Stevie Wonder / Misstra Know It All

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Nathan Watts nails the A side pocket and monster unison line in “Sir Duke,” however the real gem on this 45 is the flipside, curiously included here from Stevie’s earlier, immortal ’73 slab Innervisions. I reckon the suits didn’t want to give away too much of Songs In the Key of Life (’76) which would be any other artist’s greatest hits collection. Dig Willie’s soulful pedal on the verses which he embellishes with chromatic runs, and the relaxed soulful phrasing on the bridge. Weeks and Wonder: two masters at the absolute top of their game.     

Thomas SemioliComment