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Stevie Wonder - Song Review: A Greatest Hits Collection Double CD


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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 (December 10, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: December 10, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B000001ABD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Part-Time Lover
2. I Just Called To Say I Love You
3. Superstition
4. Sir Duke
5. My Cherie Amour
6. I Was Made To Love Her
7. Overjoyed
8. Hey Love
9. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours
10. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Send One Your Love
2. Ebony & Ivory
3. All I Do
4. That Girl
5. For Your Love
6. I Wish
7. You Will Know
8. Boogie On Reggae Woman
9. Higher Ground
10. These Three Words
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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Thirty or so of Stevie Wonder's biggest hits--many of them enduring classics--make up this double disc. That's the good news. The bad news is that they're sequenced here about as well (or maybe not) as your CD player's "random" function might do it. Leading off with "Part-Time Lover"--a major chart record, no doubt, but hardly the rouser you'd expect for an opener--is puzzling enough. It's when the programming starts veering from highlights of his self-produced period ("Sir Duke") to Motown assembly-line pieces ("My Cherie Amour") that the head-scratching really begins. And don't try to count the great moments that are missing. This will do in a pinch, but if you own no Stevie, be advised that better overviews of Wonder's career (the finest by far being the four-CD box At the Close of a Century) are available. --Rickey Wright

Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend this one to anyone that likes Stevie Wonder music.
Clandreth
This album does have EBONY AND IVORY,Wonder's duet with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and from McCartney's TUG OF WAR album.
andy8047
This is in my opinion Stevie's best song and one of most wonderful songs ever recorded.
vicmatt@erols.com

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dean Martin Dent on February 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although Original Musiquarium & At The Close of A Century are better compilations,Song Review is a less expensive more well rounded collection,as well as a recommendation for the uninitiated.Unlike Musiquarium, that focuses on his brilliant 1972-1980 work,Song Review also features his 60's & 80's work.And for the Stevie fan,it featues the first appearance of Ebony & Ivory and Stay Gold(from The Outsiders) on a Stevie Wonder collection.Also a bonus are the single mixes of many songs making it a blessing when making Stevie mix tapes.The only problem is a "thrown together" feel of the sequencing,where different era & song styles don't mesh.And like many compilations,some essential songs aren't included in favor of others thats on every compilation(where's You Haven't Done Nothing, a #1 hit , If You Really Love Me,Shoo-Be-doo...)and the editing of the 10 minute plus Do I Do & the 6 Minute Lovelight In Flight would've left room for more songs.In all this should be a starting point for people getting into Stevie's Music.Then from there Innervision,Talking Book,Fullfillingness...you get the picture.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By David Pearlman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First things first: Stevie Wonder's album output of the '70s is
among the finest continuous strings in the history of
popular recorded music. Of that there cannot be any
argument. What can be argued is that there has never been
a wholly satisfactory compiliation that summarizes his entire
career, save for the 4CD set "End of a Century". Admittedly,
it's a difficult task, since you need to cover the '60s
Motown "factory" era, which yielded a lot of great pop/R&B
singles, the '80s and '90s which yielded a few delights,
though they are too sparsly scattered, and the '70s which
are hard to distill at all, since the original albums are so consistently strong.
That said, this collection is just not very good. The
sequencing is ridiculous (starting with the disposable
"Part Time Lover"?) and the track selection is questionable
(a lot of grade A tracks were left off so that...what?...they
could include "Ebony and Ivory"?) Ounce for ounce, Original
Musicquarium, a good if too-short compilation of the '70s
is a better bet. You could couple Original Musiquarium
with a '60s hits compilation (unfortunately, there's not
good definitive '60s set, but I guess you could go with
Greatest Hits Vol I [too bad Motown & Stevie haven't seen fit
to reissue the excellent 3LP "Looking Back" which DID cover
the '60s stuff properly) and get most of the essential Stevie
Wonder. But at that point, you'd still be missing the few
highlights from the 80s and 90s.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By who1zep on October 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This collection suffers from the same problem that afflicted Pat Benatar's "All Fired Up: The Best of ..." and David Bowie's "Singles Collection" -- if the record company could find a shorter version, they used it. What follows is the time for some of my favorite songs (not a complete list), with the version found on "At the Close of the Century" versus "Song Preview":
Superstition 4:26 > 4:02
Living For The City 7:23 > 3:41
Higher Ground 3:42 > 3:09
Boogie On Reggae Woman 5:13 > 4:09
Master Blaster (Jammin') 5:09 > 4:49
Part Time Lover 4:12 > 3:43
Here are some of the bigger songs missing from Song Preview that you'll find on Century:
Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
Until You Come Back To Me
For Once In My Life
Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
We Can Work It Out
If You Really Love Me
Superwoman
Isn't She Lovely
You Haven't Done Nothin'
...and a few others (Century is 4 CDs)
Don't fool around with this package -- get Century. Century also supplants "Original Musiquarium", which also had the full-length versions but is missing many tracks included on Century.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By kendari2 on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a definite treat for any Stevie Wonder fan. You will definitely get your fill. I was disappointed that this greatest hits collection did not include the WONDERful song "Isn't She Lovely" and the beautiful love song "As" both from the "Songs in the Key of Life" collection. I still gave it 5 stars though because I absolutely love Stevie. Peace!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Stevie Wonder is one of the most spectacular artists still living today. I understand how hard it is to try to consolidate ALL of the major hits of such an artist. The task is mind-blowing. Yet you would think the people who put this together would at least start in a particular order (chronological maybe). Starting with square one is usually important, especially for new fans. After we're past that fact, then we see that they are missing some very important milestone songs. You might want to put an artist's first major hit on the album (FINGERTIPS)! Other songs were not nearly as important: "Love's Light in Flight", "Hold On to Your Dreams", and "Hey Love" to name a few could have easily been replaced with hits like: "For Once In My Life", "Knocks Me Off MY Feet" or even "Isn't She Lovely".
To 2 CD set's credit, there are some very commendable liner notes by someone obviously pretty educated (from Stanford). There are also rare songs like "Ebony and Ivory", "The Redemption Song", and quiet hits like "That Girl", "All I Do", and "Kiss Lonely Goodbye" which is not on the box set. This is a good CD if you just want to hear some Stevie Wonder (nothing wrong with that). For true fans, you may want to get a more extensive album (Looking Back, Essential, and At the Close of a Century). Although this CD set does not have everything, it has enough for me to say that I wouldn't trade it for the world. The rare tracks and selective arrangement make this an album to take into consideration.
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