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At the Close of a Century [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Fingertips, Pts. 1-2
    2. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
    3. Nothing's Too Good for My Baby
    4. Blowin' in the Wind
    5. Place in the Sun, A
    6. Hey Love
    7. I Was Made to Love Her
    8. Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
    9. I'm Wondering
    10. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
    11. You Met Your Match
    12. For Once in My Life
    13. I Don't Know Why
    14. My Cherie Amour
    15. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
    16. Never Had a Dream Come True
    17. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
    18. Heaven Help Us All
    19. We Can Work It Out
    20. If You Really Love Me
    21. Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer
    22. Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)
    23. I Love Every Little Thing About You
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Superstition
    2. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
    3. You and I (We Can Conquer the World)
    4. I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)
    5. Too High
    6. Visions
    7. Living for the City
    8. Golden Lady
    9. Higher Ground
    10. All in Love Is Fair
    11. Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing
    12. He's Misstra Know It All
    13. You Haven't Done Nothin'
    14. Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
    15. Too Shy to Say
    16. Boogie on Reggae Woman
    17. Creepin'
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Sir Duke
    2. I Wish
    3. Knocks Me off My Feet
    4. Pastime Paradise
    5. Isn't She Lovely
    6. Ngiculela-Es Una Historia-I Am Singing
    7. If It's Magic
    8. As
    9. Another Star
    10. Send One Your Love
    11. All I Do
    12. Rocket Love
    13. I Ain't Gonna Stand for It
    14. Master Blaster (Jammin')
    15. Lately
    16. Happy Birthday
    0. DISC 4:
    1. That Girl
    2. Ribbon in the Sky
    3. Do I Do
    4. Love Light in Flight
    5. I Just Called to Say I Love You
    6. Overjoyed
    7. Part-Time Lover
    8. Go Home
    9. You Will Know
    10. Skeletons
    11. Gotta Have You
    12. These Three Words
    13. For Your Love
    14. How Come, How Long
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 153992

  • Credits
    EngineerMalcolm Cecil; Robert Margouleff

    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.

  • Critic 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."
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