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At the Close of a Century
1. Fingertips Pts 1 & 2
2. Uptight (Everything Alright)
3. Nothing's Too Good For My Baby
4. Blowin' in the Wind
5. Place in Th Sun
6. Hey Love
7. I Was Made to Love Her
8. Until You Come Back to Me
9. I'm Wondering
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 Can Work It Out
20. If You Really Love Me
21. Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer
22. Superwoman (Where Was I When I Needed You)
23. I Love Every Little Thing About You
25. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
26. You and I
27. I Believe (When I Fall in Love It With You)
28. Too High
30. Living For the City
31. Golden Lady
32. Higher Ground
33. All in Love Is Fair
34. Don't You Worry About a Thing
35. He's Misstra Know It All
36. You Haven't Done Nothin'
37. Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
38. Too Shy to Say
39. Boogie on Reggae Woman
41. Sir Duke
42. I Wish
43. Knocks Me Off My Feet
44. Passtime Paradise
45. Isn't She Lovely
46. Ngiculela - Es una Historia - I Am
47. If It's Magic
49. Another Star
50. Send One of Our Love
51. All I Do
52. Rocket Love
53. I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
54. Master Blaster (Jammin')
56. Happy Birthday
57. That Girl
58. Ribbon in the Sky
59. Do I Do
60. Love Light in Flight
61. I Just Called to Say I Love You
63. Part-Time Lover
64. Go Home
65. You Will Know
67. Gotta Have You
68. These Three Words
69. For Your Love
70. How Come, How Long (Ft. Babyface)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3937406905
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.
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.
Entertainment Weekly (12/17/99, p.81) - "...Not a dud among them - boxed sets don't get much better than this....in 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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