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Hotter Than July [Original recording remastered]

Stevie Wonder Audio 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 (8 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00004SZWB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Did I Hear You Say You Love Me
2. All I Do
3. Rocket Love
4. I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
5. As If You Read My Mind
6. Master Blaster (Jammin')
7. Do Like You
8. Cash In Your Face
9. Lately
10. Happy Birthday

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By the time Hotter Than July was released, in 1980, Stevie Wonder's most fertile period was already over. The smash run that began 1972 (Music of My Mind and Talking Book) and ran through Innervisions (1973), Fulfullingness' First Finale (1974) and 1976's Songs in the Key of Life was winding down. There was still enough magic left in Wonder for one last hurrah, however--and while July isn't its forerunner's equal in the heights it scales or consistency, it's still bears the marks of Wonder's best work: there's the regretful "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It", the reggae-crossover "Master Blaster (Jammin')", an oft-imitated classic (see Elvis Costello's "Watching the Detectives", for one); and the enormously successful paean to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Happy Birthday". --Randy Silver

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as he used to be, is he? 4 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Hotter Than July might not be up with his very best work, sure, but it's still a masterpiece by anyone else's standards. This is especially true when you consider that it was released in the early 1980s, when popular music wasn't exactly at its peak. Lately is as good a song as his finest 70s work, such as Knocks Me Off My Feet or Big Brother. And yes, Master Blaster is awesome. One more thing though. Elvis Costello is a genius. I already knew this to be true, but now I know it's not just in the field of music! Not only did he rip off Master Blaster as your reviewer points out, but he then jumped in a time machine, went back to 1977 (three years before Stevie recorded the song) and released Watching the Detectives first. Amazing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Hotter than July, is never really acknowledged, in despite of the achievements that Wonder managed to do with it. The album was the best selling of his career to that point and Dr Martin Luther King Jr was granted a national holiday on 26th January 1986 after his plea in the song "Happy Birthday"

Wonder promotes diversity, peace (Master Jammin'-a tribute to Bob Marley's reggae style); anger ("I ain't gonna stand for it"); politics ("Cash in your hand"), love ("All i do" and "Rocket Love") and influence ("Happy Birthday"- the song now even appears in real birthday cards, despite being written as a tribute to the civic rights work by Dr Martin Luther King Jr.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LAST GREAT ALBUM FROM STEVIE 23 Sep 2013
By rob w
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hotter Than July is the last truly great album from Stevie Wonder ending a run that had started with Music Of My Mind in 1972, after this his albums would contain some great songs but would never reach the heights of the seventies albums and this one. The album contains some fine songs including 'Lately', 'Master blaster [jammin'] ' and 'Happy Birthday', the rest of the album being just as strong with the possible exceptions of 'Do Like You' and Cash In Your Face'. The album is perhaps the most accessible of Stevie's great albums and is in my opinion the best place to start if you are just discovering the back catalogue of this great artist.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who is Randy Silver? 4 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
Just read this review. "the reggae-crossover "Master Blaster (Jammin')", an oft-imitated classic (see Elvis Costello's "Watching the Detectives", for one)". Watching the Detectives was released in October 1977, Hotter Than July in September 1980. Does Randy get paid for this?
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5.0 out of 5 stars It all went downhill after this! 18 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
From the opening bars of the cooooool "Did I hear you say you love me?" we are taken on a journey through the mind of a genius who was just preparing to give his talent away to an average bloke in the street. "All I Do", "Rocket Love" and "Lately" are all beautiful ballads that bring a tear to your eye but it is the five songs in the middle of the album that do it for me. They are upbeat and nearly as funky as his '70's stuff. Buy "Hotter than July" and think about the great albums that COULD'VE followed this but didn't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Truly Great Stevie Album 18 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Stevie was really cooking around this period. It contains three classics Masterblaster, Happy Birthday and Lately. It is unashamedly commercial music for sure but the songwriting and musicianship are top rate and the whole enterprise is truly versatile and satisfying. Stevie's albums have generally been patchy affairs since. This is well worth an exploration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hotter than July Ablum - great! 29 Sep 2012
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A fantstic collection of meoldies. A timeless piece - What a talented artist Stevie Wonder truly is? The musical arrangement, the lyrics.....brilliant! Master Blaster Jamin, Happy Birthday is on there. I had this vinyl album when it originally came out and lost it at some point, the quality of this CD makes up for my original loss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When geniuses made pop 23 Feb 2013
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I'm a huge fan of Stevie's '70s classics and very recently bought this album almost from a sense of duty. I understood that he was going off the boil at this point in his career but for Master Blaster (Jammin') alone, it seemed worth a few pounds. What I got for my few pounds was an album that is never off my CD player and one of the very best pop abums of my (large) record collection.

I say pop meaning in no way to denigrate this album. Yes, it's still packed full of soul and funk and fabulous musicianship but ultimately this is "just" a fantastic collection of terrific, accessible, hook-laden pop songs. The opening few bars of Did I Hear You Say You Love Me? leap out of the speakers and the first six songs are staggeringly good. The quality does dip for Do Like you and Cash in Your Face but even these have great funky rhythm tracks - and then the album comes back with Lately and Happy Birthday. Frankly, you could insert two tracks of Schoenberg at that point and the rest of the album is so strong it would still be a pop classic.

A few years ago I stumbled across my sister's collection of 7" singles in the attic, bought when she was a teenager in the late '70s and '80s. Masterblaster and Happy Birthday were right there, between The Jam, Frankie and Duran Duran. How brilliant and long ago it seems that an undisputed genius could also make music that teenage girls could and would sing along to in their bedrooms. And music that also promoted social justice messages.

If you love great pop, soul or funk, buy this. If you love Stevie's earlier work, buy this. If you have ears (and feet), buy this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album
Absolutely love Stevie and this is excellent. Favorite track is Rocket Love, but they are all great tracks, I love it!
Published 11 months ago by Maxine Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this album
Excellent album I already have this on old fashioned lp but its so much easier on cd & the price is such good value now. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Graeme Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie at his best!
I rebought this album as I had it quite a few years ago but on vinyl if I remember rightly. I wanted to get it again for a trip down memory lane and now cant stop listening to it! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jack Calder
4.0 out of 5 stars You done broke Mummy's lamp
This will always remind me of school days, and a couple of friends singing Happy Birthday to someone, rather inappropriately given the actual lyrics of the song. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by Zamby
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
Not too many people raving about this album but don't be put off, all id'e say is that I agree it's not quite his best but definately still a very good album, if you're a fan of... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2011 by Michael Hassan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album from Stevie!
This was Stevie's biggest selling album - peaking at number two in the album chart back in 1981, and opens with a great track that is lively, and melts beautifully into the lovely... Read more
Published on 1 May 2008 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album from Stevie!
This was Stevie's biggest selling album - peaking at number two in the album chart back in 1981, and opens with a great track that is lively, and melts beautifully into the lovely... Read more
Published on 1 May 2008 by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album from Stevie!
This was Stevie's biggest selling album - peaking at number two in the album chart back in 1981, and opens with a great track that is lively, and melts beautifully into the lovely... Read more
Published on 1 May 2008 by FAMOUS NAME
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