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Audio : Stevie Wonder live à San Francisco 1973

Encore un joli trésor mis au grand jour et publié légalement par le site Wolfgang’s Vault. Plus d’une heure de concert avec Stevie Wonder captée sur la scène du Winterland au printemps 1973, cinq mois après la publication de Talking Book. Le génie de la Motown est notamment accompagné par Ray Parker Jr et Greg Phillinganes, deux jeunes pouces qui connaitront leur heure de gloire dans les années 80. Lors de cette première tournée solo, Stevie Wonder fait encore la par belle aux morceaux des autres qu’il déstructure à l’envie et propose déjà des versions longues de ses classiques. Ce soir là, le bien nommé « Superstition » dure plus de 17 minutes. En écoute gratuite ICI.

Stevie Wonder – vocals, piano, keyboards
Shirley Brewer – backing vocals
Scott Edwards – bass
Jim Gilstrap – backing vocals
Lani Groves – backing vocals
Loris Harvin – backing vocals
Terry Hendricks – backing vocals
Trevor Laurence – saxophone
Ollie Brown – drums, vocals
Steve Madaio – trumpet
Ray Parker, Jr. – guitar
Greg Phillinganes – keyboards
Denny Morouse – saxophone

Communiqué officiel en anglais
Stevie Wonder had spent a good portion of 1972 opening for The Rolling Stones on their Exile On Main Street Tour; and the experience gave Wonder the impetus to bring his music to a huge, diverse fan base. He was now equally comfortable performing in front of smaller, intimate groups of soul music fans and large, predominantly white rock audiences. And both loved Wonder back with equal enthusiasm. This recording came on the heels of Talking Book, Wonder’s breakthrough 1972 album. While on this tour, he was writing the material that would eventually appear on 1973’s Innervisions. This recording does suffer from an overpowering backup band that seems to get in the way of Wonder’s talented playing and vocals during some of the songs.
In general, this is a very powerful live recording, and it remains a testament to the enormous talent of Stevie Wonder. When grouped together, it is amazing how many monumental songs he has written and recorded: « What’s Going On, » « For Once In My Life, » « If You Really Love Me, » « Superwoman, » « Sign Sealed Delivered, » the always infectious « Superstition » and « My Cherie Amour, » here fused with an instrumental version of the Marvin Gaye classic, Rare highlights include Wonder’s astonishing version of « Me & Mrs. Jones, » which is clearly as good as the Billy Paul original. Also, check out Stevie’s version of Dylan’s « Blowin’ In The Wind, » clearly the funkiest flavor of protest folk song you’re ever likely to hear.