Artist: Stevie Wonder | Album: Fulfillingness First Finale | Released: 1974/2011 | Quality: SACD-R | Label: Motown | Catalog #: UIGY-9072 | Genre: Soul, Funk
FulfillingnessвЂ™ First Finale is a landmark album by Stevie Wonder, released on July 22, 1974; one of the albums from his вЂњclassic periodвЂќ.
It is his seventeenth studio album overall. According to Billboard magazine, it was WonderвЂ™s first album to top the Pop Albums chart where it remained for two weeks, while it was his third album to top the R&B/Black Albums chart where it spent nine nonconsecutive weeks.
Subsequent to the epic sweep and social consciousness of Innervisions, this set projected a reflective, decidedly somber tone. The musical arrangements used in several songs while masterful could be considered sparse in comparison to others among his 70s masterworks, evident especially in the bleak вЂњThey WonвЂ™t Go When I GoвЂќ and understated вЂњCreepinвЂ™вЂќ. While largely a stripped down, more personal sounding record, Wonder had not completely foregone commentary on the world around him. The No. 1 hit вЂњYou HavenвЂ™t Done NothinвЂ™вЂќ launched a pointed criticism of the Nixon administration bolstered by funky Clavinet, drum machine, and a Jackson 5 cameo.
FulfillingnessвЂ™ First Finale won Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal, Best Male Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance (for вЂњBoogie On Reggae WomanвЂќ), and Album of the Year in 1975. When Wonder took two years to record his follow-up album (Songs), this broke his consecutive Grammy streak and led to Paul SimonвЂ™s famous quote thanking him for not releasing an album in 1975 (when Simon won the Album of the Year award for Still Crazy After All These Years).
Tracklist: 01. Smile Please - 3:29
02. Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away - 5:03
03. Too Shy To Say - 3:28
04. Boogie On Reggae Woman - 4:57
05. CreepinвЂ™ - 4:21
06. You HavenвЂ™t Done NothinвЂ™ - 3:23
07. It AinвЂ™t No Use - 4:01
08. They WonвЂ™t Go When I Go - 5:59
09. Bird Of Beauty - 3:48
10. Please DonвЂ™t Go - 4:09