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Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July
Quality Records Canada / Tamla Motown
Vinyl is VG++/Mint
Gatefold cover is VG++ slight corner wear ( see our pic)
Opens up to reveal song lyrics.
Includes original picture inner sleeve with a pic of Martin Luther King Jr. on the back (see pic)
1. Did I Hear You Say You Love Me
2. All I Do
3. Rocket Love
4. I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
5. As If You Read My Mind
6. Master Blaster (Jammin')
7. Do Like You
8. Cash In Your Face
10. Happy Birthday
....and that's exactly what a great magician like Stevie Wonder will do.... I didn't think this album held gas compared to his 70s stuff..... but man..... he kind of put me in this trance..... he's just got something that I can't describe... it's like each of his songs build up and climax near the end... he just starts going nuts with his voice and instruments... it's good stuff!!!!
Hotter Than July is an aptly titled album as Stevie Wonder turns up the heat on this release. After the experimentation of The secret Journey Through The Life Of Plants, Mr. Wonder returns to his normal form with a collection of funkified numbers. "All I Do" is a fiery song that sieges right into "Rocket Love" that goes up into orbit. "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It" finds Mr. Wonder singing in an almost unrecognizable voice that is more of a growl. "Lately" is a stirring ballad while "Happy Birthday" is dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. and is an open plea to make his birthday a national holiday, which it was not at the time. In fact, Mr. Wonder was a driving force behind the movement that was successful in getting Dr. King's birthday recognized, which despite the criminally long delay in doing such, was richly deserved. "Master Blaster (Jammin')" was another tribute song, this time to late reggae legend Bob Marley. The song has a dark, funky beat and sounds like it was recorded on some stoop on a hot summer night. Hotter Than July capped off an unbelievable run of albums and while it is not normally mentioned with them, belongs in the same league as his 70's albums.
Stevie Wonder - Documentary 1980 Hotter than July
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jamm'in) Live 1980
Stevie Wonder - Happy Birthday (Budokan 1982)
Stevie Wonder - All I Do