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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 601215735529
  • Catalog Number: 157355
  • Sales rank: 24,958

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stevie Wonder Primary Artist, 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, Guitar
Larry Latimer Percussion, Conga, Vocals
Robert Margouleff Moog Synthesizer, ARP
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Yusuf Roahman Percussion, Shaker
Willie Weeks Bass
Dan Barbiero Recorder
Ralph Hammer Acoustic Guitar
Clarence Bell Organ
Yusuf Roahman Shaker
Sheila Wilkerson Percussion, Bongos, gourd
Technical Credits
Malcolm Cecil Producer, Engineer
Scott Edwards Contributor
Robert Margouleff Programming, Producer, Engineer, Electrician
Kevin Reeves Remastering
Stevie Wonder Arranger, Composer, Producer, Writer, Audio Production
Rick Collins Mastering
Efram Wolff Illustrations
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Super Classic Stevie Wonder!

    This is a masterpiece! Classic songwriting coupled with virtuoso musical performances. It simply excels in every category. Check it out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding!!!!!

    As far-fetched as it may seem, I listen to this EVERY day. It's brilliant and a must-have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I have no shame

    I have no shame to say that I play this one to death.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stevie is great!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STEVIE'S VISION

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly a Classic

    What can I say? It's Stevie at his best.

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