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Stevie Wonder – Up-Tight (1966/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Stevie Wonder – Up-Tight (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:19 minutes | 1,3 GB | Gerne: R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front Cover | © Motown

Released in 1966, this fifth album shows the beginning of Wonder’s development into a mature recording artist. Backed by the Funk Brothers, the album futures such memorable tracks as ‘Nothing’s too Good For My Baby,’ ‘Teach Me Tonight’and of course… the #1 single title track.
Also included on the album are ‘Nothing’s Too Good for My Baby’, another Wonder co-write, and a cover of folk star Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, which made Wonder popular with crossover audiences, and a cover of the standard, Teach Me Tonight, featuring vocals with Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops.
The album reached No.33 on the Billboard Pop Album charts and No.2 on the R&B Albums charts. On the album, Stevie was backed by the Funk Brothers, the legendary, but uncredited, early period Motown Records studio musicians, creators of the famous, recognisable 60s Motown sound

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Stevie Wonder – I Was Made To Love Her (1967/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Stevie Wonder – I Was Made To Love Her (1967/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 1:44:57 minutes | 1,09 GB | Gerne: R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front Cover | © Motown

I Was Made To Love Her was Stevie Wonder’s contribution to the musical landscape in the summer of 1967, spawning the title track hit single in the US and the UK, co-written by Wonder. The album contains a handful of other Wonder co-writes along with cover songs by Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Otis Redding and others.

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Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life (1968/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life (1968/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 1:44:57 minutes | 1,38 GB | Gerne: R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Front Cover | © Motown

For Once in My Life is the ninth (tenth overall) studio album by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder on Motown Records, released in November 1968. Then eighteen years old, Wonder had established himself as one of Motown’s consistent hit-makers. This album continued Wonder’s growth as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. It featured songs like the title track, “Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day” and the modest hits “I Don’t Know Why” and “You Met Your Match”. It also marked the debut of the Hohner Clavinet on a Stevie Wonder album, which would become a mainstay on albums to come.

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Stevie Wonder – Talking Book (1972) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9064] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Stevie Wonder – Talking Book (1972) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9064]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:26 minutes | Scans included | 1,75 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 866 MB

After releasing two “head” records during 1970-71, Stevie Wonder expanded his compositional palate with 1972’s Talking Book to include societal ills as well as tender love songs, and so recorded the first smash album of his career. What had been hinted at on the intriguing project Music of My Mind was here focused into a laser beam of tight songwriting, warm electronic arrangements, and ebullient performances — altogether the most realistic vision of musical personality ever put to wax, beginning with a disarmingly simple love song, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (but of course, it’s only the composition that’s simple). Stevie’s not always singing a tender ballad here — in fact, he flits from contentment to mistrust to promise to heartbreak within the course of the first four songs — but he never fails to render each song in the most vivid colors. In stark contrast to his early songs, which were clever but often relied on the Motown template of romantic metaphor, with Talking Book it became clear Stevie Wonder was beginning to speak his mind and use personal history for material (just as Marvin Gaye had with the social protest of 1971’s What’s Going On). The lyrics became less convoluted, while the emotional power gained in intensity. “You and I” and the glorious closer “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)” subtly illustrate that the conception of love can be stronger than the reality, while “Tuesday Heartbreak” speaks simply but powerfully: “I wanna be with you when the nighttime comes / I wanna be with you till the daytime comes.” Ironically, the biggest hit from Talking Book wasn’t a love song at all; the funk landmark “Superstition” urges empowerment instead of hopelessness, set to a grooving beat that made it one of the biggest hits of his career. It’s followed by “Big Brother,” the first of his directly critical songs, excoriating politicians who posture to the underclass in order to gain the only thing they really need: votes. With Talking Book, Stevie also found a proper balance between making an album entirely by himself and benefiting from the talents of others. His wife Syreeta and her sister Yvonne Wright contributed three great lyrics, and Ray Parker, Jr. came by to record a guitar solo that brings together the lengthy jam “Maybe Your Baby.” Two more guitar heroes, Jeff Beck and Buzzy Feton, appeared on “Lookin’ for Another Pure Love,” Beck’s solo especially giving voice to the excruciating process of moving on from a broken relationship. Like no other Stevie Wonder LP before it, Talking Book is all of a piece, the first unified statement of his career. It’s certainly an exercise in indulgence but, imitating life, it veers breathtakingly from love to heartbreak and back with barely a pause.

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Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (1973) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9068] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (1973) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9068]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:19 minutes | Scans included | 1,78 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 883 MB

When Stevie Wonder applied his tremendous songwriting talents to the unsettled social morass that was the early ’70s, he produced one of his greatest, most important works, a rich panoply of songs addressing drugs, spirituality, political ethics, the unnecessary perils of urban life, and what looked to be the failure of the ’60s dream — all set within a collection of charts as funky and catchy as any he’d written before. Two of the highlights, “Living for the City” and “Too High,” make an especially deep impression thanks to Stevie’s narrative talents; on the first, an eight-minute mini-epic, he brings a hard-scrabble Mississippi black youth to the city and illustrates, via a brilliant dramatic interlude, what lies in wait for innocents. (He also uses his variety of voice impersonations to stunning effect.) “Too High” is just as stunning, a cautionary tale about drugs driven by a dizzying chorus of scat vocals and a springing bassline. “Higher Ground,” a funky follow-up to the previous album’s big hit (“Superstition”), and “Jesus Children of America” both introduced Wonder’s interest in Eastern religion. It’s a tribute to his genius that he could broach topics like reincarnation and transcendental meditation in a pop context with minimal interference to the rest of the album. Wonder also made no secret of the fact that “He’s Misstra Know-It-All” was directed at Tricky Dick, aka Richard Milhouse Nixon, then making headlines (and destroying America’s faith in the highest office) with the biggest political scandal of the century. Putting all these differing themes and topics into perspective was the front cover, a striking piece by Efram Wolff portraying Stevie Wonder as the blind visionary, an artist seeing far better than those around him what was going on in the early ’70s, and using his astonishing musical gifts to make this commentary one of the most effective and entertaining ever heard.

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Stevie Wonder – Hotter Than July (1980) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9075] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Stevie Wonder – Hotter Than July (1980) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9075]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:48 minutes | Scans included | 1,85 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 937 MB

Four years after the pinnacle of Stevie Wonder’s mid-’70s typhoon of classic albums, Hotter Than July was the proper follow-up to Songs in the Key of Life (his Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants concept record was actually a soundtrack to an obscure movie that fared miserably in theaters). It also found Wonder in a different musical climate than the one that savored his every move from 1972 to 1977. Disco and new wave had slowly crept their way into the mainstream record-buying public, and hindered the once-ample room for socially and politically charged lyrics. However, Wonder naysayed the trends and continues to do what he did best. Solid songwriting, musicianship, and production are evident in the majority of Hotter Than July. Wonder also carries on his tradition of penning songs normally not associated with his trademark sound, from the disco-tinged “All I Do” (originally planned to be released by Tammi Terrell almost ten years previously) to the reggae-influenced smash “Master Blaster (Jammin),” which went straight to the top of the R&B charts. While admittedly there are a few less-than-standard tracks, he closes the album on an amazing high note with one of the most aching ballads in his canon (“Lately”) and a touching anthem to civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr. (“Happy Birthday”). While most definitely not on the same tier as Innervisions or Songs in the Key of Life, Hotter Than July is the portrait of an artist who still had the Midas touch, but stood at the crossroads of an illustrious career.

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Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9072] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9072]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:38 minutes | Scans included | 1,72 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 856 MB

After the righteous anger and occasional despair of the socially motivated Innervisions, Stevie Wonder returned with a relationship record: Fulfillingness’ First Finale. The cover pictures his life as an enormous wheel, part of which he’s looking ahead to and part of which he’s already completed (the latter with accompanying images of Little Stevie, JFK and MLK, the Motor Town Revue bus, a child with balloons, his familiar Taurus logo, and multiple Grammy awards). The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it (“Creepin’”) to being bashful of it (“Too Shy to Say”) to knowing when it’s over (“It Ain’t No Use”). The two big singles are “Boogie on Reggae Woman,” with a deep electronic groove balancing organic congas and gospel piano, and “You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” an acidic dismissal of President Nixon and the Watergate controversy (he’d already written “He’s Misstra Know-It-All” on the same topic). As before, Fulfillingness’ First Finale is mostly the work of a single man; Stevie invited over just a bare few musicians, and most of those were background vocalists (though of the finest caliber: Minnie Riperton, Paul Anka, Deniece Williams, and the Jackson 5). Also as before, the appearances are perfectly chosen; “Too Shy to Say” can only benefit from the acoustic bass of Motown institution James Jamerson and the heavenly steel guitar of Sneaky Pete Kleinow, while the Jackson 5 provide some righteous amens to Stevie’s preaching on “You Haven’t Done Nothin’.” It’s also very refreshing to hear more songs devoted to the many and varied stages of romance, among them “It Ain’t No Use,” “Too Shy to Say,” “Please Don’t Go.” The only element lacking here, in comparison to the rest of his string of brilliant early-’70s records, is a clear focus; Fulfillingness’ First Finale is more a collection of excellent songs than an excellent album.

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Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life (1976/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life (1976/2013) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]LPCM 2.0  and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 & Dolby TrueHD 2.0 | 24bit / 96kHz |  Time – 01:45:03 minutes | 12,3 GB

Originally released in 1976, the prolific Songs in the Key of Life is a milestone in the career of Stevie Wonder and the last of five consecutive albums widely hailed as his ‘classic period’. From his sharp commentaries on American social history and pro-peace supplications to some of his most intimate professions of love, Songs In The Key of Life cast Wonder’s music further beyond R&B, funk and disco than ever before. More sprawling than Innervisions and Talking Book, the highly ambitious and experimental double LP became the best-selling and most critically acclaimed album of his career and it went on to win Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal and Album of the Year. Highlights include the indelible classics “Isn’t She Lovely” and “Sir Duke” among others.

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Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life (1976) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 1:44:57 minutes | 4 GB | Gerne: R&B
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Motown

Chart History/Awards

– Reached #1 on the Billboard 200.
– Reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums.
– “I Wish” reached #1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100.
– “Sir Duke” reached #1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Singles.
– GRAMMY® Award Winner: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (“I Wish”), Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
– Included on VH1‘s “Greatest Albums of All Time.”
– Included in Rolling Stone‘s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
– Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.

Songs In The Key Of Life is Stevie Wonder’s 1976 seminal classic. The ambitious double album has become one of his bestselling and most critically acclaimed works. Songs In The Key Of Lifeencompasses themes of love, relationships, social issues and spirituality. The recording won the GRAMMY® Award for Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and was included in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The album has also earned the coveted spot on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B Albums. Included are the massive standouts, “As,” “Another Star,” “Sir Duke,” “Isn’t She Lovely” and “I Wish,” which won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Absolutely essential!

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Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (1973/2000) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (1973/2000)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 44:12 minutes | 993 MB | Genre: R&B
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Motown

The landmark 1973 release from one of the most iconic figures in music history, Innervisions is a testament to Wonder’s musicality and brilliance. The soulful concept album encompasses themes of social and urban issues performed, produced, written and arranged by Wonder. Wonder’s expressive and charming funk is showcased on the chart-topping hits “Higher Ground,” “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” and Living for the City.” The album swings between fanciful and spacious ballads, Latin-tinged hits and full-blown Gospel numbers. The songs themselves are in such contrast that it’s hard to believe they all occur on the same album. This monumental works is now available as a pristine high resolution download.

Innervisions was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

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