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Hotter Than July
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on 15 January 2013
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! Id forgotten how good the album was, one of my all time faves. Includes master blaster and happy birthday which are my probably least favourite tracks as a bit commercial and heard so many times. Stand out tracks for me are all i do and rocket love, sublime.
Excellent condition from the seller, thank you!
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on 18 June 2011
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 Stevie Wonder and don't already own this buy it but if you're a newer fan try songs in the key of life or innervisions and buy it after those, simple..hope this helped someone:).
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VINE VOICEon 1 May 2008
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 hypnotic disco/ballad: 'All I Do'.

Four massive hits on this; four top twenty singles - including no less than three top 3's! One of these having the very 'unoriginal' title of several hits out at about that time for some reason: 'Happy Birthday'. There's also a beautifully haunting song on this called 'Rocket Love', but this album will be remembered best for producing more chart hits for Stevie than any other in his career.

Stevie Wonder frustratingly would do very few 12" singles, but his style of music would often have been well marketed in this direction. The disco smash 'I Ain't Gonna Stand For It' would have been a great opportunity to utilise this aim in the market with an extended version, instead, he would record the full length version on the 7" release, which sound quality would have been much improved if an 'edited' version had been done and the extended left to the 12". This was of constant irritation to me - an overlong single where a 12" would have been more appropriate and interesting.

The classic 'Lately' is one of the finest songs on this album, and to have ever been released by Stevie Wonder, ironically though, a song that in my mother's opinion was a difficult song for him to sing - he appearing to have problems reaching those top notes - notes where he would seem to 'strain' somewhat. This would contrast, with 'I Ain't Gonna Stand For It', where the same, but in reverse would be apparent; where we he would appear to have difficulty in reaching the low keys which were done in a an extremely low pitch that would have been equally difficult for anyone to sing.

His least popular songs for me would tend to reach as high as position two in the charts, when his more appealing and 'catchier' songs would peak somewhat lower down the chart for some reason.

I never understood the silly kids voices included in the song 'Do like You' on this - a fabulous track that is spoilt somewhat by this pointless intro. and finale.

The strongest and weakest points on this album ironically are slap-bag next to each other; 'Lately' is by far the definite 'peak' here, that goes straight into 'Cash In Your Face' which has to be the 'weakest' track - if indeed it can be called that, since it is still a good song on what is a very wholly strong album.
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on 18 September 2014
This was Stevie's first album after his Secret Life of Plants album for which he received a panning from the critics. Stevie though is his own man and is not influenced by musical trends because he sets them! Hotter Than July still sounds awesome - timeless songs from a true musical genius.
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on 29 April 2015
I can't fault it as it takes me back to happy summer days when it was first released, singing along and driving with a boyfriend in his Hillman Imp. I still remember all the words :)
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on 4 April 2013
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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on 15 March 2015
Excellent CD. I think the most impressive that I have of Stevie Wonder
Excellent sound quality.
I really enjoyed it.
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on 29 June 2002
Rushed into production to quell the public's fears that Stevie had gone mad after releasing 'Secret Life Of Plants', 'Hotter Than July' delivers...just.
The songs are some of Wonder's best. From American-reggae ('Masterblaster') to a timeless ballad ('Lately') and the horribly overplayed 'Happy Birthday', the album is diverse as it is classic Wonder.
There are only two things wrong with the album. The first is the lack of cohesion which is very apparent - the songs just don't gel together as they do on, say, 'Songs In The Key Of Life'. The second, and maybe I'm being pedantic, the album packaging. The horrible cover would put anyone off!
However, this is not an album to be missed. The songs, standing alone, are of Wonder's usual high quality; the best of maybe being on a compilation album.
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on 5 February 2015
What can you say? a legend, bought for my 7 year old daughter who has good taste in music
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on 26 April 2015
Brought on behalf of someone else. No negative comments. Was more a nostalgic buy
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