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December 14, 2005

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Hugh Green

Good call on Hotter Than July. Thinking about his albums, I don't think there's one from the 70s that stands head and shoulders above the rest - there always seems to be a crap track or two blighting the overall work e.g. Evil, All in Love is Fair, Isn't She Lovely.

If I had to plump for one above the rest, it'd be Talking Book.

Frank McGahon

I don't think there's one from the 70s that stands head and shoulders above the rest - there always seems to be a crap track or two blighting the overall work

You see, there's where we differ. I'm not one of the album-as-a-complete-work-of-art type of people. I'm more of an album-as-a-collection-of-tunes sort of guy. It's all about the tunes for me. I don't see albums in the same way as, say, films which can be marred by discordant scenes or improved by judicious editing. So, an album with 90% great tunes and 10% duff filler will be superior to me than an album with 100% good tunes.

Therefore I conclude that Stevie's best album ever (which also means his best album from the 1970s period) is Innervisions due to Living for the City, Higher Ground, Too High, Golden Lady, even though All in Love is Fair (and maybe even Visions too) is a wee bit filler-y if not quite crap.

Frank McGahon

Oh and by the way still a good call on Talking Book [hey, another opportunity to pimp my amazon links!].

It's funny, though, reciting the names of Stevie's 1970s albums always brings to mind that Eddie Murphy comedy routine "Stevie Wonder's a musical genius" from the 1980s - "I got Music of my Mind, I got motherf*ckin' Talking Book, I got Fulfillin..Fulfillin, f*ck it, you know..."

Neil

Chaque á son gout and all that, but I always looked at the album ballads as big vocal showcases for Stevie in 'Loverman Wrestling With The Big Issues' mode, such as 'If' and 'They Won't Go When I Go', as well as the two mentioned previously. 'Fulfill...f**k it' is probably the one I listen to most, despite its slightly less revered status in comparison with 'Innervisions' and 'Songs in the Key of Life'.

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