Stevie Wonder releases his eighteenth album : ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ featuring ‘Sir Duke’ ‘Pastime Paradise’ and ‘I Wish’ (1976)

Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ is his eighteenth album released on September 28, 1976 by Motown Records.

Track Listing : 1.Love’S In Need Of Love Today (Stevie Wonder) – 07:06 . 2.Have A Talk With God (Stevie Wonder, Calvin Hardaway) – 02:42 . 3.Village Ghetto Land (Stevie Wonder, Gary Byrd) – 03:25 . 4.Contusion (Stevie Wonder) – 03:46 . 5.Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder) – 03:54 . 6.I Wish (Stevie Wonder) – 04:12 . 7.Knocks Me Off My Feet (Stevie Wonder) – 03:36 . 8.Pastime Paradise (Stevie Wonder) – 03:28 . 9.Summer Soft (Stevie Wonder) – 04:14 . 10.Ordinary Pain (Stevie Wonder) – 06:23 . 11.Isn’T She Lovely? (Stevie Wonder) – 06:34 . 12.Joy Inside My Tears (Stevie Wonder) – 06:30 . 13.Black Man (Stevie Wonder, Gary Byrd) – 08:30 . 14.Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing (Stevie Wonder) – 03:49 . 15.If It’S Magic (Stevie Wonder) – 03:12 . 16.As (Stevie Wonder) – 07:08 . 17.Another Star (Stevie Wonder) – 08:28

Musicians : Stevie Wonder – Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, Bass Synth, Drums . Eddie “Bongo” Brown – Collinga On (1) . Mike Sembello – Lead Guitar On (4 – 5 -10) . Raymond Pounds – Drums On (4) . Nathan Watts – Bass On (4 – 5 – 6 – 16 – 17), Handclaps On (16), Background Percussion On (14) . Ben Bridges – Rhythm Guitar On (4 – 5 – 9) . Greg Phillinganes – Keyboard On (4 – 11 – 12) . Raymond Pounds – Drums On (5) . Hank Redd – Alto Saxophone On (5 – 6 – 10 – 13 – 17) . Raymond Maldonado – Trumpet On (5 – 6 – 17), Percussion On (8) . Trevor Laurence – Tenor Saxophone On (5 – 6 – 17) . Steve Madaio – Trumpet On (5 – 6 – 13 – 17) . Bobbye Hall – Percussion On (8) . Ronnie Foster – Organ On (9) . Larry “Nastyee” Latimer – Percussion On (9) . George Bohanon – Trombone On (13) . Glen Ferris – Trombone On (13) . Dorothy Ashby – Harp On (15) . Dean Parks – Guitar On (16) . Herbie Hancock – Fender Rhodes, Handclaps On (16) . Greg Brown – Drums On (16) . Bobbi Humphrey – Flute On (17) . George Benson – Guitar And Background Vocals On (17) . Nathan Alford, Jr. – Percussion On (17) . Carmello Hungria Garcia – Timbales On (17) . Michael Gray – Vocals On (4) . Josie James – Vocals On (4), Background Vocals On (17) . Artece May – Vocals On (4) . Charles Brewer – Background Percussion On (14) . Shirley Brewer – Background Percussion On (14) . Renee Hardaway – Background Percussion On (14) . Nelson Hayes – Background Percussion On (14) . Marietta Waters – Background Percussion On (14) . John Fischbach – Background Percussion On (14) . Amale Mathews – Background Percussion On (14) . Hare Krishna – Background Vocals On (8) . West Angeles Church Choir – Background Vocals On (8) . Minnie Riperton – Background Vocals On (10) . Deniece Williams – Background Vocals On (10) . Syreeta Wright – Background Vocals On (10) . Shirley Brewer – Vocals On (4), Reply On (10) . Linda Lawrence – Reply’S Background Vocals On (10) . Terri Hendricks – Reply’S Background Vocals On (10) . Sundray Tucker – Reply’S Background Vocals On (10) . Charity Mccrary – Reply’S Background Vocals On (10) . Madelaine Jones – Reply’S Background Vocals On (10) . Mary Lee Whitney – Background Vocals On (10 – 16) . Susaye Green – Background Vocals On (12) . Dave Hanson – Handclaps On (16) . Yolanda Simon – Handclaps On (16) . Josette Valentino – Background Percussion On (14), Handclaps On (16)

Production : Produced By Stevie Wonder . John Fishbach – Engineer . Gary Olazabal – Engineer . John Fischbach – Engineer, Percussion, . Bruce Hensal – Assistant Engineer . Howie Lindeman – Assistant Engineer . Chris Morris – Assistant Engineer . Rick Smith – Assistant Engineer . Andrew Berliner – Mastering . Jeff Sanders – Mastering

Package : Tony Warren – Illustrations

Recorded 1975–76 At Record Plant West, Hollywood; Sausalito Music Factory, Sausalito; The Hit Factory, New York City.

Released On September 28, 1976 By Motown Records.

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Classic Rock review
Songs In the Key of Life was an incredible success on all fronts and would serve as a major influence for scores artists over the coming decades. It was also the absolute apex of a very long career by Stevie Wonder. […]

A.V. Club
Perhaps inevitably, Songs In The Key Of Life changed the arc of Wonder’s career in a way that defining double albums frequently do. An explosion of creativity that required considerable creative, mentaland emotional resources to pull off, Songs In The Key Of Life marked the end of Wonder’s “classic” period in a way that’s similar to what Blonde On Blonde did for Bob Dylan,. […]

Robert Christgau
A blind man who can envision a time “when the rainbow burns the stars out of the sky” or write a song called “Ebony Eyes” is like a black man who can stick Glenn Miller in between Count Basie and Louis Armstrong in a litany of music heroes. He doesn’t even acknowledge limitations that some would hope were beneath him. As in most rock and roll masterpieces, the flaws are a part of the challengeand of the fun. […]

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