Definitive Collection

Definitive Collection

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by Stevie Wonder
     
 

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When you're putting together a 21-song collection of a major artist who's had more than 40 Top 40 hits, inevitably there's going to be a lot of good stuff left out. Stevie Wonder's long and varied career (not over when this anthology appeared) really needs more than one disc to even adequately summarize the highlights. But thisSee more details below

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When you're putting together a 21-song collection of a major artist who's had more than 40 Top 40 hits, inevitably there's going to be a lot of good stuff left out. Stevie Wonder's long and varied career (not over when this anthology appeared) really needs more than one disc to even adequately summarize the highlights. But this single-disc comp does squeeze in most of his best-known songs, from 1963's "Fingertips, Pt. 2" to the mid-'80s number one hits "Part-Time Lover" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You." Along the way there's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)," "I Was Made to Love Her," "For Once in My Life," "My Cherie Amour," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "Superstition," "Higher Ground," "Living for the City," "You Haven't Done Nothin'," "Boogie on Reggae Woman," "I Wish," "Sir Duke," and more. There is a sharp decline in quality following "Masterblaster (Jammin')," but at least that only lasts five songs. Of course, there's a lot missing too: "A Place in the Sun," "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day," "If You Really Love Me," and "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," to pick only some obvious candidates. Why exactly the 1967 single "Hey Love" (a Top Ten R&B single that barely made the pop charts) is included is a mystery, though at least it breaks up the predictability. For casual fans it's a decent career-spanning overview, though, and even the most casual fan will sense the musical genius and enormous artistic growth that shines through most of the selections.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2002
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044006616421
catalogNumber:
066164
Rank:
3370

Tracks

  1. Fingertips, Pt. 2  - Stevie Wonder
  2. Uptight (Everything's Alright)  - Stevie Wonder
  3. Hey Love  - Stevie Wonder
  4. I Was Made to Love Her  - Stevie Wonder
  5. For Once in My Life  - Stevie Wonder
  6. My Cherie Amour  - Stevie Wonder
  7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours  - Stevie Wonder
  8. You Are the Sunshine of My Life  - Stevie Wonder
  9. Superstition  - Stevie Wonder
  10. Higher Ground  - Stevie Wonder
  11. Living for the City  - Stevie Wonder
  12. You Haven't Done Nothin'  - Stevie Wonder
  13. Boogie on Reggae Woman  - Stevie Wonder
  14. I Wish  - Stevie Wonder
  15. Sir Duke  - Stevie Wonder
  16. Master Blaster (Jammin')  - Stevie Wonder
  17. That Girl  - Stevie Wonder
  18. Do I Do  - Stevie Wonder
  19. I Just Called to Say I Love You  - Stevie Wonder
  20. Overjoyed  - Stevie Wonder
  21. Part-Time Lover  - Stevie Wonder

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Wonder   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Gloria Barley   Background Vocals
Malcolm Cecil   Moog Synthesizer
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Robert Margouleff   Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Charles Brewer   Programming
Malcolm Cecil   Programming,Engineer
Henry Cosby   Producer
John Fischbach   Programming
Berry Gordy   Producer
Robert Margouleff   Programming,Engineer
Clarence Paul   Arranger,Producer
Paul Riser   String Arrangements
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Producer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Scott Regen   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Scott Regan   Liner Notes
Michael Bryan   Cover Image
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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