Music of My Mind

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Music of My Mind
Studio album by Stevie Wonder
Released March 3, 1972
Recorded Media Sound, Electric Lady
(New York, New York)
Crystal Industries
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Soul, funk
Length 47:53
Label Tamla
T-314
Producer Stevie Wonder
Robert Margouleff
Malcolm Cecil
Stevie Wonder chronology
Where I'm Coming From
(1971)
Music of My Mind
(1972)
Talking Book
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Q 5/5 stars[3]
Rhapsody (favorable)[4]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
Sounds (favorable)[7]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[8]
Virgin Encyclopedia 4/5 stars[9]

Music of My Mind is a landmark album by Stevie Wonder, released on March 3, 1972 when Wonder was only 21 years old (see 1972 in music). Many observers count this album as the beginning of Wonder's "classic period", though others look to the previous one or the following one.[10] It is his fourteenth studio release. Music of My Mind showcases Wonder's earlier experiments with the funk-styled synthesizer, Also on display were his increasing musical ambitions, with him leveraging different genres of music and utilizing longer song forms. Stevie used synthesizers for many musical parts on this album.[11] He also played drums as he frequently does on all of his albums.

Wonder played all of the instruments on this album except trombone by Art Baron and guitar by Howard "Buzz" Feiten.

The texture of the album was different from anything he had released on the Motown label to that point. Standout tracks include "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)", "Happier Than The Morning Sun" and "I Love Every Little Thing About You". This is one of the earliest works in black music to include the use of synthesizers,[citation needed] and was the first of a set of collaborations between Stevie and his co-producers Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 284 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Its enduring influence was confirmed with its UK re-release on September 22, 2008 to coincide with Wonder's autumn 2008 European tour.[12]

Motown remastered this album in 2000.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Having You Around"   Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright 7:24
2. "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)"   Wonder 8:08
3. "I Love Every Little Thing About You"   Wonder 3:56
4. "Sweet Little Girl"   Wonder 4:59
5. "Happier Than the Morning Sun"   Wonder 5:18
6. "Girl Blue"   Wonder, Yvonne Wright 3:36
7. "Seems So Long"   Wonder 4:22
8. "Keep on Running"   Wonder 6:40
9. "Evil"   Wonder, Yvonne Wright 3:34
Total length:
47:53

Side One[edit]

  1. "Love Having You Around" (Wonder, Syreeta Wright) – 7:21
    • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, Fender Rhodes, talk box, drums, Moog bass
    • Art Baron – trombone
    • Background Singers – uncredited
  2. "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" – 8:08
    • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, Fender Rhodes, drums, Moog bass, T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer
    • Buzz Feiten – electric guitar
  3. "I Love Every Little Thing About You" – 3:46
    • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, Fender Rhodes, drums, bongos, Moog bass
  4. "Sweet Little Girl" – 4:54
    • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, keyboard, Fender Rhodes, harmonica, drums, Moog bass
    • Background Singer - Syreeta (uncredited)

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Happier Than the Morning Sun" – 5:18
    • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, Hohner clavinet, Moog bass
  2. "Girl Blue" (Wonder, Yvonne Wright) – 3:36
    • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, Hohner clavinet, drums, talk box, harmonica, Moog bass, T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer, percussion
  3. "Seems So Long" – 4:22
    • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, keyboards, drums, Moog bass, T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer
  4. "Keep On Running" – 6:40
    • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, piano, Hohner clavinet, handclaps, drums, Moog bass
    • Background Singers – uncredited
  5. "Evil" (Wonder, Y. Wright) – 3:33
    • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, piano, drums, Moog bass, T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer
    • Choir – uncredited

Charting singles[edit]

  • 1972: "Keep On Running" (Black Singles) – No. 36
  • 1972: "Keep On Running" (Pop Singles) – No. 90
  • 1972: "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" (Black Singles) – No. 13
  • 1972: "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" (Pop Singles) – No. 33

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  3. ^ Q review
  4. ^ "Rhapsody review". Rhapsody.com. 1972-03-03. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review[dead link]
  6. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  7. ^ Penny Valentine (1971-12-04). "Sounds review". Rocksbackpages.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  8. ^ "Sputnikmusic review". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  9. ^ "Virgin Encyclopedia review". Acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  10. ^ Some observers count six classic albums, some count five, and others count four.
    Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2001). All music guide: the definitive guide to popular music (4 ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 447–448. ISBN 0-87930-627-0. 
    Cramer, Alfred William (2009). Musicians and composers of the 20th century 5. Salem Press. p. 1645. ISBN 1-58765-517-9. 
    Brown, Jeremy K. (2010). Stevie Wonder: Musician. Black Americans of Achievement. Infobase Publishing. p. 57. ISBN 1-60413-685-5. 
  11. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Hogan, Ed at". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  12. ^ "Stevie Wonder interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' March 1995". Bluesandsoul.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  13. ^ a b "Allmusic: Sweet Baby James: Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  14. ^ "Billboard.BIZ Top Pop Albums of 1972". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2014-04-27.