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Songs in the Key of Life [SACD, SHM-CD, Import]

Stevie Wonder Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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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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Japanese only SHM SACD pressing. Universal. 2011.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Record, Perfect Sound! Nov. 7 2013
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
One of Mr. wonders best. Now in DTS HD 96/24 what more could you ask. Beautiful warm sound. No compression. This format is really the best way to enjoy your music. This was a excellent album to put out in the first batch. anyone who has heard this record knows what a masterpiece it is.
The Blu ray Audio discs give a much richer sound then any other format. There is no question about that. My problem is why are they so hard to find?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes it works Jan. 5 2014
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
For us audiophiles these titles really do work and I suspect this is as good as this particular release is ever going to sound. Sir Duke really pops
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked Sound April 10 2014
By Flyguy1
Format:Blu-ray Audio|Verified Purchase
I am an audiophile with a lot of vinyl. I thought I would give a couple Blu-rays a try and was very impressed especially with this one. Excellent sound stage!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Star.... Jan. 14 2012
By Breadmanwalking TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Got this recently and I have to say that it was very enjoyable
hearing some of these tracks for the first time in a decade....
"Another Star" is a great disco cut, if you ever need one for a
party. It still amazes me to this day all of the parts Stevie
plays in this production. He certainly didn't get hung up on his
lack of sight. The guy is an inspiration to us all....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Sept. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've given this recording five stars for what the music is; I am comparing the album to other Stevie Wonder albums. This is the best I've heard.
A lot of Wonder's hit material come from this double-set, like "Sir Duke", "I Wish" & "Isn't She Lovely" ("Superstition" is not included here, though). Everybody on our planet (including YOU) have heard "Isn't She Lovely" by now. It has probably been played every day on different radio stations since its release. The only difference from the radio versions is that on this album you get the additional three minutes that often are left out.
A huge amount of time is spent on the sounds and the perfection in performance; it's certainly not made in a rush. Extraordinary things have been done in the recording-studio to accomplish certain sounds - a lot of choirs are used, a lot of ultra-funky synthesizers are being used, a lot of different percussion are used throughout and on "Black Man" 15 teachers can be heard teaching history to 30 children. Hundreds of people participated in the musical performance on this recording - including Herbie Hancock on "As" and George Benson on "Another Star".
"Joy inside my tears" is a highlight. Its refrain goes on and on for about four minutes at the end, and once the song stops, it feels like it didn't repeat enough; The song is VERY entertaining despite its composional simplicity, which is the case with most of the songs. The bonus track "All Day Sucker" is about as funky as anything will ever be - very original considering it's 1976. Stevie Wonder should have been given, and should be given a Grammy every year for this album.
...and last, for those who have the nerve to ask... No, "Pastime Paradise" was not written by either Coolio or Ray Barretto - it's written by, and orinally performed by Stevie Wonder, and it can be heard at its best on "Songs In The Key of Life".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Songs in the Key of Life July 21 2011
By Rasa
Format:Audio CD
It was just as I remembered it from when I was in my teens when the record album came out. Yes, I memorized almost all the words to all the songs, now, my 15year old son loves it...Thanks for making "once lost" music albums available again in great quality CD format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Lovely, So Funky July 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful, rich color and soul. Kicking up the blues into funk, improv, fusion, and prog. Huge fidelity recoding. Songs are so catchy and well-written. You'll be singing the songs before the first of the 2 discs are even finished. A masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't belive... July 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
I walked in to record town with 40 dollars that fatefull day. Totaly disgusted with the music sceen today i drifted in to the back of the store. I looked through the artists and stevie wonder's name appeared. Suddenly somthing came over me and i had songs in the key of life in my hand and i was walking to the cash register. I don't know why i bought it, i don't know what came over me. All i know is that this is one of the best albums of all time. Trust me it wont dissapoint you at all, it will inspire you to do greater things. Don't think, just buy it.
Fav. Songs : Another Star, As, Knocks me off my feet, summer soft, sir duke, if it's magic, ebony eyes, isn't she lovely, have a talk with god, i wish, love's in need of love today, saturn, village ghetto land, pasttime paradsie.
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