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Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection, Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

October 29th, 2002

Birth Name:
Steveland Judkins

Born:
Stevie Wonder

Genre:
R&B/Soul

Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Essentials

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Motown Classics
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Motown Classics 2: 1972-1998
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Stevie Wonder

Biography

Stevie Wonder is a much-beloved American icon and an indisputable genius not only of R&B but popular music in general. Blind virtually since birth, Wonder's heightened awareness of sound helped him create vibrant, colorful music teeming with life and ambition. Nearly everything he recorded bore the stamp of his sunny, joyous positivity; even when he addressed serious racial, social, and spiritual issues (which he did quite often in his prime), or sang about heartbreak and romantic uncertainty, an underlying sense of optimism and hope always seemed to emerge. Much like his inspiration, Ray Charles, Wonder had a voracious appetite for many different kinds of music, and refused to confine himself to any one sound or style. His best records were a richly eclectic brew of soul, funk, rock & roll, sophisticated Broadway/Tin Pan Alley-style pop, jazz, reggae, and African elements — and they weren't just stylistic exercises; Wonder took it all and forged it into his own personal form of expression. His range helped account for his broad-based appeal, but so did his unique, elastic voice, his peerless melodic facility, his gift for complex arrangements, and his taste for lovely, often sentimental ballads. Additionally, Wonder's pioneering use of synthesizers during the '70s changed the face of R&B; he employed a kaleidoscope of contrasting textures and voices that made him a virtual one-man band, all the while evoking a surprisingly organic warmth. Along with Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes, Wonder brought R&B into the album age, crafting his LPs as cohesive, consistent statements with compositions that often took time to make their point. All of this made Wonder perhaps R&B's greatest individual auteur, rivaled only by Gaye or, in later days, Prince. Originally, Wonder was a child prodigy who started out in the general Motown mold, but he took control of his vision in the '70s, spinning off a series of incredible albums that were as popular as they were acclaimed; most of his reputation rests on these works, which most prominently include Talking Book, Innervisions, and Songs in the Key of Life. His output since then has been inconsistent, marred by excesses of sentimentality and less of the progressive imagination of his best work, but it's hardly lessened the reverence in which he's long been held.

Top Albums

Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection, Stevie Wonder
1. Stevie Wonde..
Number 1's, Stevie Wonder
2. Number 1's
Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
3. Songs in the..
Innervisions (Reissue), Stevie Wonder
4. Innervisions..
Talking Book (Reissue), Stevie Wonder
5. Talking Book..
A Time to Love, Stevie Wonder
6. A Time to Lo..
Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I (Reissue), Stevie Wonder
7. Stevie Wonde..
Hotter Than July (Limited Edition), Stevie Wonder
8. Hotter Than ..
Music of My Mind (Reissue), Stevie Wonder
9. Music of My ..
Fulfillingness' First Finale, Stevie Wonder
10. Fulfillingne..
Someday at Christmas, Stevie Wonder
11. Someday at C..
Where I'm Coming From, Stevie Wonder
12. Where I'm Co..
Stevie Wonder's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, Stevie Wonder
13. Stevie Wonde..
20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Stevie Wonder, Stevie Wonder
14. 20th Century..
Signed, Sealed and Delivered, Stevie Wonder
15. Signed, Seal..
Stevie Wonder: Greatest Hits, Stevie Wonder
16. Stevie Wonde..
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Stevie Wonder, Stevie Wonder
17. 20th Century..
Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants, Vol. 1 & 2, Stevie Wonder
18. Journey Thro..
In Square Circle, Stevie Wonder
19. In Square Ci..
Jungle Fever (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture), Stevie Wonder
20. Jungle Fever..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
SuperstitionStevie Wonder: The Definiti..4:26$1.29
2.
Isn't She LovelySongs in the Key of Life6:34$1.29
3.
I Just Called to Say I Love YouStevie Wonder: The Definiti..4:21$0.69
4.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yo..Stevie Wonder: The Definiti..2:39$1.29
5.
You Are the Sunshine of My LifeStevie Wonder: The Definiti..2:56$1.29
6.
I WishStevie Wonder: The Definiti..4:12$1.29
7.
For Once in My LifeStevie Wonder: The Definiti..2:47$1.29
8.
My Cherie AmourStevie Wonder: The Definiti..2:51$1.29
9.
Sir DukeStevie Wonder: The Definiti..3:52$1.29
10.
Ribbon In the SkyComplete Stevie Wonder5:37$0.99
11.
Happy BirthdayHotter Than July (Limited E..5:57$1.29
12.
Higher GroundStevie Wonder: The Definiti..3:42$1.29
13.
AsSongs in the Key of Life7:08$1.29
14.
Living for the CityStevie Wonder: The Definiti..3:39$1.29
15.
Isn't She LovelyComplete Stevie Wonder6:34$0.99
16.
Knocks Me off My FeetSongs in the Key of Life3:36$1.29
17.
Part-Time LoverStevie Wonder: The Definiti..4:14$1.29
18.
OverjoyedStevie Wonder: The Definiti..3:42$1.29
19.
Uptight (Everything's Alright)Stevie Wonder: The Definiti..2:51$1.29
20.
I Was Made to Love HerStevie Wonder: The Definiti..2:35$1.29
21.
Do I DoStevie Wonder: The Definiti..5:03$1.29
22.
Boogie On Reggae WomanStevie Wonder: The Definiti..5:13$1.29
23.
SuperstitionNumber 1's4:04$1.29
24.
That GirlStevie Wonder: The Definiti..5:13$1.29
25.
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thin..Innervisions (Reissue)4:44$1.29

Top Music Videos

Shelter In the Rain, Stevie Wonder
1. Shelter In the..
For Once In My Life (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1968), Stevie Wonder
2. For Once In My..
Fingertips Part 2 (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1964), Stevie Wonder
3. Fingertips Par..
Overjoyed
4. Overjoyed
Part-Time Lover
5. Part-Time Love..
So What the Fuss
6. So What the Fu..
All About the Love Again (Edited Version), Stevie Wonder
7. All About the ..


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