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The breakthrough 1973 album that spawned the #1 hits Superstition and You Are the Sunshine of My Life !

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listen  8. Blame It On The Sun (Album Version) 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B00004S36A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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I love the song "You are the sunshine of my life" very much.
John-Jojoba
After the personal triumph of Music Of My Mind, Stevie Wonder proved he was a true musical force with Talking Book.
P Magnum
With Music of My Mind from earlier in 1972, Stevie Wonder created one of the best black albums of all time.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"Innervisions"may show his genius at full form,& "Songs in the Key of Life"may be his masterpiece,but it's"Talking Book" that balances his musical genius and his emotional core. Not only are we treated to the salacious funk of"Superstition",and the georgeous"You are the Sunshine of my life",but other emotionlly charged songs that stemmed from his break-up with then-wife Syreeta Wright.From the turmoiled fueled "Maybe your Baby"&"You've got it bad,Girl"to the overtly ignored post break-up classic"Blame it on the Sun".But heartbreak gives way to the hopefullness of "You & I"(yet another buried classic ,which could pounce "I just called..."as the ultimate wedding song),"Looking for Another Pure Love",& the georgous album closer,I Believe(when I fall in love it will be forever) giving the indication that bliss is just around the corner. Only 22 at the time of recording,Wonder showed his talent was not only impressive,but most importantly,expressive.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 29, 2001
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After the personal triumph of Music Of My Mind, Stevie Wonder proved he was a true musical force with Talking Book. The album shows that Mr. Wonder could run the gamut of music stylings from ballads to hard rockers and succeed in producing memorable music. The album opens with one of his most familiar songs, "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life". The songs opens with not Mr. Wonder, but two backup singers. Mr. Wonder slides in on the third verse and takes over with smooth grace. "Maybe Your Baby" has some nice guitar work from a young Ray Parker, Jr. and "Tuesday Heartbreak has sax playing from a young David Sanborn. The album contains some great socio-political songs that Mr. Wonder is known for with the stinging "Big Brother" standing out. Mr. Wonder was going through the breakup of his first marriage at the time and songs like "You & I", "You Got It Bad Girl", "Looking For Another Pure Love" (Jeff Beck contributes his guitar work to the song) and the aforementioned "Tuesday Heartbreak". When Mr. Beck was laying down his guitar track, he asked if Mr. Wonder would write a song for him for his new album. Mr. Wonder came up with "Superstition" and then deemed that it was too good to give up. He was right as the song is one of his best with its combination of funk, rock and soul and that evil sounding guitar riff. It became his first number one song since his first single, "Fingertips, Pt. 2". Mr. Beck was none too happy about the situation. Talking Book proved to be a huge success and set Mr. Wonder hurtling towards the stratosphere.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Theresa on April 13, 2005
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When you think about the fact that Stevie was so young when he wrote this music, that he was taking huge artistic risks, that he was talking about serious things in serious ways while fluff abounded around him makes this album that much more significant. He didn't just write love songs; he infused deep, soul-wrenching emotion into them. I dare you to say you don't get goose pimples listening to "You and I" or "You are the sunshine of my life." On the flip side, songs like "Superstition" and "Maybe Your Baby" shows how he can jam hard-core. The brother is bad! And let's not forget the fabulous players on this record - Ray Parker, Jr. on "Maybe Your Baby" or Jeff Beck on "Looking for another Love," to name a couple. Stevie's music is incomporable, and he is a rare musical genius. This CD is a fabulous representation of what a master songwriter can produce. You should check it out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By WILLIE A YOUNG II on July 9, 2000
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This brilliant work by Motown's first child prodigy has become the standard by which all R&B is judged. Filled to the brim with gorgeous melodies, gentle keyboard textures, and romantic, but never sappy lyrics, "Talking Book" has weathered every trend in music and is still without peer. This seminal release from a man who is justifiably called a genius is still a class act. The opening "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" is a pop music standard that sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday and is probably the greatest love song ever written. Stevie's understated electric piano, the soft bongo playing in the background, the sprightly horns on the chorus and beautiful vocals by Lani Groves, Jim Gilstrap (on the intro) and Wonder himself all combine to make this song the perfect intro to a classic album filled with brilliant, timeless music. Pointing out highlights is almost pointless, this being a complete, cohesive work of art. The songs presented here perfectly complement each other and create an open-ended song-cycle that ebbs and flows in all the right places. The funky, paranoid "Superstition" (a no.1 R&B and pop hit) is matched by the extended, slow, bass/clavinet drenched "Maybe Your Baby" which itself is innovative in it's use of multi-speed and altered vocals, wicked rock guitar and Stevie's searing lead vocal. The ballads are wonders unto themselves; the acoustic guitar blessed "Blame It On The Sun", the stark and hopefully romantic "You And I", and a pair of smooth-as-butter ballads, the jazzy, easy paced "Lookin' For Another Pure Love", and the drop- dead beautiful "You've Got It Bad Girl" are the most sonically pleasing confections on the album.Read more ›
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