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At the Close of a Century

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Stevie Wonder 11/23/1999

Review

He's been called one of the most influential performers and songwriters of the century, but until 1999 Stevie Wonder didn't even have a box set to call his own. Such was the reissue campaign at Motown that, until very recently, some of the best pop music of the '60s sounded poorer in reissue form than when it was first played on AM radio. In 1996, the long-awaited Stevie Wonder digital-age hits package Song Review reached the shelves, but it didn't even follow compilation etiquette (that is, chronological order). Finally, At the Close of a Century made everything right -- complete with digital remastering, near-perfect sound, complete coverage of his epic career, an attractive design, and copious liner notes and pictures. The box, a four-disc set spanning 1962 to 1996, debuts with "Fingertips, Pts. 1 & 2," the long-unheard seven-minute version of his first hit. The first disc includes every hit that fans can remember, including great-sounding versions of "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "Hey Love," plus plenty of moderate hits they may not remember, like his definitive cover of the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out." Disc two features more than a dozen of his biggest hits, including "Superstition," "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "Living for the City," "Higher Ground," and "Boogie On Reggae Woman." Disc three begins with no less than nine tracks from Songs in the Key of Life, his standout double album from 1976. Right into the '80s and '90s, Stevie Wonder remained at the top of the charts, with hits like "Rocket Love," "Master Blaster (Jammin')," "Happy Birthday," "I Just Called to Say I Love You," and "Part-Time Lover." It took far too long, but Motown finally issued a box set worthy of Stevie Wonder's continuing artistry. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Fingertips, Pts. 1-2 Stevie Wonder 6:53
  3. 2 Uptight (Everything's Alright) Stevie Wonder 2:51
  4. 3 Nothing's Too Good for My Baby Stevie Wonder 2:41
  5. 4 Blowin' in the Wind Stevie Wonder 3:3
  6. 5 A Place in the Sun Stevie Wonder 2:48
  7. 6 Hey Love Stevie Wonder 2:41
  8. 7 I Was Made to Love Her Stevie Wonder 2:34
  9. 8 Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) Stevie Wonder 2:58
  10. 9 I'm Wondering Stevie Wonder 2:52
  11. 10 Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day Stevie Wonder 2:44
  12. 11 You Met Your Match Stevie Wonder 2:36
  13. 12 For Once in My Life Stevie Wonder 2:47
  14. 13 I Don't Know Why Stevie Wonder 2:44
  15. 14 My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder 2:50
  16. 15 Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday Stevie Wonder 3:2
  17. 16 Never Had a Dream Come True Stevie Wonder 3:11
  18. 17 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) Stevie Wonder 2:37
  19. 18 Heaven Help Us All Stevie Wonder 3:11
  20. 19 We Can Work It Out Stevie Wonder 3:13
  21. 20 If You Really Love Me Stevie Wonder 2:57
  22. 21 Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer Stevie Wonder 2:52
  23. 22 Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) Stevie Wonder 8:3
  24. 23 I Love Every Little Thing About You Stevie Wonder 3:52
  25. 1 Superstition Stevie Wonder 4:26
  26. 2 You Are the Sunshine of My Life Stevie Wonder 2:55
  27. 3 You and I Stevie Wonder 4:37
  28. 4 I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever) Stevie Wonder 4:49
  29. 7 Living for the City Stevie Wonder 7:23
  30. 8 Golden Lady Stevie Wonder 4:53
  31. 9 Higher Ground Stevie Wonder 3:42
  32. 10 All in Love Is Fair Stevie Wonder 3:42
  33. 11 Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing Stevie Wonder 4:45
  34. 12 He's Misstra Know-It-All Stevie Wonder 5:32
  35. 13 You Haven't Done Nothin' Stevie Wonder 3:22
  36. 14 Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away Stevie Wonder 5:1
  37. 15 Too Shy to Say Stevie Wonder 3:29
  38. 16 Boogie on Reggae Woman Stevie Wonder 5:11
  39. 17 Creepin' Stevie Wonder 4:19
  40. 1 Sir Duke Stevie Wonder 3:52
  41. 2 I Wish Stevie Wonder 4:12
  42. 3 Knocks Me Off My Feet Stevie Wonder 3:37
  43. 4 Pastime Paradise Stevie Wonder 3:26
  44. 5 Isn't She Lovely Stevie Wonder 6:34
  45. 6 Ngiculela-Es Una Historia-I Am Singing Stevie Wonder 3:49
  46. 7 If It's Magic Stevie Wonder 3:12
  47. 8 As Stevie Wonder 7:8
  48. 9 Another Star Stevie Wonder 8:17
  49. 10 Send One Your Love Stevie Wonder 4:0
  50. 11 All I Do Stevie Wonder 5:14
  51. 12 Rocket Love Stevie Wonder 4:39
  52. 13 I Ain't Gonna Stand for It Stevie Wonder 4:38
  53. 14 Master Blaster (Jammin') Stevie Wonder 5:6
  54. 15 Lately Stevie Wonder 4:5
  55. 16 Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder 5:51
  56. 1 That Girl Stevie Wonder 5:11
  57. 2 Ribbon in the Sky Stevie Wonder 5:34
  58. 3 Do I Do Stevie Wonder 10:28
  59. 4 Love Light in Flight Stevie Wonder 6:52
  60. 5 I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder 4:20
  61. 6 Overjoyed Stevie Wonder 3:42
  62. 7 Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 4:12
  63. 8 Go Home Stevie Wonder 5:18
  64. 9 You Will Know Stevie Wonder 5:0
  65. 10 Skeletons Stevie Wonder 5:24
  66. 11 Gotta Have You Stevie Wonder 6:26
  67. 12 These Three Words Stevie Wonder 4:52
  68. 13 For Your Love Stevie Wonder 5:0

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