I remember in 1972, watching on ABC TV, a concert headlined by John Lennon called the One-to-One Concert. One of the other performers on the broadcast was Stevie Wonder, who delivered a great performance of the hit single, Superstition. The drum intro and funky key board playing (on a Hohner clavinet model C) was so cool to my 12-year-old eyes and ears.
My mother, always the hippest mom in the neighborhood when it came to music (and other things), had purchased the album the song was taken from, Talking Book. I had been familiar with Stevie Wonder from the radio; he already had a decade of hits, first under the moniker of Little Stevie, and then, Stevie Wonder. Such classics as Signed, Sealed, Delivered and My Cherie Amour made Wonder a household name.
Talking Book is a very highly rated album. Rolling Stone Magazine ranks it #90 among the Top 500 Albums of All Time, and they also give it Five Stars, as does Q Magazine and Allmusic. Talking Book peaked at #3 on the Pop Albums chart, and became the first album for Wonder to top the Top R&B Albums chart where it remained for three weeks. Wonder won three awards for Talking Book at the 1974 Grammys: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for You Are the Sunshine of My Life, and both Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for Superstition.
Stevie Wonder has one of those iconic careers and prolific catalog of hits that make it difficult to say what his best album or best song are. But for me, Talking Book remains a personal favorite.
|1.||"You Are the Sunshine of My Life"||2:58|
|2.||"Maybe Your Baby"||6:51|
|3.||"You and I (We Can Conquer the World)"||4:38|
|5.||"You've Got It Bad Girl" (Wonder, Yvonne Wright)||4:59|
|8.||"Blame It on the Sun" (Wonder, Syreeta Wright)||3:26|
|9.||"Looking for Another Pure Love" (Wonder, Syreeta Wright)||4:43|
|10.||"I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)" (Wonder, Yvonne Wright)||4:53|
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Below is my Youtube playlist of four of my favorites from the Talking Book album. Enjoy!