Not content with merely creating some of the greatest albums ever made (and winning a bucket-load of Grammy Awards) during the 1970s, Stevie Wonder also produced a couple of albums for his ex-wife Syreeta Wright. He wrote most of the material and played many of the instruments on the two albums. Both are comprised of lighter material than the socially conscious songs that Wonder was placing on his own records at the time, but in particular, 1974’s Stevie Wonder Presents: Syreeta is an excellent record that stands proudly alongside Wonder’s own work from the period.
My favourite song from Stevie Wonder Presents: Syreeta is her duet with The Spinners’ G.C. Cameron, ‘I Wanna Be By Your Side’. It’s nothing profound, just a fluffy, strident, tuneful piece of pop, donated by a master pop craftsman who was at the top of his game in the mid 1970s.