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Innervisions

Stevie Wonder

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At 23 years of age, Stevie Wonder’s music is in its innovative stages in Innervisions, released on August 3, 1973. Playing all kinds of instruments, featuring musicians such as Jeff Beck, Ray Parker Jr., David Sanborn and Buzz Feiten, and touching on a range of themes from drugs, ghetto, spirituality, politics, racism and of course love with a big L, Michigan’s musical genius manages to create the ultimate fusion of soul, rhythm’n’blues, funk and pop. The sound of his synthesisers was unprecedented at the time and works well with this spiritual soul music that is full of crazy melodies. Innervisions provides the perfect soundtrack for difficult times in America, like in Living for The City where Stevie recalls the trials and tribulations of a young black man from Mississippi who went to New York for a job he would never get, before ending up behind bars (to make his 7-minute composition even more realistic, he incorporates street recordings, siren sounds and arrest-dialogues). With He’s Misstra Know-It-All, Stevie takes a thinly-veiled dig against the incumbent president, Richard Nixon. This album is the perfect addition to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On released two years earlier as we leave the blues behind and embrace the broken American dream instead. It’s also very personal for Stevie Wonder, who has the original Innervisions cover engraved in braille, “This is my music. It’s all I have to say to you and all that I feel. Know that your love helps mine to stay strong”. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Too High Album Version
00:04:35

Malcolm Cecil, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - ROBERT MARGOULEFF, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - Stevie Wonder, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Barbiero, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Austin Godsey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records Release; ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Visions Album Version
00:05:23

Malcolm Cecil, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - ROBERT MARGOULEFF, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - David T. Walker, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Stevie Wonder, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Barbiero, Participant - Austin Godsey, Participant

A Motown Records Release; ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Living For The City Album Version
00:07:21

Malcolm Cecil, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - ROBERT MARGOULEFF, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - Stevie Wonder, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Barbiero, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Austin Godsey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records Release; ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Golden Lady Album Version
00:05:00

Malcolm Cecil, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - ROBERT MARGOULEFF, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - Stevie Wonder, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

A Motown Records Release; ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Higher Ground Album Version
00:03:42

Malcolm Cecil, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - ROBERT MARGOULEFF, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - Stevie Wonder, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Barbiero, Participant - Austin Godsey, Participant

A Motown Records Release; ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Jesus Children Of America Album Version
00:04:10

Malcolm Cecil, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - ROBERT MARGOULEFF, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - Stevie Wonder, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Barbiero, Participant - Austin Godsey, Participant

A Motown Records Release; ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
All In Love Is Fair Album Version
00:03:41

Malcolm Cecil, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - ROBERT MARGOULEFF, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - Stevie Wonder, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Barbiero, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Austin Godsey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records Release; ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing Album Version
00:04:44

Malcolm Cecil, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - ROBERT MARGOULEFF, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - Stevie Wonder, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Barbiero, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Austin Godsey, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

A Motown Records Release; ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
He's Misstra Know-It-All Album Version
00:05:34

Malcolm Cecil, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - ROBERT MARGOULEFF, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, StudioPersonnel - Stevie Wonder, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Barbiero, Participant - Austin Godsey, Participant

A Motown Records Release; ℗ 1973 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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At 23 years of age, Stevie Wonder’s music is in its innovative stages in Innervisions, released on August 3, 1973. Playing all kinds of instruments, featuring musicians such as Jeff Beck, Ray Parker Jr., David Sanborn and Buzz Feiten, and touching on a range of themes from drugs, ghetto, spirituality, politics, racism and of course love with a big L, Michigan’s musical genius manages to create the ultimate fusion of soul, rhythm’n’blues, funk and pop. The sound of his synthesisers was unprecedented at the time and works well with this spiritual soul music that is full of crazy melodies. Innervisions provides the perfect soundtrack for difficult times in America, like in Living for The City where Stevie recalls the trials and tribulations of a young black man from Mississippi who went to New York for a job he would never get, before ending up behind bars (to make his 7-minute composition even more realistic, he incorporates street recordings, siren sounds and arrest-dialogues). With He’s Misstra Know-It-All, Stevie takes a thinly-veiled dig against the incumbent president, Richard Nixon. This album is the perfect addition to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On released two years earlier as we leave the blues behind and embrace the broken American dream instead. It’s also very personal for Stevie Wonder, who has the original Innervisions cover engraved in braille, “This is my music. It’s all I have to say to you and all that I feel. Know that your love helps mine to stay strong”. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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