STEVIE WONDER - At The Close Of A Century (1999)
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. *
DISC 1: 01. Fingertips Pts. 1 & 2 02. Uptight 03. Nothing's Too Good For My Baby 04. Blowin' in the Wind 05. A Place in the Sun 06. Hey Love 07. I Was Made to Love Her 08. Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) 09. 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
DISC 2: 01. Superstition 02. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life 03. You And I 04. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) 05. Too High 06. Visions 07. Living For The City 08. Golden Lady 09. 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'
DISC 3: 01. Sir Duke 02. I Wish 03. Knocks Me Off My Feet 04. Pastime Paradise 05. Isn't She Lovely 06. Ngiculela - Es Una Historia - I Am Singing 07. If It's Magic 08. As 09. 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
DISC 4: 01. That Girl 02. Ribbon In The Sky 03. Do I Do 04. Love Light In Flight 05. I Just Called To Say I Love You 06. Overjoyed 07. Part-Time Lover 08. Go Home 09. You Will Know 10. Skeletons 11. Gotta Have You 12. These Three Words 13. For Your Love 14. How Come, How Long (Babyface Feat. Stevie Wonder)
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