What can you say about this, really? Why am I even bothering to write this review? How can I put into words what this album is like, or express the way it has been a freind and companion to me for pretty much all of my life.
The sound of a true genius let loose to create freely, at the top of his game, with ideas spilling out of him almost faster than he can get them onto paper.
Stories of Stevie working through the night - and working session musicians into the ground then sending them home and immediately demanding another group of players to help him record this joyous music seem beleivable when listening to it. The songs just kept coming and this album quite quickly turned into a double and then almost on the eve of it's release Stevie crammed in another four tracks which were put onto an E.P. and given away away with the album.
My personal favourite is Summer Soft, not one of the many hits on the record but it just soars, up and up and up. and Stevie's voice - and Stevie's music - just seem to be without limit or boundary. But it doesn't matter what my favourite is. You won't be needing the skip button, you'll love every bit of it.
So do you not own this album? How have you got this far in life without it?