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Natural Wonder [Live]

Stevie WonderAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Dancing To The Rhythm (Live/1995) 7:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Love's In Need Of Love Today (Live/1995) 6:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Master Blaster (Jammin') (Live/1995) 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stevie Ray Blues (Live/1995) 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Higher Ground (Live/1995) 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Stay Gold (Live/1995) 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ribbon In The Sky (Live/1995) 8:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Pastime Paradise (Live/1995) 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. I Just Called To Say I Love You (Live/1995) 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
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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 (November 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000001A9P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Greatest Live Albums Ever Made April 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
1995's "Natural Wonder" captures the raw energy, unbrideled passion and undeniable excitement it feels to be at a Stevie Wonder concert. This is something few artists can do at their concerts. Stevie Wonder is one of those few. On this two disc collection (culled from his 1995 "Conversation Peace" tour), wonder performs 24 classic songs with all the skill and soul you'd expect from Stevie.

Stevie truly pours his heart into his songs. Just listen to the passion he puts into songs like "Love's In Need Of Love Today", "Stay Gold", "If It's Magic" "Ms. And Mr. Little Ones" (a new song when it was released and a personal favorite) and "Overjoyed". And naturally, Stevie isn't afraid to have a little fun, funking it up on "Sign Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours", "Sir Duke" and "I Wish", as well as transforming the tender ballad "Ribbon In The Sky" into an almost nine minute jazzy jam.

I was also glad that Stevie decided to revive several lesser knowns gems such as "Pastime Paradise", "Another Star", "Village Ghetto Land" and "Rocket Love". These songs stand well against concert warhorses such as "Higher Ground" and "Superstition".

My only gripe is basically the one another reviewer said, and that's that several songs ("Master Blaster (Jammin')", "Living For The City", "Another Star") were a lot shorter than the original versions. Usually when you go to a concert, you expect the songs to be longer than the studio versions. But I won't fault the entire album because of that. Also, I noticed the list of songs that reviewer would have liked seen on this album is the same as mine. But again, I won't fault the entire album for these minor complaints.

This is an album that I think everyone should own. Also worth picking up is "At The Close Of The Century" and all of Stevie's studio albums, which are among the greatest albums of all time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curse the 90s and their blasted synths November 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Stevie Wonder is one of the most talented artists of all time. I've rarely seen a songwriter with as extensive a songbook as his. Throughout the 70s his touring band was considered one of the best in the business because of its talent and sheer funkiness. Unfortunately, Stevie fell into the same trap many an artist did starting in the late 80s and throughout most of the 90s - he figured that synths were advanced enough to replace his once vaunted horn section.

He was wrong.

As a result, this live recording sounds a bit hollow and dated. And I don't mean dated in a "well, it's My Cherie Amore, it's SUPPOSED to be old" sort of way. I mean dated in a "Arsenio Hall Show house band" sort of way. I knew this was recorded in the mid-90s even before I checked the liner notes.

For people who don't notice those sort of things, or who do and don't care or even prefer the synth sound, they won't take issue with this live recording. For those of us who fondly remember his old school performances when he had a four piece horn section, you'll be slightly disappointed. To be sure, it's not TERRIBLE, but the prominence of the 90s instrumentation is a bit distracting, especially on songs that rely on groove and grittiness, like Superstition and I Wish.

But don't take my word for it. To get at what I'm talking about, go to YouTube and look up Stevie Wonder Sesame Street (it'll make sense once you're there). Listen to the version of Superstition that pops up and compare it to the version on this album to get a sense of contrast.

While you're at it, listen to all of the previews. Do you hear a perfectly competent horn section in each of the songs? If yes, then proceed to check out and enjoy your purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Closest Thing to Being There! February 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
For those of us that live in the "boondocks" where artists rarely or never appear, "live" recordings provide us with the stadium or concert hall experience.

"Natural Wonder," recorded in both Israel and Japan is, as the title implies, a stupendous performance by one of the 20th century's true geniuses. Backed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and a band featuring instrumental heavyweights Nathan Watts, Darryl Jackson, along with others, the Motown legend delivers with an intensity that makes him the envy of his contemporaries and his successors.

The album begins with "Dancing to the Rhythm," a highly charged tune that has Wonder's mellifluous vocal instrument matched by an outstanding Paul Riser string arrangement. This song, along with "Stevie Ray Blues," and "Mr. and Mrs. Little Ones, are previously unreleased tunes but they meld seamlessly with his more familiar hits.

And what hits they are!!!

The Academy Award-winning "I Just Called to Say I Love You". The pop/R & B smashes "My Cherie Amour," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," and so many others.

One would have to be six feet under to not be moved by "Rocket Love" or "I Wish".

The album may be ten years old but Wonder's music is timeless, still resonating with soulful passion as they did when they were first heard.

And that makes Stevie one for the ages!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOULD HAVE BEEN A GRAMMY-WINNING SMASH!! April 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Why this album wasn't a major, major hit for Stevie Wonder just
mystifies me. It's the first and only live album of his adult
career, and it is simply awesome. This is absolutely one of the
best live performances I've ever heard, right up there with "Judy
At Carnegie Hall", "Band Of Gypsies" by Jimi Hendrix, the
"Woodstock" soundtrack and any number of live recordings by
Joni Mitchell, the Stones, Aretha, Ella, James Brown, Bob
Seger, ANYBODY. Stevie's pipes are in amazing shape and his
performance is positively exuberant. Someone who has been
around as long as he has could have easily just gone through
the motions and still delivered a good show. But Big Little
Stevie gives his all and then some to the point where you wonder
how he does it! Not really a "Live Greatest Hits", this is
more a "History Of Stevie". Many of his biggest hits are here,
especially on the second CD, but so are some album faves and
lesser known gems. All are delivered with passion and buckets
of soul. The opening 1-2 punch of "Dancing To The Rhythm" and
"Love's In Need Of Love" will leave you breathless. It really
is that great. And the addition of the strings to an already
fine band is the icing on the cake. If you like Stevie you will
LOVE LOVE LOVE this CD!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie wonder fan
I enjoyed his albums for years and his live albums as well.this one is a great one to get if you like his live hits.
Published 2 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Wonder
These are good CD's. He separates his well known songs on one disc from his less well known on another disc...sort of. Both are wonderful!
Published 4 months ago by Andrew W. Mcclure
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest live R&B album!
Buyers, if you don't get this album, you are missing out!

This is indeed one of the best R & B Live releases to ever come out! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marcky-Marc
4.0 out of 5 stars a really really big show
Some excellent performances of a lot of great songs. The notes talk about the Tokyo Philharmonic but I'm guessing they were only used on the songs recorded in Osaka,Japan. Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by bob turnley
5.0 out of 5 stars Naturally brilliant
I've got a lot of Stevie and this is a welcome addition - worth it just for Ribbon in the Sky Live
Published on April 26, 2011 by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars STEVIE WONDER IS A GENIUS!!!
Steve Wonder and a full orchestra: How can this not be good?

One of the best live recordings ever!!! Read more
Published on March 16, 2009 by John L. Botelho
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER WONDER
Lo voy a decir en pocas palabras que entenderá cualquiera que hable español: no es una broma, Wonder es el músico negro con más "visión" en las... Read more
Published on October 10, 2005 by Ovatsug Zemog
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder Is A Natural At Performing Live
When you've been in the business as long as Stevie Wonder and haven't released a live album, chances are you waiting for something special. Read more
Published on February 23, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars I was lucky....
This is CD is an absolute MUST for all of you who must have a certain interest in Stevie if you have scrolled down this page to read this! Read more
Published on October 23, 2004 by Blaise SCHMITTER
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