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)


Music of My Mind is a 1972 album by Stevie Wonder, which has been counted as the beginning of Wonder's "classic period", though the previous album, Where I'm Coming From, and the following one, Talking Book, have also been considered.[1] 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. Wonder used synthesizers for many musical parts on this album.[2]

Recording[edit]

Wonder played all of the instruments on this album except trombone by Art Baron and guitar by Howard "Buzz" Feiten. This is the first of a set of collaborations between Wonder and his co-producers Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil.

Release and response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Q 5/5 stars[5]
Rhapsody (favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Sounds (favorable)[9]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[10]
Virgin Encyclopedia 4/5 stars[11]

The album was released on March 3, 1972 when Wonder was 21 years old.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 284 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was re-released in the UK in 2008 to coincide with Wonder's European tour.[12]

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
  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
  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. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Hogan, Ed at". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  5. ^ Q review
  6. ^ "Rhapsody review". Rhapsody.com. 1972-03-03. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review[dead link]
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  9. ^ Penny Valentine (1971-12-04). "Sounds review". Rocksbackpages.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  10. ^ "Sputnikmusic review". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  11. ^ "Virgin Encyclopedia review". Acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  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.