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Old 10-11-2007, 02:10 PM   #16
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I wouldn't go that far, but it is one of the best stretches of music we've seen.
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I wouldn't go that far, but it is one of the best stretches of music we've seen.
I don't think it's that left field to suggest Stevie Wonder at his best is on par with The Beatles at their best.
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Not too far off, but The Beatles simply had more material. Wonder's apex consists of those four albums only (well, perhaps four and a half, as I think Hotter Than July is a partial classic).
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Re: Stevie Wonder

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Top man.

Genius. A beautiful, funky genius.

Spent the summer buying 70's stuff:

Talking Book
Innervisions
Fulfillingness' First Finale
Songs In The Key Of Life

They really make a case for artist of the decade. And he might be the best drummer I've ever heard.

Pop songs don't get much better than "Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away", "He's Misstra Know-It-All", "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)", and of couse "Sir Duke."

But what really stole me was the funk. The ass shaking funk the man unleashed.

"I Wish", "All Day Sucker, "Maybe Your Baby", "You Haven't Done Nothin"

bottom shaking stuff.

It's also cool to hear the sources of just about every other sample in hip hop. It's quite unbelievable how much of his stuff is sampled.
He and David Bowie have the most consistently great discographies of the '70s and maybe any decade ever.
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I don't think it's that left field to suggest Stevie Wonder at his best is on par with The Beatles at their best.
Especially since The Beatles tend 2 b overrated, IMO.
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"Sir Duke" is a fantastic song. A friend put that on a CD for me a while back-all this talk of it is making me want to go listen to it again . And I love "Superstition". One of the funkiest musical backings ever. "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" is a really sweet song as well.

As for his stuff from the 80s onward, meh, I've only heard a few select songs from then, and while I agree on "Ebony and Ivory", the other songs I've heard really aren't any better or worse than whatever anyone else was putting out in the 80s, imho. The fact that he's had a lot of influence and provided some classic music at some point in his life is good enough for me.

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I don't care how lame some of his '80s output was. Stevie Wonder gets a lifetime pass from me. He's one of those artists I've loved since I was a kid, although I didn't really get into his classic albums like Songs in the Key of Life until I was much older.
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Who else could put that much soul into that fucking contraption?

Okay, maybe Marvin Gaye.
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Speaking of Marvin, here's something that should be cheesy but is absolutely beautiful--the U.S. national anthem sung to a cheesy Casio beat.

Sad that he died shortly afterwards.

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Who else could put that much soul into that fucking contraption?

After seeing that movie about his life, I think he could put some 'soul' into anything. He had a rough road to walk.

Jamie fox did a great job playing the part.












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I had the iPod on shuffle last night and "He's A Misstra Know It All" came up. Absolutely beautiful.
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Speaking of Marvin, here's something that should be cheesy but is absolutely beautiful--the U.S. national anthem sung to a cheesy Casio beat.

Sad that he died shortly afterwards.

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After seeing that movie about his life, I think he could put some 'soul' into anything. He had a rough road to walk.

Jamie fox did a great job playing the part.






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ah, "wink"

didn't see that at first.

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I say this because Jesse L. Martin (Law and Order, Rent) is set to play Marvin Gaye in a biopic, and he definitely has the pipes for it, but because of legal issues, they can only include music from his final years.
Aw, really? What a crime. But I'll still look forward to the movie, because Jesse Martin is worth watching - great voice, too!
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