Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I

(1982), not rated
I don’t want to rate this – even though the material is almost uniformly brilliant, 12 songs to cover Wonder’s 1972-1980 classic period is very stingy, and it means classics like ‘I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)’ are omitted. But it’s interesting because it’s arranged thematically, and because of the presence of four new songs. The new songs are generally among the weaker on the album, but they’re still worth hearing, especially the lengthy jam ‘Do I Do’, featuring Dizzy Gillespie and the low key R&B groove of ‘That Girl’.

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