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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 (86 customer reviews)
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Songs in the Key of Life + Innervisions (With Orig. Art) + Talking Book (With Orig. Art)
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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 alternate Audio CD edition.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars ignore songlife's review June 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
it is apparent that u songlife have an incredibly foolish
nature when it comes down 2 stevie's important issues such
as slavery and race in his music. these are important topics
that need be addressed and stevie did it with truth and honesty.
if u r black-well then u r a brained washed negro. if u r white
u have never walked in black peoples shoes 2 understand the
painful effects of slavery and how it still affects black people
even 2day right now at this moment!if u r white, u would not
dare trade places with us black people because u couldn't handle
the stress,strife and racism that we black people have 2 endure
on a daily basis for over 450 years and counting.yes-songs like 'pastime paradise' and 'BLACK MAN'are essential and important 2 stevie's career-or betteryet 4 me and stevie 2 make u more upset about the issues of blacks being oppressed buy stevie's 1971 album 'where i'm coming from'and listen 2
'i wanna talk to you'or stevie's 1980 album-'hotter than july'
and listen 2 'cash in your face' or the track that stevie had
written and produced for the group third world called
'you're playing us too close' from the 1982 album
'you've got the power'/or the track 'its wrong'(apartheid)
from stevie's 1985 album,'in square circle'/or the track
'dark'n lovely' from stevie's 1987 album 'characters'/or the
track 'conversation peace' from stevie's 1995 album
'conversation peace'/now with all that being said i suggest 2u fool- stop living in a 'mickey mouse-disneyland'attitude
because racism is alive and well-because these issues are
important 2 stevie's music-YOU IGNORANT FOOL!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant, classic Stevie album! June 9 2004
By D. Pawl
Format:Audio CD
I went on a huge Stevie Wonder CD kick....everything from the Little Stevie album to this one. By far, this album is one of my favorites. Stevie Wonder's amazing, prolific, engaging, heartfelt lyrics, beautiful voice, and luscious arrangements are a definite plus!
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If It's Magic...... March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well it is!For those few Stevie Wonder fans unlucky enough never to have heard this or for those just becoming iniciated
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Album That Truly Changed R&B Forever Jan. 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
Songs In The Key Of Life is a album that will stand the test of time. In my opinion, this was more sprawling than Innervisions, Talking Book, Music Of My Mind, and Fulfillingness' First Finale. On Songs In The Key Of Life, Stevie talks about everything that is going on in the world. He talks about love, racism, violence, and feelings. This summed up pretty much of everything he recorded in 1972-1974. If you listen to every track on this album, you can visualize everything he says. I think that "Sir Duke", "I Wish", "Isn't She Lonely" and "As" are the popular songs on here, possibly the best on here. There is a lot of filler here, though. For instance, "Love's In Need Of Love Today", "Have A Talk With God", and "Black Man" are just for your listening pleasure. My favorite song is "Knocks Me Off My Feet". It's maybe the most romantic songs on this masterpiece. There are a lot of guest appearances. Herbie Hancock plays keyboards on "As", Geogre Benson plays guitar and sings background vocals on "Another Star", and more artists make appearances. This is maybe one of my favorite double albums. Songs In The Key Of Life explains why Stevie Wonder is considered a genuis. It might be overrated, but it's the greatest Stevie Wonder album of all-time. It has influenced me a whole lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As and Joy Inside My Tears make this a wonderful
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 1 month ago by Brian Hiltz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked Sound
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 6 months ago by Flyguy1
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes it works
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
Published 9 months ago by Terrance Humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Star....
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
Published on Jan. 14 2012 by Breadmanwalking
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs in the Key of Life
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... Read more
Published on July 21 2011 by Rasa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
True classic record, well mastered by Audio Fidelity for CD' worth a purchase.
Published on June 10 2011 by Rick_MusicMan
2.0 out of 5 stars Well... I'm not normal or what?
Songs In The Key Of Life.

Everything makes me believe that this would be a GREAT album when I receive the package home. Read more
Published on June 13 2006 by Dominic Drouin
5.0 out of 5 stars So Lovely, So Funky
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. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by J.J. Kilroy
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't belive...
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. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Andrew Mello
5.0 out of 5 stars infidel is stupid!
stevie wonder's songs in the key of life was released in 1976
a creative masterpiece long before u (infidel) and the ugly
foolish justin timberlake was even born. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by semaj emorej
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