Music Of My Mind by Stevie Wonder
Ranked 284/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Numbered Limited Edition LP
The First of Wonders Five Consecutive Classic Period Albums
1972 Masterpiece Signaled New Direction for Motown, Includes Incredible Synthesizer Textures
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI: This Pressing Bests All Prior Analog and Digital Editions
Talking Book Also Available on LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label
This album marked the beginning of the legends unsurpassed classic period, Stevie Wonders Music of My Mind remains a touchstone of American R&B. The records liner notes aptly sum up its genius: The sounds themselves come from inside his mind/The man his own instrument. The instrument is an orchestra.
Indeed, save for segments on two songs, Wonder played all of the instruments himself, demonstrating his newfound freedom of artistic control and upping the ante in terms of composition, performance, and execution. He draws from a diverse toolboxwarm drums, vibrant bongos, breezy harmonicas, Fender Rhodes organs, tonally resonant pianosand of course, lays on his trademark, buttery smooth vocals. Yet Music of My Mind also features the first extensive use of synthesizers in black music. Wonder reveals the magic thats contained within Moog and Arp models, conscientious of the benefits and careful not to taint whats otherwise among the most organic soul and funk ever created.
Stretching out, Wonder lets several songs go beyond the five-minute mark. He employs the services of guitarist Buzz Felden, trombonist Art Baron, and an uncredited choir of background voices, but mostly, this is his show. Affectingly tender, I Love Every Little Thing About You and Seems So Long melt with conviction; Happier Than The Morning Sun epitomizes the contagious mood and upbeat emotions present throughout, Wonder delighting in mixing traditional melodies with then-unheard-of arrangements into a seamless whole.
For the first time ever, Mobile Fidelitys Silver Label pressing affords listeners the opportunity to hear Wonders aural orchestra with a clarity, range, and expressiveness never before made possible by prior pressings. Frequency-rich harmonics are one of the keys on this 1972 gem, and this editions ultra-clean surfaces and wide grooves unveil more music. Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (America's best record plant), this numbered limited edition LP presents the first of Wonders five must-own records in truly extraordinary sound.
1. Love Having You Around
2. Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)
3. I Love Every Little Thing About You
4. Sweet Little Girl
5. Happier Than The Morning Sun
6. Girl Blue
7. Seems So Long
8. Keep On Running
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