Down to Earth (Stevie Wonder album)

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Down to Earth
Studio album by Stevie Wonder
Released November 16, 1966
Recorded 1965-66
Genre Pop, R&B, soul
Length 33:13
Label Tamla
Producer Clarence Paul, Henry Cosby
Stevie Wonder chronology
Up-Tight
(1966)
Down to Earth
(1966)
I Was Made to Love Her
(1967)

Down to Earth is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, released on November 16, 1966 on the Tamla (Motown) label. The album was a departure from Wonder's earlier, teen pop-driven albums, and, along with its predecessor, Up-Tight, it re-established the sixteen-year-old Wonder, whose voice had recently changed, as a Motown hitmaker.

The LP features the hit single "A Place in the Sun". Another single, "Hey Love", would go on to become a hit for Detroit soul singer Betty Lavette the following year.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Place in the Sun" (Ron Miller, Bryan Wells) 2:52
  2. "Bang Bang" (Sonny Bono) 2:42
  3. "Down to Earth" (Ron Miller, Avery Vanderberg) 2:50
  4. "Thank You Love" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Wonder) 2:55
  5. "Be Cool, Be Calm (And Keep Yourself Together)" (Cosby, Moy, Wonder) 2:43
  6. "Sylvia" (Cosby, Moy, Wonder) 2:34
  7. "My World Is Empty Without You" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) 2:53
  8. "The Lonesome Road" (Gene Austin, Nat Shilkret) 3:06
  9. "Angel Baby (Don't You Ever Leave Me)" (Cosby, Moy) 2:45
  10. "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan) 2:30
  11. "Sixteen Tons" (Merle Travis) 2:42
  12. "Hey Love" (Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, Wonder) 2:41

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron (1966-11-16). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  2. ^ "Stevie Wonder: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2012-09-26.