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All Music Guide - John Bush
After the righteous anger and occasional despair of the socially motivated Innervisions, Stevie Wonder returned with a relationship record: Fulfillingness' First Finale. The cover pictures his life as an enormous wheel, part of which he's looking ahead to and part of which he's already completed (the latter with accompanying images of Little Stevie, JFK and MLK, the Motor Town Revue bus, a child with balloons, his familiar Taurus logo, and multiple Grammy awards). The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
After the righteous anger and occasional despair of the socially motivated Innervisions, Stevie Wonder returned with a relationship record: Fulfillingness' First Finale. The cover pictures his life as an enormous wheel, part of which he's looking ahead to and part of which he's already completed (the latter with accompanying images of Little Stevie, JFK and MLK, the Motor Town Revue bus, a child with balloons, his familiar Taurus logo, and multiple Grammy awards). The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too Shy to Say") to knowing when it's over ("It Ain't No Use"). The two big singles are "Boogie on Reggae Woman," with a deep electronic groove balancing organic congas and gospel piano, and "You Haven't Done Nothin'," an acidic dismissal of President Nixon and the Watergate controversy (he'd already written "He's Misstra Know-It-All" on the same topic). As before, Fulfillingness' First Finale is mostly the work of a single man; Stevie invited over just a bare few musicians, and most of those were background vocalists (though of the finest caliber: Minnie Riperton, Paul Anka, Deniece Williams, and the Jackson 5). Also as before, the appearances are perfectly chosen; "Too Shy to Say" can only benefit from the acoustic bass of Motown institution James Jamerson and the heavenly steel guitar of Sneaky Pete Kleinow, while the Jackson 5 provide some righteous amens to Stevie's preaching on "You Haven't Done Nothin'." It's also very refreshing to hear more songs devoted to the many and varied stages of romance, among them "It Ain't No Use," "Too Shy to Say," "Please Don't Go." The only element lacking here, in comparison to the rest of his string of brilliant early-'70s records, is a clear focus; Fulfillingness' First Finale is more a collection of excellent songs than an excellent album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 601215735628
  • Catalog Number: 157356
  • Sales rank: 21,462

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stevie Wonder Primary Artist, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals, Various
Deniece Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Anka Vocals, Background Vocals
The Jackson 5 Vocals, Background Vocals
The Persuasions Background Vocals
Minnie Riperton Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Sembello Guitar
Bobbye Hall Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Quica
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Pedal Steel Guitar
Shirley Brewer Vocals, Background Vocals
Malcolm Cecil electronics
Jim Gilstrap Vocals, Background Vocals
Lani Groves Vocals, Background Vocals
James Jamerson Bass, Acoustic Bass
Larry Latimer Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert Margouleff electronics
Reggie McBride Bass
Syreeta Wright Vocals, Background Vocals
Bobbye Porter Bongos, Conga
Dennis Williams Background Vocals
Rocky Conga
Technical Credits
Malcolm Cecil Programming, Engineer
Robert Margouleff Programming, Engineer
Gary Olazabal Engineer
Stevie Wonder Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Yvonne Wright Composer
Mathieu Bitton Reissue Package Design
Joan Decola Engineer
Rick Collins Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    3 Times The Charm

    Stevie set the standard for winning Album of the Year at the Grammys this was his first of 3 consecutive Grammys for Album of the Year not even Michael Jackson has done that and on top that he has 20 more Grammys in his collection

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