Stevie Wonder Conversation Peace
Jazziz: "...delightful. It kicks off with a phat beat, a sweet melody, and his always precious vocals....CONVERSATION PEACE is, well, Wonder-ful."
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- Released: March 21, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Motown
Rolling Stone - 3/23/95, pp.121-1224 Stars - Excellent - "...Wonder's words offer a perspective too often ignored by gangsta rappers, who would perhaps dismiss Wonder's social observations as out of touch. In these reactionary days, however, Wonder's sentiments sound as bracing as the music of CONVERSATION PEACE..."
Musician - 5/95, pp.86-87"...shows that he's comfortable with reggae and hip-hop rhythms, but he never seems to strain to be contemporary. He incorporates elements of these styles into his music as naturally as he embraces various other forms, from gospel to jazz...an exceptionally diverse album, and one that consistently rings true..."
Jazziz - 9/95, pp.98-100"...delightful. It kicks off with a phat beat, a sweet melody, and his always precious vocals....CONVERSATION PEACE is, well, Wonder-ful."
- 1.Rain Your Love Down
- 2.Edge Of Eternity
- 3.Taboo To Love
- 4.Take The Time Out
- 5.I'm New
- 6.My Love Is With You
- 7.Treat Myself
- 8.Tomorrow Robins Will Sing
- 9.Sensuous Whisper
- 10.For Your Love
- 11.Cold Chill
- 13.Conversation Peace
Personnel includes: Stevie Wonder (vocals, various instruments); Edley Shine (vocals); Greg Moore, Melvin "Wah-Wah" Ragin, Ben Bridges (guitar); Charlene Atsumo, Susan Chatman, Richard Clark, Jim Getzoff, Harris Goldman, Gary Kuo (strings, harp, flute); Gary Bias, John Stephens (alto saxophone); Ernie Fields, Jr., Raymond Brown (tenor saxophone); Ronald Brown, Nolan Smith, Jr., Fernando Pullam, Jorge Arciniega (trumpet); Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Nathan Watts (bass); Lenny Castro, Munyungo, Bill Summers (percussion); Take 6, Deniece Williams, The Winans, Sounds Of Blackness, Vinx, Anita Baker, For Real, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard.
Engineers: Van Arden, Steve Durkee, R.R. Harlan, Kimm James.
"For Your Love" won the 1996 Grammy Awards for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.
Personnel: Stevie Wonder (vocals, guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Ben Bridges, Melvin Ragin , Greg Moore (guitar); Harris Goldman, Richard Clark, Felix Khomutov, Lila Kazakova, Debra Price, Glenn Grab Strings, Ida Bodin, Wally de Almeida, Thomas Tally, Galina Glek-Shlimovich, Tibor Zelig, Paul Baker, Jerome Webster, Gordon Halligan, Audrey Fischer, Kevan Torfeh, Charlene Atsumo, Kevin Brandon, Robert Shulgold, Marston Smith, Susan Chatman, Mark Cargill (harp, strings, flute, percussion); James Getzoff, Elenore Choate, Zain Kahn, Gary Kno, Jim Sitterly, Buddy Collette (harp, strings, flute); Branford Marsalis (saxophone); John Stephens, Gary Bias (alto saxophone); Ernie Fields Jr., Ray Brown (tenor saxophone); Jorge Areiniega, Fernando Pullum, Ronald Brown, Nolan Andrew Smith, Terence Blanchard (trumpet); Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Gary Kuo, Lenny Castro, Munyungo Jackson, Bill Summers (percussion); Derrick Perkins (programming, loops); Daryl Coley, Deniece Williams, Dorian Holley, Kenneth Harris, Della Miles, Melody McCully, Katrina Perkins, Stephan Andrew, Aisha Morris, Bobette Harrison-Jamison, Bobette Jamison-Harrison, Katrina Harper, Jazzyfatnastees, Kimberly Brewer, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Marva King, Marvin Winans, Keith John, Anita Baker, Stephanie Andrews, Syreeta Wright , The Winans, Nathan Watts, Julie Delgado (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dr. Henry Panion III; Robert Margouleff; Stevie Wonder; Brant Biles.
Recording information: California Record One; HIt Factory; I Der I Mobile Unit, California Wonderland Studios; Minnesota Paisley Park Studios; Mixed At Wonderland Studios; Pearl Sound Studios, MI.
Illustrator: Jonathan Clark.
Photographer: Todd Gray.
Arrangers: Dr. Henry Panion III; Gary Hines; Marvin Winans; Stevie Wonder.
CONVERSATION PEACE is made up of love songs in the key of life and life songs in the key of love, just like all the other records Stevie Wonder has made for the past 20 years. What changes, as he gets older, is just how much love he's willing to bring to a life that doesn't seem to be getting any better. 1995 means drive-by shootings, gang wars and homelessness in the urban milieu that has always been Wonder's lyrical home. But where he once got downright angry in "Big Brother," or reporterly and objective in "Living For The City," Wonder is now reaching out to his fellow man and spreading his love around. He gets murdered in both verses of the funky "My Love Is With You," and responds with bouncy pop choruses, a message to "spread the love I've given," and, only at the song's tail end, a plea to "ban the hand gun." This is the idea of love conquering all taken to an extreme.
Which is not to say that Wonder has floated away from reality and landed on a cloud. He finds both good love and bad. But while a contemporary like Neil Young might top a song about poverty, crack and homelessness with a sarcastic call to "keep on rockin' in the free world," Wonder is deeply sincere and optimistic. His chorus to such a song calls for taking "the time out to love someone." There is still toughness in his heart and even in his voice--on "Tomorrow Robins Will Sing," he follows Edley Shine's toasting reggae intro with an uncharacteristically gruff vocal that sounds like Stevie does Springsteen, and uses it to deliver a sermon that would make any preacher envious. Other songs on CONVERSATION PEACE address the healing power of love more directly, and Wonder bathes them in a joyful variety of the one-man-band keyboard funk that has always been his stock in trade.
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