Definitive Collection CD (2002)

Artist: Stevie Wonder

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Label Universal Records
SKU 60578939
UPC 044006616421
UPC 14 00044006616421
Format CD
Release Date 10/29/2002
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
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Duke Ellington
Artist Influence Frankie Lymon
Artist Influence Jackie Wilson
Artist Influence James Brown
Artist Influence Johnny Ace (Piano)
Artist Influence King Curtis
Artist Influence Little Walter
Artist Influence Ray Charles
Artist Influence Sam Cooke
Artist Influence Toots Thielemans
Artist Contemporary Al Green (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Allen Toussaint
Artist Contemporary Aretha Franklin
Artist Contemporary Betty Wright
Artist Contemporary Bill Withers
Artist Contemporary Bobby Womack
Artist Contemporary Curtis Mayfield
Artist Contemporary David Porter
Artist Contemporary David Ruffin
Artist Contemporary Diana Ross
Artist Contemporary Donny Hathaway
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Artist Contemporary Gladys Knight
Artist Contemporary Isaac Hayes
Artist Contemporary James Brown
Artist Contemporary Johnny Nash
Artist Contemporary Jon Lucien
Artist Contemporary Lionel Richie
Artist Contemporary Luther Vandross
Artist Contemporary Marvin Gaye
Artist Contemporary Michael Jackson
Artist Contemporary Ohio Players
Artist Contemporary Sly & the Family Stone
Artist Contemporary Smokey Robinson
Artist Contemporary Terry Callier
Artist Contemporary The Brothers Johnson
Artist Contemporary The Delfonics
Artist Contemporary The Jackson 5
Artist Contemporary The Spinners (US)
Artist Contemporary The Temptations (Motown)
Artist Contemporary Tina Turner
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Technical Info
Engineer Malcolm Cecil; Robert Margouleff
CatalogID AA4400661642
Lable Name Motown
Released 10/28/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 79m : 46s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00044006616421
Musical Guests
The Jackson 5
Lani Groves
Luther Vandross
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Stevie Wonder (vocals, various instruments); Luther Vandross (vocals); Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff (programming); Gloria Barley, Lani Groves, Jim Gilstrap, The Jackson 5 (background vocals).
Producers include: Berry Gordy, Henry Cosby, Clarence Paul, Stevie Wonder, William "Mickey" Stevenson.
Compilation producers: Harry Weinger, Jeff Moskow.
Recorded between 1963 & 1985.
Includes liner notes by Scott Regan.
Personnel: Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica, piano, keyboards, programming); Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff (Moog synthesizer, programming); Charles Brewer, John Fischbach (programming); Gloria Barley, Jim Gilstrap, Lani Groves (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Scott Regen; Harry Weinger; Scott Regan.
Arrangers: Clarence Paul; Stevie Wonder.
Missing in action for much of the 1990s, Stevie Wonder is a living legend whose consistent creative output is sorely missed. THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION provides a snapshot overview of Wonder's stellar legacy starting back in 1963 as a teen musical prodigy with the exuberant "Fingertips Part 2." This jubilant tune, showcasing Wonder's much-touted facility on the chromatic harmonica, is a powerful harbinger of things to come. Along the way are classics that find this Michigan native going from being a one-man Motown hit machine to a young artist whose vision eschewed singles-based sensibilities for album-long artistic statements.
Wonder's '60s gems include "I Was Made to Love Her," "For Once in My Life," and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours." Of course, his '70s work is just as stunning, particularly socially conscious numbers like "Higher Ground" and "Living for the City." Equally stellar if less political are this legend's tributes to Duke Ellington ("Sir Duke"), Bob Marley ("Master Blaster [Jammin']"), and Caribbean music in general ("Boogie on Reggae Woman"). THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION is an excellent primer for both die-hard fan and passing admirer of Stevie Wonder's genius.
Artist Overview
Stevie Wonder is a much-beloved American icon and an indisputable genius not only of R&B but popular music in general. Blind virtually since birth, Wonder's heightened awareness of sound has helped him create vibrant, colorful music teeming with life and ambition. Nearly everything he's recorded bears the stamp of his sunny, joyous positivity; even when he addresses serious racial, social, and spiritual issues, or sings about heartbreak and romantic uncertainty, an underlying sense of optimism and hope has always seemed to emerge. His best records have been a richly eclectic brew of soul, funk, rock & roll, sophisticated Broadway/Tin Pan Alley-style pop, jazz, reggae, and African elements. ~ Steve Huey
Professional Reviews
Uncut (2/04, p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The cream of Stevie, cherry-picked here from a mightily impressive history, is rich with sunshine and peachy goodness."
Disc 1
1 Fingertips (Part 2)
2 Uptight (Everything's Alright)
3 Hey Love
4 I Was Made To Love Her
5 For Once In My Life
6 My Cherie Amour
7 Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours
8 You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
9 Superstition
10 Higher Ground
11 Living For The City
12 You Haven't Done Nothin'
13 Boogie On Reggae Woman
14 I Wish
15 Sir Duke
16 Masterblaster (Jammin')
17 That Girl
18 Do I Do
19 I Just Called To Say I Love You
20 Overjoyed
21 Part-Time Lover
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