Songs in the Key of Life Import, SHM-CD, SACD
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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?
This album was originally released in the 1970s, but the political and social messages are still relevant today. The songs that come to mind are "Love's In Need of Love Today," "Have a Talk With God," and "Black Man." Not only are the rhythms and arrangements funky, original and a perfect blend of R&B and funk, but you find yourself singing alonig (at least I do!). Also, the love songs on this album can't be beat. I can't tell you how many times I hit "replay" on track #7 on disc one. ("Knocks Me Off My Feet")
Not only is this a great album for serious Stevie fans, but it is a great introduction to those who are not as familiar with his work. These are the songs that are true examples of musical genius!
"Songs In The Key Of Life" is ALOT to digest.It's a double album
containing no filler songs,no covers of other's songs and ALOT
of musical ideas!Much of the action centers around the amazingly
fascile Yamaha GX-1 polyphonic synthesizer throwing a great,heavy
wash of sound over the classically inclined "Village Ghetto Land",the cosmic "Have A Talk With God" and the already crowded
jam/history lesson 'Black Man",a simply goose bump-inducing funk
number that pops,bristles and throws as much heavy electronic at
you as it can.The talanted but sadly little known late harpist Dorthy Ashby alone backs up Wonder on the phenomenal "If It's Magic" and guitarists Michael Sembello rocks out on the glorious
jazz-fusion instrumental of "Contusion"."Pastime Paradise" and "Another Star" blend orchestral latin percussion with massive chordal complexity that's difficult but accessible too.
"Saturn" blends a cosmic lyric with a very earthbound tune while
the pastoral groove of "Summer Soft" bleeds uncontrollably into
the darkly moody "Ordinary Pain".And oh yeah there's also the Wonder classics "Isn't She Lovely","I Wish","Sir Duke","Ebony Eyes" and the groovalistic "All Day Sucker".If I forgot to mention the rest of the songs here it's because no matter what
level of interest you have in Stevie Wonder you,my friends,will
find what your looking for here!
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When it came, the jewel box was damaged, and the first CD won't play -- when it's inserted, the display says "error". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jinglebts
Le service était rapide. Mais j'ai dû retourner le cd, puisque le plastique de la pochette était tellement raide, que le cd s'est cassé en voulant le sortir. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Annie Lachance
very good crisp remaster. I didn't expect that, but am so enjoying listening to songs I don't even recognize. I had the album some years ago and didn't listen to it often. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Stevie Wonder did not miss a single beat with this classic album. It is as vital as the day it was released back in 1970's.
Great sound quality on the Blurau audio.
Sir Duke, Isn't She Lovely, As and Joy Inside My Tears make this a wonderful, fulfilling Stevie album, probably his last great work.Published 16 months ago by Brian Hiltz
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!Published 22 months ago by Flyguy1
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 popsPublished on Jan. 5 2014 by Terrance Humphries
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.... Read more