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Format: CD
Sku: 60405794
UPC: 601215735727
UPC 14: 00601215735727
Release Date: 5/2/2000
Sales Rank: 3127
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Love's in Need of Love Today ~ Stevie Wonder
2. Have A Talk With God ~ Stevie Wonder
3. Village Ghetto Land ~ Stevie Wonder
4. Contusion ~ Stevie Wonder
5. Sir Duke ~ Stevie Wonder
6. I Wish ~ Stevie Wonder
7. Knocks Me Off My Feet ~ Stevie Wonder
8. Pastime Paradise ~ Stevie Wonder
9. Summer Soft ~ Stevie Wonder
10. Ordinary Pain ~ Stevie Wonder
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Isn't She Lovely ~ Stevie Wonder
2. Joy Inside My Tears ~ Stevie Wonder
3. Black Man ~ Stevie Wonder
4. Ngiculela (Es una Historia) - (African Languages, Spanish) :: I Am Singing - (African Languages, Spanish) ~ Stevie Wonder
5. If It's Magic ~ Stevie Wonder
6. As ~ Stevie Wonder
7. Another Star ~ Stevie Wonder
8. Saturn ~ Stevie Wonder
9. Ebony Eyes ~ Stevie Wonder
10. All Day Sucker ~ Stevie Wonder
11. Easy Goin' Evening ~ Stevie Wonder
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Recorded at the Hit Factory, New York, New York, The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California and The Record Plant, Sausalito, California.
Muze PNote This is a limited edition digipak.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote 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
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Recording information: Crystal Industries Inc., Hollywood, CA; Hit Factory Studios, New York, NY; Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Illustrator: Tony Warren.
Muze PNote Arranger: Stevie Wonder.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Stevie Wonder

Engineer: John Fishbach; Gary Olazabal; John Fischbach

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist George Benson
Muze Guest Artist Deniece Williams
Muze Guest Artist Michael Sembello
Muze Guest Artist Dorothy Ashby
Muze Guest Artist Herbie Hancock
Muze Guest Artist Minnie Riperton
Muze Guest Artist Bobbi Humphrey

Artist Overview

From 12-year-old multi-instrumentalist prodigy to groundbreaking adult songwriter and producer, Stevie Wonder is one of the handful of pop musicians who just about everybody agrees is possessed of genius. His 1960s recordings were great straight-up R&B, but his visionary '70s albums took pop and R&B where they'd never been before, incorporating electronics, reggae, and incredibly sophisticated melodic and harmonic development.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Best Of Debarge-Millennium Col
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Motown Singles Collection (1959-1971)
Muze Music Compilations Duets Ii
Muze Music Compilations Woman In Red
Muze Music Compilations Let's Get The Mood Right
Muze Music Compilations Stealing Beauty
Muze Music Compilations Rent
Muze Music Compilations I Know
Muze Music Compilations My Life
Muze Music Compilations Dead Presidents
Muze Music Compilations You've Got Mail
Muze Music Compilations Gershwin's World
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Rent: Highlights From The Original Cast Album
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Motown Singles Collection (1972-1992)
Muze Music Compilations Love & Freedom
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Burt Bacharach
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Quincy Jones-Millenniu
Muze Music Compilations Last Dragon
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 5-Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Motown Story Volume One-The Sixties
Muze Music Compilations 20th Century Masters Best Of
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Mancini
Muze Music Compilations Gershwin's World
Muze Music Compilations Wods Ultimate Christmas Album Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Disney's Superstar Hits: Ultimate Collection Of Movie Hits
Muze Music Compilations Motown Classics: gold
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Collection
Muze Music Compilations Motown Remixed
Muze Music Compilations Motown Unmixed
Muze Music Compilations Motown Box
Muze Music Compilations Hero
Muze Music Compilations 20th Century Masters:motown Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Duets & Duets Ii:90th Birthday
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Norman Brown
Muze Music Compilations Timeless
Muze Music Compilations Big Bang (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Big Bang (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Lela
Muze Music Compilations Under The Desert Sky - Live (w/ Bonus DVD)(Live)
Muze Music Compilations Blue Carpet Treatment (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Bobby-the Movie
Muze Music Compilations Motown Number 1's Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations We All Love Ella: Celebrating The Firs
Muze Music Compilations More Motown Classics Gold
Muze Music Compilations Complete Motown Singles Vol 7:1967(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Complete Motown Singles Vol 7:1967(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Complete Motown Singles Vol 8:1968
Muze Music Compilations Complete Motown Singles Vol 9:1969(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Playlist Plus: Motown 50
Muze Music Compilations Mtv Unplugged Nyc 1997
Muze Music Compilations Motown For Kids
Muze Music Compilations Way I See It
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Herbie Hancock
Muze Music Compilations Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement
Muze Music Compilations Hitsville USA, Vol. 1: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Motown
Muze Music Compilations Complete Motown Singles Vol 11B:1971(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise
Muze Music Compilations Motown 50 Fanthology
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection
Muze Music Compilations Motown For Kids
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations Motown Legends Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Best Of The Great American Songbook
Muze Music Compilations (Abstract) Best(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Soul Train (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Motown Legends Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Icon:motown Classics
Muze Music Compilations Icon:motown Classics
Muze Music Compilations One
Muze Music Compilations Smooth Soul
Muze Music Compilations Party Rock(w/ Book)
Muze Music Compilations 60'S Music Revolution
Muze Music Compilations X2 (As Time Goes By/stardust)
Muze Music Compilations Romantically Yours
Muze Music Compilations Motown:musical Originals (Ocr)
Muze Music Compilations Motown:musical Originals (Ocr)
Muze Music Compilations 1 Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations 1 Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Under The Influence
Muze Music Compilations Motown Legends Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Romancing The 60S
Muze Music Compilations Icon:motown Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Love Fell On Me
Muze Music Compilations Loved Me Back To Life
Muze Music Compilations Classics
Muze Music Compilations Classics
Muze Music Compilations 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Muze Music Compilations Silver Linings Playbook (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations I've Loved These Days

Associated Artists and Works

Tales of Wonder: Celebrating Stevie Wonder ~ Freelon, Nnenna
Talking Book: The Re-Imaging Of A Classic ~ Gray, Macy
Najee
The Woman In Red ~ Original Soundtrack
Rednow, Eivets
Duets II ~ Sinatra, Frank
Spinna, DJ
Stone, Angie
Warwick, Dionne

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/02/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1976
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1573572
Music Label Name Label : Motown
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00601215735727

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..."

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