- Audio CD (Dec 21 2010)
- Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: SACD, SHM-CD, Import
- Label: Universal Japan
- ASIN: B0045FTR0K
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record | Blu-ray Audio
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
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Songs in the Key of Life SACD, Import, SHM-CD
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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 --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!
So what does this album have going for it? Well, we'll start with the most noticeable thing: This is a two disc set (two LP plus a special "Something's Extra" EP)! Length alone does not make an album great; that length has to consistant all the way through. this is especially important for an album that is this long. Many artists have attempted the two disc set with mixed results, but none can doubt that this is perhaps the best example of how to pull it off. From the opening "Loves In Need Of Love Today" to the after-hours "Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)" we hear nothing but sheer brilliance.
I must admit that I still am a little confused by the prescence of "Contusion" since it breaks up the musical flow a little. My personal favourites are "I Wish", "Knocks Me Off My Feet", "Ngiculela-Es Una Historia-I Am Singing" and "As". Out of those "As" is my favourite since it is the best lyrics I have ever heard set to music.
If the merits of this album are still not apparent to you, it obviously had an effect on songwriters right until the present. Let's have a look at how many songs from this album have been remade or reworked into new songs. Firstly, "I Wish" was famously sampled by Will Smith gor his collaboration with Dru Hill for "Wild Wild West", "Knocks Me Off My Feet" was remade by Wonder Sound-alike Donell Jones, Pastime Paradise was reworked into the Coolio classic "Gangster's Paradise", "Summer Soft" was sampled for Carl Thomas' "Summer Rain" and "As" was remade by Mary J. Blige and George Michael. And those are ones that I can think off!
This album is definately a must for fans of this musical genius and those who are yet to discover one of the greatest recordings of all time
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Great sound quality on the Blurau audio.