Friday, April 18, 2008

Stevie Wonder Talking Book

Talking Book, an album by Stevie Wonder released on October 27, 1972, is regarded by some fans as one of the best crossover records of all time. It was the second of five consecutive albums widely hailed as his "classic period", along with Music of My Mind, Innervisions, Fulfillingness' First Finale, and Songs in the Key of Life. Released after Wonder toured with the Rolling Stones in 1972, Talking Book became an immediate hit. The popular appeal of the recording helped destroy the myth that R&B artists were incapable of creating music that could be appreciated by rock audiences, and marked a unique period for R&B artists (especially Motown artists). Its cover depicts Wonder with corn rows, Indian jewelry and a velvet afghan.

All songs produced and arranged by Stevie Wonder

1. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (Wonder) - 2:58
2. "Maybe Your Baby" (Wonder) - 6:51
3. "You and I (We Can Conquer the World)" (Wonder) - 4:39
4. "Tuesday Heartbreak" (Wonder) - 3:02
5. "You've Got It Bad Girl" (Wonder, Y. Wright) - 4:56
6. "Superstition" (Wonder) - 4:26
7. "Big Brother" (Wonder) - 3:34
8. "Blame It on the Sun" (Wonder, S. Wright) - 3:26
9. "Lookin' for Another Pure Love" (Wonder, S. Wright) - 4:44
10. "I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)" (Wonder, Y. Wright) - 4:51

* Gloria Barley - Vocals
* Jeff Beck - Guitar
* Shirley Brewer - Vocals
* Malcolm Cecil - Programming, synthesizers, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer
* Scott Edwards - Bass Guitar
* Buzzy Feton (Howard "Buzz" Feiten) - Guitar
* Jim Gilstrap - Vocals
* Lani Groves - Vocals
* Loris Harvin (Delores Harvin) - Vocals
* Trevor Laurence - Saxophone
* Steve Madaio - Trumpet
* Robert Margouleff - synthesizers, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, Photography
* Ray Parker, Jr. - Guitar
* David Sanborn - Saxophone, Vocals
* Denise Williams - Vocals
* Debra Wilson - Vocals
* Stevie Wonder - Moog synthesizer, Harmonica, Clavinet, Rhodes Piano, Vocals, Drums, Producer, ARP Synthesizer
* Daniel Ben Zebulon - Percussion, Conga

* Austin Godsey - Engineer, Recording
* Joan Decola - Recording
* George Marino - Mastering

Produced by Stevie Wonder.

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