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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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  • Audio CD (April 5, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B000024C7W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Earth's Creation
2. The First Garden
3. Voyage To India
4. Same Old Story
5. Venus' Flytrap And The Bug
6. Ai No Sono
7. Seasons
8. Power Flower
9. Send One Your Love
10. Race Babbling
Disc: 2
1. Send One Your Love
2. Outside My Window
3. Black Orchid
4. Ecclesiastes
5. Kesse Ye Lolo De Ye
6. Come Back As A Flower
7. A Seed's A Star/Tree Medley
8. The Secret Life Of Plants
9. Tree
10. Finale (Stevie Wonder/Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants)

Editorial Reviews

Out of print in the U.S.! Full title - Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants. This two CD set from the Motown legend was originally released in 1979 and was the follow-up to his hugely successful Songs In The Key Of Life album. This mostly instrumental album was the soundtrack to the documentary The Secret Life of Plants, directed by Walon Green, which was based on the book of the same name by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. The album was chiefly written by Stevie although it does include collaborations with Syreeta and Michael Sembello. 20 tracks. Motown.

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Stevie Wonder does a beautiful job with this theme and for me it resonates very deeply.
Douglas H. Watts
There are some albums that have one good song, or many songs, but few that you can listen to straight through.
Gregg F. Holbert
The Secret Life Of Plants is as different as anything Stevie ever recorded, but it is a great album.
Brandon Ousley

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Douglas H. Watts on January 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As bassist Jeff Berlin said, Stevie Wonder is one of the five or six most important and creative musicians of the 20th century. The Secret Life of Plants ices it. Weirdly, The Secret Life of Plants is one of Stevie Wonder's most hard-to-find records. I rate it as his best. One way to describe this record is Duke Ellington writing about trees, bugs and venus fly traps. As a synthesist (ie. synthesizer player), on these albums Stevie Wonder brings the instrument probably as far as it has ever gone as a human, expressive instrument. But always his voice, acoustic piano, drums and bass and found ambient sounds meld with electronic textures to create something nobody had ever done before and people have been copying ever since. Secret Life of Plants has some of his best singing as well, freed from trying to get a "hit." In my opinion, this sound cycle is one of the most important recordings of any genre made in the 20th century. Why all the gushing? My dad was a tree cutter and landscaper and taught me all the scientific names of every tree in Massachusetts by the time I was 15. So all of the stuff about trees here is true. They are oldest and longest living creatures on Earth and are what humans were born under. Stevie Wonder does a beautiful job with this theme and for me it resonates very deeply.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Beyzman on December 24, 2004
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This album forever redefined my look on Stevie Wonder's music. I've always liked his R&B albums, but this one really illustrates his immense talent for instrumental composition and elegant, classic melodies. Although people may not agree, my favorite number is "Ecclesiastes" - its apparent simplicity and outstanding use of minor keys (not to mention the 12/8 meter and some virtuoso synthesizer playing) just seem to overwhelm. I've played this number to many people who love classical music (but not that familiar with Stevie Wonder) - most of them thought it was written by likes of Nino Rota or Michel Legrand. They refused to believe it was, in fact, by Stevie. Many of them asked me to borrow the album and were very impressed.

Every number offer surprises. Simply put, it is a great, great album!!
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After hitting his musical peak with the double album, Songs In The Key Of Life, every one wondered what Stevie Wonder would do next. Showing that he wasn't afraid to experiment, he released another double album, this time a soundtrack to the documentary film The Secret Life Of Plants. This album is different from just about anything in his catalog. The album is made up of mostly instrumentals, but the songs truly convey the feeling of the film. We are taken into the world of plants and the songs move between lush and serene to funky. "Send One Your Love" is the one song that doesn't really fit into the concept (obviously included to attract people to the album) but it an absolutely gorgeous song and one of his best ballads. To show that Mr. Wonder was a major force on the charts, the album that was from an obscure documentary, a second double album in a row and made up of basically instrumentals, still hit the top ten on the album charts.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Ousley on August 9, 2005
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Songs In The Key Of Life was Stevie Wonder's undisputed tour-de-force. With that opus, he mastered mostly everything he acquired from the four other classics he released in his 1970's prime: Music Of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions, and Fulfilligness' First Finale, and somehow covered all of the elements from those classics with two records. The production, brilliant songwriting, rhythms, and approach of that record was stunning and with all of those elements, he won tons of awards and outstanding recognition. I personally can only think of one album that can actually top that record and that record has to be his perfect 1973 masterpiece, Innervisions. But, four years had passed and many fans were waiting for a new album. Disco had took over big time and many R&B artists were just getting into that formula to probably chunk out a big hit. Stevie just had to experiment and release Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants, the soundtrack to a film no one probably ever saw. Secret Life Of Plants was the record that critics and most of his fans just hated. Some said it was a flawed album that was filled with killers and fillers. I'll partially agree with that. The Secret Life Of Plants is as different as anything Stevie ever recorded, but it is a great album. It's a moody concept album consisting some interesting instrumentals about plants. On this album, Stevie expands his sound by showing different musical influences from other places like Africa or even China, which makes it such an epic proportion. He also plays or tries many abstract instruments played from different parts of the world, even though mostly everything he plays here are done with synthesizers.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on June 27, 2006
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Between the period of 1971 - 1976, few could argue that brilliance of Stevie Wonders musical output. A period that saw such groundbreaking releases such as: "Talking Book", "Innervisions", "Fulfillingness' First Finale", "Songs in the Key of Life"....all albums that took driving funk & Motown Soul, and mixed them with warm keyboards, and lyrical content that touched upon: Politics, Love, Social injustice, Joyous Good times, and religion, and self-belief....to conquering effect. Which is what made this release of after 1976's "Songs in the key of Life", all the more curious and bizarre. Because instead of following on, from the ambitious wide-ranging arrangements, exuberant synthesizer, and tightly sequenced funk of "Songs in the key of life". Stevie instead bucked all current convention, and released this...a meditative mostly instrumental album of quietly intimate sounds, Precious moods, and reflective arrangements. Gone were the finger-pointing political statements, Biting Funk, and celebratory grooves. This was an album that was a decidedly much softer proposition, with an overall sound, that was considered, too intimate and inward-looking to suggest Radio air-play, and a cycle of loosely themed (semi-linked) songs, that were too downtempo, to be really considered hit single material (although "Send One Your Love" and "Outside My Window", were released as singles). What followed was mass confusion, on the radio/Critics part....with most, simply baffled by Stevie's musical direction, and large-scale indifference on the part of consumers. And so, this left the album, largely ignored by the general public, and quickly lead to Stevie reverting back to type, with 1980's upbeat soul/funk workout "hotter than July".Read more ›
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