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Music Of My Mind [Remastered]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICEon December 6, 2000
Music Of My Mind is the first album that Stevie Wonder took complete musical and creative control of. On his prior album, Where I'm Coming From, he took a major step towards controlling his musical vision, but on this release, he was in charge. This album finds him tackling more adult subjects with a deeper and richer sound. "Love Having You Around" opens the album on a smooth note and then "Superwoman" follows. This was his most complex and compelling song to date and its depth and length showed he could write more than just 3 minute pop tunes. There's an overall feeling of happiness as evidenced by "I Love Everything About You", "Sweet Little Girl" & "Happier Than The Morning Sun". "Keep On Running" has a funky groove and foreshadows the music he would further explore on Talking Book & Innervisions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2006
... this song Superwoman (Where were you when I needed you)... if you don't allready know it will blow your mind.. get it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2008
1963 12 year old "Little" Stevie Wonder had his first hit, "Fingertips", a harmonica funk on Tamla/Motown. Hits kept on' a comin'. during Mid period Motown mid "60's, classics like "Uptight" and "I Was Made to Love Her". These amazing 45's these wondrous pop songs were written sung by a young man. Stevie wanted to break-out, record his own songs, produce himself...
He got his first chance with this underated attempt.
"Music of My Mind" had no hits, no nothing but the example of what was to come...
"Music of My Mind" is Stevie dominate, he plays all the instruments, save for a few sweetly aching guitar glissantos by Buzzy Felton. Stevie was 22 at the time and ready for the next...(which would be classic LP Talking Book "Superstition etc.)
"Music of My Mind" is the adolescent memory just before coming into the man.
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on March 6, 1999
The first of the famous Power albums (Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions, Fullfillingness First Finale, Songs In The Key Of Life, Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants, Hotter Than July and finishing with Original Musicquarium)
This album showcased what could be done with a synthasizer and beyond. Just listen to the preverbial "vocal bag" on "Love Having You Around", the complex interwoven melodies on "Superwoman (Where were you when I needed You), the natural percussion on "I Love Every Little thing about you" and the driving funk on "Keep on Running". An execellent album only outdone by the next two.
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on February 7, 2015
This is the best Stevie Wonder album. The Best Sound Colors. The Most Seamless Flowing Album. The Truest and most Heartfelt. Innervisions has Golden Lady and some Great Synthesizer Work along with some Great Message Songs that speaks to the times we lived in. And his later work has some Overly Layered Sometimes Too Thick Synthesizer Work. Music of My Mind, though, gets it Just Right. Tone Colors Unmatched. There's not a better song than Superwoman. Superwoman and My Cherie Amore are his best work. This is the purest Stevie and the Best Stevie.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Where I'm Coming From was Stevie Wonder trying to kill Little Stevie Wonder, and with its political lyrics and more serious songs, was quite a stab. But Wonder had not quite figured out how to use synthasizers, and a ballad like "I Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer" wass a bit mushy for a young man trying to redefine himself.

Music Of My Mind, on the other hand, brings it home more than perfect, and shows a mature artist in full attack. "Love Having You Around" and "I Love Everything About You" take the Motown goove and replace the bass and drums with keybords and wha whas that could have been lifted from George Clinton. "Happier Than The Morning Sun" is a ballad with classical grandure, thanks to Wonders inventive use of the clavanet.

The basic groove, going back to "Fingertips" had not changed. But Wonder's use of then new instruments make these grooves hipper, ready to communicate with rock fans, and a more electric, hipper, desegragating country that he could have never conceived when making "Fingertips" or "Place In The Sun. The music had to be different, becuase EVERYTHING was different.

As if all this were not more than enough, and it is, you get "Superwoman." The song has all the melody of McCartney, but floods with soul. It is accsessable as any soul 45, but features muti parts an amazing jazz guitar solo. Even the way Wonder double tracks his voice in multi octives is inventive, and these flourishes pop at just the right time to add the right dynamics. This is the music of serious music fans buying serious stereos, not little girl buying 45.

"Superstition," "Higher Ground," many many Wonder tracks are classics, but the mix of pop and art and recording technology may make "Superwoman" not only Wonder's ultimate masterpiece, but the ultimate masterpiece for soul itself.

Suddenly, Wonder was not on the hit review, he was opening for the Stones, learning from Frank Zappa, taking his place in the top tier. He had not left soul or Motown, he had transended both.

Welcome to the brave new world.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2009
MUSIC OF MY MIND is Stevie Wonder enjoying Creative Freedom for only the 2nd time, the 1st being his independently made album WHERE I AM COMING FROM made a year prior to this release. He had finally got his demands met from Motown and this was the product of that hard fought victory. I have to agree with Rickey Wright's statement that this album had profound implications on how music would be understood and recorded from then on. Stevie is one of the few artists whose experimentations in the studio would transcend and change the entire landscape of music as a whole.

It's hard to believe that a 21 year old wrote, arranged, performed, produced & played most all of the instruments on these songs. Although Stevie had been a hit making, chart topping machine up to this point, the music he released beginning in 1971 was were we truly realized what type of Master we were dealing with. I think more than any other of his releases, this singulary work is the one to point back to when one talks about millions of young men and women picking up multiple instruments and learing how to create compositions that where a complete display of their musical talents. Prior to this point, it was almost unheard of for one person to be both the singer, songwriter and "band" in and of themselves, Stevie was just that!

And this coinsided with advancements in equipment and studio recording that he was able to take full advantage of and kind of was a "tester" of sorts to lead the industry into the new sounds of the 1970's. The magnitude of the culmination of these things can't be overstated. The landscape of music was changing and Stevie was one of the primary forces directing the ship and steering it in the directions it was headed.

"Love Having You Around", "Love Every Little Thing About You", "Sweet Little Girl" are songs were we see a young man free of the bonds of just "hit making" and allowed to express the full scope of his dreams, passions and desires. "Girl Blue" & "Keep on Running" showcase this man's incredible musicianship (check out the amazing & funky clavinet work on Keep On Running). "Superwoman (Where were you when i needed you)" & "Evil" are two of the most powerful on the record and are epics that testify to his true lyrical genius. I especially love the tempo changes in Superwoman, these are very intricate and not easy to pull off and he does so effortlessly.

This is a Great Album and the beginning of what would become known as the "Golden Era" of his career and in many ways music in general. It is one of my personal favorites by Mr. Wonder and one of the many reasons Stevie was/is one of the single most important artists in music history whose songs, like the greats before him, will be played into eternity. And that is truly the measuring stick used when discussing the greatest of all time.

This is truly were music began to make a monumental shift and what I like to call "Super Artists" were taking center stage. Those who could write, compose, sing, arrange, play and produce their own music making for more cohesive thoughts and truly highlighting the concept behind an album. Concept albums were, incorrectly, only thought to be a product of rock/pop but people like Stevie, Maurice White, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Bob Marley were about to forever change that idea. This was truly the golden age of modern music and Mr. Wonder was at the forefront of what was beginning to take place.
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on February 28, 2014
Recording after an onerous contract with Motown had expired, a newly empowered Wonder flexed his artistic control, making a relaxed, love-smitten warm-up for the blockbusters to come and playing nearly every funky note on classics such as "Love Having You Around."
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on February 1, 2000
Of all of Stevie's albums, this is my favorite. His 1st solo-production. The creative beats and the rich lyrics are second to none. My favorites are Been So Long and Love Having You Around. Pick this one up; remember yesterday and enjoy!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2000
Though often ignored when discussing his classic albums,MOMM is where Stevie Wonder's genius start to blossom.It is important for two reasons.First it established Stevie as a musical force to be reckoned with and finally shed the "Little Stevie Wonder" image for good.Second,it pioneered the use of synthesizers as a musical instrument and not a machine to create unearthly sounds.Credit should be given to Malcolm Cecil & Robert Margouleff(two synth wizards who recorded as Tonto's Expanding Head Band) for guiding Stevie in his new musical direction.Love Having You Around takes the clavinet-based funk he recorded on Do Yourself A Favor(from Where I'm Coming From) and expand on it.Superwoman(Where were you when I needed you)is an amazing recording where the first half of the song,he sounds troubled about his woman,then the second half he feels let down by her.The arrangement is also something to behold.Keep on Running is a funk tour-de-force,and Happier Than The Morning Sun & Seem So Long deserve praise.If I have any gripes about this album,is that it help usher in a new era in electronic music,where today,many synth based music sounds artificial & inhuman.Maybe this album should be required listening for up & coming producers and/or musician on the warmth and life that Stevie eminated from his Synths,including Stevie Wonder these days
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