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10. Visions In My Mind

Stevie WonderAlthough Innervisions was recorded before the accident, it was released after, and most people associates it with Stevie's miraculous recovery. Indeed, in many places it is weirdly prophetic. The New York Times review of the album says "Stevie, identifies himself as a gang and a genius, producing, composing, arranging, singing, and, on several tracks, playing all the accompanying instruments (yes, it is impossible, or used to be). But Stevie Wonder, you see and want to know more. At the center of his music is the sound of what is real. Vocally, he remains inventive and unafraid, he sings all the things he hears: rock, folk, and all forms of Black music. The sum total of these varying components is an awesome knowledge, consumed and then shared by an artist who is free enough to do both." It was around this time that Roberta Flack said in Newsweek, of Steve's music, "It's the most sensitive of our decade . . . it has tapped the pulse of the people."

The first track released as a single was Higher Ground a song encouraging people to get up and keep on doing what they need to keep the world turning. He relates it to himself saying that his last time on earth he did not make the best use of life and hence in this life he intends to keep on trying till he reaches the highest ground. The album opens with Too High, Stevie's statement of his position on the use and effects of drugs. Visions describes a utopia as he perceives it, but the next track Living For The City, the albums second single, brings us back to the reality of the harshness of life for blacks in the in the city. Golden Lady a song Stevie said he wrote about Minnie Riperton is a mid-tempo ballad that is seamlessly segued to the end of Living For The City. After Higher Ground, is Jesus Children Of America asking if those that prayed really did so from the bottom of their hearts or if they felt what they were praying. All Is Fair In Love the most pop orientated track on the album sounds as though it was written about the break-up in his marriage with Syreeta. Don't You Worry About A Thing the third US single has Stevie in high spirits and He's Mistra Know-It-All the third UK single ends of the package with a statement warning about the dangers of associating with persons only out to deceive.

All in all, it is possibly the greatest collection of songs put on a single album.

1974 was a busy year for Stevie. He produced a second album for Syreeta, entitled Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta. Writing all eleven songs, some with Syreeta, his trademark arrangements coming across beautifully complimenting Syreeta's soft sultry voice. Two singles Your Kiss Is Sweet and Spinin' And Spinnin' were released from the album. An essential album for any Stevie Wonder collection.

Syreeta's 1977 album, One To One, featured only the one song written, produced and arranged by Stevie. Harmour Love was released as a single which reached a disappointing #75 on the US R&B charts. A sprightly acoustic guitar track with a reggae feel and Stevie on background vocals that certainly deserved better chart placing.
Minnie Riperton
Also in 1974, Stevie produced and played on the Perfect Angel album from Minnie Riperton, writing two songs, the title track and Take A Little Trip. The single Lovin' You brought Minnie to the public's attention, aptly displaying her multi-octave vocal range capability.

In addition to all this, Stevie wrote and produced the song Tell Me Something Good for the group Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. A #1 R&B and #3 pop chart hit, a song featuring a funky clavinet based track that filled the radio airwaves in the summer of 1974.