problems have solutions." No matter what the subject matter, Stevie sings with an honesty and conviction that is rare in an artist that has been around so long. And hearing B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn trading fours on "Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down" is worth the price of admission.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3 Stars - Good
Disc 1
1 You Will Know
2 Dark 'N Lovely
3 In Your Corner
4 With Each Beat Of My Heart
5 One Of A Kind
6 Skeletons
7 Get It - (with Michael Jackson)
8 Galaxy Paradise
9 Crying Through The Night
10 Free
11 Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down
12 My Eyes Don't Cry

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