Stevie Wonder’s ‘Hotter than July’

Stevie Wonder’s ‘Hotter than July’ is his nineteenth album released on September 29, 1980 by Tamla.

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Track Listing : 1.Did I Hear You Say You Love Me (Stevie Wonder) – 04:07 . 2.All I Do (Stevie Wonder, Clarence Paul, Morris Broadnax) – 5:06 . 3.Rocket Love (Stevie Wonder) – 04:39 . 4.I Ain’T Gonna Stand For It (Stevie Wonder) – 04:39 . 5.As If You Read My Mind (Stevie Wonder) – 03:37 . 6.Master Blaster (Jammin’) (Stevie Wonder) – 05:07 . 7.Do Like You (Stevie Wonder) – 04:25 . 8.Cash In Your Face (Stevie Wonder) – 03:59 . 9.Lately (Stevie Wonder) – 04:05 . 10.Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder) – 05:57

Musicians : Stevie Wonder – Vocals, Synthesizer, Drums, Fender Rhodes, Bass Synthesizer, Clavinet, Background Vocals, Arp, Vocoder, Piano, Harpsichord, Celeste, Keyboards, Bass Melodeon, Harmonica, Cabasa, Percussion, Bells, Handclaps, Flute Synthesizer . Nathan Watts – Bass, Background Vocals . Benjamin Bridges – Guitar, Background Vocals . Dennis Davis – Drums . Earl Derouen – Percussion, Background Vocals . Isaiah Sanders – Fender Rhodes, Background Vocals, Pianet . Hank Redd – Saxophone, Handclaps . Robert Malach – Saxophone . Larry Gittens – Trumpet . Nolan A. Smith Jr. – Trumpet . Hank Devito – Steel Guitar . Rick Zunigar – Guitar . Michael Jackson – Background Vocals . Betty Wright – Background Vocals . Syreeta Wright – Background Vocals . Angela Winbush – Background Vocals . Mary Lee Whitney Evans – Background Vocals . Susaye Greene Brown – Background Vocals . Alexandra Brown Evans – Background Vocals . Shirley Brewer – Background Vocals . Ed Brown – Background Vocals . Charlie Collins – Background Vocals . Eddie Levert – Background Vocals . Walter Williams – Background Vocals . Jamil Raheem – Background Vocals . Ronnie J. Wilson – Background Vocals . Charles K. Wilson – Background Vocals . Marva Holcolm – Background Vocals . Melody Mcculley – Background Vocals . Delores Barnes – Background Vocals . Stephanie Andrews – Handclaps . Bill Wolfer – Handclaps . Trevor Lawrence – Handclaps . Dennis Morrison – Handclaps . Kimberly Jackson – Handclaps

Production : Produced By Stevie Wonder . Paul Riser – String Arrangement . Bob Harlan – Assistant Engineer . Lon Neuman – Assistant Engineer . Gary Olazabal – Engineer, Mixing . Peter Vargo – Assistant Engineer

Package : John Cabalka – Design . Al Harper – Illustrations

Recorded 1979-80.

Released On September 29, 1980 By Tamla.

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Rolling Stone
On Hotter than July, the artist’s blend of pop hooks and African chants, his synthesized expressions of pipe-and-drum tribal dreams and his powerful vocal mixture of baby talk, galloping gospel singing and flowery melismata all add up to a unique musical style that goes far beyond words in conjuring a natural world one step removed from paradise. […]

poeten @ RateYourMusic
Always liked this album, “Hotter Than July”, it’s not his most progressive effort but comes with some good, catchy songs, “Happy Birthday”, Master Blaster”… it’s his last album before the new recording techniques of the 80’s dressed his music up in sounds that didn’t fit his style as much as in the 70’s. : ) […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
Even when Stevie goes political on the irresistable reggae number “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” and the sugary Martin Luther King holiday booster “Happy Birthday,” the arrangements are so bouncy and cheerful they defeat his pedagogical intent. And there are too many musically lazy singalongs (“Do Like You”), something Stevie avoided on his best albums. The record’s a good buy, but don’t expect too much. […]

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