Music of My Mindby Stevie Wonder
With a new contract from Motown in his hand, Stevie Wonder released Music of My Mind, his first truly unified record and, with the exception of a single part on two songs, the work of a one-man-band. Everything he had learned about musicianship, engineering, and production during his long apprenticeship in the Snakepit at Motown Studios came together here (from the liner notes: "The sounds themselves come from inside his mind. The man is his own instrument. The instrument is an orchestra.") Music of My Mind was also the first to bear the fruits of his increased focus on Moog and Arp synthesizers, though the songs never sound synthetic, due in great part to Stevie's reliance on a parade of real instruments -- organic drumwork, harmonica, organs and pianos -- as well as his mastery of traditional song structure and his immense musical personality. The intro of the vibrant, tender "I Love Every Little Thing About You" is a perfect example, humanized with a series of lightly breathed syllables for background rhythm. And when the synthesizers do appear, it's always in the perfect context: the standout "Superwoman" really benefits from its high-frequency harmonics, and "Seems So Long" wouldn't sound quite as affectionate without the warm electronics gurgling in the background. This still wasn't a perfect record, though; "Sweet Little Girl" was an awkward song, with Stevie assuming another of his embarrassing musical personalities to fawn over a girl.
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Performance CreditsStevie Wonder Primary Artist,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Art Baron Trombone
Malcolm Cecil Moog Synthesizer
Howard "Buzz" Feiten Guitar
Robert Margouleff Moog Synthesizer
Technical CreditsMalcolm Cecil Engineer
Robert Margouleff Engineer
Kevin Reeves Digital Illustration
Rick Rowe Engineer
Harry Weinger Reissue
Stevie Wonder Producer
Mathieu Bitton Reissue Package Design
Joan Decola Engineer
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It is in my Top 5 of my all time favorite albums, probably; number 2 or 3.
This album is one of Stevie's best, and it was only the second album he had done without the Motown machine. The three stand-out songs here are "Girl Blue," "I Love Every Little Thing About You," and "Superwoman." What other man can put two songs together and make one long song, and still make it incredible?
I'm surprised I have an album left. There is the bridge part in "Superwoman" that is practically worn out; I just play that one over and over.....