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One of the few artists truly worthy of a 4 disc box set.

  • Dec 7, 2008
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Stevie Wonder is amazing!!!   In a career spanning over 40 years at Motown records he has produced some of the finest pop, soul and R&B records of his day. I cannot think of any other artist who does what Stevie does. He is a first rate singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and producer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame saw fit to make Stevie one of their earliest inductees way back in 1989. This 4 CD set issued in late 1999 just blows you away. How many artists could present you with a 70 song collection of quality material? The collection spans all of Stevie Wonder's remarkable career.

Disc One contains all of those three minute gems you might remember from 1960's Top 40 radio. Who can ever forget the sheer energy of tunes like 1965's "Uptight (Everything's Alright) or the remarkable "I Was Made to Love Her" from 1967? Other great tunes from the first disc include "A Place in the Sun" and the beautiful "My Cherie Amour" which brings back warm memories of the summer of '69.   Disc Two spotlights Stevie's work from the decade of the 70's. This was a fascinating decade as Stevie successfully experimented with different sounds. As a result, his music was much more varied as evidenced by hits like "Superstition", "You Are The Sunshine of My Life" and "Boogie on Reggae Woman."    The third disc in this set includes several more hit tunes from the late 70's like "I Wish" and the great "Sir Duke" as well as a number of tunes from some of Stevie's albums. Here again, you get a feel for just how creative and talented a writer Stevie Wonder really is.  The fourth and final disc in the set covers the final two decades of the century. In the mid-80's, Stevie Wonder struck paydirt again with big hits like "I Just Called To Say I Love You", "Go Home" and the innovative "Skeletons". And although changing times made it difficult for Stevie Wonder to continue to churn out hit singles in the 1990's the quality of his music did not decline one bit as evidenced by "For Your Love" and a beautiful tune from 1996 featuring Stevie and Babyface "How Come, How Long".

Now ordinarily I am very careful with my shekels. There are very few artists that I would deem worthy of such a box set. Stevie Wonder is one of those performers. And as a practical matter to get all of the hits included in this box set you would have have to spring for 3 or 4 different "Greatest Hits" collections anyway. Universal Music did one terrific job on this one. Included is a beautiful 92 page booklet containing remarkable photographs, biographical information and a complete discography (singles and albums) of the artist. This is the way a box set should be done.   Highly recommended.
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September 02, 2010
The man has no equal in terms of quality and/or endurance. I still consider "All Is Fair In Love" off Innervisions as one of the top 5 songs ever written.
 
July 02, 2009
Yes, Stevie Wonder is quite the genius......such strong songwriting skills and wonderful ground breaking material he's done in his lifetime. I have several of his albums.....they're timeless!
 
June 08, 2009
Stevie Wonder is a Songwriting Genius, I specially like his works during the 70´s when he was creating truly groundbreaking albums like Music of My Mind and Innervision and I think his Masterpiece is Secret Live of Plants from 1979, which is often very underrated. I just bought his DVD, Stevie Wonder Live at Last. Live in London 2008 with a fantastic band who are just as good at jazz as Soul and Funk, and Wonder himself is in top form.
 
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From the cotton-candy sweetness of "Hey Love" to the social commentary of "Living for the City" and "Happy Birthday," the unofficial theme song of the movement to establish a Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, Stevie Wonder is an icon in the American cultural landscape. Fittingly, Motown Records has released AT THE CLOSE OF A CENTURY, a 70-track box set of his greatest hits. Unlike previously released overviews, CENTURY spans the entire four decades of Wonder's recordings, from 1962 to the mid-'90s. Disc One is stocked with tunes from Little Stevie Wonder's adolescent years, including his first hit, 1962's harmonica-pumping "Fingertips Pts. 1 & 2," and a 1967 version of "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)," later remade by Aretha Franklin. Wonder's early songs alternately snap with enthusiasm ("Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours") and sway with romanticism ("My Cherie Amour" and "For Once in My Life"). But it was after leaving Motown's sometimes-confining creative reins that Wonder went on to make soul -- and pop -- music history with a string of brilliant albums, beginning with the ambitious 1972 MUSIC OF MY MIND. Wonder ruled the decade from that point on, reaching even higher ground with the follow-up TALKING BOOK (1972), the near-perfect INNERVISIONS (1973), the double-LP masterpiece SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE (1976), and the pop success HOTTER THAN JULY (1980). With period essentials like "Superwoman (Where ...

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Artist: Steveie Wonder
Label: Motown
Genre: Pop, Soul
Release Date: November 23, 1999

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