The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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: 044006616421
  • Catalog Number: 066164
  • Sales rank: 899

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 Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this song

    I just love almost all Stevie's songs I know Stevie gets this alot but I am a huge fan really

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great C.D.

    Stevie Wonder really knows how to sing and play Piano. I love My Chere Aroumor and For Once In My Life. But his best song is by far Overjoyed. Some of his songs are not as great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely Definitive

    When I first picked up this CD I knew I had to have it this not only adds to Stevie's wonderful music legacy anyone who is a Stevie Wonder fan knows that this just adds on top of everything he has ever done in his professional career

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Probably better to buy the original albums

    I don't understand many of the selections on this compilation. They certainly don't represent all of Stevie's best work. Of course opinions are like... well, you know. This one is just mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So cool!

    Justin Timberlake is such a wonderful person. He has so many different talents. God Bless His Heart!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 17, 2009

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