June 27

For this month’s Stevie Wonder post I took a listen to 1973s Innervisions:

His 16th album in 11 years, Mr. Wonder is nothing if not prolific! And super talented, here he plays all (or most all) of the instruments on six or these nine tracks.

I love this “classic” period of Stevie Wonder’s career; basically stretching from after the Motown sound of Signed, Sealed & Delivered, hinted at in Where I’m Coming From and going all funky/trippy through Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness’ First Finale and Songs in the Key of Life.

Innervisions deals with many subjects of the day; drugs, love, inequality, strife, religion and hope. There were hit songs off this record, Higher Ground and Don’t You Worry ’bout a Thing, but the magnum opus Living For The City still rings true today.

The Standout for me is the jazzy Visions:

Have I lived to see the milk and honey land?
Where hate’s a dream and love forever stands
Or is this a vision in my mind?

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