Talking Book
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Talking Book

20 Feb 2014

5.99 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Album Version)
Maybe Your Baby (Album Version)
You And I (Album Version)
Tuesday Heartbreak (Album Version)
You've Got It Bad Girl (Album Version)
Superstition (Album Version)
Big Brother (Album Version)
Blame It On The Sun (Album Version)
Lookin' For Another Pure Love (Album Version)
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) (Album Version)

Product details

  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 43:26
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  • ASIN: B001KRU9E4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,935 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first in the great trilogy 23 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Talking Book" was a groundbreaking album, significant on several levels; at the time of it's release it was the first album ever to make such extensive use of new technology in the Moog synthesiser, it elevated Stevie Wonder to a new status with a wider audience as a result and, arguably, it also ushered in an era where Soul music was a dominant genre.

Taken as a whole, the album showcases SW at the peak of his creative powers, and although I feel "Inner Visions" is the more complete album this runs it very close - stand out tracks are, for me the less well known ones like "Maybe Your Baby" and "I Believe" each of which hints at the turmoil in his private life at the time.

If you are a music fan and interested in influential albums then you should have this album - for Soul fans your collection is not complete without it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As close to a perfect soul album as you'll hear 25 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
As relevant and enjoyable today as it was in 1972, Stevie Wonder's 'Talking Book' is a soul classic. One part of the triplet of groundbreaking albums that were 'Talking Book', 'Innervisions' and Songs In The Key Of Life', this edition is an emotional ride as turbulent as Wonder's personal life at the time.
The album kicks off with the hit 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life', an upbeat love song with an interesting, almost tribal, use of percussion. Next comes the funk, with 'Maybe Your Baby', with baselines looping and melting over each other in a way Steveie Wonder does so well.
The album continues on its journey from chilled out track to track, until an explosion of funk in 'Superstition'. This is probably one of the best tracks the man ever wrote, and is an essential part of understanding his music, the sheer cool that seeps from the speakers almost makes them dance along with you.
The ethnic, earthly influences showing Wonders more spiritual side come across in the upbeat 'Big Brother', before you are taken to emotional depths with the painfully beautiful 'Blame It On The Sun', a heartbroken musical monologue which captures some of his most effective songwriting.
It is hard to fault this album at all, this is a real musical treat, a self assured work of genius from one of the most talented soul performers of all time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 18 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
After the superb Music Of My Mind, Stevie kicks things into high gear here with Talking Book. This is one of those albums where an artist is at the top of their game and every song is great. If I was gonna skip one it would maybe be track 2 which does go on longer than it needs to, but who can argue with the quality of songs such as 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life' , 'You And I', 'Big Brother', 'Tuesday Heartbreak', 'I Believe When I Fall In Love' and of course the mighty 'Superstition'. On this album Stevie shows he can produce beautiful ballads, great funk numbers and biting social commentary. If you get this album you'll have one of the greatest rnb/funk records ever recorded. Not bad for 3 or 4 quid!. Make sure you get the 2000 remaster, better sound quality. Get it and enjoy!.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet staggering 10 Sep 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This album is one of the finest examples of Stevie Wonder's work. It puts on show the sheer broadness of his musical talent. Not only does it produce perhaps the greatest funk song ever recorded (superstition) but it also produces some of the sweetest ballads of his career (Blame it on the Sun and Big Brother). You are the Sunshine of My Life may have dated slightly but it still stands up to much of the music produced today. This album may lack the scope of "Songs in the Key of Life" but still provides the perfect introduction to one of the great masters of music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 1972 release 8 April 2014
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This 1972 release is, probably, the first of Stevie's classic run of 1970's albums which culminated in the highly acclaimed 'Songs In The Key Of Life' (1976). The standard is, as ever, pretty high; the stand-out songs are definitely the 2 hugely successful singles - the gorgeous 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life' and the funky brilliance of 'Superstition' - but on 'Maybe Your Baby' Stevie allows himself to get over-indulgent by stretching a decent track to nearly 7 minutes in length and, for me, the ballads are stronger on the later albums 'Innervisions' and 'Fulfillingness' First Finale'. Even so, this is worth buying at a fairly low price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motown memories 6 Mar 2014
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Memories from the good old days of soul and Motown brings back the days of the discos and all nighters .
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5.0 out of 5 stars At his best. 6 Mar 2014
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This album and Innervisions were arguably his best work with the possible inclusion of Songs in the Key of Life. Crammed full of great songs, some slow burners and others that are obviously classics. He was at his most free thinking and creative during these albums , before he descended into lounge bar pastiche. These albums you must own, i insist lol.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw-dropping great sound 24 Feb 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I will not review the album. It is one of Stevie's great albums and there is plenty enough online in the way of reviews of the music.
What I will say is that the MFSL treatment of this vinyl is fantastic. From the thick card sleeve, the MoFi anti-static inner to the heavy vinyl and superbly clear sound, this is a must-buy for any audiophile Stevie Wonder fanatic. By far the best version of the album, sound-wise and aesthetic-wise
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great version.
Another of the amazing run of classic albums released by Stevie in the early 1970’s. For me not quite as strong as Innervisions, Fulfillingness or Songs but by anybody else's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Derek Griffin
3.0 out of 5 stars Talking Book
A very bold album and statement from the man. Two great songs Superstition and You are the Sunshine of My life.
Published 3 months ago by Trevor Sylvah
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably his best.......
Didn't know anything about early Stevie Wonder so was very surprised to discover his classic period after only hearing stuff from the 80's which I thought was cheesy and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barry Deeprose
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I bought this fantastic record in the 70's and decided to buy the CD , I had forgotten just how brilliant it is as I don't play my records anymore. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Deborah Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Heard 'I believe' on the radio, and had forgotten it was by Stevie- what a wonderful album. All great songs.
Published 11 months ago by D. M. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album
As per usual wonderful album by the great Stevie Wonder.A must for anyone who is a fan of Stevie Wonder.
Published 12 months ago by sylvia russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlimited talent
A superb album of tracks of differing styles and, as usual, supported by great instrumental backing tracks. As usual, an excellent Stevie Wonder album; with friends.
Published 12 months ago by jdb
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Classic Album
One of the best albums I have owned. Had the original on Vynil when it first came out.and it's still just as good.
Published 12 months ago by Al English
4.0 out of 5 stars Reproduction not as good as the vinyl
I bought the vinyl when it first came out which, apart from the content, was quite rightly hailed as a masterpiece of recording reproduction. Read more
Published 14 months ago by BrianB
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