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The Definitive Collection [Universal]

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Stevie Wonder 10/29/2002

Review

Few musicians who rose to the top of the pop charts as children matured musically and personally with the grace and accomplishment of Stevie Wonder, and fewer still managed to enjoy a degree of popular and critical success that matched Wonder's in the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. Narrowing Wonder's massive catalog down to 39 songs is no easy task, but The Definitive Collection does as good as a job as one could hope for; this two-disc set includes practically all of Wonder's biggest hits and signature songs, from 1963's "Fingertips" to 1995's "For Your Love," as well as featuring a number of fan favorites and deep cuts. While the set hasn't been sequenced chronologically, this actually works in its favor, pointing to the stylistic diversity of Wonder's body of work as well as the consistent strength of his songwriting and his restless, imaginative style as a producer and arranger. Between the sheer bulk of Wonder's catalog and his status as one of the most honored pop musicians of his time (essentially everything he recorded in the 1970s is essential, as is most of his catalog from the 1980s), you can hardly call a two-disc set a "definitive collection," but as a (relatively) brief overview of his best-known work and a way into his catalog, The Definitive Collection does an excellent job of reminding us why Stevie Wonder meant so much to so many people, and continues to matter more than half a century after his first hit. ~ Mark Deming
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Superstition Stevie Wonder 4:26
  3. 2 Sir Duke Stevie Wonder 3:52
  4. 3 I Wish Stevie Wonder 4:12
  5. 4 Master Blaster (Jammin') Stevie Wonder 5:6
  6. 5 Isn't She Lovely Stevie Wonder 3:18
  7. 6 I Just Called to Say I Love You Stevie Wonder 4:20
  8. 7 Ebony & Ivory Paul McCartney 3:39
  9. 8 As Stevie Wonder 3:26
  10. 9 Never Had a Dream Come True Stevie Wonder 3:10
  11. 10 I Was Made to Love Her Stevie Wonder 2:34
  12. 11 Heaven Help Us All Stevie Wonder 3:10
  13. 12 Overjoyed Stevie Wonder 3:41
  14. 13 Lately Stevie Wonder 4:4
  15. 14 For Your Love Stevie Wonder 5:0
  16. 15 If You Really Love Me Stevie Wonder 2:57
  17. 16 Higher Ground Stevie Wonder 3:41
  18. 17 Do I Do Stevie Wonder 5:3
  19. 18 Living for the City Stevie Wonder 3:37
  20. 19 Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 4:12
  21. 1 For Once in My Life Stevie Wonder 2:46
  22. 2 Uptight (Everything's Alright) Stevie Wonder 2:51
  23. 3 We Can Work It Out Stevie Wonder 3:11
  24. 4 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) Stevie Wonder 2:37
  25. 5 Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday Stevie Wonder 3:2
  26. 6 I'm Wondering Stevie Wonder 2:52
  27. 7 My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder 2:50
  28. 8 You Are the Sunshine of My Life Stevie Wonder 2:55
  29. 9 I Don't Know Why I Love You Stevie Wonder 2:44
  30. 10 A Place in the Sun Stevie Wonder 2:48
  31. 11 Blowin' in the Wind Stevie Wonder 3:3
  32. 12 Send One Your Love Stevie Wonder 4:0
  33. 13 Pastime Paradise Stevie Wonder 3:26
  34. 14 I Ain't Gonna Stand for It Stevie Wonder 4:38
  35. 15 Fingertips Pts. 1 & 2 Stevie Wonder 6:53
  36. 16 Boogie on Reggae Woman Stevie Wonder 5:11
  37. 17 You Haven't Done Nothin' Stevie Wonder 3:22
  38. 18 He's Misstra Know-It-All Stevie Wonder 5:32
  39. 19 Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder 5:51
  40. 20 Another Star Stevie Wonder 8:14

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