Down to Earth (Stevie Wonder album)

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This article is about the album recorded by Motown singer Stevie Wonder. For the album recorded by the Motown group The Undisputed Truth, see Down to Earth (The Undisputed Truth album).
Down to Earth
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Studio album by Stevie Wonder
Released November 16, 1966
Recorded 1965-66
Genre Pop, R&B, Soul
Length 33:13
Label Tamla (Motown)
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", became 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]

Side One

  1. "A Place in the Sun" (Ron Miller, Bryan Wells) - 2:52
  2. "Bang Bang" (Sonny Bono) - 2:42
  3. "Down to Earth" (Miller, Avery Vanderberg) - 2:50
  4. "Thank You Love" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder) - 2:55
  5. "Be Cool, Be Calm (And Keep Yourself Together)" (Cosby, Moy, Wonder) - 2:43
  6. "Sylvia" (Cosby, Moy, Wonder) - 2:34

Side Two

  1. "My World Is Empty Without You" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) - 2:53
  2. "The Lonesome Road" (Gene Austin, Nat Shilkret) - 3:06
  3. "Angel Baby (Don't You Ever Leave Me)" (Cosby, Moy) - 2:45
  4. "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan) - 2:30
  5. "Sixteen Tons" (Merle Travis) - 2:42
  6. "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.