A greatest hits package from Stevie Wonder, Musician Laureate of the United States. 31 tracks across two CDs clocking in at over 2 hours. Thanks, Stevie.
Pros: Stevie Wonder
Cons: Bizarre sequencing, inclusion of obscure soundtrack cuts and post-1986 singles
The pros far outweigh the cons.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #100
|I Just Called To Say I Love You||1984||1||1||1|
|My Cherie Amour||1969||4||4||3|
|I Was Made To Love Her||1967||2||1|
|Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours||1970||3||1|
|You Are The Sunshine Of My Life||1973||1||3||1|
|Ribbon In The Sky
|Master Blaster (Jammin')||1980||5||1||10|
|Living For The City||1973||8||1|
|Uptight (Everything's Alright)||1966||3||1|
|Do I Do||1982||13||2||25||1|
|Send One Your Love||1979||4||5||1|
|Ebony & Ivory||1982||1||8||1|
|All I Do||1980|
|For Your Love||1995||53||11||30|
|You Will Know||1988||77||1||16||3|
|Boogie On Reggae Woman||1974||3||1|
|These Three Words||1991||7|
|Love Light In Flight||1984||17||4||10||6|
|Kiss Lonely Good-Bye||1996|
|Hold On To Your Dream||1996|
If I were to comment on individual songs, where would I begin? The beauty of Overjoyed? The bass line from I Wish or Living For The City? Dizzy Gillespie's appearance on the 10 minute version of Do I Do? The overdubbed Hohner Clavinet on Superstition? The thrill of a Wonder harmonica solo? How much time do you have?
Notable Top 40 omissions: For Once In My Life (#2, 1968), Yester-me Yester-you Yesterday (#5, 1969), and Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing (#16, 1973).
Personal favorites I would have included: Outside My Window (#52, 1980), We Can Work it Out (#13, 1971), and As (#36, 1977).
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: When I was in college, I would listen to I Was Made To Love Her constantly in my car. At the time, the song was 20 years old but I just couldn't help myself. Play. Stop. Rewind. Play. Stop. Rewind...
Previously revisited for the blog:
Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)
Talking Book (1972)
Music Of My Mind (1972)
Someday At Christmas (1967)