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Music Of My Mind [Original recording reissued, 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 (1 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00004S367
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Remastered 1972 album. Basically all Stevie - instruments, production & heart.

BBC Review

Music of My Mind was Stevie Wonder’s first release after he gained complete artistic freedom from Motown Records’ "hit factory". Re-signing to the label after his contract lapsed on his 21st birthday, no committee would tell him which track to release as a single or what cover versions to include – this was now his domain alone.

Aside from trumpet, guitar and support from his wife at the time, Syreeta Wright, Wonder played every note on this, his 14th studio album. It also marks the first time he collaborated with synthesizer pioneers Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil.

Music of My Mind is a work that brims with passion, excitement and exuberance. Opener Love Having You Around signposts the new territory: a leisurely, synth-driven jam, its propulsive beat, jive talk and the line “Every day I want to fly my kite” render it childlike celebration of the freedom Wonder was now enjoying.

The album was described at the time by Sounds as representing the “coming of age of black soul music”, and it’s as much the sound of African-America in the early 70s as Marvin Gaye or Curtis Mayfield. From Wonder’s visible afro on the cover to its reference to Melvin Van Peebles’ then-current landmark blaxploitation movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, it was the record that put to bed "Little" Stevie Wonder forever.

This being Wonder, however, all of his polemic is sweetened with breathtaking melodies. I Love Every Little Thing About You is one of his most beautiful songs. Happier Than the Morning Sun is great fun, and the second half of Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) shows Wonder’s indestructible way with a love ballad.

The closing track, Evil, was written at the height of the Vietnam War as response to Memorial Day. It ends proceedings on a downbeat, questioning note, and is indicative of just how far Wonder had travelled since My Cherie Amour.

Somewhat left in the shadow cast by his following two albums, Talking Book and Innervisions, Music of My Mind nevertheless remains a fascinating, influential listen.

--Hari Ashurst

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First of Stevie's Classic period 7 Oct 2010
By ChrisG
Format:Audio CD
This album is the first of Stevie's big 5 albums of the Classic Period. Undeniably experimental, and dare one say it influenced by the use of performance enhancing materials Stevie does everything in this album - instrumnetals, vocals and production in itself tribute to the quite staggering talent of the man. The album contains less of the well known tracks of his other major albums, but tracks such as "Love Having you around", "I Love every little thing about You" and "Happier than the Morning Sun" give an indication of a very unusual musical sensibility with a depth and range that few before or since could master. By no means Stevie's greatest album, its importance lies in his move into new musical territories and development as one of the greatest and most important musicians of the 20th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder-full stuff! 26 July 2006
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Stevie did get better on the following albums, but by any standards this is still five star fare. This was his second album since taking total creative control from Motown (the first was 'Where I'm Coming From'), though still recorded and released on Gordy's label.

As a drummer I'd like to draw attention to the occasional tempos shifts in Stevie's drumming. There are several very noticeable shifts on 'Love Having You Around', the opening track. But does it ruin this excellently effusive number? No... Modern music's slavish adherence to the click is, I believe, helping destroy the freedom and feeling - the 'soul' if you like - that lies at the heart of good music (another good example would be Chameleon by Herbie Hancock, a monstrosity of musical excellence and funky groove, that ends at a significantly higher tempo than it began at, but does that lessen it's magnificence, I think not!).

'Superwoman/Where Were You When I Needed You' is Wonder at his best, as is the simple sentimental groover 'I Love Every Little Thing About You'. 'Girl Blue' and 'Seems So Long' also belong to Stevie's sentimental side, whilst 'Evil' belongs to his epic/consciousness themed catalogue. 'Happier Than The Morning Sun' has a similar feel to Talking Book's 'Big Brother' keys-wise, tho' the lyrics are obviously quite different. 'Sweet Little Girl' and 'Keep On Running' are the closest you get to filler, but they are still purty good...

Fabulous, from Stevie's golden era, and well worth having.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happier than the morning sun 17 Feb 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I sometimes forget this wasn`t Stevie Wonder`s debut album. In fact, it was his fourteenth! It`s just that it was the beginning of something - for Stevie, for us, and for music itself.
Whenever I think of this man`s music, despite his political and environmental concerns, which came to the fore more with each succeeding release, I think of a sunlit, richly textured, warmly sung and played world of music that communicates with passionate immediacy. If I may be fanciful, Wonder has always worn his musical heart on his sleeve. He`s less subtle musically than label-mate Marvin Gaye, say, or Al Green. By that, I simply mean that his music can be grasped at first hearing; embraced wholeheartedly in fact.
It seems pointless to go through each track on this glorious album. Like so many of his 70s records, it sounds all of a piece - almost as if he and his musicians (who must have been a meagre group, as he plays most of the instruments himself) went into the studio and just played for hours until they had an album. We`re in overdub city, but nothing sounds at all contrived, quite the opposite. MOMM is one of the most organic sets of songs I`ve heard. It`s all good, as they say.
Some of these songs are so full of sunlight, bursting positive energy, and Stevie`s
own brand of pop-soul sweetness, that it would be impossible to hear them and not feel a little better about life. To me, he has always possessed more real `soul` in his voice than Michael Jackson, or any of his soundalikes, and is far less mannered too.
This is, to my mind, virtually as good as any of the celebrated albums that followed, and musically more successful than the rather overrated, less spontaneous Songs In The Key Of Life - not that I don`t like the latter, but I play it much less often than MOMM.
Happier than the morning sun? I am when I play this joyous disc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it! 6 Jun 2000
Format:Audio CD
Do you mean to say you've come this far in life without owning this album? Redefine Stevie Wonder. Hear him at his very best. This recording, along with Innervisions, Talking Book and Fulfillingness First Finale, is a true black American musical landmark. There is nothing else like it. You have to own this disc!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN INNOVATIVE PIECE WELL AHEAD OF IT'S TIME 31 Jan 2013
By PICKY H
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just great. Stevie at his best and most productive. Had this originally as an album and loved it. Still own the album, but am making sure i still hold on to this beautiful, creative sound in CD format. Just wonderful. I believe music lovers of any age should be introduced to Stevie Wonder masterpieces such as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 12 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
fab music just as you always rememeber that great sound of music and you never forget the great stevie wonder
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5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC OF MY MIND - STEVIE WONDER 3 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
This review focuses mainly on the validity of digitally remastering and re-releasing Stevie Wonder's albums, in 2000.

Originally released on 03.03.72, this album was digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves at Universal Mastering Studios-East, 1755 Broadway Manhattan 10019 NYC USA in 2000:

Remastering [for CD] is a process which involves compressing the original analogue master recording, in specific frequency bands, to enhance the clarity, presence and apparent volume of the music. Mastering for CD is a delicate and highly skilled procedure, which was in it's infancy when original analogue masters were digitally mastered and prepared for CD release, in the early 1980s.

The compression of masters for vinyl [LPs] is different from that for CD, & current remastering for release on CD, can breathe new life into recordings originally mastered for analogue playback/vinyl. The art of digital remastering has developed greatly since the development & birth of the CD: 1979/1982 [initially invented in 1965 by James Russell].

This album of superlative song writing was performed, produced & arranged entirely by Stevie Wonder, apart from trombone: Art Baron & the guitar solo on Super woman: Buzzy Feiton.

Album sleeve/insert notes provide full production credits.

It cannot be over emphasised what a very significant increase in detail is realized in this digital remaster for CD, over the first CD release. If you are considering replacing a pre-2000 CD with this digital remaster, and compare the sound of the two releases back to back, you may well consider replacing all your pre-2000 Stevie Wonder CDs with new digital remasters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, good packaging
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was the Start of The Journey for me
This is Stevie Wonder going through the metamorphosis from Little Stevie Wonder to the colossus that stunned the world with Talking Book, Innervisions and other incredibly original... Read more
Published 10 months ago by G. R. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars THE START OF STEVIES GOLDEN PERIOD.
In the early seventies Stevie turned 21 so bring to an end his contract with Motown, he refused to renew his contract and retreated to a New York recording studio where he would... Read more
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How can anyone not rate Stevie Wonder with 5 stars especially with the quality of his "Music of My Mind" album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great!
It took me right back to my childhood - love it! I bough all the other Stevie Wonder alsbums from back then and they are all wonderful!
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Over the last twenty or so years i have had various versions of this album,and it still excites me today,this is one of my favourite albums ever!!!!! Read more
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An excellent album. The first of four of what I believe to be Stevie Wonder's best period
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