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Songs In The Key Of Life [VINYL]

Stevie Wonder Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (16 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B001PSFBL4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Love's in Need of Love Today
2. Have a Talk With God
3. Village Ghetto Land
4. Contusion
5. Sir Duke
6. I Wish
7. Knocks Me Off My Feet
8. Pastime Paradise
9. Summer Soft
10. Ordinary Pain
Disc: 2
1. Isn't She Lovely
2. Joy Inside My Tears
3. Black Man
4. Ngiculela/Es Una Historia/I Am Singing
5. If It's Magic
6. As
7. Another Star
8. Saturn
9. Ebony Eyes
10. All Day Sucker
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting and beautiful collection of songs 15 Jan 2004
By Touring Mars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The result of a musical genius at his creative peak, "Songs In The Key Of Life" is a sprawling masterpiece, and Stevie Wonder's magnum opus. However, no grand words or superlatives can really do this album justice... the songs speak for themselves.
For an album of such stature and brilliance, there are surprisingly few 'famous' tracks. Of these, 'Sir Duke', 'I Wish' and 'Isn't She Lovely' are the most well-known, but merely represent the songs that were released as singles and hence into the mainstream. In reality, this album is far wider in scope than these three songs only hint at.
Stevie Wonder explores his creative and musical limits here, and executes his ideas with considerable aplomb. Quite frankly, there is not a bad song on the entire album, and there are simply too many highlights to single out for distinction. Suffice it to say that there is an example (and a good one at that) of every facet of Stevie's musical ability here.
But it's not just the music and vocal acrobatics that are outstanding, but also the lyrical content of the songs. Stevie Wonder has often been labelled, somewhat unfairly, as being too sentimental. However, this album represents a hugely powerful retort to his critics, with some really meaningful lyrics. Tackling issues such as race relations ('Pastime Paradise' and 'Black Man') to social deprivation ('Village Ghetto Land') and depression/suicide ('Have A Talk With God'), these are not lightweight, throw-away pop tunes by any stretch of the imagination. But the real skill in his songwriting ability lies in the way that you are always left with a feeling of hope from his songs. Maintaining a positive attitude throughout, without pandering to the over-sentimental (most of the time), "Songs In The Key Of Life" is an uplifting and beautiful collection of songs worthy of a special place in any record collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic work! 10 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
What can you say about this album that hasn't already been said in all these reviews.This masterpiece is nothing if not a mammoth musical journey through the mind of a man fit to burst with wonderful music! He is a visionary and,yes there are perhaps one or two songs that don't necessarily cut the mustard but then I've never one single album where every song does.You need to take those weaker songs for the message they convey,every song on this album conveys a message,there are no soppy love song fillers here (the love songs that are here are beautiful,heartfelt songs). This album displays Stevie's prodigious talent as a melodist better than any other.Every tune is hummable,memorable,above all musical! It is this allied to his no less incredible ear for harmonic invention that draws me to this work time and again. It is the outpouring of a man at the height of his powers,it simply put never got better than this. The quality of the songs is highlighted by the fact that this album really does still sound fresh 25 years after its inception (the secret to the lasting success of any album), even the now very dated synthesised sounds (many of them pioneered on this album ) don't sound intrusive because they are used very tastefully. Add to that the fact that,on most of these tracks Stevie plays nearly everything from Harmonica to kit(and then layers it) you get an idea of just what his achievement was here. Alongside various albums by the Beatles,Beach Boys,Marvin Gaye,Led Zeppelin etc.etc, this one must take its place amongst the 20th century's greats,even with all its indulgences {longer tracks than you might normally expect to hear), and its more idealist, less musically satisfying songs. Read more ›
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get better 19 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was only 2 when this was first released on vinyl and I'm still playing it 25yrs later.
In a time when most albums we buy are over processed, heartless, easily forgotten junk, isn't it time you treated yourself to something that's not only greatly pleasurable to the ear but can take you through every emotion known to man. You feel every word on SITKOL as if being told to you by some wise member of your family whom you love intensley.
I'm tired of forking out hard earned cash for lack luster albums with 3 out of 14 good tracks on them. I'm tired of skipping to my favourites because the rest are mostly annoying. You can't do that with this album! I've yet to hear such a spiritually satisfying mix of music on one album. Every song is a beautiful masterpiece that takes you on a journey.
No life is complete without this album! It's quite simply lifes greatest soundtrack. It's also an education in humanity!
Buy it and feel it's power!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loves in need of Love today. 6 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of the reviews mentions that this album shows its current relevence through Coolios use of Pastime Paradise as the basis for a song. Coolio, WHO-lio more like - we are talking about The Master Blaster! The album is relevent because it IS. The first song alone carries more weight than the entire career of many artists. 'Loves In Need Of Love Today' is one of the greatest songs ever written - don't take my word for it, listen to it every day for a week then try and kid yourself that Stevie hasn't sold you his message of love. You won't be able to do it! Admittedly there are a few weak points on the album, but Saturn and one or two others aside, this collection of songs, sentiments and sounds is an absolute must. Summer Soft, Ordinary Pain, Summer Soft, Knocks Me Off My Feet, If Its Magic and I Wish are all classic tracks in their own write. But to top all of them perhaps is Joy Inside My Tears, one of the most brilliant and moving love songs you will ever hear. Don't take anybody's word on this album, just go out and get it. It has a depth which makes years of re-listening possible, with new ears each time, and new messages coming from the sounds. Above all however, the album speaks of the power and hope of love, and does so as seductively as is musically possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by MRS G DOHERTY
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs in the key of life stevie wonder
Stevie wonder at he's best fantastic album.A must have for any stevie wonder fan.
Published 2 days ago by gazza4780
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album, heard it when it first came,
Published 20 days ago by robin lock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As good as ever. Nothing more to say.
Published 22 days ago by C. Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stevie Wonder brings magic to music and this double album reflects this in every tune.
Published 25 days ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as I expected
Published 27 days ago by Terry Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 1 month ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs In The Key Of Life
This album needs little introduction, a great 70ies classic that is still more than worth listening to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hans Westerlaken
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs In The Key Of Life By stevie Wonder
I purchase this Cd to replace my old duoble ablum best cope to the record which was past its best. I my mind it is one of Stevie's best albums he has ever made.
Published 2 months ago by Tone the stone
5.0 out of 5 stars my review on 'The songs in the key of life
Songs in the key of life: Ths album took me back to the time of vynil and stevie at his best. Thoroughly recommend it for those from the cradle to the grave.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. K. B. Gentle-green
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