The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by Stevie Wonder

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Overview

When you're putting together a 21-song collection of a major artist who's had more than 40 Top 40 hits, inevitably there's going to be a lot of good stuff left out. Stevie Wonder's long and varied career (not over when this anthology appeared) really needs more than one disc to even adequately summarize the highlights. But this single-disc comp does squeeze in most of his best-known songs, from 1963's "Fingertips, Pt. 2" to the mid-'80s number one hits "Part-Time Lover" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You." Along the way there's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)," "I Was Made to Love Her," "For Once in My Life," "My Cherie Amour," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "Superstition," "Higher Ground," "Living for the City," "You Haven't Done Nothin'," "Boogie on Reggae Woman," "I Wish," "Sir Duke," and more. There is a sharp decline in quality following "Masterblaster (Jammin')," but at least that only lasts five songs. Of course, there's a lot missing too: "A Place in the Sun," "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day," "If You Really Love Me," and "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," to pick only some obvious candidates. Why exactly the 1967 single "Hey Love" (a Top Ten R&B single that barely made the pop charts) is included is a mystery, though at least it breaks up the predictability. For casual fans it's a decent career-spanning overview, though, and even the most casual fan will sense the musical genius and enormous artistic growth that shines through most of the selections.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2002
Label: Motown
UPC: 0044006616421
catalogNumber: 066164
Rank: 220

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Wonder   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Gloria Barley   Background Vocals
Malcolm Cecil   Moog Synthesizer
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Robert Margouleff   Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Charles Brewer   Programming
Malcolm Cecil   Programming,Engineer
Henry Cosby   Producer
John Fischbach   Programming
Berry Gordy   Producer
Robert Margouleff   Programming,Engineer
Clarence Paul   Arranger,Producer
Paul Riser   String Arrangements
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Producer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Scott Regen   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Scott Regan   Liner Notes
Michael Bryan   Cover Image
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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The Definitive Collection 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stevie Wonder really knows how to sing and play Piano. I love My Chere Aroumor and For Once In My Life. But his best song is by far Overjoyed. Some of his songs are not as great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this CD I knew I had to have it this not only adds to Stevie's wonderful music legacy anyone who is a Stevie Wonder fan knows that this just adds on top of everything he has ever done in his professional career
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't understand many of the selections on this compilation. They certainly don't represent all of Stevie's best work. Of course opinions are like... well, you know. This one is just mine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love almost all Stevie's songs I know Stevie gets this alot but I am a huge fan really
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Justin Timberlake is such a wonderful person. He has so many different talents. God Bless His Heart!!!