Album of the Day: Stevie Wonder (7/22/74)

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Fulfillingness’ First Finale was the fourth of five albums in Stevie Wonder’s remarkable run of R&B-soul classics from the early 70s. Released by Motown on July 22, 1974, Fulfillingness’ gathered three Grammy awards (including Album of the Year) and spawned two Top 5 singles, the funky “Boogie On Reggae Woman” (#3) and the militant, anti-Watergate “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” (#1, with backing vocals from Motown label-mates the Jackson 5). Remarkable as well is the fact that Stevie played all of the instruments on the album save for several appearances on specific songs by session musicians and cameos by Motown house bassist James Jamerson and Flying Burrito Brother steel guitarist “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow. Fulfillingness’ First Finale is available for purchase as a CD or individual mp3 files on Amazon, and as iPod tracks on iTunes. A Stevie Wonder playlist is in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.

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