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Stevie WonderStevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants

Label:Tamla – T13-371C2
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Tri-Fold
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Jazz, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style:Jazz-Funk, Soul, Disco

Tracklist

A1Earth's Creation4:06
A2The First Garden2:33
A3Voyage To India
SitarBen Bridges
6:23
A4Same Old Story3:45
A5Venus' Flytrap And The Bug
Voice [Bug Character]Stevie Wonder
2:24
A6Ai No, Sono2:05
B1Seasons
Backing VocalsStevie Wonder
2:53
B2Power Flower
Lyrics ByMichael Sembello
VocalsStevie Wonder
5:31
B3Send One Your Love (Music)
GuitarBen Bridges
3:05
B4Race Babbling
SaxophoneHank Redd
TrumpetLarry Gittens
8:51
C1Send One Your Love
VocalsStevie Wonder
4:02
C2Outside My Window
GuitarMichael Sembello
VocalsStevie Wonder
5:29
C3Black Orchid
Lyrics ByYvonne Wright
VocalsStevie Wonder
3:48
C4Ecclesiastes3:44
C5Kesse Ye Lolo De Ye
Djembe, Congas, Bells, Drums [Bass, Higa, Zyla Box, Jimbae], VocalsIbrahim Camara
Kora, VocalsLamine Konte*
Shekere, VocalsStevie Wonder
3:00
C6Come Back As A Flower
Backing VocalsStevie Wonder
Lyrics BySyreeta Wright
VocalsSyreeta
3:23
D1A Seed's A Star And Tree Medley
BassNathan Watts
Bells [African Ago-go]Joe Johnson (2)
Congas, Bongos, Backing VocalsEarl DeRouen
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes]Ron Kersey
Electronic Drums [Syndrums]Dennis Davis
Lyrics ByStephanie Andrews
VocalsTata Vega
Vocals, Voice [Tree Character]Stevie Wonder
5:41
D2The Secret Life Of Plants4:28
D3Tree5:55
D4Finale6:47
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Notes

Artist's name and album title appear in four lines of Braille below the illustration on the front cover.

Sides are auto-coupled, meaning that sides A and D are on the first disc and sides B and C on the second.

Text on all center labels have a thick font and are in caps.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (side A - center label): T13-371C2-A1
  • Matrix / Runout (side B - center label): T13-371C2-B2
  • Matrix / Runout (side C - center label): T13-371C2-C3
  • Matrix / Runout (side D - center label): T13-371C2-D4
  • Matrix / Runout (side A - runout etching, variant 1): T13-371-C2 SIDE-A-18A J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side B - runout etching, variant 1): T13-371-C2 SIDE-B-18A J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side C - runout etching, variant 1): T13-371-C2 SIDE-C-18C J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side D - runout etching, variant 1): T13-371-C2 SIDE-D-18B J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side A - runout etching, variant 2): T13-371-C2 SIDE-A-18C J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side B - runout etching, variant 2): T13-371-C2 SIDE-B-18C J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side C - runout etching, variant 2): T13-371-C2 SIDE-C-18B J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side D - runout etching, variant 2): T13-371-C2 SIDE-D-18A J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side A - runout etching, variant 3): T13-371-C2 SIDE-A-18B J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side B - runout etching, variant 3): T13-371-C2 SIDE-B-18A J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side C - runout etching, variant 3): T13-371-C2 SIDE-C-18B J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side D - runout etching, variant 3): T13-371-C2 SIDE-D-18A J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side A - runout etching, variant 4): T13-371-C2 SIDE-A-18D J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side B - runout etching, variant 4): T13-371-C2 SIDE-B-18B J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side C - runout etching, variant 4): T13-371-C2 SIDE-C-18D J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side D - runout etching, variant 4): T13-371-C2 SIDE-D-18A J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side A - runout etching, variant 5): T13-371-C2 SIDE-A-18D J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side B - runout etching, variant 5): T13-371-C2 SIDE-B-18B J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side C - runout etching, variant 5): T13-371-C2 SIDE-C-18D J.t. MAY 13
  • Matrix / Runout (side D - runout etching, variant 5): T13-371-C2 SIDE-D-18B J.t. MAY 13
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 109)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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(Journey Through) The Secret Life Of Plants (2×LP, Album)Motown, Tamla7C 156-62492/3Scandinavia1979
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Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants (2×LP, Album, Embossed Three-Panel Roll Fold)Motown1A 158-62492/3Netherlands1979
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Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants (2×LP, Album, Auto Coupled, Tri-Fold Cover)TamlaT13-371C2US1979
Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants (2×LP, Album, Stereo)Motown, EMI Electrola1C 198-62 492/93Germany1979
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Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants (2×LP, Album, Tri-Fold)TamlaT13-371N2Canada1979

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Reviews

  • redhillrecords's avatar
    Arguably Stevie Wonders best album. Every track is different. So many great tracks it is hard to choose a favourite, but "Voyage to India", "A seed is a star" & "Race babbling" are absolutely stunning, Listening to the whole thing is recommended, though. It takes you places.See the Movie as well, if you get the chance. Stevie Wonder is a genius. Interestingly "Melodia Enseble" of Soviet Union, also recorded a cool (instrumental) version of the song " A seed is a star", that one is worth hunting down as well if you are into Soviet Funk.
    • isaacmusicman's avatar
      isaacmusicman
      Edited 6 months ago
      Album Revolution # 6:

      "No Ike, say it ain't so!!!!" "You like this one?!?!?" "It was a WASTE of plastic!!!!!"

      That's all People were telling me about "Stevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants"....

      I wasn't as hardheaded as I am now, and I used to listen to everybody back then (yes I was very gullible)...But years later I did some investigation on this Record.....

      Well, I was 8 when this album came out, so I had no clue that it was a Soundtrack to a Movie!!!! Now it all makes sense!!!!! The Movie also was VERY UNKNOWN to the General Public, which made it worse...

      The album is chocked fill with "Stevie" Electronic Keyboards surrounded by Beautiful Orchestrations and Sounds of Nature...But honestly, because People had NO CLUE what was going on, that's why to the average Person, this sounds like MESS!!!! But since I'm crazy in the head, and I LOVE mess, this sounds perfect to me!!!!

      I have to give it to "Stevie" for doing a record like this at the height of his popularity....It yielded one BIG HIT in the Ultimate Crown Jewel, "Send One Your Love", which is an Ultimate Love Jam....

      I also love the other Crown Jewel, "Outside My Window"......The Melody, mixed with "Stevie's" take on Nature Sounds is just GRAND!!!!!

      Even though this confused so many "Stevie" fans, believe it or not, his collection would not be complete without it...I think it's worth it, but I understand if some of you don't think so.....
      • LemonBloodyCola's avatar
        Yup. A damned masterpiece. This is a soundscape like no other. It boggles my mind that it's still such an obscure, disregarded album. And as for my copy, it's pristine. Incredible depth and clarity.
        • CringyDad's avatar
          CringyDad
          Edited 2 years ago
          I found this in a used vinyl shop in Pacific Grove, Ca and had zero experience or expectations of it but after listening a few times it has become one of my most treasured albums; a wonderful exploration in subject, sound, and arrangement.
          • EarlGreyt's avatar
            EarlGreyt
            Absolutely. A Masterpiece. Brings me to tears like no other Stevie album.
            • Synthecize's avatar
              Synthecize
              A masterpiece. The more you listen, the more it gives.
              • brandosoul's avatar
                brandosoul
                As much as I try, I can never pinpoint the uptick in contemporary praise for this beautiful oddity compared to the lambasting it garnered 40 years before. Frankly, I don't think Stevie has ever gotten over the public's (particularly his core audience's) ambivalence toward its eccentricities and experimentation. In fact, one can argue it's stunted him and much of his musical trajectory for the last three decades of his career. Even the most daring of musicians haven't a clue of how to follow-up a work as exploratory, visionary, and nonconforming as this. While this non-canonical soundtrack to its little-known/little-seen documentary accompaniment marked a brave artistic about-face from Stevie's usual form, it was an major leap forward. I guess its lasting influence gives greater credence to the revelation Stevie repeatedly mutters in his electronically-altered voice on the otherworldly, proto-techno/EDM experiment, "Race Babbling:" "This world is moving much too fast." Way ahead of its time.

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