Classic Albums – Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life [VHS] Reviews

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Classic Albums – Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life [VHS]

Taking more than two years from conception to release, Stevie Wonder’s classic 1976 double album, Songs in the Key of Life, is now generally considered his finest creative hour in an enduring, influential career of nearly four decades. Songs in the Key of Life is also regarded by many music fans as one of the outstanding albums to appear in that entire timespan. Released in October 1976, Songs in the Key of Life entered the U.S. Billboard album chart at No. 1 and remained there for 14 weeks, top

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  • 49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    That’s right, folks, it’s a documentary…, April 22, 2001
    By 
    Mark Biering (Stone Mountain, GA United States) –

    …and a fine one, at that. Some previous reviewers seem to have been confused about what they were buying, expecting straightforward presentations of the songs from this landmark album, then being disappointed when there were none. This is, simply, a re-packaged television show ABOUT the album, part of an excellent series from the UK called Classic Albums. As such, it’s extremely well done, with lots of commentary from Steve himself, along with nearly everyone else involved in the production of the album. There are actually a couple of in-the-studio performances by the re-assembled band from the original sessions, and they’re great fun, but this is NOT a concert album. It’s a fascinating companion to the music, but it’s certainly not intended to be a substitute for buying the CD if you don’t already own it.

    If you do already own and love the CD, and have any interest at all in how such remarkable works of art come into being, then buy this DVD right away.

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    must own DVD, August 16, 2006
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    A customer “mistermaxxx” (usa) –
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    Stevie Wonder is One of the Baddest Artists Ever&truly a huge impact on me. i bought this on VHs quite a few years back&now on DVD it’s a great must have. watching Stevie Wonder on the drums alone is worth the purchase alone. watching&hearing the ENgineering break down of parts of the tracks is also a real treat. so many great songs, memorys&moments that are reflected on this Classic Album by Stevie Wonder. great hearing&Seeing all the talented Musicians who participated on this Landmark Album.

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  • 14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Close but no cigar, October 16, 2000
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    Christopher (Glendale, Arizona United States) –

    I realize the great genius of Steviland Morris (who could miss it?) perhaps this video missed it. I just watched it last night and, although I love Stevie, it wasn’t as exciting and captivating as it should have been. I think it sold Stevie short. There should have been much more performance footage, at least more complete songs than it did. Those that were shown in their entirety were fabulous…but it just didn’t overshadow the possibilities with such a perfect video subject. I came away disappointed musically. A bright spot was seeing Stevie goof around with his buddies he hadn’t seen in twenty years and showing how he put a song together, over-dub by over-dub. But even that was incomplete. It would start out ok showing how he built a groove, but then just as it was getting exciting… switched to something else. I give it a C+. But if you’re already a Stevie fan, it’s a just a “good” thing, that had the potential to be great, to add to your collection.

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