Stevie at the Beach

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Stevie at the Beach
Studio album by Stevie Wonder
Released 1964
Recorded 1963 in Hitsville USA (vocals), Los Angeles (instrumentation)
Genre Soul
Label Tamla
Producer Hal Davis, Marc Gordon, Dorsey Burnette
Stevie Wonder chronology
With a Song in My Heart
(1963)
Stevie at the Beach
(1964)
Up-Tight
(1966)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Stevie at the Beach is the fourth album by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder released on the Tamla (Motown) label on June 23, 1964. With the exception of the mild hit, "Hey Harmonica Man", it was a concept album of sorts, focusing on beach and surfer anthems as an attempt to get Wonder to now sing surf tunes. However, much like the label's attempts to first make him the teenage version of Ray Charles and then for one album as a lounge singer, it failed to connect with audiences. Wonder would not have another hit until 1965 when he was finally allowed to showcase his musical talents more.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Castles in the Sand" (Hal Davis, Marc Gordon, Mary O'Brien, Frank Wilson) - 2:11
  2. "Ebb Tide" (Robert Maxwell, Carl Sigman) - 1:45
  3. "Sad Boy" - 2:28
  4. "Red Sails in the Sunset" (Hugh Williams) - 2:01
  5. "The Beachcomber" - 1:46
  6. "Castles in the Sand (Instrumental)" (Davis, Gordon, O'Brien, Wilson) - 1:52
  7. "Happy Street" - 2:19
  8. "The Party at the Beach House" - 2:03
  9. "Hey Harmonica Man" (Marty Cooper, Lou Josie) - 2:38
  10. "Beachstomp" - 2:38
  11. "Beyond the Sea" (Charles Trenet, Jack Lawrence) - 2:46

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