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Stevie WonderTalking Book

Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk
Year:

Tracklist

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life2:45
Maybe Your Baby6:45
You And I (We Can Conquer The World)4:39
Tuesday Heartbreak3:09
You've Got It Bad Girl4:55
Superstition4:40
Big Brother3:35
Blame It On The Sun3:28
Lookin For Another Pure Love4:45
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)4:48

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Notes

Original US vinyl pressings were embossed with braille on the front cover and inside gatefold, which is the first time an artist used braille on an album’s artwork. The braille on the front cover spells out Stevie’s name and the album title, and the inside gatefold has the message “Here is my music. It is all I have to tell you how I feel. Know that your love keeps my love strong. – Stevie".

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Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Hollywood Press, Gatefold, Braille
Tamla – T 319L, Tamla – T-319 LUS1972US1972
Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold
Tamla Motown – 1C 062-93 880Germany1972Germany1972
Recently Edited
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold
Tamla Motown – 5C 056-93880Netherlands1972Netherlands1972
Recently Edited
Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album, Promo
Tamla – T 319L DJUS1972US1972
Recently Edited
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
EMI
Tamla Motown – STML 6102New Zealand1972New Zealand1972
Recently Edited
Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold, Braille
Tamla – T 319LUS1972US1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold
Tamla – TMLP 6003Italy1972Italy1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Tamla Motown – 4E 062-93880Sweden1972Sweden1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold
Tamla – T 319L, Tamla – T-319LUS1972US1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold
Tapecar – T 319L, Tamla – T 319LBrazil1972Brazil1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Motown – LPS-88.068Venezuela1972Venezuela1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Black Labels
Tamla Motown – T-319 L19721972
Recently Edited
Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Braille, Hollywood Press
Tamla – T319L, Tamla – T 319LUS1972US1972
Recently Edited
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, 8-Track CartridgeTalking Book
8-Track Cartridge, Album
Tamla – T-319-TUS1972US1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold
Tamla Motown – T-319LCanada1972Canada1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Tamla Motown – T 319LCanada1972Canada1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album, Stereo
Gatefold
Tamla Motown – TMC 5237South Africa1972South Africa1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album, Stereo
Tamla – TM 2128Philippines1972Philippines1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Braille, Superior Pressing
Tamla – T 319L, Tamla – T319LUS1972US1972
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album, Repress
Tamla – T319L, Tamla – T 319LUS1972US1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold
Tamla – T-319LUS1972US1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album, Stereo
Indianapolis Press, Gatefold, Braille
Tamla – T 319L, Tamla – T-319V1US1972US1972
Recently Edited
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album, Test Pressing
Tamla Motown – 1C 062-93 880Germany1972Germany1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album, Stereo
Gatefold
Tamla – T 319L, Tamla – T-319 LUS1972US1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold
Tamla Motown – STMA 8007, Tamla Motown – 1E 064 ◦ 93880Denmark1972Denmark1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold, Braille
Motown – T 319LAustralia1972Australia1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, CassetteTalking Book
Cassette, Album
Tamla Motown – 1 C 244-93 880, Tamla Motown – 1C 244-93 880, EMI Electrola – 1 C 244-93 880, EMI Electrola – 1C 244-93 880
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Germany1972Germany1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, 8-Track CartridgeTalking Book
8-Track Cartridge, Album, Stereo
Tamla – M 8319US1972US1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album, Repress
Monarch Pressing, Gatefold
Tamla – T6 319 S1, Tamla – T7-319R1US1972US1972
Recently Edited
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold, Braille
Tamla Motown – T-319LCanada1972Canada1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Gatefold
Tamla Motown – 5C 056-93880Netherlands1972Netherlands1972
Recently Edited
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album, Repress
Superior Press, Gatefold, No Braille
Tamla – T 319L, Tamla – T-319 LUS1972US1972
Recently Edited
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, 8-Track CartridgeTalking Book
8-Track Cartridge, Album
Tamla – T-319-TUS1972US1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Braille, Gatefold
Tamla Motown – T 319LJamaica1972Jamaica1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, 8-Track CartridgeTalking Book
8-Track Cartridge, Album, Stereo
Gray
Tamla – TBT 319, Tamla – TBT 00319US1972US1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Monarch Pressing, Braille, Gatefold
Tamla – T6 319 S1, Tamla – T7-319R1US1972US1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, CassetteTalking Book
Cassette, Album
Top Tape – K7-224Brazil1972Brazil1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
HMV
Tamla Motown – STML 6102New Zealand1972New Zealand1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972, CassetteTalking Book
Cassette, Reissue
EMI
Tamla Motown – TC-STML 6102New Zealand1972New Zealand1972
New Submission
Cover of Talking Book, 1972-10-27, VinylTalking Book
LP, Album
Monarch Press, Gatefold, No Braille
Tamla – T6-319S1, Tamla – T7-319R1US1972US1972
New Submission
vinyl_solution's avatar
Edited 2 months ago
J-Keller, I absolutely agree. I own 4 different vinyl versions of TB : this one, a UK original, a 2008 180 gram reissue and the MFSL Silver Label version. This US version is the best, definitely. Just listen to track 2 and hear how rich the bottom end is and how wonderful the clavinet sounds. Ray Parker Jnr's guitar also sounds more prominent than my other versions. SW's 1970's output was as poorly recorded as it was gloriously made, so to hear TB like this is very welcome. Very recommended and very affordable, and the Dynaflex effect doesn't detract, trust me.
CharlesO's avatar
CharlesO
Edited 4 months ago
Sweet sounding release. Can't compare with other editions about dynamics, eq, etc. but it sounds very well balanced with no sibilance distiortion; i's a pleasure to listen. The vinyl is dead quiet even after all these years and the gatefold jacket is lovely in it's matte finish.
goofypooper's avatar
goofypooper
Flat, no surface noise. Great soundstage to my ear. This is a beautiful record. Buy it!
J-Keller's avatar
J-Keller
This pressing sounds spectacular. Soundstage is huge and separation is excellent. Love the bottom end of this press especially. Portions of the album sound 3D even on a modest setup. Definitely worth picking up if you’ve been looking for a good press of this album. Especially since VG+ copies are still relatively affordable (as of this review there’s plenty in the $20 range). I absolutely recommend this press!
9millibros's avatar
9millibros
I've picked up several copies of this pressing with the same issue - there's some fuzzy static on side 2, particularly on "Blame it on the Sun" and "Lookin' for Another Pure Love." Has anyone else had this issue?
DeaconBlurple's avatar
DeaconBlurple
Superstition sound amazing on this release. It’s the best I’ve ever heard it sound compared to SACD, other CDs. However this pressing suffers HEAVILY from Inner Groove Distortion. Every first track on each side is great but, everything else is horrific. If you want the whole album AVOID IT. If you just want superstition this is a great copy.
Abandon_Ark's avatar
Abandon_Ark
I believe I have a variant of this version. All in the Notes section and all images match, only difference is in the Matrix/Runout:

Matrix / Runout (A Side runout): HS-1993-1 B5RS-8106-RE-1 M.B.G. TVC C6
Matrix / Runout (B Side runout): HS-1994-2 B5RS-8107-RE-1 M.B.G. TVC D8
Skych4's avatar
Skych4
The picture disk is very noisy, very on the first song of the side 1, it's play like a g+ a the start and g+ on all. But the mastering is very clear. Suspertistion, seems one point higher than the originale
alec1027's avatar
alec1027
I would appreciate any info on this. Can't find a similar version anywhere online.
Conduit's avatar
Conduit
Edited 11 months ago
Incredible pressing on what looks to be the 'Super' or 'Quiex' vinyl of the time (held up to light it's translucent due to the omission of standard black vinyl dye). It's extremely clean sounding vinyl with little to no background noise.
The mastering is a very balanced presentation - it differs from the great 'M.B.G.' early Tamla pressings but is a very nice clear presentation in its own right. 'Blame it on the Sun' sounds wonderful in particular - the dynamics between quieter verse passages and chorus are lovely and the acoustic guitar really chimes.
The gatefold cover is beautifully produced, printed on thick textured leather (possibly?) binding. The clearest reproductions of the artwork that I've seen, in rich colours. Overall a beautiful edition of this incredible album!