september 18, 2016

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973) - Lp

Stevland Hardaway Morris (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, May 13, 1950), known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

A child prodigy, he is considered to be one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century.
Wonder signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of 11, and he continued performing and recording for Motown into the 2010s.
He has been blind since shortly after birth.

In 1961, when aged 11, Wonder sang his own composition, "Lonely Boy", to Ronnie White of the Miracles; White then took Wonder and his mother to an audition at Motown, where CEO Berry Gordy signed Wonder to Motown's Tamla label. Before signing, producer Clarence Paul gave him the name Little Stevie Wonder.

Innervisions is the 16th studio album by American musician Stevie Wonder, released August 3, 1973, on the Tamla label for Motown Records, a landmark recording of his "classic period". The nine tracks of Innervisions encompass a wide range of themes and issues: from drug abuse in "Too High", through inequality and systemic racism in "Living for the City", to love in the ballads "All in Love Is Fair" and "Golden Lady". The album's closer, "He's Misstra Know-It-All", is a scathing attack on then-US President Richard Nixon, similar to Wonder's song a year later, "You Haven't Done Nothin'".

As with many of Stevie Wonder's albums, the lyrics, composition and production are almost entirely his own work, with the ARP synthesizer used prominently throughout the album.
The instrument was a common motif among musicians of the time because of its ability to construct a complete sound environment.

Wonder was the first black artist to experiment with this technology on a mass scale, and Innervisions was hugely influential on the subsequent future of commercial black music.
He also played all or virtually all instruments on six of the album's nine tracks, making most of Innervisions a representative one-man band.

Innervisions has been considered by many fans, critics, and colleagues to be among Stevie Wonder's finest work and one of the great albums in popular music history. The album was revisited countless times in different lists of the greatest albums of all time.

Side A
A1. Too High  (4:37)
A2. Visions  (5:17)
A3. Living For The City (7:26)
A4. Golden Lady  (5:00)

Side B
B1. Higher Ground  (3:54)
B2. Jesus Children Of America  (4:04)
B3. All In Love Is Fair (3:45)
B4. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing  (4:55)
B5. He’s Misstra Know-It-All  (6:06)

Recordist – Dan Barbiero, Austin Godsey
Tape operator – Gary Olazabal
Mastering – George Marino
Recording coordinators – John Harris, Ira Tucker Jr.
Synthesizer programming – Robert Margouleff, Malcolm Cecil
Album art – Efram Wolff

Release: 1973
Genre: Funk / Soul
Label: Tamla Motown Records
Catalog# 5c 062 94665
Price € 10,00

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed

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