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Hotter Than July [Original recording remastered]

Stevie WonderAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Born in Saginaw, Michigan, Stevie Wonder moved to Detroit at an early age and has become one of that city's most famous sons. Blind from birth, Stevie has never allowed that to be an obstacle or handicap. His normal childhood activities of playing games and climbing trees with his friends were suddenly set on a different path when his amazing musical talents were spotted by Bonnie White ... Read more in Amazon's Stevie Wonder Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 2, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B00004SZWB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This #3 LP (1980) returned to Stevie's straight-up pop-soul roots in the wake of his recent symphonic adventures. Includes his MLK tribute Happy Birthday and the hits Did I Hear You Say You Love Me; Lately , and the smash Master Blaster (Jammin') !

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I'll be the first to admit that it took me a solid 4 or 5 times of listening too it before I really liked it. This album is very much "80's" and is quite different from Wonder's previous masterpieces. It took me a while to get used to this new style Stevie was using, but after that it stands in my mind as a truly great album.

One thing about any of his albums is that they do not lack any depth lyrically, Hotter than July is no exception. He's on point as ever with "Rocket Love" & "Cash In Your Face". Musically this album is more fast paced and jams more so than his previous efforts. "Did I Hear You Say You Love Me", is a great groove and "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It" is a quite impressive track with the inclusion of country elements. "Do Like You" is a solid track, and perhaps the only one I skip is "As if You Read My Mind" (You might not though). What makes this album work more than any other factor is musical gems found on here. "All I Do" & "Master Blaster" are both classics in his catalogue & of course "Lately" is one of his finest (both musically and lyrically). "Happy Birthday" is also essential if only because of its historical value. Despite the strength of some individual tracks it does lack the overall as an album that we've previously come to expect with Wonder. But, what you have is a 45 min run time album that is just full of solid tracks. It's truly a testament to Stevie Wonder that, while many great artists of the 70's collapsed when they tried to adapt to the 80's style (look no further than Led Zeppelin), he was able to still convey his musical genius.

This album is definitely not a masterpiece, nor close to touching the genius of his previous albums. Perhaps it's not his best, but does that take away from it? Are we just too spoiled by his previous efforts? Bottom line: It's still simply a great album and only further adds on to Wonder's legacy. One of the best albums released from the 80's era.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An impulse buy that paid off for this 24 year-old... April 11, 2001
By Knyte
Format:Audio CD
I saw 'Hotter Than July' at a record store being sold at a decent price, and noted that it included songs that I recognized by name: "Rocket Love", "Happy Birthday", "Lately", and "Master Blaster (Jammin)". On impulse, I bought it.
I'm glad I did. You see, "All I Do" has been remade into a dance/techno song by a British group called the Cleptomaniacs this year; so when I heard the original - it just made me feel so enlightened. For the record I prefer Mr. Wonder's version, but both versions of "All I Do" are enjoyable.
"Lately" was immortalized by an R&B group named Jodeci in the spring/summer of 1992; and they actually performed the song with Stevie on the Arsenio Hall show - and it was great. "Lately" (for me) is a sad and moving song that is also very beautiful.
It scares me to think that as late as 1980 we still didn't celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday as a national holiday; but hey, at least now I know the words to the whole song besides the chorus. "Happy Birthday" serves as a wonderful finale to the album.
But my favorite song on here would have to be "Rocket Love". My favorite Stevie Wonder songs are the slower, or midtempo songs that seem to just float, and take you on majestic, magic carpet rides. "Send One Your Love", "Superwoman" and "Ribbon In The Sky" do this for me.
But something tells me this isn't his absolute best album (assuming they can be ranked)...and from what I've been able to gather, 'Innervisions' and 'Songs In The Key Of Life' seem to be the top two. At any rate, just know that this disc is a good investment. I'm listening to it right now as I type this. It's on "Lately"...
Thanks for reading.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burning Up January 29, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Hotter Than July is an aptly titled album as Stevie Wonder turns up the heat on this release. After the experimentation of The secret Journey Through The Life Of Plants, Mr. Wonder returns to his normal form with a collection of funkified numbers. "All I Do" is a fiery song that sieges right into "Rocket Love" that goes up into orbit. "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It" finds Mr. Wonder singing in an almost unrecognizable voice that is more of a growl. "Lately" is a stirring ballad while "Happy Birthday" is dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. and is an open plea to make his birthday a national holiday, which it was not at the time. In fact, Mr. Wonder was a driving force behind the movement that was successful in getting Dr. King's birthday recognized, which despite the criminally long delay in doing such, was richly deserved. "Master Blaster (Jammin')" was another tribute song, this time to late reggae legend Bob Marley. The song has a dark, funky beat and sounds like it was recorded on some stoop on a hot summer night. Hotter Than July capped off an unbelievable run of albums and while it is not normally mentioned with them, belongs in the same league as his 70's albums.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked classic September 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
To start, the only reason I'm giving this album 4 stars is becuase the review only goes as high as 5 stars. This is not in the same league as Stevie's 70's masterpieces but I still feel that it's one of the best albums of the 80's. The title is basically talking about the world of music being hotter than July. In other words, there's a lot going on in regards to musical taste. At the time of the album release, rock was still going strong, country was becoming more popular, Bob Marley had brought Reggae to the masses, and the world was waiting for a new Stevie Wonder album after the confusing, at least to most of the public, Secret Life OF Plants album. This was it. The album sold quickly and had a top 10 hit with Masterblaster and Happy Birthday. I usually do my reviews by going song by song but this album boast a song so amazing that I have to give it it's due. That song is Lately. First off though, I will mention the other 2 songs that should be given their due too.
Ain't Gonna Stand For It.: Stevie goes country, in a playful way. This song is another romp in the same league as Say it 'Cause I Love Having You Around and Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing. It's a great dance song and in the middle section Stevie really rocks out. Don't take this song seriously. Just have fun with it.
Happy Birthday: This is basically a sing-a-long. Nothing really special musically going on in it. So why am I including it as one of 3 significant songs on the album? Mainly because of the public importance of the song. Can music actually make laws? This one did. Stevie wrote this in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luthur King, Jr. and it was the theme song throughout the efforts to make his birthday a national holiday, which Stevie spearheaded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars album review.
Great album! I'm enjoying the music. It takes me back to the seventiesera. I hope you enjoy it too. That's all
Published 9 days ago by Arthur Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say
It is Stevie Wonder, musical genius, just hearing the music takes you back and makes you want to get up and dance
Published 3 months ago by Value my Purchases
5.0 out of 5 stars hotter than July
I brought this CD because of the song happy birthday this makes you have feeling for your birthday and your family members and friends and this other song the cold,cold world on... Read more
Published 3 months ago by shawjazzman
5.0 out of 5 stars He always got my vote.
Just what I wanted, I love me some Stevie Wonder, Brings back so many good memories.
Shipping was right on time for my husbands b-day, Hip Hip Horray!!!!!
Published 5 months ago by MARVA
5.0 out of 5 stars This album can transform one of my worst days into one of my best in...
I've loved this album since it was released. And Stevie Wonder is one of the best. On my worst day I can listen to this on the cloud while walking my dogs and realize I'm now... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Susan R Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars what
I never ordered this album. I don/t know why tis shows up. It is one of his best albums he recorded.
Published 6 months ago by honey b
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great music by the genius!
If you are an existing Stevie fan, you will not want to miss this CD. Stevie doing what he does best, memorable melodies with meaningful lyrics. If you are a new Stevie fan, enjoy! Read more
Published 6 months ago by CD music collector
4.0 out of 5 stars its cool
I like this album its stevie wonder what else do you get what you pay for it I love it though
Published 7 months ago by gee riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Ditto
Hotter than July is the title song. It is a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King done in a Reggae beat. It is very imaginative as is all of Stevie's music. I recommend it highly.
Published 7 months ago by Nancy Price-Hobday
5.0 out of 5 stars TOOK ME BACK 30 YEARS............
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