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Stevie Wonder - Japanese SHM-SACD Collection (4x SACD, 1972-1980) [PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC] Combined RE-UP

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Stevie Wonder - Japanese SHM-SACD Collection (4x SACD, 1972-1980) [PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC] Combined RE-UP

Stevie Wonder - Japanese SHM-SACD Collection (4x SACD, 1972-1980/2011)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 5.32 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Stereo | 176:11 mins | Scans included | 4.23 GB


Stevie Wonder - Japanese SHM-SACD Collection (4x SACD, 1972-1980) [PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC] Combined RE-UP

Stevie Wonder - Talking Book (1972) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9064]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:26 minutes | Scans included | 1.31 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1.04 GB

After releasing two "head" records during 1970-71, Stevie Wonder expanded his compositional palate with 1972's Talking Book to include societal ills as well as tender love songs, and so recorded the first smash album of his career. What had been hinted at on the intriguing project Music of My Mind was here focused into a laser beam of tight songwriting, warm electronic arrangements, and ebullient performances – altogether the most realistic vision of musical personality ever put to wax, beginning with a disarmingly simple love song, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (but of course, it's only the composition that's simple). Stevie's not always singing a tender ballad here – in fact, he flits from contentment to mistrust to promise to heartbreak within the course of the first four songs – but he never fails to render each song in the most vivid colors. In stark contrast to his early songs, which were clever but often relied on the Motown template of romantic metaphor, with Talking Book it became clear Stevie Wonder was beginning to speak his mind and use personal history for material (just as Marvin Gaye had with the social protest of 1971's What's Going On). The lyrics became less convoluted, while the emotional power gained in intensity. "You and I" and the glorious closer "I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)" subtly illustrate that the conception of love can be stronger than the reality, while "Tuesday Heartbreak" speaks simply but powerfully: "I wanna be with you when the nighttime comes / I wanna be with you till the daytime comes." Ironically, the biggest hit from Talking Book wasn't a love song at all; the funk landmark "Superstition" urges empowerment instead of hopelessness, set to a grooving beat that made it one of the biggest hits of his career. It's followed by "Big Brother," the first of his directly critical songs, excoriating politicians who posture to the underclass in order to gain the only thing they really need: votes. With Talking Book, Stevie also found a proper balance between making an album entirely by himself and benefiting from the talents of others. His wife Syreeta and her sister Yvonne Wright contributed three great lyrics, and Ray Parker, Jr. came by to record a guitar solo that brings together the lengthy jam "Maybe Your Baby." Two more guitar heroes, Jeff Beck and Buzzy Feton, appeared on "Lookin' for Another Pure Love," Beck's solo especially giving voice to the excruciating process of moving on from a broken relationship. Like no other Stevie Wonder LP before it, Talking Book is all of a piece, the first unified statement of his career. It's certainly an exercise in indulgence but, imitating life, it veers breathtakingly from love to heartbreak and back with barely a pause.

Tracklist:

01 - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
02 - Maybe Your Baby
03 - You And I
04 - Tuesday Heartbreak
05 - You've Got It Bad Girl
06 - Superstition
07 - Big Brother
08 - Blame It On The Sun
09 - Lookin' For Another Pure Love
10 - I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Ellen Fitton at Universal Studio Mastering.

foobar2000 1.1.14a / "Dynamic Range" Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Stevie Wonder / Talking Book
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -7.59 dB -22.68 dB 2:59 01-You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
DR13 -7.62 dB -22.74 dB 6:50 02-Maybe Your Baby
DR10 -8.53 dB -22.84 dB 4:38 03-You And I
DR12 -9.04 dB -23.61 dB 3:02 04-Tuesday Heartbreak
DR11 -7.19 dB -21.49 dB 4:56 05-You've Got It Bad Girl
DR14 -5.76 dB -22.45 dB 4:26 06-Superstition
DR12 -8.79 dB -23.51 dB 3:33 07-Big Brother
DR12 -7.70 dB -23.25 dB 3:26 08-Blame It On The Sun
DR12 -7.87 dB -22.04 dB 4:43 09-Lookin' For Another Pure Love
DR11 -7.45 dB -22.13 dB 4:52 10-I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 88200 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,75 GB

Stevie Wonder - Japanese SHM-SACD Collection (4x SACD, 1972-1980) [PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC] Combined RE-UP

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9068]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:19 minutes | Scans included | 1.32 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1.06 GB

When Stevie Wonder applied his tremendous songwriting talents to the unsettled social morass that was the early '70s, he produced one of his greatest, most important works, a rich panoply of songs addressing drugs, spirituality, political ethics, the unnecessary perils of urban life, and what looked to be the failure of the '60s dream – all set within a collection of charts as funky and catchy as any he'd written before. Two of the highlights, "Living for the City" and "Too High," make an especially deep impression thanks to Stevie's narrative talents; on the first, an eight-minute mini-epic, he brings a hard-scrabble Mississippi black youth to the city and illustrates, via a brilliant dramatic interlude, what lies in wait for innocents. (He also uses his variety of voice impersonations to stunning effect.) "Too High" is just as stunning, a cautionary tale about drugs driven by a dizzying chorus of scat vocals and a springing bassline. "Higher Ground," a funky follow-up to the previous album's big hit ("Superstition"), and "Jesus Children of America" both introduced Wonder's interest in Eastern religion. It's a tribute to his genius that he could broach topics like reincarnation and transcendental meditation in a pop context with minimal interference to the rest of the album. Wonder also made no secret of the fact that "He's Misstra Know-It-All" was directed at Tricky Dick, aka Richard Milhouse Nixon, then making headlines (and destroying America's faith in the highest office) with the biggest political scandal of the century. Putting all these differing themes and topics into perspective was the front cover, a striking piece by Efram Wolff portraying Stevie Wonder as the blind visionary, an artist seeing far better than those around him what was going on in the early '70s, and using his astonishing musical gifts to make this commentary one of the most effective and entertaining ever heard.

Tracklist:

01 - Too High
02 - Visions
03 - Living For The City
04 - Golden Lady
05 - Higher Ground
06 - Jesus Children Of America
07 - All In Love Is Fair
08 - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
09 - He's Misstra Know-It-All

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Ellen Fitton at Universal Studio Mastering.

foobar2000 1.1.14a / "Dynamic Range" Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Stevie Wonder / Innervisions
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -7.45 dB -21.47 dB 4:37 01-Too High
DR11 -9.93 dB -23.70 dB 5:24 02-Visions
DR13 -5.84 dB -22.20 dB 7:23 03-Living For The City
DR12 -8.53 dB -23.23 dB 4:59 04-Golden Lady
DR13 -6.18 dB -22.04 dB 3:43 05-Higher Ground
DR12 -6.77 dB -21.89 dB 4:11 06-Jesus Children Of America
DR11 -9.27 dB -24.16 dB 3:42 07-All In Love Is Fair
DR12 -7.35 dB -21.63 dB 4:45 08-Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
DR12 -8.47 dB -23.47 dB 5:34 09-He's Misstra Know-It-All
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 88200 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,78 GB

Stevie Wonder - Japanese SHM-SACD Collection (4x SACD, 1972-1980) [PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC] Combined RE-UP

Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9072]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:38 minutes | Scans included | 1.34 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1.01 GB

After the righteous anger and occasional despair of the socially motivated Innervisions, Stevie Wonder returned with a relationship record: Fulfillingness' First Finale. The cover pictures his life as an enormous wheel, part of which he's looking ahead to and part of which he's already completed (the latter with accompanying images of Little Stevie, JFK and MLK, the Motor Town Revue bus, a child with balloons, his familiar Taurus logo, and multiple Grammy awards). The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too Shy to Say") to knowing when it's over ("It Ain't No Use"). The two big singles are "Boogie on Reggae Woman," with a deep electronic groove balancing organic congas and gospel piano, and "You Haven't Done Nothin'," an acidic dismissal of President Nixon and the Watergate controversy (he'd already written "He's Misstra Know-It-All" on the same topic). As before, Fulfillingness' First Finale is mostly the work of a single man; Stevie invited over just a bare few musicians, and most of those were background vocalists (though of the finest caliber: Minnie Riperton, Paul Anka, Deniece Williams, and the Jackson 5). Also as before, the appearances are perfectly chosen; "Too Shy to Say" can only benefit from the acoustic bass of Motown institution James Jamerson and the heavenly steel guitar of Sneaky Pete Kleinow, while the Jackson 5 provide some righteous amens to Stevie's preaching on "You Haven't Done Nothin'." It's also very refreshing to hear more songs devoted to the many and varied stages of romance, among them "It Ain't No Use," "Too Shy to Say," "Please Don't Go." The only element lacking here, in comparison to the rest of his string of brilliant early-'70s records, is a clear focus; Fulfillingness' First Finale is more a collection of excellent songs than an excellent album.

Tracklist:

01 - Smile Please
02 - Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
03 - Too Shy To Say
04 - Boogie On Reggae Woman
05 - Creepin'
06 - You Haven't Done Nothin'
07 - It Ain't No Use
08 - They Won't Go When I Go
09 - Bird Of Beauty
10 - Please Don't Go

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Kevin Reeves at Sterling Sound, NYC.

foobar2000 1.1.14a / "Dynamic Range" Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: STEVIE WONDER / FULFILLINGNESS' FIRST FINALE
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -4.24 dB -16.41 dB 3:29 01-Smile Please
DR11 -4.21 dB -17.04 dB 5:03 02-Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
DR11 -6.27 dB -20.86 dB 3:28 03-Too Shy To Say
DR11 -4.17 dB -16.48 dB 4:57 04-Boogie On Reggae Woman
DR11 -3.93 dB -17.16 dB 4:21 05-Creepin'
DR12 -4.24 dB -17.36 dB 3:23 06-You Haven't Done Nothin'
DR10 -4.25 dB -16.82 dB 4:01 07-It Ain't No Use
DR11 -4.37 dB -19.91 dB 5:59 08-They Won't Go When I Go
DR11 -4.19 dB -17.02 dB 3:48 09-Bird Of Beauty
DR11 -4.28 dB -17.44 dB 4:09 10-Please Don't Go
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 88200 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,72 GB

Stevie Wonder - Japanese SHM-SACD Collection (4x SACD, 1972-1980) [PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC] Combined RE-UP

Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July (1980) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9075]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 45:48 minutes | Scans included | 1.35 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1.12 GB

Four years after the pinnacle of Stevie Wonder's mid-'70s typhoon of classic albums, Hotter Than July was the proper follow-up to Songs in the Key of Life (his Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants concept record was actually a soundtrack to an obscure movie that fared miserably in theaters). It also found Wonder in a different musical climate than the one that savored his every move from 1972 to 1977. Disco and new wave had slowly crept their way into the mainstream record-buying public, and hindered the once-ample room for socially and politically charged lyrics. However, Wonder naysayed the trends and continues to do what he did best. Solid songwriting, musicianship, and production are evident in the majority of Hotter Than July. Wonder also carries on his tradition of penning songs normally not associated with his trademark sound, from the disco-tinged "All I Do" (originally planned to be released by Tammi Terrell almost ten years previously) to the reggae-influenced smash "Master Blaster (Jammin)," which went straight to the top of the R&B charts. While admittedly there are a few less-than-standard tracks, he closes the album on an amazing high note with one of the most aching ballads in his canon ("Lately") and a touching anthem to civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr. ("Happy Birthday"). While most definitely not on the same tier as Innervisions or Songs in the Key of Life, Hotter Than July is the portrait of an artist who still had the Midas touch, but stood at the crossroads of an illustrious career.

Tracklist:

01 - Did I Hear You Say You Love Me
02 - All I Do
03 - Rocket Love
04 - I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
05 - As If You Read My Mind
06 - Master Blaster (Jammin')
07 - Do Like You
08 - Cash In Your Face
09 - Lately
10 - Happy Birthday

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Ellen Fitton at Universal Studio Mastering.

foobar2000 1.1.14a / "Dynamic Range" Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Stevie Wonder / Hotter Than July
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR16 -4.94 dB -22.65 dB 4:08 01-Did I Hear You Say You Love Me
DR16 -6.14 dB -24.55 dB 5:06 02-All I Do
DR15 -4.97 dB -24.77 dB 4:39 03-Rocket Love
DR15 -6.80 dB -23.12 dB 4:39 04-I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
DR15 -6.12 dB -23.04 dB 3:40 05-As If You Read My Mind
DR17 -3.97 dB -23.96 dB 5:08 06-Master Blaster (Jammin')
DR16 -4.70 dB -23.79 dB 4:25 07-Do Like You
DR16 -5.19 dB -23.89 dB 3:59 08-Cash In Your Face
DR12 -8.74 dB -24.91 dB 4:05 09-Lately
DR15 -5.07 dB -23.99 dB 5:58 10-Happy Birthday
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR15

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 88200 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64


Uncompressed SACD ISO size > 1,85 GB
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