Stevie Wonder At The Close of A Century (4-CD)

At The Close of A Century (4-CD)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Motown

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 12/17/99, p.81
"...Not a dud among them - boxed sets don't get much better than a word, magnificent..." - Rating: A+
Q - 1/01, p.95
Included in Q's "5 Best Re-Issues of 2000".
Q - 5/00, pp.122-3
5 stars out of 5 - "...The most consistent and intriguing artist America has produced....70 clunker-free tracks....Only the absolute cream is here..."
CMJ - 2/7/00, p.24
"...This remarkable collection contains most of his familiar classics, focusing on material from the 70s....Stevie at his funkiest can rival any singer-songwriter of any era..."
The Source - 3/00, p.258
"...a wonderfully exhaustive crash course on r&b music....this retrospective is a must-have. It's a firm testament to Wonder's unquestionable genius..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 5/00, p.96
"...His career demonstrates [that] genius has no off-switch....his abundant natural gifts were driven by twin urges of innovation and emancipation..."
NME (Magazine) - 3/25/00, p.40
8 out of 10 - "...The definitive voice of soul rapture....[this is] incontrovertibly fantastic music."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.Fingertips Pts. 1 & 2
  • Buy for $1.292.Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  • Buy for $0.993.Nothing's Too Good For My Baby
  • Buy for $0.994.Blowin' In The Wind
  • Buy for $1.295.A Place In The Sun
  • Buy for $1.296.Hey Love
  • Buy for $1.297.I Was Made To Love Her
  • Buy for $0.998.Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
  • Buy for $0.999.I'm Wondering
  • Buy for $0.9910.Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
  • Buy for $0.9911.You Met Your Match
  • Buy for $1.2912.For Once In My Life
  • Buy for $0.9913.I Don't Know Why
  • Buy for $1.2914.My Cherie Amour
  • Buy for $1.2915.Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
  • Buy for $0.9916.Never Had A Dream Come True
  • Buy for $1.2917.Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
  • Buy for $0.9918.Heaven Help Us All
  • Buy for $1.2919.We Can Work It Out
  • Buy for $1.2920.If You Really Love Me
  • Buy for $1.2921.Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer
  • Buy for $1.2922.Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)
  • Buy for $0.9923.I Love Every Little Thing About You

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $1.291.Superstition
  • Buy for $1.292.You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  • Buy for $1.293.You And I
  • Buy for $1.294.I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
  • Buy for $1.295.Too High
  • Buy for $0.996.Visions
  • Buy for $1.297.Living For The City
  • Buy for $1.298.Golden Lady
  • Buy for $1.299.Higher Ground
  • Buy for $1.2910.All In Love Is Fair
  • Buy for $1.2911.Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
  • Buy for $0.9912.He's Misstra Know-It-All
  • Buy for $1.2913.You Haven't Done Nothin'
  • Buy for $0.9914.Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
  • Buy for $0.9915.Too Shy To Say
  • Buy for $1.2916.Boogie On Reggae Woman
  • Buy for $0.9917.Creepin'

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • Buy for $1.291.Sir Duke
  • Buy for $1.292.I Wish
  • Buy for $1.293.Knocks Me Off My Feet
  • Buy for $1.294.Pastime Paradise
  • Buy for $1.295.Isn't She Lovely
  • Buy for $1.296.Ngiculela-Es Una Historia-I Am Singing
  • Buy for $1.297.If It's Magic
  • Buy for $1.298.As
  • Buy for $1.299.Another Star
  • Buy for $1.2910.Send One Your Love
  • Buy for $1.2911.All I Do
  • Buy for $1.2912.Rocket Love
  • Buy for $0.9913.I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
  • Buy for $1.2914.Master Blaster (Jammin')
  • Buy for $1.2915.Lately
  • Buy for $1.2916.Happy Birthday

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $1.291.That Girl
  • Buy for $1.292.Ribbon In The Sky
  • 3.Do I Do
  • Buy for $1.294.Love Light In Flight
  • Buy for $1.295.I Just Called To Say I Love You
  • Buy for $1.296.Overjoyed
  • Buy for $1.297.Part-Time Lover
  • Buy for $0.998.Go Home
  • Buy for $0.999.You Will Know
  • Buy for $0.9910.Skeletons
  • Buy for $0.9911.Gotta Have You
  • Buy for $1.2912.These Three Words
  • Buy for $0.9913.For Your Love
  • Buy for $0.9914.How Come, How Long

Product Description:

Includes 96-page full-color booklet.
Personnel includes: Stevie Wonder (vocals, various instruments, harmonica, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, keyboards, Moog & ARP synthesizers, drums, cabasa, percussion, vocoder, sound effects); Luther Vandross (vocals); Dean Parks (acoustic & electric guitars); Babyface (acoustic guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Michael Sembello, Buzzy Feiton, Earl Klugh (guitar); Bobbi Humphrey (flute); Greg Phillinganes (piano, keyboards); Herbie Hancock (keyboards); James Jamerson (acoustic & electric basses); Nathan East (bass); Benny Benjamin, Uriel Jones (drums); Lenny Castro (congas); Sheila E. (percussion); Betty Wright, Michael Jackson, Minnie Ripperton, Paul Anka, George Benson, Philip Bailey (background vocals).
Producers include: Berry Gordy, Henry Cosby, Clarence Paul, Don Hunter, Harvey Fuqua.
Compilation producer: Harry Weinger.
Includes liner notes by David Ritz and Leonard Pitts Jr.
Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Kevin Reeves.
Personnel: Stevie Wonder (Fender Rhodes piano, drums); Dean Parks, Ben Bridges (guitar, acoustic guitar); Earl Klugh, Michael Sembello (guitar); Ralph Hammer (acoustic guitar); David T. Walker (electric guitar); Hank DeVito (steel guitar); Dorothy Ashby (harp); Bobbi Humphrey (flute); Hank Redd (saxophone, alto saxophone); Bob Malach (saxophone); Raymond Maldonado (trumpet, percussion); Steve Madaio, Larry Gittens (trumpet); Clarence Bell (organ); Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock (keyboards); Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff (ARP synthesizer, Moog synthesizer); James Jamerson (acoustic bass); Dennis Davis, Alvino Bennett, Raymond Lee Pounds (drums); Kwasi "Rocky" Dzidzornu, Lenny Castro, Daniel Ben Zebulon (congas); Sheila Wilkerson (bongos); Yusuf Roahman (shaker); Nathan Alford, Jr., Sheila E., Nathan Watts, Earl DeRouen, Bobbye Hall (percussion); Robert A. Arbittier (computer); Minnie Riperton, The Jackson 5 (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Kevin Reeves.
Arrangers: Clarence Paul; Paul Riser; Stevie Wonder; David Van De Pitte.
The 4-CD set AT THE CLOSE OF A CENTURY is a chronological history of Stevie Wonder's commercial successes. The first CD documents his early Motown years on tracks that emphasize his frenetic singing and superb harmonica playing. The songs taken from MUSIC OF MY MIND, his first fully written and produced effort, show significant vocal development. CDs two and three include material from INNERVISIONS, SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE, and TALKING BOOK, a creative period that is considered Wonder's strongest. It is on these cuts that Wonder uses his most varied production techniques and instrumentation to share his vivid creative spirit.
The fourth disc continues with pop hits recorded during the '80s and '90s, beginning with three songs he recorded for MUSIQUARIUM, and concluding with his duet with Babyface, "How Come, How Long." Disc four should surprise listeners who may remember only "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from Wonder's '80s work. Tracks like "Overjoyed" and "Ribbon in the Sky" make clear that Wonder had far more than one great song during the period. This box set is a great introduction to Stevie Wonder, and even after listening to all four discs in succession, fans will be left wanting more.

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