Songs in the Key of Life

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Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
This 1976 double album took Wonder two years to complete, but it was the grand slam that cemented Wonder's status as a musical visionary. Songs in the Key of Life is his most balanced synergy of spirituality, romance, and politics. Musically, Wonder combines immediate melodies with more complex orchestration than he had on previous albums. Triumphant horns introduce the euphoric "Sir Duke," while a funky organ melody underpins the Grammy-winning single "I Wish." Meanwhile, simple songs such as "Knocks Me off My Feet" and "Joy Inside My Tears" are as emotionally stunning as grander affairs like the big band celebration "Another Star" and the jazzy "Summer Soft." ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
This 1976 double album took Wonder two years to complete, but it was the grand slam that cemented Wonder's status as a musical visionary. Songs in the Key of Life is his most balanced synergy of spirituality, romance, and politics. Musically, Wonder combines immediate melodies with more complex orchestration than he had on previous albums. Triumphant horns introduce the euphoric "Sir Duke," while a funky organ melody underpins the Grammy-winning single "I Wish." Meanwhile, simple songs such as "Knocks Me off My Feet" and "Joy Inside My Tears" are as emotionally stunning as grander affairs like the big band celebration "Another Star" and the jazzy "Summer Soft." The reissue also includes four songs that originally accompanied the album on a 45 insert, including "Ebony Eyes," an homage to African-American women, and the sexy, guitar funk classic "All Day Sucker." The significance of this recording to soul music is immeasurable -- Songs in the Key of Life is an incomparable tribute to love, spirit, justice, and the joy of life itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4988005502278
  • Catalog Number: 90784/5

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love's in Need of Love Today (7:06)
  2. 2 Have a Talk with God (2:42)
  3. 3 Village Ghetto Land (3:25)
  4. 4 Contusion - Wonderlove (3:45)
  5. 5 Sir Duke (3:54)
  6. 6 I Wish (4:12)
  7. 7 Knocks Me Off My Feet (3:36)
  8. 8 Pastime Paradise (3:27)
  9. 9 Summer Soft (4:14)
  10. 10 Ordinary Man (6:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Isn't She Lovely (6:34)
  2. 2 Joy Inside My Tears (6:29)
  3. 3 Black Man (8:29)
  4. 4 Ngiculela/Es Unas Historia/I Am Singing (3:48)
  5. 5 If It's Magic (3:12)
  6. 6 As (7:08)
  7. 7 Another Star (8:28)
  8. 8 Saturn (4:53)
  9. 9 Ebony Eyes (4:08)
  10. 10 All Day Sucker (5:05)
  11. 11 Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Gall) (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stevie Wonder Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Musician
Deniece Williams Background Vocals
Minnie Riperton Background Vocals
Dorothy Ashby Harp
George Benson Guitar, Background Vocals
Ronnie Foster Organ
Herbie Hancock Keyboards, Hand Clapping
Bobbi Humphrey Flute
Michael Wycoff Background Vocals
Michael Sembello Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Steel Guitar
Nathan Alford Jr. Percussion
Baradras Background Vocals
Charles Brewer Percussion
Shirley Brewer Percussion, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Ben Bridges Rhythm Guitar
Colleen Carleton Hand Clapping
Addie Cox Background Vocals
Agnideva Dasa Background Vocals
Duryodhana Guru Dasa Background Vocals
Jayasacinandana Dasa Background Vocals
Cinmayi Dasi Background Vocals
Yogamaya Dasi Background Vocals
Carolyn Dennis Background Vocals
Bhakta Eddie Background Vocals
Jacqueline F. English Background Vocals
Ethel Enoex Background Vocals
Glenn Ferris Trombone
John Fischbach Percussion
Bhakta Gregory Background Vocals
Renee Hardaway Percussion, Background Vocals
Nelson Hayes Percussion, Hand Clapping
Terri Hendricks Background Vocals
Jim Horn Saxophone
Josie James Background Vocals
Madelaine Jones Background Vocals
Bhakta Kevin Background Vocals
Phillip Kimble Background Vocals
James Lambert Background Vocals
Linda Lawrence Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence Tenor Saxophone
Steve Madaio Trumpet
Raymond Maldonado Percussion, Trumpet
Amale Mathews Percussion
Charity McCrary Background Vocals
Linda McCrary Background Vocals
Lonnie Morgan Background Vocals
Edna Orso Hand Clapping
Dean Parks Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Keyboards
Hank Redd Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Rukmini Background Vocals
Yolanda Simmons Hand Clapping
Rosona Starks Background Vocals
Dennis Swindell Background Vocals
Sundray Tucker Background Vocals
Josette Valentino Percussion, Hand Clapping
Sheryl Walker Background Vocals
Marietta Waters Percussion
Mary Lee Whitney Background Vocals
Syreeta Wright Background Vocals
W.G. Snuffy Walden Guitar
Michael Gray Background Vocals
Susaye Greene Background Vocals
Nathan Watts Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Hand Clapping
Greg Brown Drums
Carole Cole Hand Clapping
George Bohanon Trombone
Dave Henson Hand Clapping
West Angels Chuch of God Background Vocals
Artece May Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Jitamrtyu Dása Background Vocals
Uedavyâsa Dása Background Vocals
Carolyn Johnson Background Vocals
Raymond Pounds Drums
Brenda Barrett Hand Clapping
Nastee Latimer Percussion
Carmello Hungrai Garcia Timbales
Technical Credits
Gary Byrd Composer
Michael Sembello Composer
Tony Warren Illustrations
Andrew Berliner Mastering
Charles Brewer Programming
John Fischbach Programming, Engineer
Margaret Goldfarb Reissue Production Coordination
Nelson Hayes Special Effects
Don Hunter Special Effects
Raymond Maldonado Spanish Translation
Gary Olazabal Engineer
Harry Weinger Reissue Research, Research Supervisor
Stevie Wonder Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Jeff Sanders Mastering
Mathieu Bitton Reissue Package Design
Calvin Hardaway Composer
Fountain Jones Special Effects
Dr. Larry Scott Special Effects
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