Stevie Wonder’s ‘For Once in My Life’ is his eighth studio album recorded when he was eighteen years old and released on December 8, 1968.
Track Listing : 1.For Once In My Life (Ron Miller, Orlando Murden) – 02:48 . 2.Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder) – 02:45 . 3.You Met Your Match (Lula Mae Hardaway, Don Hunter, Stevie Wonder) – 02:37 . 4.I Wanna Make Her Love Me (Henry Cosby, Lula Mae Hardaway, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder) – 02:52 . 5.I’M More Than Happy (I’M Satisfied) (Henry Cosby, C. Grant, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder) – 02:56 . 6.I Don’T Know Why (Lula Mae Hardaway, Don Hunter, Paul Riser, Stevie Wonder) – 02:46 . 7.Sunny (Bobby Hebb) – 04:00 . 8.I’D Be A Fool Right Now (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder) – 02:54 . 9.Ain’T No Lovin’ (Lula Mae Hardaway, Don Hunter, Riser, Stevie Wonder) – 02:36 . 10.God Bless The Child (Arthur Herzog Jr., Billie Holiday) – 03:27 . 11.Do I Love Her (Stevie Wonder) – 02:58 . 12.The House On The Hill (L. Brown, Berry Gordy, Allen Story) – 02:36
Musicians : Benny Benjamin – Drums . James Jamerson – Bass
Production : Produced By Henry Cosby, Don Hunter, Stevie Wonder
Package : Allan Rinde
Released On December 8, 1968 By Motown Records.
The Daily Record
The big strings and Wonder’s vocals are front and center in the mix with the drums pushing the entire arrangement. The strings and horn tiptoe just shy of being bombasticand a great piano line snakes along the bottom of the mix. […]
For Once In My Life finds a maturing Stevie Wonder progressing musically and stylistically toward becoming one of the unique stars of American music. While this album pales a bit today because of what would soon follow, it remains a nice slice of late 1960s soul. […]
The real find, however, is the driving “I Don’t Know Why,” which, when placed on the B-side of Wonder’s next single, “My Cherie Amour,” became a hit on its own, going to Number 39 (Pop) and Number 16 (R&B). […]