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Stevie Wonder - Song Review: Greatest Hits
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Stevie Wonder - Song Review: Greatest Hits
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #2

Thirty or so of Stevie Wonder's biggest hits--many of them enduring classics--make up this double disc. That's the good news. The bad news is that they're sequenced here about as well (or maybe not) as your CD player's ...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Stevie Wonder
Title: Stevie Wonder - Song Review: Greatest Hits
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Motown
Original Release Date: 12/10/1996
Release Date: 12/10/1996
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Oldies, Classic R&B, Funk, Motown, Soul, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
Other Editions: Stevie Wonder - Song Review: A Greatest Hits Collection [Import Bonus Tracks]
UPC: 731453076723

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Thirty or so of Stevie Wonder's biggest hits--many of them enduring classics--make up this double disc. That's the good news. The bad news is that they're sequenced here about as well (or maybe not) as your CD player's "random" function might do it. Leading off with "Part-Time Lover"--a major chart record, no doubt, but hardly the rouser you'd expect for an opener--is puzzling enough. It's when the programming starts veering from highlights of his self-produced period ("Sir Duke") to Motown assembly-line pieces ("My Cherie Amour") that the head-scratching really begins. And don't try to count the great moments that are missing. This will do in a pinch, but if you own no Stevie, be advised that better overviews of Wonder's career (the finest by far being the four-CD box At the Close of a Century) are available. --Rickey Wright

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Kelly V. from WEST PALM BCH, FL
Reviewed on 7/19/2010...
The whole album is pretty decent,but the best songs in my opinon are(You are the sunshine of my life),(uptight(everything is alright),(lately),and(do I do)!There are other great songs on there that I've heard through out the years growing up and they take me way back,to good memories!
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CD Reviews

A head scratcher..better compilations are available
David Pearlman | Arlington, MA United States | 12/23/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)

"First things first: Stevie Wonder's album output of the '70s is
among the finest continuous strings in the history of
popular recorded music. Of that there cannot be any
argument. What can be argued is that there has never been
a wholly satisfactory compiliation that summarizes his entire
career, save for the 4CD set "End of a Century". Admittedly,
it's a difficult task, since you need to cover the '60s
Motown "factory" era, which yielded a lot of great pop/R&B
singles, the '80s and '90s which yielded a few delights,
though they are too sparsly scattered, and the '70s which
are hard to distill at all, since the original albums are so consistently strong.That said, this collection is just not very good. The
sequencing is ridiculous (starting with the disposable
"Part Time Lover"?) and the track selection is questionable
(a lot of grade A tracks were left off so that...what?...they
could include "Ebony and Ivory"?) Ounce for ounce, Original
Musicquarium, a good if too-short compilation of the '70s
is a better bet. You could couple Original Musiquarium
with a '60s hits compilation (unfortunately, there's not
good definitive '60s set, but I guess you could go with
Greatest Hits Vol I [too bad Motown & Stevie haven't seen fit
to reissue the excellent 3LP "Looking Back" which DID cover
the '60s stuff properly) and get most of the essential Stevie
Wonder. But at that point, you'd still be missing the few
highlights from the 80s and 90s. For example, the brilliant
Overjoyed (good tune and dig that incredible phrasing) and
Stevie's terrific cover of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" which
is available on no other compilation but this one. At the end of the day, the Stevie Wonder compilation catalogue
is still something of a mess (due in no small part to the
fact that Stevie has veto power over any Motown reissue), and
IMHO you're left with only two good alternatives: The 4 CD
"End of a Century", which is quite good, even if it is also
completely obvious in track selection, or the 2CD Original
Musiquarium. Or, heck, go back and buy the '70s albums, since
they are truly all worth owning in their entirty anyway, then
maybe break down and buy In Circle Square because you HAVE
to own Overjoyed. Maybe."
I LOVE STEVIE!
kendari2 | California | 11/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a definite treat for any Stevie Wonder fan. You will definitely get your fill. I was disappointed that this greatest hits collection did not include the WONDERful song "Isn't She Lovely" and the beautiful love song "As" both from the "Songs in the Key of Life" collection. I still gave it 5 stars though because I absolutely love Stevie. Peace!"