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Songs in the Key of Life [Original recording remastered]

Stevie WonderAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)

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listen10. Ordinary Pain 6:23$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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Songs in the Key of Life + Innervisions + Talking Book
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  • Audio CD (May 2, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1976
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B00004SZWD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs in the Key of Life (1976) was the highest high point of Stevie Wonder's career. More sprawling than Innervisions and Talking Book, this two-LP-plus-EP was also less of a consistent stunner than either of those masterworks. That Songs retains an enormous amount of visionary relevance, though, is demonstrated not only in Coolio's borrowing of "Pastime Paradise" as a template for "Gangsta's Paradise," but in the cold-as-ice synthesized string quartet of "Village Ghetto Land." This is Stevie, so naturally that cut's anger is balanced by the ultra-buoyant "I Wish," "Sir Duke," and "Another Star." The 2000 reissue boasts radically improved remastered sound. --Rickey Wright

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143 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic March 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this album for what I'd consider a strange reason: Every week, I watch American Idol, and very often someone sings a Stevie Wonder song. It never sounds very good, and the judges always say "you'll never compare well with the great Stevie..." Knowing some of the major hits, and generally associating him with "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and "Superstition," I decided I must not be getting the full picture. I was thinking of getting a greatest hits comp, but ultimately decided to try a different route: I'd buy two of his masterpieces. I wanted to see the whole picture, rather than just hear the radio hits. So I bought Innvervisions and Songs in the Key of Life. Holy cow did I make the right choice. It took me only one marathon listening session of both albums to hear what I'd been missing all these years.

Many critics and reviewers indicate the album has a slow start, taking a few songs to kick into gear. True, the first songs are slower in pace, but I'd hardly consider it a "slow start." More like: Stevie eases you into a place that you're going to be (and want to be) for a long time (at two LPs and an EP - this really is an epic). With so many songs, I'll only mention a few for brevity's sake: "Sir Duke" is about as danceable a song as I've ever heard while still being substantial. "Black Man" is a history lesson everyone should hear, and examples of important people in American history of many races are mentioned: black, brown, yellow, and white as well. "As" gets under your skin on first listen and never lets go.

If I could stress one thing about this album, it would be this: These songs are ABOUT something. It's not funk music about wanting to get funky. It's not R&B about sex. Sure, sex and dancing are in there.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album July 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Stevie Wonder spent almost three years working on this album and the time was well spent. The music is probably the most personal and outspoken of his career. He sings about his childhood in songs like "I Wish" & "Easy Goin' Evening", his heroes in "Sir Duke", the birth of his daughter in "Isn't She Lovely" and while "Contusion" is an instrumental the title is a reference to the life-threatening auto accident he was involved in. Mr. Wonder has always been a strong voice for the civil rights movement and the struggles for his race's equality and he expresses his feelings on those matters in "Village Ghetto Land", "Pastime Paradise" & "Joy Inside My Tears". He also gives us a history lesson in "Black Man". "Love's In Need Of Love Today" and "Have A Talk With God" are pleas for togetherness and understanding. Mr. Wonder could always write great love songs and they are here as well in the forms of "Ebony Eyes", "As", "Knocks Me Off My Feet" and others. As I've just mentioned, the album broaches many diverse subjects, but it all comes together in the end. Usually on double albums, there is filler, but not here. Every song serves a purpose and help create a cohesive musical statement. Stevie Wonder has been called a musical genius and this album is further proof that the title is an appropriate one.
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89 of 100 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A huge, successful mix of styles & sounds December 10, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The [then] eargerly-awaited double-album opus "Songs In The Key Of Life" - believe this or not - is considered over-rated and over-produced to some of the most hardcore Stevie fans today. In truth, it really is an impressive statement, like earlier albums in the Wonder catalog, Stevie masters many kinds of music without ever losing his own identity. "Songs In The Key..." boasts many elements; most prominent are funk jams & delicate ballads, but there's also acid-rock, swing, latin, gospel, even Hare Krishna chants. As usual, Stevie has an exceptional gift for lyrics and this album makes no exception. There's destitude horror in "Village Ghetto Land", historical declarations in "Black Man", and biblical wailing in "As". "Joy Inside My Tears" acheives in greater effect what Stevie's "Superwoman" did 4 years earlier, it combines happiness & sadness in the same space. It's as if you can hear Stevie laughing & crying at once when this track plays. The very-familiar "Isn't She Lovely" is a beautiful valentine to his wife & daughter. "Another Star" is the epitome of 70's jazz/soul/funk, it mixes lighting voices, wailing horns, rapid percussion & Stevie's beating piano. The album is so varied that it may not have an immediate, exciting appeal to the ears. Like other brilliant music, sometimes it takes several listenings to decipher what it's all about.
Some of the tracks extend themselves to 7 or 8 minutes, but you don't really notice, you could go on singing La-La-La forever. There really is a lot to swallow at once. Once again he repeatedly seems to be reaching for truth. It's as if he's always saying - of all things a blind person could say - "With love, there is always light at the end of the tunnel". It is a landmark album.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece August 9, 2005
By ladyloo
Format:Audio CD
I originally bought this on vinyl over 20 years ago when my drum teacher told me to learn "Contusion" and "Sir Duke." I have been missing listening to this treasure since getting rid of my turntable, so I was thrilled to finally get it on CD! Only now have I started getting into some of the lesser-known cuts and I love every single one.

Some of my favorites:

"Love's in Need of Love Today"--thematically sets the tone for the rest of the album.

"Village Ghetto Land"--between the synth orchestration and the stark lyrics, it really grabs you.

"Contusion"--instrumental--the musicians on this cut are outstanding.

"Sir Duke"--one of the most sparkling songs on the album!

"I Wish"--I love the reminiscent lyrics--this song just rocks.

"As"--One of the smoother cuts--you'll find yourself singing along with this song all the way through!

"Saturn"--A beautifully written song.

"Ebony Eyes"--Yet another song I just can't help singing along with.

For the first few years I had this album, I only listened to my favorites, and I missed out on a lot. As some others have said, you will get the full benefit of Stevie Wonder's masterpiece if you listen to the album in its entirety.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is amazing how brilliant Stevie was and is
These songs would be relevant if released today. It is amazing how brilliant Stevie was and is.
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The CDs was in great condition I am so happy with this order keep up the good job I like it
Published 20 days ago by lawrencersykes
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs in the Key of Life: Stevie Wonder
Most of the songs were very pleasant to listen to and brought back many very favorable memories. I like that I made this purchase.
Published 26 days ago by R.L. Dancy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his Best Ever
He is the best and so is this CD fast
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Published 1 month ago by janice bivins
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic
This album is a timeless classic and an essential part of any good music collection. Steve Wonder is a living legend.
Published 1 month ago by euromango
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This album is pure joy. I had the album/CD 20 years ago and loved it but hadn't revisited it in awhile. So glad I did; it more than stands the test of time. Stevie is a genius!
Published 1 month ago by Rosemerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound!
One of my favorite albums of all time. I still like the vinyl better but still excellent quality when compared to CD.
Published 1 month ago by M. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Spiritual and more.
A must in everyone's library. Stevie Wonder at his best; it's rock, it's jazz, it's fusion, it's spiritual ...it can change your life!
Published 1 month ago by captain erwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius!
This is one of the best albums ever made. Stevie's genius shines through from beginning to end. I never get tired of listening to it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John E Finney
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