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Stevie WonderHotter Than July

Label:Tamla – T8-373M1
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Jazz, Reggae, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:Soul, Disco, Reggae, Funk, Rhythm & Blues

Tracklist

A1Did I Hear You Say You Love Me4:07
A2All I Do
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Betty Wright, Eddie Levert, Jamil Raheem, Michael Jackson, Walter Williams
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Synthesizer [Flute], Drums, Synthesizer, BellsStevie Wonder
Music By, Lyrics ByStevie Wonder
SaxophoneHank Redd
5:06
A3Rocket Love
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Synthesizer [Bass, Drums, Synthesizer, Percussion, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Stevie Wonder
GuitarBenjamin Bridges*
Strings [Arrangiament]Paul Riser
4:40
A4I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Charles K. Wilson*, Ronnie J. Wilson*
BassNathan Watts
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes]Isaiah Sanders
GuitarBenjamin Bridges*
Piano, Clavinet, Cabasa, Drums, Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Stevie Wonder
Steel GuitarHank Devito
4:39
A5As If You Read My Mind
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Syreeta
BassNathan Watts
DrumsDennis Davis
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes]Isaiah Sanders
PercussionEarl DeRouen
Piano, Celesta [Celeste], Clavinet, HarmonicaStevie Wonder
3:37
B1Master Blaster (Jammin')
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Alexandra Brown Evans*, Angela Winbush, Marva Holcolm, Shirley Brewer
DrumsDennis Davis
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], ClavinetStevie Wonder
OrganIsaiah Sanders
PercussionEarl DeRouen
SaxophoneHank Redd
TrumpetLarry Gittens
5:07
B2Do Like You
Backing Vocals [Background Vocals]Alexandra Brown Evans*, Delores Barnes, Melody McCulley*, Shirley Brewer
Harpsichord, Drums, Synthesizer, Synthesizer [Arp]Stevie Wonder
SaxophoneRobert Malach*
TrumpetLarry Gittens
4:26
B3Cash In Your Face
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Synthesizer [Bass], Drums, Synthesizer, HandclapsStevie Wonder
4:01
B4Lately
Piano, Synthesizer [Bass]Stevie Wonder
4:04
B5Happy Birthday
Drums, Synthesizer [Arp], Synthesizer [Bass Melodian], Synthesizer, KeyboardsStevie Wonder
5:57
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Notes

Gatefold cover.

Back cover: 20th Anniversary [logo]
Spine: Printed in U.S.A.

Comes with Martin Luther King, Jr. inner sleeve.

Recorded and Mixed at Wonderland Studios, Los Angeles, California with the Record Plant Remote Truck.
Additional Recording at I.A.M. Studios, Irvine, California and Crystal Sound Studios, Hollywood, California.

All tracks published by Jobete Music Co., Inc. & Black Bull Music (ASCAP), except A2 by Jobete Music Co., Inc. & Black Bull Music & Bantu Music (BMI).

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  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): T8-373M1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): T8-373M1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1, etched): #13 T8-373 M1 (A) - 15I ZYV PRECISION LACQUER SAL AME
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Other Versions (5 of 212)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Hotter Than July (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Motown2C 070 64121France1980
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Hotter Than July (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold Sleeve)Motown, MotownSTMA 8035, 0C 064-64 121UK1980
Hotter Than July (LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve)MotownIM-46.037Portugal1980
Hotter Than July (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)Motown, EMI Electrola1C 064-64 121Germany1980
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Hotter Than July (LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold)Motown2-47.065Spain1980

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  • Disney_Prince's avatar
    Disney_Prince
    Great album from Stevie. Nice sounding pressing. Next era Stevie right here.
    • isaacmusicman's avatar
      isaacmusicman
      Edited 7 months ago
      Album Revolution # 7:

      I have to say that after taking over the music world in the '70's, "Hotter Than July" is the start of the slide by "Stevie Wonder"..... Hey, like I said before, it happens to them all!!!! At least right here, this album is still good enough to be classified as a "Stevie Wonder Classic"......

      The album starts off with "Did I Hear You Say You Love Me"....It bumps, but it missed a Crown Jewel treatment...

      The 1st Ultimate Crown Jewel, "All I Do", is the best song on here hands down...Even though "Stevie" had great Vocal help from "Ms. Betty Wright", the one and only "Michael Jackson, and his Brothers, "The O'Jay's" "Eddie LeVert and Walter Williams", it was not hard to figure out that "Stevie's" Vocal performance would absolutely dominate (and yeah it's his Record, so it should!!!!)...

      The 2nd Crown Jewel, "Rocket Love", is so good, that in my opinion, fits right on in with his '70's classics...The music behind "Stevie", with the Keyboards and Orchestrations, made it sound like you as the listener was riding on that very "Rocket"...

      "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It", (the 3rd Crown Jewel featuring "Charlie Wilson" and "Ronnie Wilson" from "The Gap Band") was "Stevie's" contribution to "Country Music", mixed with a whole lot of "Soul"....

      "As If You Read My Mind"...Ummm...I debated, and I decided to name this the 4th Crown Jewel...No, it has nothing on the last 3 songs, but the Piano driven track, with Ex-Wife "Syreeta Wright" on Background Vocals, is way too infectious to ignore....

      The other Ultimate Crown Jewel, "Master Blaster (Jammin')" (dedicated to the "Ultimate Reggae Master", "Bob Marley", sadly right before his untimely death), was so tight, that everyone who didn't know any better, would have thought that "Stevie" was going to switch to "Reggae"!!!!

      "Do Like You", just misses the Crown Jewel mark, even though the story of a young Boy schooling People on how to Dance is entertaining...

      "Cash In Your Face", is kind of a sleeper, even though the music is kind of "Funky"...

      One of the most BEAUTIFUL Ballads EVER and 6th Crown Jewel, "Lately" (with "Stevie" alone with the Piano and Keyboards), is just the Ultimate Classic...I get that people really cut for "Jodeci's" version (the Live version though), but it has nothing on "Stevie's"...Sorry Guys, but no contest!!!!!!

      Now with "Happy Birthday", I hesitated on commenting on this only because I don't celebrate Birthdays...I will say that, it was a great representation on the contributions of "Dr. Martin Luther King"..

      Like I said earlier, this album is a little step down, but it was a very small step...So no, it's not a bonified Classic, but because it's "Stevie Wonder", it's still a Classic all the same.....
      • DJDiscoCat's avatar
        DJDiscoCat
        Does anyone have the gatefold copy that contains the additional verse for the 12" ? I need help to find them.
        • xaph's avatar
          xaph
          Hi everybody i just find a version pressed in Algeria that i didn't see in discogs. Is anybody know about it ? Thx and sorry for my english
          • jeanneboppers's avatar
            jeanneboppers
            This album is rockin good.. Wonder at his best... Master Blaster, Jammin' was the hit, but the others are great.. I Ain't gonna Stand for it... As if you read my Mind.. This is a great album!!!

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