Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants

Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants

by Stevie WonderStevie Wonder

CD(Dutch Import)

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Stevie Wonder broke a three-year silence, one that followed a series of six classic albums released within six years, with this double album, the score/soundtrack to a little-seen environmental documentary directed by Wild Bunch co-screenwriter Walon Green. From the release of Songs in the Key of Life through the release of Plants, Wonder had been active, actually, but only as a collaborator, working with Ramsey Lewis, the Pointer Sisters, Minnie Riperton, Syreeta, Ronnie Foster, and Michael Jackson. Even so, three years was a considerable lag between albums. Anticipation was so high that this release peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and R&B album charts. It quickly slipped to footnote status; when Wonder's 1972-1980 albums were reissued in 2000, it was left out of the program. Plants is a sprawling, fascinating album. Though it is dominated by synthesizer-heavy instrumental pieces with evocative titles, there is a handful of full-blown songs. The gorgeous, mostly acoustic ballad "Send One Your Love" was a Top Ten R&B single, while the joyous "Outside My Window" registered in the Top 60. Beyond that, there's the deep classic "Come Back as a Flower," a gently lapping, piano-led ballad featuring Syreeta on vocals. Otherwise, there are playfully oddball tracks like "Venus' Flytrap and the Bug," where Wonder chirps "Please don't eat me!" through robotizing effects, and "A Seed's a Star," which incorporates crowd noise, a robotized monologue, and a shrieking Tata Vega over a funkier and faster version of Yellow Magic Orchestra. The album is not for everyone, but it suited its purpose and allowed its maker an amount of creative wiggle room that few major-label artists experience.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2004
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0731453010628
catalogNumber: 5301062
Rank: 24236

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Wonder   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,Multi Instruments,Shekere
Syreeta   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rick Zunigar   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tata Vega   Vocals
Michael Sembello   Guitar,Vocals
Lamine Konte   Percussion,Vocals,Kora
Gordon Bahary   Synthesizer
Shirley Brewer   Background Vocals
Ben Bridges   Guitar,Sitar
Alexandra Brown   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ibrahim Camara   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Bass Drums,Vocals,Bells,Djembe,Jimbae
Kathy Collier   Vocals
Dennis Davis   Drums,Syndrum
Earl DeRouen   Bongos,Conga,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Fischbach   Synthesizer
Larry Gittens   Trumpet
Susaye Greene Brown   Vocals
Marva Holcolm   Vocals,Background Vocals
Josie James   Vocals
Joe Johnson   Vocals
Ron Kersey   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Gary Olazabal   Synthesizer
Hank Redd   Saxophone
Isaiah Sanders   Background Vocals
Abdoulaye Soumare   Vocals
Angela Winbush   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Wolf   Synthesizer
Clark Spangler   Synthesizer
Susaye Greene   Vocals
Nathan Watts   Bass,Vocals
John Taro Akiyama   Vocals
Masaki Hori   Vocals
Kimie Linda Ishibashi   Vocals
Hiroaki Kuwabara   Vocals
Takeshi Kuwabara   Vocals
Takaya Matsuda   Vocals
Kathleen Minagawa   Vocals
Takako Nagumo   Vocals
Hikaru Nishida   Vocals
Satoshi Sugimoto   Vocals
Takeshi Sugimoto   Vocals
Tsuyoshi Tanguchi   Vocals
Junko Taniguchi   Vocals
Joe Johnson   African Bells

Technical Credits

Michael Sembello   Composer
Stephanie Andrews   Composer
Michael Braun   Producer
John Fischbach   Engineer
Jay Mark   Engineer
Gary Olazabal   Engineer
Basil Poledouris   Composer
Abdoulaye Soumare   translation
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Yvonne Wright   Composer
Ginny Livingston   Artwork
John Cabalka   Art Direction
Christopher Bird   Author
Mary Ann Monkoski   translation
Margo Zafer Nahas   Artwork
7Gary Olazabal   Engineer
Keith Harris   Cover Design

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