Innervisions

Innervisions

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by Stevie Wonder
     
 

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A great record by a visionary artist in peak form, INNERVISIONS is a classic in every way. It's a record on which each track stands out, but taken together they are more than their sum. In 1972, Wonder demanded and got full creative control of his recordings, the first two recordings under this new arrangement, TALKING BOOK and MUSIC OF MY MIND, revealed a new…  See more details below

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A great record by a visionary artist in peak form, INNERVISIONS is a classic in every way. It's a record on which each track stands out, but taken together they are more than their sum. In 1972, Wonder demanded and got full creative control of his recordings, the first two recordings under this new arrangement, TALKING BOOK and MUSIC OF MY MIND, revealed a new maturity in attitude and an advanced songwriting ability. On INNERVISIONS, Wonder deftly merges mysticism and Christianity ("Jesus Children of America"), casts a sharp look at institutionalized racism ("Living for the City"), fuses Latin rhythms and pop sensibilities ("Don't You Worry About a Thing"), and writes elegant love songs ("Golden Lady"). Wonder was working on an extremely high level for this 1973 recording and he stayed at that level for 1974's FULFILLINGNESS FIRST FINALE and 1976's SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
When Stevie Wonder applied his tremendous songwriting talents to the unsettled social morass that was the early '70s, he produced one of his greatest, most important works, a rich panoply of songs addressing drugs, spirituality, political ethics, the unnecessary perils of urban life, and what looked to be the failure of the '60s dream -- all set within a collection of charts as funky and catchy as any he'd written before. Two of the highlights, "Living for the City" and "Too High," make an especially deep impression thanks to Stevie's narrative talents; on the first, an eight-minute mini-epic, he brings a hard-scrabble Mississippi black youth to the city and illustrates, via a brilliant dramatic interlude, what lies in wait for innocents. (He also uses his variety of voice impersonations to stunning effect.) "Too High" is just as stunning, a cautionary tale about drugs driven by a dizzying chorus of scat vocals and a springing bassline. "Higher Ground," a funky follow-up to the previous album's big hit ("Superstition"), and "Jesus Children of America" both introduced Wonder's interest in Eastern religion. It's a tribute to his genius that he could broach topics like reincarnation and transcendental meditation in a pop context with minimal interference to the rest of the album. Wonder also made no secret of the fact that "He's Misstra Know-It-All" was directed at Tricky Dick, aka Richard Milhouse Nixon, then making headlines (and destroying America's faith in the highest office) with the biggest political scandal of the century. Putting all these differing themes and topics into perspective was the front cover, a striking piece by Efram Wolff portraying Stevie Wonder as the blind visionary, an artist seeing far better than those around him what was going on in the early '70s, and using his astonishing musical gifts to make this commentary one of the most effective and entertaining ever heard.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0601215735529
catalogNumber:
157355
Rank:
9262

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Wonder   Primary Artist,Bass,Harmonica,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Multi Instruments,fender rhodes,Moog Bass
David T. Walker   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tasha Thomas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Malcolm Cecil   Bass
Scott Edwards   Bass
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals,Background Vocals
Austin Godsey   Recorder
Lani Groves   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ralph Hammer   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Latimer   Percussion,Conga,Vocals
Robert Margouleff   Moog Synthesizer,ARP
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Yusuf Roahman   Percussion
Willie Weeks   Bass
Dan Barbiero   Recorder
Ralph Hammer   Acoustic Guitar
Clarence Bell   Organ
Sheila Wilkerson   Percussion,Bongos,gourd

Technical Credits

Malcolm Cecil   Producer,Engineer
Robert Margouleff   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Electrician
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Writer,Audio Production
Efram Wolff   Illustrations

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Innervisions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS ALBUM IS ONE OF STEVIE WONDER'S GREATEST WORKS HIS MUSIC JUST SETS FIRE TO MY SOUL INNERVISIONS WON THE GRAMMY FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR THE FIRST OF 3 STRAIGHT THAT STEVIE WOULD WIN FOR ALBUM OF THE YEAR SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE AND FULLFILLINGNESS OF LIFE WERE THE OTHERS
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stevie Wonder is one of the greatest singers ever. Innervisions is wonderful. Every song is worth listening to over and over agian. Some modern music of today is missing that. Good feeling and quality. That is what having an album is all about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As far-fetched as it may seem, I listen to this EVERY day. It's brilliant and a must-have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have no shame to say that I play this one to death.
MagiSci More than 1 year ago
This is a masterpiece! Classic songwriting coupled with virtuoso musical performances. It simply excels in every category. Check it out!
BigDogNJ More than 1 year ago
What can I say? It's Stevie at his best.