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Number 262

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (Tamla Motown STMA 8011)

There are some albums that sound just as good forty-odd years after they were first heard and Stevie Wonder's Innervisions is one of them. Prior to thinking anything other than the fact that Stevie Wonder was an already legendary artist on the popular Tamla Motown label, whose singles littered my own record collection back in the early 1970s, as well as being one of the singers to be found on the essential Motown Chartbusters collection of LPs, I had little inclination that the Michigan-born musician would go on to record some of the most innovative music in the genre, going on to work with synthesizer innovators Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil, whose LP Zero Time under the guise of Tontos Expanding Headband seemed to be worlds away from the traditional sound of Motown. Combining synthesized sound created by the Tonto synthesizer beast, which for all intents and purposes looked like the controls of the Starship Enterprise, with the pop soul of Tamla, brought us some of the most memorable music of the Seventies.