Definitive Collection [Universal International]

Definitive Collection [Universal International]

by Stevie WonderStevie Wonder

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Overview

When you're putting together a 21-song collection of a major artist who's had more than 40 Top 40 hits, inevitably there's going to be a lot of good stuff left out. Stevie Wonder's long and varied career (not over when this anthology appeared) really needs more than one disc to even adequately summarize the highlights. But this single-disc comp does squeeze in most of his best-known songs, from 1963's "Fingertips, Pt. 2" to the mid-'80s number one hits "Part-Time Lover" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You." Along the way there's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)," "I Was Made to Love Her," "For Once in My Life," "My Cherie Amour," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "Superstition," "Higher Ground," "Living for the City," "You Haven't Done Nothin'," "Boogie on Reggae Woman," "I Wish," "Sir Duke," and more. There is a sharp decline in quality following "Masterblaster (Jammin')," but at least that only lasts five songs. Of course, there's a lot missing too: "A Place in the Sun," "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day," "If You Really Love Me," and "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," to pick only some obvious candidates. Why exactly the 1967 single "Hey Love" (a Top Ten R&B single that barely made the pop charts) is included is a mystery, though at least it breaks up the predictability. For casual fans it's a decent career-spanning overview, though, and even the most casual fan will sense the musical genius and enormous artistic growth that shines through most of the selections.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 4988005325020
catalogNumber: 667868
Rank: 107326

Tracks

  1. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  2. Isn't She Lovely
  3. My Cherie Amour
  4. Sir Duke
  5. I Wish
  6. If You Really Love Me
  7. As
  8. Overjoyed
  9. Pasttime Paradise
  10. Boogie on Reggae Woman
  11. Sign Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
  12. Yester-You, Yester-Me, Yesterday
  13. I Was Made to Love Her
  14. Place in the Sun
  15. He's Misstra Know-It-All
  16. Send One Your Love
  17. I Ain't Gonna Stand for It
  18. Living for the City
  19. I Just Called to Say I Love You
  20. Part-Time Love
  21. Superstition
  22. Higher Ground
  23. Master Blaster
  24. For Once in My Life
  25. Never Had a Dream Come True
  26. We Can Work It Out
  27. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  28. Blowin' in the Wind
  29. You Haven't Done Nothin'
  30. Ebony & Ivory
  31. For Your Love
  32. Fingertips, Pts. 1-2
  33. I'm Wondering
  34. I Don't Know Why (I Love You)
  35. Heaven Help Us All
  36. Lately
  37. Do I Do
  38. Happy Birthday
  39. To Feel the Fire

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