July 27

My Stevie Wonder selection for this month is 1974s Fulfillingness’ First Finale:

This is Wonder’s 17 studio album and the 4th (or 5th, depending on who’s counting) of his so called “classic period”. Although featuring the dance floor hits Boogie On Reggae Woman and the scolding You Haven’t Done Nothin (featuring a chorus of doo doo wops from the Jackson 5), this record has a more introspective and somber tone on some tracks.

Particularly so was the ode to Rapture They Won’t Go When I Go.

I suppose Wonder can be forgiven for this tone, a year earlier a car accident landed him in a day’s long coma in the middle of one of the most creative periods of his life.

Another interesting note on Fulfillingness’ First Finale, it seemed to include more special guests and collaborative players than some of Wonder’s other more DIY records, including Paul Anka, Minnie Ripperton and Sneeky Pete.

My copy is only VG and a placeholder for when I find a less noisy version.

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