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Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder's Songs
     

Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder's Songs

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The influence of Stevie Wonder continues to reverberate with the latest generation of soul singers, including India.Arie, Glenn Lewis, and Musiq. So it's only fitting that those talented artists, along with Wonder enthusiasts from other genres, such as rocker

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The influence of Stevie Wonder continues to reverberate with the latest generation of soul singers, including India.Arie, Glenn Lewis, and Musiq. So it's only fitting that those talented artists, along with Wonder enthusiasts from other genres, such as rocker Eric Clapton ("Higher Ground") and Latin superstar Marc Anthony ("All in Love Is Fair"), pay tribute to his musical genius. India.Arie -- who appeared with Wonder in a Gap commercial -- checks in with the aptly titled "Wonderful," while the queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige, gives a poignant rendition of "Overjoyed." This star-studded collection also includes riveting remakes by Joe ("That Girl"), Angie Stone ("You Will Know"), and Brian McKnight ("Send One Your Love").

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Aside from his tremendous powers of performance, Stevie Wonder stands as one of the greatest songwriters of the late 20th century, probing the joyous peaks and depressing valleys of love and relationships. The Motown tribute album Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder's Songs has its highs and lows as well; with Stevie himself in the producer's chair (along with new-era Motown exec Kedar Massenburg), the album certainly has a lot of promise. It boasts plenty of neo-soul balladeers -- India.Arie, Mary J. Blige, Brian McKnight, Joe, Musiq -- as well as mainstream stars like Eric Clapton and John Mellencamp, who took musical cues from classic Stevie Wonder LPs like Talking Book or Songs in the Key of Life. But since there's little chance of matching these virtually untouchable originals, interpreting his songs with rearrangements would be the best way to make a tribute. Unfortunately, there's far too little going on here than familiar versions of familiar songs with a slightly different voice attached. Clapton gets the opener, an energetic but perfunctory version of "Higher Ground." Far better is a version of "That Girl," with Joe crooning the song while Mr. Cheeks (from the Lost Boyz) improvises some rapping over the top. Most of the neo-soul names struggle to add anything to Stevie's incredible originals, though Musiq's sweet scatting and note changes makes for a refreshing "Visions," and Dave Hollister's slower, more dramatic version of "Love's in Need of Love Today" is worth a listen. India.Arie contributes the lone new song, an embarrassing Stevie tribute track named "Wonderful" that drops a few song titles.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044006731421
catalogNumber:
067314

Tracks

  1. Higher Ground @@Eric Clapton
  2. Superstition @@Glenn Lewis
  3. That Girl @@Joe
  4. Master Blaster @@Stephen Marley
  5. Another Star @@Caron Wheeler
  6. Overjoyed @@Mary J. Blige
  7. You Will Know @@Angie Stone
  8. Send One Your Love @@Brian McKnight
  9. All In Love Is Fair @@Marc Anthony
  10. Rocket Love @@Black Coffey
  11. Visions @@Musiq
  12. Love's In Need Of Love Today @@Dave Hollister
  13. I Don't Know Why I Love You @@John Mellencamp
  14. Wonderful @@India.Arie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Preston   Hammond Organ,Clavinet
Lisa Germano   Violin
Jim Keltner   Percussion
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
John Cascella   Keyboards
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Crane   Guitar
Nathan East   Bass
Terry Harrington   Background Vocals
Dave Hollister   Background Vocals
Jethaniel Nixon   Bass
Chris Rogers   Horn
Angie Stone   Background Vocals
Mike Wanchic   Guitar
Laurnea Wilkerson   Background Vocals
Mark Batson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Keyboards
Gary Corbett   Bass,Keyboards
Francesco Romano   Guitar
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Drums
Julian Marley   Bass,Keyboards
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Percussion
David Bright   Background Vocals
Cedella Marley   Background Vocals
David Masucci   Horn
Sherrod Barnes   Guitar
Joyce Simpson   Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel   Drums
India.Arie   Guitar,Percussion
Bagga Mitchell   Guitar
Kerisha Hicks   Background Vocals
Duane Covert   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Caron Wheeler   Vocal Arrangements
Brian McKnight   Producer
Eric Clapton   Producer
Simon Climie   Producer
Dave Hollister   Producer
Stephen Marley   Producer,Engineer
Kedar Massenburg   Producer
John Mellencamp   Producer
Don Newkirk   Contributor
Derrick Perkins   Engineer
Paul Riser   Arranger
John Roper   Engineer
Angie Stone   Producer,Engineer
Mike Wanchic   Engineer
Maurice Wilcher   Producer
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Producer
Mark Batson   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Avery Johnson   Engineer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Programming
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Programming,Producer
Corey Rooney   Producer
Rich Tapper   Engineer
Michael Conrader   Engineer
India.Arie   Arranger,Producer
Glenn Lewis   Producer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Engineer
Liz Loblack   Contributor
Peter Wade Keusch   Engineer
Jonathan D. Richmond   Producer
Ray Wilson   Engineer
Chris Wood   Engineer

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Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder's Songs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although, Glenn Lewis sounded a lot like Stevie, he still did a wonderful job!!!