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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 (322 customer reviews)

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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 (322 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,282 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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138 of 142 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 74 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Sound Defiles a Pop Classic May 20, 2001
By jordw86
Format:Audio CD
"Songs in the Key of Life" is truly Stevie Wonder's opus. It is hard to imagine this, having already fallen in love with "Talking Book" and "Innervisions." Many, including myself, consider it to be the greatest pop album ever recorded. It is just about the most magnificent, wide-ranging and deeply moving recording I've ever heard. This record truly displays the depth and integrity of Stevie's gifts as a composer, instrumentalist, vocalist and producer. His choice of musicians on this record (including Herbie Hancock, George Benson, and Greg Phillangaines) is of course top-notch. Musically and artistically it is a masterpiece on every conceivable level. However, I am saying all of this of the original recording, not the one you see here.
I have been trying for some time now to dispell the notion that digital remastering somehow enhances the quality of an older record. I have heard remasters that were excellent, and I think for recordings of the 1950's and 60's vintage they can improve the overall fidelity of early stereo. However, Stevie's albums in the early and mid 70's were also masterpieces of recording technology. I have such fond memories of hearing this record on LP and being so entranced by the warmth and intimacy of the sound. Analog masters sound as though the musicians are with you in the room! Many new recordings lack this quality, sounding sterile and reproduced. I was greatly disappointed with this particular remaster, as well as all of the Stevie Wonder remasters that were recently released by Motown. It sounds to me as if someone simply compressed all of the waves and then cranked up the treble about a hundred notches.
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I just love it. Had worried I wouldn't be able to include Stevie Wonder in my collection but couldn't be happier.
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This review is about the Blu-Ray audiophile release. Of course, the music is 5 stars. This review is not about the music. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had the vinyl recording many years ago
I think you get a real feel for Stevie Wonder when he was at this stage in his career. Many memories come back of my time and place when I listen.
Published 28 days ago by Glenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius!
This is my favorite Stevie Wonder album & I am so happy to have it in it's best sounding format ever!!! Awesome & highly recommended!!!
Published 1 month ago by William F. Greco
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
I love Stevie, he is one of the best conscious artist around. The lyrics to his songs are deep and thought provoking
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There is no song on this album that I don't like. This is Stevie Wonder's best masterpiece. I've been following Stevie since he broke of the music scene with Fingertips.
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I do like to oldies it is much better than todays music. Nice sound Could listen to it all day long
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Sound
I have the original LP that I bought new, and kept it that way. I also purchased the CD when it was released. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars By far my favorite Pure Audio Blu Ray release thusfar
I suppose some people are ticked they didn't get a 5.1 mix of this album. For sure, a 5.1 mix would be awesome. Read more
Published 2 months ago by 10mmReLoader
3.0 out of 5 stars The songs are there the life is gone.
As previous reviewers have pointed out, this is a remix of some sort since I LOVED this album I thought it wouldn't matter. It Does! Read more
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