Stevie Wonder, Songs In The Key Of Life (1976)
Been thinking about this album a bit lately, how if anything it’s my favourite Stevie Wonder album – and though that’s hard to choose, certainly that incredible run from 1972-1974 offers four candidates for Best Stevie Wonder Album right there, I grew up with this record. I love them all. I even love the Stevie Wonder albums that Stevie Wonder doesn’t even like. But this is my favourite – my copy of it is the original that mum and dad had when I was little; this album released the year I was born. I was so into the long version of Isn’t She Lovely? with the baby crying. As a wee kid I thought that was a trip. I’d get mum to play it over and over. Years later, many years later, I’d see Stevie Wonder perform live – his daughter, the crying baby from the record, now a beautiful woman, a year or so older than me; his backing singer. My copy of the album comes with the songbook and that bonus A Something’s Extra EP. I have a wee son now, he’s obsessed with records already – kinda. Obsessed with the shape and feel of them anyway, particularly 45s. (They’re his size, I guess; it’s all relative). Played him this record the other day – he likes to be lifted up to see the record spinning around; to see it happening – and I can see him trying to process the sound, working out where it’s coming from. Side three kicked off with Isn’t She Lovely? That crying baby in and around those rolling, tumbling toms. Right away, as if on cue, Oscar called out “Bubba!” I kinda nearly lost it.
Sample Track: Love’s In Need Of Love Today
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