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Innervisions (Numbered, Limited Edition Digi-Pak) [Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Stevie WonderAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 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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Innervisions (Numbered, Limited Edition Digi-Pak) + Songs in the Key of Life + Talking Book
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Motown Records
  • ASIN: B00004S366
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Too High
2. Visions
3. Living for the City
4. Golden Lady
5. Higher Ground
6. Jesus Children of America
7. All in Love is Fair
8. Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing
9. He's Misstra Know It All

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Stevie Wonder's music can be very frustrating for fans to collect in good sounding editions. The 2000 remasters sounded awful (to be chartiable they may have been played back and not decoded properly) compared to the Holy Grail until recently the Mobile Fidelity CD which, reportedly, is the ONLY version to use the original mastertape (it was an accident--Wonder's people provided that vs. a safety copy at the time at least it's rumored--for some reason they will not release the mastertape and haven't for ANY version except the Mofi).

The new Audio Fidelity version is a marked improvement over the 2000 reissue by Universal/Motown. The tonality is superior here and there isn't a hint of the post-production compressed used to jack up the 2000 edition. How does it compare to the Mofi? I have to be honest I had to compare it to a CD-R and not the original product but it does compare favorably. The Mofi is slightly more trebly but not necessarily in a bad way and the vocals were, to me, a bit clearer with a slightly better soundstage. As far as the SACD version I don't have it since it's not a hybrid (and I like to have those so I can rip it to my hard drive)although I have "heard" that it compares favorably beyond that, your mileage may vary.

The AF also has its merits as well--it lacks that slightly trebly quality (which may be a part of the original mastertape--I have no idea)without sounding veiled. Kevin Gray who did the remastering here has done a good job of capturing the essence of the recording based on the original vinyl and first CD mastering but with improved bass, depth, detail and less murkiness by comparison.

As to whether or not you should upgrade--it's totally up to how satisfied you are with the Mofi.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STEVIE PROVES HIS VISION IS LIMITLESS. December 7, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Listening to the sheer breadth of the music presented here, it's hard to believe Stevie Wonder was all of 23 when he released this masterpiece. Continuing a very fruitful collaboration with synth wizards Bob Marguleouff and Malcolm Cecil, Wonder made what is, in my opinion, his most accomplished album ever. Avoiding the artistic excesses that would threaten to topple his later works (1976's "Songs In The Key Of Life" being the most notable example), Stevie perfected his sound, production and vocal delivery on these 9 flawless numbers. "Too High" opens with a bouncing, funky bass/synth line that remains the focal point throughout this jazzy, bracing track which also features superb backing vocals by Lani Groves and Jim Gilstrap. Stevie's cymbal-accented drumming and keyboard work are also miracles unto themselves. This knockout opener segues directly into "Visions" a heartbreakingly beautiful acoustic number envisioning a perfect, "milk and honey land, where hate is a dream, and love forever stands". Sung with an almost childlike innocence, Stevie concludes each verse with the longing question "is this a vision in my mind?" Positively breathtaking. (Special Note: Before the final verse, after a brief pause in the music as the vibes and guitars fade momentarily into silence, listen as Stevie takes a deep breath before continuing the vocal passage, it almost breaks your heart.) This vision of utopia is abruptly interrupted by the looming, deep, almost ominous sounding synthesizer intro to the timeless "Living For The City" (remember Spike Lee's brilliant use of this in "Jungle Fever", and how it blew away every other song in the movie? Read more ›
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie's Best May 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is easily Stevie Wonder's best CD. Though his previous "breakout album" Talking Book did have some innovative tunes, to me it was hindered by a few overly sappy love songs. "Key of Life" is a great album, but isn't as concise. There is only one traditional love song on Innervisions ("All is Fair in Love" is a sad reflection on relationships, but certainly not a romantic ballad). Here's a track by track analysis
1) Too High: Jazzy cautionary tale about drug abuse and its consequences, but subtle enough not to be overtly preachy. It captures the feeling of an addict who exists only to "touch the sky" but never gets there. Outstanding drumming by Stevie (yes, he plays the DRUMS too!!).
2) Visions: Utterly stunning in its beauty. The acoustic guitar work is second to none.
3) Living for the City: The "epic" of the CD describes the tribulations of a man raised in poverty in the South only to find more poverty upon his migration to the city. Yeah, the interlude section is a little cheesy, but still effective and with great vocals as always.
4) Golden Lady: I love how this song keeps going up a key in the end, which signifies the yearning of the singer for his lady. What a great love song.
5) Higher Ground: Once again, outstanding drums and a very funky beat. Like most in my generation, I heard the RHCP cover first (which is a decent interpretation), but it didn't take long to me to realize that this is the definitive verision.
6) Jesus Children of America: Stevie boldly confronts religious fundamentalists, junkies, and even the listener, challenging all to "come clean," all while being backed by insistent gospel harmonies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by CYNTHIA FORBES
5.0 out of 5 stars Old is NEW...again!
At this point, this is a very old album but, in my opinion it should be in every music library of anyone who has any appreciation of Stevie Wonder. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WBC Coach
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent CDs and excellent service!
Published 2 months ago by Thomas R. Schulte
5.0 out of 5 stars The King of R&B...
What more can you say about The King of R&B?...beautiful work once again...and the CD is in excellent shape, thank you...
Published 2 months ago by Zart
5.0 out of 5 stars Chapter III in Stevie's Golden Era
"Higher Ground" is 40 years old, but, even today it stands the test of durability and power. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Boki
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic album
Published 3 months ago by JF
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly re-mastered recording--spoiled a great record
Poor re-mastering job on this CD. The record has a very dull and uninspiring sound, which makes the music sound very dated.
Published 4 months ago by EDWARD SAVAGE
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars
will be my automatic rating for anything stevie wonder does past,present and future..i love this album I got most of his collection you just buy it without looking at the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by gee riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Innervisions
For any true Stevie Wonder fan this is a MUSt have cd. In my opinion it's his very best composition wise, arrangement wise and musically. Read more
Published 4 months ago by WhySoitenly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
One of Stevie's best from the beginning to the end. With songs like "All is fair in love, Living for the city, and Don't you worry 'bout a thang," how can you miss!!
Published 4 months ago by noahmame
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