Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind (1972)
Sensational. Hard to believe this album is 40 years old. This would be an incredible collection of songs from anybody, much less a 21-year-old blind keyboard player. On top of that, as stated on the back cover, "this album is virtually the work of one man" - Wonder plays everything but one solo each on guitar and trombone. "Everything" in this case is pianos, drums, harmonica, organ, clavichord, clavinet, and synths. For Motown in 1972, this was groundbreaking stuff. Wonder would take it up another notch 8 months later with the release of Talking Book.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #21
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #6
Tracks: The standout track is Superwoman, but the one that grabs you first is Love Having You Around (just listen to how the chorus kicks in at about 1:05). Also noteworthy are the beautiful Happier Than the Morning Sun and the fun Keep On Running. The only clunker is the awkward Sweet Little Girl.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I found this is a used CD bin which begs two questions: 1) why didn't I already have this album? and 2) who in their right mind trades in a Stevie Wonder CD??
Previously revisited for the blog:
Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)
Talking Book (1972)
Someday At Christmas (1967)