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STEVIE WONDER - HOTTER THAN JULY (VINYL LP)

Arguably his last great album, HOTTER THAN JULY was the follow-up to Stevie Wonder's two groundbreaking double albums: 1976's magnum opus SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE and 1979's sprawling, ambitious JOURNEY THROUGH THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS. While not as musically adventurous as those releases, HOTTER THAN JULY successfully combined the pop sensibility of Wonder's early Motown years with the political candor he'd recently developed. The album sizzles with both romantic and political passion. Wonder celebrates black leadership on the sensual, reggae-splashed homage to Bob Marley,"Master Blaster (Jammin')," and the exultant "Happy Birthday," a plea to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a nationally recognized holiday. These political send-ups mesh with soulful, synth-based love songs such as "All I Do" and the Jodeci-covered tearjerker "Lately." After HOTTER THAN JULY, Wonder wrote several brilliant singles, but this album remains, by far, his most consistent and engaging post-'70s collection.
 
Track Listing:
 
Side A:
Did I Hear You Say You Love me
All I Do
Rocket Love
I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
As If You Read My Mind
 
Side B:
Master Blaster (Jammin')
Do Like You
Cash In Your Face
Lately
Happy Birthday
Arguably his last great album, HOTTER THAN JULY was the follow-up to Stevie Wonder's two groundbreaking double albums: 1976's magnum opus SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE and 1979's sprawling, ambitious JOURNEY THROUGH THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS. While not as musically adventurous as those releases, HOTTER THAN JULY successfully combined the pop sensibility of Wonder's early Motown years with the political candor he'd recently developed. The album sizzles with both romantic and political passion. Wonder celebrates black leadership on the sensual, reggae-splashed homage to Bob Marley,"Master Blaster (Jammin')," and the exultant "Happy Birthday," a plea to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a nationally recognized holiday. These political send-ups mesh with soulful, synth-based love songs such as "All I Do" and the Jodeci-covered tearjerker "Lately." After HOTTER THAN JULY, Wonder wrote several brilliant singles, but this album remains, by far, his most consistent and engaging post-'70s collection.
 
Track Listing:
 
Side A:
Did I Hear You Say You Love me
All I Do
Rocket Love
I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
As If You Read My Mind
 
Side B:
Master Blaster (Jammin')
Do Like You
Cash In Your Face
Lately
Happy Birthday
Region Wellington