|LP by Stevie Wonder|
|Released||October 27 1972|
|Length||42 min 41 sec|
|Stevie Wonder Chronology|
|Music Of My Mind
Talking book is an album by Stevie Wonder. Some fans claim that it is one of the best cross-over records of all time and on its release it shattered the myth that R&B artists were incapable of creating something even the hardest of rock audiences could appreciate.
The album marked a unique period for R&B artists and especially Motown artists. The cover of the album depicts Wonder in a more ubiquitous light, with manicured corn rows, Indian jewelry and a velvet afghan.
Sandwiched between the release of Music Of My Mind and Innervisions, Talking Book was part of Wonder's initiation into the unexplored regions of his musical career. Having seized more artistic freedom from Motown, Wonder took over the production reins and played most of the instruments.
Talking Book is sharply defined by Wonder's keyboard work, especially with the synthesizers he incorporated, giving the music a funkier edge (check out "Maybe Your Baby"). Then again, the swinging acoustic guitar and harmonica embellishments on "Big Brother", both courtesy of Wonder, defy categorization.
Wonder received 3 Grammy's for tracks on this album in 1974 - Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" and both Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for "Superstition". Incidentally, in the same ceremony, Wonder's next album "Innervisions" won Album of the Year and "Talking Book"'s producers Malcolm Cecil & Robert Margouleff won the Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical award for their work on Innervisions. Cecil and Margouleff produced four classic Wonder Albums in all: Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions, and Fulfillingness' First Finale.
- You Are the Sunshine of My Life
- Maybe Your Baby
- You and I (We Can Conquer the World)
- Tuesday Heartbreak
- You've Got It Bad Girl
- Big Brother
- Blame It on the Sun
- Lookin' for Another Pure Love
- I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)
(Where name appears twice, the first is the name of the artist as credited on the original album).
- Gloria Barley - Vocals
- Jeff Beck - Guitar
- Shirley Brewer - Vocals
- Malcolm Cecil - Programming, Moog Synthesizer, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer
- Scott Edwards - Bass Guitar
- Buzzy Feton (Howard "Buzz" Feiten) - Guitar
- Jim Gilstrap - Vocals
- Lani Groves - Vocals
- Loris Harvin (Delores Harvin) - Vocals
- Trevor Laurence - Saxophone
- Steve Madaio - Trumpet
- Robert Margouleff - Moog Synthesizer, Producer, Engineer, Associate Producer, Photography
- Ray Parker, Jr. - Guitar
- David Sanborn - Saxophone, Vocals
- Denise Williams - Vocals
- Debra Wilson - Vocals
- Stevie Wonder - Moog Synthesizer, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer, ARP Synthesizer
- Daniel Ben Zebulon - Percussion, Conga
- Austin Godsey - Engineer, Recording
- Joan Decola - Recording
- George Marino - Mastering
Produced by Stevie Wonder.