Songs In The Key Of Life CD (2000)

Artist: Stevie Wonder

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Label Uni/motown
SKU 60405794
UPC 601215735727
UPC 14 00601215735727
Format CD
Release Date 5/2/2000
Sales Rank 1069
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Author Stevie Wonder
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Technical Info
Engineer John Fishbach; Gary Olazabal; John Fischbach
Producer Stevie Wonder
CatalogID 1573572
Lable Name Motown
Released 05/02/2000
Original Release 1976
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 104m : 53s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00601215735727
Musical Guests
George Benson
Deniece Williams
Michael Sembello
Dorothy Ashby
Herbie Hancock
Minnie Riperton
Bobbi Humphrey
Album Notes and Credits
Aired on VH-1 and PBS, the video of SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE includes new interviews, performances, and additional footage not previously seen.
Personnel includes: Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica, piano, keyboards); George Benson (guitar, background vocals); Michael Sembello (guitar); Peter Kleinow (steel guitar); Dorothy Ashby (harp); Bobbi Humphrey (flute); Hank Redd (alto & tenor saxophones); Trevor Lawrence (tenor saxophone); Jim Horn (saxophone); Raymond Maldonado (trumpet, percussion); Glen Ferris (trombone); Ronnie Foster (organ); Herbie Hancock, Gregory Phillinganes (keyboards); Eddie Brown (collinga); Nathan Watts (bass, percussion); Raymond Pounds (drums); Carmello Hungria Gracia (timbales); Renee Hardaway (percussion); Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble, Minnie Riperton, Deniece Williams, Syreeta Wright, West Angeles Church Of God Choir, Hare Krishna Singers (background vocals).
Recorded at the Hit Factory, New York, New York, The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California and The Record Plant, Sausalito, California.
This is a limited edition digipak.
Personnel includes: Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica, piano, keyboards); George Benson (guitar, background vocals); Michael Sembello (guitar); Peter Kleinow (steel guitar); Dorothy Ashby (harp); Bobbi Humphrey (flute); Hank Redd (alto & tenor saxophones); Trevor Lawrence (tenor saxophone); Jim Horn (saxophone); Raymond Maldonado (trumpet, percussion); Glen Ferris (trombone); Ronnie Foster (organ); Herbie Hancock, Gregory Phillinganes (keyboards); Eddie Brown (collinga); Nathan Watts (bass, percussion); Raymond Pounds (drums); Carmello Hungria Gracia (timbales); Renee Hardaway (percussion); Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble, Minnie Riperton, Deniece Williams, Syreeta Wright, West Angeles Church Of God Choir, Hare Krishna Singers (background vocals).
Recorded at the Hit Factory, New York, New York; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California; The Record Plant, Sausalito, California. Includes liner notes by Stevie Wonder
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica, keyboards, programming); George Benson (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Nathan Watts (vocals, hand claps, percussion, background vocals); David Henson, Yolanda Simmons (vocals, hand claps); Renee Hardaway, Shirley Brewer (vocals, percussion, background vocals); Larry Latimer (vocals, percussion); Linda Lawrence, Deniece Williams, Rosona Starks, Mary Lee Whitney, Sheryl Walker, Charity McCrary, Cinmayi Dasi, Ethel Enoex, Lonnie Morgan, Addie Cox, Linda McCrary-Campbell, Dennis Swindell, Sundray Tucker, Terri Hendricks, Yogamaya Dasi, James Lambert, Josie James, Minnie Riperton, Syreeta Wright , Michael Wycoff (vocals, background vocals); Jay Boy Adams, Gail Lockhart, Larri Nuckens, Baradras, Carol Johnson , Gregory Rudd, Kim Nixon, Phillip Kimble, Berry Briges, Madelaine Jones, Jacqueline F. English, Kim Lewis, Bhakta Eddie, Jeania Harris, Shelley Fann, Bhakta Kevin, Jean Brown, Derrick Givens, Gary Byrd, Agnideva D sa, Jayasac?nandana D sa, Mimi Green, William Moore , Bhakta Gregory, Melani Fann, Michael Lee Gray, Carolyn Massenburg, Susie Fuzzell, Al Jocko Fann, Do? Rain Edwards, Gwen Perry, Audrey Givens, Adrian Janes, Lisa Nixon, Artice May, Sudana Bobatoon, Carl Lockhart, Troy Harris, Henry America, Gary Veney, Brenda Barnett, Starshemah Bobatoon, Barbara Fann, Anthony Givens, Keith Slaughter, Jitamrtyi Dasa, Khalif Bobatoon, Tracy Fann, Susaye Greene Brown, Rukmini, Vedavyasa Dasa, Mildred Givens, Linda America, Irma Leslie, Rodney Brown, Duryodhana Guru D sa, Cecilia Brown, Linda McCrary, Lynda Laurence, Michael Gray, Patricia Johnson , Susaye Greene, Calvin Johnson (vocals); Ben Bridges (guitar, acoustic guitar, sitar); Dean Parks, Michael Sembello, W.G. Snuffy Walden (guitar, acoustic guitar); Dean Park, Howard "Buzz" Feiten (guitar); Dorothy Ashby (harp); Bobbi Humphrey (flute); Hank Redd (saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Trevor Lawrence (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jim Horn (saxophone); Raymond Maldonado (trumpet, percussion); Steve Madaio (trumpet); George Bohannon, Glenn Ferris (trombone); Ronnie Foster (organ); Herbie Hancock (keyboards, hand claps); Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Greg Brown , Ray Pound, Greg Brown, Raymond Lee Pounds (drums); Carmelo Garcia (timbales, percussion); Josette Valentino (hand claps, percussion, background vocals); Charles Brewer, John Fischbach (percussion, programming, background vocals); Nelson Hayes (percussion, sound effects, background vocals); Colleen Carleton, Marietta Waters, Edna Orso, Amale Mathews (percussion, background vocals); Nathan Alford, Jr., Carol Cole, Eddie "Bongo" Brown, Bobbye Hall (percussion); Don Hunter, John Harris (programming, sound effects); Fountain Jones (programming); Larry Scott (sound effects); Carolyn Dennis (background vocals).
Recording information: Crystal Industries Inc., Hollywood, CA; Hit Factory Studios, New York, NY; Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Illustrator: Tony Warren.
Arranger: Stevie Wonder.
SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE is a milestone in Stevland Morris' career and a masterwork of American popular music. Released in 1976, this double LP spent 14 of its 80 charting weeks at number one. From his sharp commentaries on American social history and pro-peace supplications to some of his most intimate professions of love, witness Stevie Wonder at a prolific point in his career, casting his music further beyond R&B, funk, and disco than ever before.
Present here are some of Stevie's greatest hits in their original context: the widely-sampled horn swirls of "Sir Duke," comical baby-noise-laced jamming of "Isn't She Lovely" and fiercely poetic declaration of "As" still shine as brightly as ever. Perhaps less well-known are tunes like, "Joy Inside My Tears," a slow, entrancing, synth-vamp on love's redemptive powers, or the fast-grooving funkout, "Black Man," a compelling salute to America's pioneers of color. The keyboard sounds are as varied as ever, the bass as waggish as Bootsy, the arrangements a consummate preparation of melody and harmony. KEY OF LIFE is an inspired work in which Stevie marvels at life's unexpected miracles.
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
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.112) - Ranked #56 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...[Wonder] displays his effortless mastery of funk, jazz, balladry, Afrobeat and even a string-quartet minuet..."
Q (10/99, p.161) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Motown Records Of All Time - "...the apex of Wonder's creativity....A big record in many senses."
Muzik (8/99, p.138) - "...[SONGS] best reflects [Stevie's] global influence on contemporary soul, jazz, funk, rap and pop....[it] speaks to the adult mind, politically, racially and emotionally. It shows how shockingly talented Wonder is..."
Disc 1
1 Love's in Need of Love Today,Isn't She Lovely
2 Have A Talk With God,Joy Inside My Tears
3 Village Ghetto Land,Black Man
4 Contusion,Ngiculela (Es una Historia) - (African Languages, Spanish) :: I Am Singing - (African Languages, Spanish)
5 Sir Duke,If It's Magic
6 I Wish,As
7 Knocks Me Off My Feet,Another Star
8 Pastime Paradise,Saturn
9 Summer Soft,Ebony Eyes
10 Ordinary Pain,All Day Sucker
11 Easy Goin' Evening
Disc 2
1 Love's in Need of Love Today,Isn't She Lovely
2 Have A Talk With God,Joy Inside My Tears
3 Village Ghetto Land,Black Man
4 Contusion,Ngiculela (Es una Historia) - (African Languages, Spanish) :: I Am Singing - (African Languages, Spanish)
5 Sir Duke,If It's Magic
6 I Wish,As
7 Knocks Me Off My Feet,Another Star
8 Pastime Paradise,Saturn
9 Summer Soft,Ebony Eyes
10 Ordinary Pain,All Day Sucker
11 Easy Goin' Evening

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