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listen  1. Dancing To The Rhythm (Live/1995) 7:07$1.29  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$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Higher Ground (Live/1995) 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rocket Love (Live/1995) 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
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 
listen10. If It's Magic (Live/1995) 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ms. & Mr. Little Ones (Live/1995) 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Village Ghetto Land (Live/1995) 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Tomorrow Robins Will Sing (Live/1995) 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  4. Living For The City (Live/1995) 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Superstition (Live/1995) 5:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Just Called To Say I Love You (Live/1995) 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. For Your Love (Live/1995) 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Another Star (Live/1995) 5:55$1.29  Buy MP3 

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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 (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of Stevie Wonder's best albums.
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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!
Blaise SCHMITTER
And Stevie's voice (though a little hoarse by this time) sounds great and his piano playing complements the strings perfectly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Nasti on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Drayton on 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 By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on February 26, 2005
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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 By Ronald M Washington on August 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Stevie Wonder live. WOW! Plus, he has an orchestra behind him!! Am I in heaven or what?? Stevie's music is so rich, emotional and far reaching that it's amazing that he hasn't used an orchestra behind him before. My ONLY regret with this album is that there is not one song on it from his most orchestral work, Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants. I know it wasn't a big seller but several songs would have worked in this concert. Black Orchid, the title tune Secret Life Of Plants and he could have even added an instramental interlude if you will of Tree from the album. That is a minor beef and I wouldnt want it to effect your interest in buying the album because it is great. There are 5 standout songs on it so I'll focus on them in this review. Dancing to the Rhythm: A great surprise. For the past decade and a half, Stevie has traditionally opened his concerts with Loves In Need Of Love Today, the classic opener to his most acclaimed album Songs In The Key Of Life. For this concert he wrote a song to highlight the orchestra backing him up for this tour. And what a song it is. Because of the orchestra I rank it as the best he's done since Living Off The Love Of The Land, the lost classic from the Jungle Fever album. The song in general is great, singing about how he was lost and only thinking of earthly things until he saw the light and began to "dance to the rhythm of God", Stevie wrote an incredible bridge section for the strings that really makes them work for their money. These are classically trained musicians so just having them see-saw through a bunch of lame ballads, which is what most artist do when they use an orchestra, would be a waste of talent. Stevie doesn't waste them AT ALL! It's a great song with a great message and great music to help make it the classic that it is.Read more ›
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