Songs in the Key of Life

Songs in the Key of Life

Songs in the Key of Life

Songs in the Key of Life


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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: 05/02/2000
Label: Motown
UPC: 0601215735727
catalogNumber: 157357
Rank: 3676


Disc 1

  1. Love's in Need of Love Today
  2. Have a Talk with God
  3. Village Ghetto Land
  4. Contusion
  5. Sir Duke
  6. I Wish
  7. Knocks Me off My Feet
  8. Pastime Paradise
  9. Summer Soft
  10. Ordinary Pain

Disc 2

  1. Isn't She Lovely
  2. Joy Inside My Tears
  3. Black Man
  4. Ngiculela -- Es Una Historia -- I Am Singing
  5. If It's Magic
  6. As
  7. Another Star
  8. Saturn
  9. Ebony Eyes
  10. All Day Sucker
  11. Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Wonder   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Deniece Williams   Vocals,Background Vocals
Minnie Riperton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dorothy Ashby   Harp
George Benson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ronnie Foster   Organ
Herbie Hancock   Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Bobbi Humphrey   Flute
Gary Byrd   Vocals
Michael Wycoff   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Sembello   Acoustic Guitar
Carol Cole   Percussion
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jay Boy Adams   Vocals
Nathan Alford   Percussion
Henry America   Vocals
Linda America   Vocals
Baradras   Vocals
Brenda Barnett   Vocals
Khalif Bobatoon   Vocals
Starshemah Bobatoon   Vocals
Sudana Bobatoon   Vocals
George Bohannon   Trombone
Charles Brewer   Percussion,Background Vocals
Shirley Brewer   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Ben Bridges   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Sitar
Berry Briges   Vocals
Cecilia Brown   Vocals
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion
Jean Brown   Vocals
Rodney Brown   Vocals
Colleen Carleton   Percussion,Background Vocals
Addie Cox   Vocals,Background Vocals
Agnideva Dasa   Vocals
Duryodhana Guru Dasa   Vocals
Jayasacinandana Dasa   Vocals
Jitamrtyi Dasa   Vocals
Vedavyasa Dasa   Vocals
Cinmayi Dasi   Vocals,Background Vocals
Yogamaya Dasi   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Bhakta Eddie   Vocals
Doé Rain Edwards   Vocals
Jacqueline F. English   Vocals
Ethel Enoex   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jocko Fann   Vocals
Barbara Fann   Vocals
Melani Fann   Vocals
Shelley Fann   Vocals
Tracy Fann   Vocals
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
Glenn Ferris   Trombone
John Fischbach   Percussion,Background Vocals
Susie Fuzzell   Vocals
Carmelo Garcia   Percussion,Timbales
Anthony Givens   Vocals
Audrey Givens   Vocals
Derrick Givens   Vocals
Mildred Givens   Vocals
Michael Lee Gray   Vocals
Mimi Green   Vocals
Susaye Greene Brown   Vocals
Bhakta Gregory   Vocals
Renee Hardaway   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeania Harris   Vocals
Troy Harris   Vocals
Nelson Hayes   Percussion,Background Vocals
Terri Hendricks   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Henson   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Adrian Janes   Vocals
Josie James   Vocals,Background Vocals
Patricia Johnson   Vocals
Madelaine Jones   Vocals
Bhakta Kevin   Vocals
Phillip Kimble   Vocals
James Lambert   Vocals,Background Vocals
Larry Latimer   Percussion,Vocals
Lynda Laurence   Vocals
Linda Lawrence   Vocals,Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Irma Leslie   Vocals
Kim Lewis   Vocals
Carl Lockhart   Vocals
Gail Lockhart   Vocals
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
Raymond Maldonado   Percussion,Trumpet
Carolyn Massenburg   Vocals
Amale Mathews   Percussion,Background Vocals
Artice May   Vocals
Charity McCrary   Vocals,Background Vocals
Linda McCrary-Campbell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lonnie Morgan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kim Nixon   Vocals
Lisa Nixon   Vocals
Larri Nuckens   Vocals
Edna Orso   Percussion,Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Gwen Perry   Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Raymond Lee Pounds   Drums
Hank Redd   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gregory Rudd   Vocals
Rukmini   Vocals
Yolanda Simmons   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Keith Slaughter   Vocals
Rosona Starks   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dennis Swindell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sundray Tucker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Josette Valentino   Percussion,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Gary Veney   Vocals
Sheryl Walker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marietta Waters   Percussion,Background Vocals
Mary Lee Whitney   Vocals,Background Vocals
Syreeta Wright   Vocals,Background Vocals
W.G. Snuffy Walden   Acoustic Guitar
Ray Pound   Drums
Michael Gray   Vocals
Susaye Greene   Vocals
Nathan Watts   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Greg Brown   Drums
William Moore   Vocals
Carol Johnson   Vocals
Calvin Johnson   Vocals
Artece May   Vocals

Technical Credits

Larry Scott   Sound Effects
Tony Warren   Illustrations
Charles Brewer   Programming
John Fischbach   Programming,Engineer
John Harris   Programming,Sound Effects
Nelson Hayes   Sound Effects
Don Hunter   Programming,Sound Effects
Gary Olazabal   Engineer
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Mathieu Bitton   Reissue Design
Fountain Jones   Programming

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