Japanese only SHM SACD pressing. Universal. 2011.
Songs in the Key of Life
(1976) was the highest high point of Stevie Wonder's career. More sprawling than Innervisions
and Talking Book
, this two-LP-plus-EP was also less of a consistent stunner than either of those masterworks. That Songs
retains an enormous amount of visionary relevance, though, is demonstrated not only in Coolio
's borrowing of "Pastime Paradise" as a template for "Gangsta's Paradise," but in the cold-as-ice synthesized string quartet of "Village Ghetto Land." This is Stevie, so naturally that cut's anger is balanced by the ultra-buoyant "I Wish," "Sir Duke," and "Another Star." The 2000 reissue boasts radically improved remastered sound. --Rickey Wright
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