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Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder's Songs
1. Higher Ground - Eric Clapton
2. Superstition - Glenn Lewis
3. That Girl - Joe/Mr. Cheeks
4. Master Blaster - Damian "Junior Gong" Marley/Julian Marley/Ky-Mani Marley/Spragga Benz/Stephen Marley
5. Another Star - Caron Wheeler
6. Overjoyed - Mary J. Blige
7. You Will Know - Angie Stone
8. Send One Your Love - Brian McKnight
9. All in Love Is Fair - Marc Anthony
10. Rocket Love - Black Coffey
11. Visions - Musiq (Soulchild)
12. Love's in Need of Love Today - Dave Hollister
13. I Don't Know Why I Love You - John Mellencamp
14. Wonderful - India.Arie
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 067314
Ray Wilson; Derrick Perkins; Michael Conrader; Ivan Barias; Chris Wood; John Roper; Mark Batson; Mike Wanchic; Peter Wade Keusch; Angie Stone; Stephen Marley; Avery Johnson; Rich Tapper
Compilation producers: Kedar Massenburg, Stevie Wonder.
Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); India.Arie (guitar, percussion); Bagga Mitchell, Larry Crane , Mike Wanchic, Sherrod Barnes, Francesco Romano (guitar); Mark Batson (acoustic guitar, keyboards, percussion, programming); Lisa Germano (violin); Chris Rogers, David Masucci (horns); Billy Preston (Clavinet); Gary Corbett, Julian Marley, John Cascella (keyboards); Damian "Junior Gong" Marley (drums, programming); Abe Laboriel, Jr., Kenny Aronoff (drums); Carlos "6 July" Broady (percussion, programming); Jim Keltner (percussion); Duane Covert, Kerisha Hicks, Dave Hollister, David Bright, Laurnea Wilkerson, Joyce Simpson, Angie Stone, Terry Harrington, Cedella Marley (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: George Karras; Michael Conrader; Mick Guzauski; Mike Wanchic; Paul Mahern; Peter Wade Keusch; Serban Ghenea; Tom Bender.
Recording information: Access Studio, Atlanta, GA; Allustrious Sounds, New York, NY; Backroom Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Battery Studios, New York, NY; Belmont Mall Studio, Belmont, IN; Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Download Digital Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Goodfellas Sound Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Home Cooking Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Marley Music Studios, Kingston 6, Jamaica; Philitown; Pie Studios; Right Track Studios; Smokin Heads Studios, New York, NY; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Tallest Tree Studios, West Orange, NJ; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; Wonderland Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Don Newkirk; Liz Loblack.
Arrangers: India.Arie; Paul Riser; Stevie Wonder.
This tribute to pop/R&B genius Stevie Wonder kicks off with a major surprise. You might think you didn't necessarily need to hear a dusty old rocker like Eric Clapton taking on Wonder's churning, funky "Higher Ground," but you'd be wrong. Clapton attacks the tune with such uncharacteristic ferocity that most listeners will initially be uncertain that it's actually ol' Slowhand behind the mike. Quite unexpectedly, Clapton turns in what must be one of the most impassioned, soulful vocal performances of his long career. Young R&B crooner Glenn Lewis shows why he's a cut above by expertly navigating his way through a faithful rendition of "Superstition."
Reggae man Stephen Marley turns a neat trick by turning the Jamaican lilt of "Master Blaster" around into an R&B/hip-hop groove. Brian McKnight pays tribute to Stevie's multi-instrumental capabilities by doing his own impressively sophisticated one-man-band thing on "Send One Your Love." Closing the album, India Arie chose to honor the great man with her own Wonder-dedicated original song rather than tackle one of his compositions. While there's no way that the fledgling songwriter can hope for her track to compare to so many expertly crafted tunes, it's obvious her heart is in the right place, and it's heart that makes Wonder's music (and this collection) work so well in the first place.
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