on 26 January 2014
The term "musical genius" tends to be over-used these days, but if anyone truly deserves the term, then surely it has to be Stevie Wonder. To grow from a poor background and the hardship of being blind, yet find his solace in music, and then rise to become a real superstar singer, instrumentalist, songwriter and producer is quite a story. This 4 CD set provides the comprehensive overview of his career that is really necessary. For many artists, a one or two CD collection gives you their best, but such is the depth of Stevie's talents that they don't even scratch the surface. For the box set, the first CD covers the 1960s when Stevie emerged within the machine that was Motown. It is full of all the early hits - "Fingertips", "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", "Yester-me, Yester-you, Yesterday", and so many more - and you get one of Motown's finest beginning to find his feet and his form. It is all great stuff, and you feel the development through the chronological ordering. The set really excels, though, when you hit CDs two and three, when Stevie found his creative genius in the 1970s. The sheer beauty and magnificence of "Superstition", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", virtually the whole "Innervisions" album (only missing "Jesus Child Of America") is stunning. Just when you think it won't get any better, you get 9 tracks from "Songs In The Key Of Life" to start CD three, and the real wonder of Stevie is revealed. As other have said, CD 4 starts well, but then drops the standard as the 80s and 90s are covered - but mid-range Stevie is still better than many get to reach at their peak. The booklet and packaging is also superb. I would advise anyone wanting to really appreciate Stevie to invest in this collection. Great value at the price.
on 6 June 2014
This superb Box Set" At the Close of a Century" is a Book on the History of the Life of Stevie Wonder, which includes 4 CDs and has a great collection of his Music, 23 Albums from the early 1960s to the1990s. The Book is very well illustrated with pictures of him at a very young age just before he signed up to MOTOWN,and some of him back in the 90s.
Stevie Wonder is a Brilliant Singer,composer ,& musician, and must be the Best thing to come out of MOTOWN,and being Blind producing all these lovely Albums,he must be a real Miracle in life.
This Box Set[Book] is Fantastic,it has all the Best Tracks you could wish for,and is well worth every penny for your CD collection. THIS MUSIC IS "STEVIE WONDER-FUL" SO ENJOY!
on 28 July 2015
Bought on a whim...I loved Stevie from the days of singles and LP's,forgot him for a while,and then remembered how much I used to enjoy him...soul was my teenage music,and I fancied a wallow in nostalgia.It paid out! Great sound,excellent selection,an artist of huge influence.Possibly the best of all the Motown artists,and a favourite with those of us who remember his acceptance into the more intellectual regions of rock...a great buy.