Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 56/500!
Numbered, Limited Edition!
Songs in the Key of Life was the last of five consecutive albums widely hailed as Stevie Wonder's "classic period" and became among the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of his career. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard Album Chart on October 8, 1976 and remained there thirteen consecutive weeks. It spent a total of thirty-five weeks inside the Top Ten and eighty weeks on the Billboard albums chart. Legendary figures of R&B, soul and jazz music perform on the album including, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Minnie Riperton and Deniece Williams.
Songs in the Key of Life included the hits, "I Wish," # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B chart. The track became an international Top 10 single, and also reached # 5 in the UK. The follow-up, "Sir Duke" spent three weeks at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached # 2 in the UK. "Another Star" and "As" were also Top 40 hits. "Isn't She Lovely" received wide airplay and became one of Stevie's most popular songs though it was not released as a single. In 2003 the album was ranked # 56 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The Audio Fidelity double-24K Compact Disc package contains the "A Something's Extra" Bonus Tracks and a 32-page lyric and credits booklet.
This is quite a package. If there's any collection that deserves the gold treatment, it's Songs in the Key of Life. You'll love it.
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Audio Fidelity's 24KT+ Gold CD series brings you classic music in deluxe packaging with see-through slip cases using original album art, all beautifully reproduced. They only use the original master mixes played back on a specially constructed vintage playback deck. Here's where the PLUS (+) comes in: The analog masters are put through their new proprietary analog to digital converter which reinforces the resolution of the original masters adding true "breath of life" to the music. Without any further sonic manipulation the master is shipped directly to the manufacturing plant for etching in "real time" onto the glass surface by laser. The end result of this unique mastering process is a compact disc with the warm sound of the original analog master tape combined with a genuine 24 karat gold surface free of any type of physical defect making Audio Fidelity's 24KT+ Gold CD series truly one of a kind!
"Making this record, Wonder would often stay in the studio forty-eight hours straight, not eating or sleeping, while everyone around him struggled to keep up. "If my flow is goin', I keep on until I peak," he said. The flow went so well, Wonder released twenty-one songs, packaged as a double album and a bonus EP. The highlights are the joyful "Isn't She Lovely" and "Sir Duke," but Wonder also displays his effortless mastery of funk, jazz, balladry, Afrobeat and even a string-quartet minuet." - www.rollingstone.com