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Stevie WonderSongs In The Key Of Life

Label:Tamla – T13-340C2
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Terre Haute Pressing
Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP
All Media, Album, Stereo, Gatefold
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk, Fusion, Jazz-Funk

Tracklist

A1Love's In Need Of Love Today
Percussion [Collinga]Eddie "Bongo" Brown
7:05
A2Have A Talk With God2:42
A3Village Ghetto Land
Written-ByByrd*, Stevie Wonder
3:25
A4Contusion3:45
A5Sir Duke
Alto SaxophoneHank Redd
Tenor SaxophoneTrevor Lawrence
3:52
B1I Wish
Alto SaxophoneHank Redd
Backing VocalsRenee Hardaway
Tenor SaxophoneTrevor Lawrence
4:12
B2Knocks Me Off My Feet3:35
B3Pastime Paradise3:20
B4Summer Soft
OrganRonnie Foster
PercussionNastee Latimer*
4:16
B5Ordinary Pain6:22
C1Isn't She Lovely6:33
C2Joy Inside My Tears
Backing VocalsSusaye Green*
6:29
C3Black Man
Alto Saxophone, Tenor SaxophoneHank Redd
TrumpetSteve Madaio
8:29
D1Ngiculela - Es Una Historia - I Am Singing3:48
D2If It's Magic
HarpDorothy Ashby
3:11
D3As
Backing VocalsMary Lee Whitney
DrumsGreg Brown
GuitarDean Parks
KeyboardsHerbie Hancock
7:07
D4Another Star
Alto SaxophoneHank Redd
Backing VocalsGeorge Benson, Josie James
FluteBobbi Humphrey
GuitarGeorge Benson
PercussionNathan Alford, Jr.
Tenor SaxophoneTrevor Lawrence
8:19
A Something's Extra Bonus Record
E1Saturn4:54
E2Ebony Eyes
SaxophoneJim Horn
Steel GuitarSneaky Pete Kleinow
4:10
F1All Day Sucker
Backing VocalsCarolyn Dennis
Lead GuitarWG "Snuffy" Walden
5:06
F2Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)3:58
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Label and pressing variation. Pressed by Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute per 'T1' in runouts.

LPs are auto-coupled, record one contains sides one and four, record two contains sides two and three.

From front cover:
Collector's Album Includes Two Records A Something's Extra Bonus Record 24-Page Lyric Booklet.

From rear cover:
℗ 1976 Motown Record Corporation
© 1976 Motown Record Corporation
Hollywood, California 90028. All rights reserved.
Trademark Motown Corporation
Printed in U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

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  • Leon_noeL_Official's avatar
    I have a complete VG++ record. only thing missing is the booklet. does anyone have it for sale?
    • isaacmusicman's avatar
      isaacmusicman
      Edited one month ago
      Album Revolution # 5:

      Ok, Yes, I know, I know.....

      Even though I feel that "Innervisions" is "Stevie Wonder's" best album EVER, EVERYONE ELSE and their Grandmamas and their Children feels like it is "Songs In The Key Of Life"....

      Now, let's not get it any twisted, I am no fool, "Songs In The Key Of Life" is not only ambitious and brilliant, it is absolutely an Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Ultimate Crown Jewel....In fact I might be persuaded to move it to no.1, only because it is a double-album, plus a small 45 type record on the side (but I will stubbornly stick to "Innervisions").....

      "Stevie" pulled out all the stops here, changing exactly what a so called "R&B" record is supposed to sound like (just like "Earth, Wind & Fire" and "Parliament- Funkadelic")....

      I swear "Stevie" is the only one who can get away with starting albums slow, because he did it again with "Love's In Need Of Love Today"...Even though it wasn't a Hit, it one of many "Stevie Wonder Favorites", and it was CONSTANLY on the Radio....The title makes it VERY self explanatory, and after almost 50 years later, it is still very relevant!!!!

      "Have A Talk With God", even though very short, is "Stevie's" continued quest for Spirituality....

      "Village Ghetto Land" is very OUT OF THIS WORLD, sounding like it was Produced in a far away Village (with those Keyboards), but bringing all of the "Ghetto's" ills to life....

      "Contusion", featuring his Band "Wonderlove" (and inspired by the Car Accident he had years ago), is an Instrumental DREAM!!!!! In fact, I get a little frustrated, because it is because of this GEM, it made me wish "Stevie" did MORE of this!!!!!!!

      The Ultimate Hummugest Hit, "Sir Duke" (ode to "Duke Ellington"), is something that even "Stevie" should not have gotten away with....But, again, because this album had no rules, nether did this OUTSTANDING jam!!!!!!! Even though "Duke Ellington" was a "Jazz Puriest", "Stevie" used "Duke's" "Big Band Swing" style, with a Groovy Melody, to make US GET DOWN!!!!!

      The other Googongest Hit, "I Wish", is a SUPER FUNNY tale (I'm sure) about most of our childhoods, with a "Funky" Groove behind it....

      "Knocks Me Off My Feet" is that "Classic Stevie Wonder Slow Jam" (by this time he perfected it) (P.S; Check out the "Donnell Jones" version....It is one of the rare times I didn't have to apply the "Stevie Wonder Rule")......

      "Pastime Paradise" used to throw me off when I was a Kid....But, again, "Stevie" applied no rules on this joint, using "Orchestration" inspired Melodies to take you on a Musical journey with thought provoking Lyrics (that's why "Coolio" had to use it for "Gansta's Paradise")....

      "Summer Soft" is a nice "Soft" jam, with "Stevie" playing with different Musical Octaves, making the Music reach as high as it could in his Vocal range (which is pretty high)....

      OMG!!!! "Ordinary Pain" though!!!!

      This joint right here is SOOOOO FANTASTIC!!!! It's a two part joint, first having "Stevie" sing about the Love he lost, then having "Wonderlove" member, "Shirley Brewer", coming in to set the record straight!!!! What made it so FUNNY to me was that she had her "Girlfriend Back Up" in "Charity McCrary", "Linda McCrary", "Lynda Laurence", "Madelaine 'Gypsy' Jones", "Mary Lee Whitney", "Sundray Tucker", "Syreeta Wright", "Terry Hendricks", and the ONE and ONLY'S "Minnie Riperton" and "Deniece Williams", which meant that "Stevie" wasn't getting away with ANYTHING!!!!!! I made my Wife SICK of this song!!!!!!

      Whew!!!! That was just the first record, let me take a break.....

      Ok, ready to get back to it...

      The second record starts with the Super Dooper Classic, "Isn't She Lovely"....It is a serenade to his daughter "Aisha Morris", even having her on the Record when she was a Baby (this is also a "Stevie Wonder Favorite")...

      I don't understand why I hated "Joy Inside My Tears" when I was a Kid, because now, it is one of my "Ultimate Stevie Wonder Favorites"!!!!!!! This Piano driven track, surrounded by TERRIFIC "Orchestrations, to me, took "Stevie's" creativity to a level I don't think he thought he would achieve.....

      "Black Man" has a very deceiving title, but not in a bad way....It may start talking about "Black People's" contributions to this Country, but then it talks about "ALL" (White, Hispanic, Asian, and Native Americans).....

      "Ngiculela - Es Una Historia - I Am Singing" is a very nice song, but to be honest, it doesn't measure up to the rest.....

      "If It's Magic" is OUT OF SIGHT!!!! It may sound simple, but I think that was the point....Having "Stevie" singing with just a Harp (played by "Dorothy Ashby"), Priceless!!!!!!

      Now, I have to call this one the Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Crown Jewel, "As"....

      It's crazy, because "As" was used a thousand times in this song, but everybody used to believe it was called "Always" (in fact, it used to cause debates)...This one right here is hands down one of the most "Beloved Stevie Wonder Favorites", EVER!!!!!!!!!! And having "Fusion Jazz" master himself, "Herbie Hancock" on Keyboards, just sealed the deal!!!!! It was even Featured in the Movie, "The Best Man", which gave this Classic new life!!!!!!

      "Another Star" rounds out the second Record nicely, having Guitar Giant "George Benson" on tap (he also sang Background Vocals along with future "Wonderlove" member, "Josie James")....

      Now, now, I'm not finished yet....

      The "Something's Extra Bonus Record" is next....Like I said earlier, it was a 45 type record, but it spun like a 33 record...

      It starts off with "Saturn"...It is very Spacey, as if "Stevie" Recorded out there....

      "Ebony Eyes" is a flirtatious joint, and very self explanatory.....

      "All Day Sucker" (with help from "Carolyn Dennis" on Vocals, and "WG "Snuffy" Walden" on Guitar) is a "Funk" dream!!!!

      Then we finally end with the sweet Instrumental "Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)", laced with "Stevie's" unmistakable Harmonica.....

      Wow, yeah, I believe that covers just about everything....

      This album basically sealed it for "Stevie Wonder" in being one of the most OUTSTANDING artist of our time...You knew that he continued on, but after this MONSTER of an album, you would not blamed him if he said "Enough"!!!!!! But all this did was solidify his status in the Music World...

      All genes would start to look at "Stevie" like they looked at "The Beatles" (I know that's aiming VERY HIGH, but he was THERE!!!!)....So yes, I stubbornly stand my ground that "Innervisions" is still his best album, but if that one didn't exist, then "Songs In The Key Of Life" would be IT!!!!!!!!
      • Numanoid's avatar
        Numanoid
        Released during USA's Bicentennial year, and five weeks before the 1976 USA presidential election, it is a crucial document of point in time, and timeless sound
        • ArbyEff's avatar
          ArbyEff
          Edited one year ago
          I received this album for my 11th birthday in 1977. Along with most from that era, it has been gone since the late 80s, sold in a garage sale. As I am now trying to replace my childhood vinyl, I found a VG+/VG+ of this pressing complete with the lyrics booklet and the 7inch, also VG+. In addition to having special meaning for me, this is without a doubt one of the best sounding albums in my collection now and of course regarded by many as one of the best musically of all time. I don't have a modern repress for comparison, but I can't imagine it getting any better than this.
          • kev.one's avatar
            kev.one
            I'm looking for just the 7" EP at least VG+ if anyone has one to sell!
            • ITz_DJ_TJ's avatar
              ITz_DJ_TJ
              Edited 5 years ago
              For the life of me, I cannot find which version I have. Runouts...

              Side One T13340 C2 2645S EBF 06-C TH XTAL AB Δ21344
              Side Four T1 T13340 C2 2648S 10BEBF-1-B XTAL AB
              Side Two T1 T13340 CR2 2646S 10A-1-EBF XTAL AB
              Side Three T1 T13340 C2 2647S 10A-1-EBF XTAL AB

              Tamla labels

              Don't want to make a new entry. If anyone knows which version I have...I would be grateful.
              • maisiei's avatar
                maisiei
                The bonus record, was sold separately? 'Cause i have the vinyl version, where they talk about the record and the songs but they doesn't are there
                • illmanic's avatar
                  illmanic
                  The Side 1&4 / Side 2&3 thing is for easy stacking of the records. It's pretty common among double albums of that era. You put Side 2 on top of Side 1, those sides automatically play one after the other, then you flip the stack and listen to Sides 3 and 4 in succession.
                  • pocket.calculator's avatar
                    Does anyone know why the 2LP is pressed sides one and four on one disc, two and three on the other? Marvin's Here, My Dear is the same.
                    • jussumen's avatar
                      jussumen
                      Edited 19 years ago
                      Probably the best album in the history of popular music !
                      This classic masterpiece reminds me of the Bible. You may not touch it often, maybe not even once in years, but it's always good to know it's there.
                      Often i think of a certain melody, phrase or song, that i want to hear again, that sparks the intention to look for the album and put it on my turnatble.I always end up playing the whole album (although the 7" got lost somehow) at least once , if not more than twice...
                      Whenever i listened to 'Songs In The Key Of Life' during the past 5 years, since i got this very album from a flea-market, there's always another song that's my favorite. It used to be 'Pastime Paradise' (long before Coolio changed it to "Gangsta's Paradise") . Today it seems to be "JOY INSIDE MY TEARS" once again = touching, perfect, complete. What a wonderful melody, up-building and ever increasing with this typical Stevie Wonder lyrics, that often leaves just a tiny light of hope. But i only heard LP 2 (Side 2+3) as yet! Sides 1+4 are on LP 1 (old-school style for the automatic record-changers). There are more than half a dozen of great songs on LP 1 as well.'Love's In Need Of Love Today','Have A Talk With God', Sir Duke' (Side 1) 'Isn't She Lovely' and 'As' (Side 4) are among my ever changing favourites.

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