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Thread started 03/15/11 1:39pm

Militant

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Stevie Wonder - 1974 Beat Club full concert

Thanks to my friend Maria funkyflyy on facebook for uploading this to youtube, too cool!

Stevie Wonder 1974 concert on German TV show Musikladen/Beat Club.
I recorded from the European TV channel VH1 in 2003. I wish this would be released on DVD! If someone can help me identify the musicians, it would be great. One of the ladies, Afro and a polo shirt, singing backing vocals is Denice Williams. She was part of Wonder's female background singing group Wonderlove. I think this is the partial lineup, based on what Stevie says at 23.15: Reggie McBride plays bass. Michael "Mike" Sembello on guitar and keys, Ollie E. Brown on drums.

Song list:
1. Jam
2. Contusion
3. Higher Ground
4. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
5. I Can See The Sun In Late December
6. He's Misstra Know-It-All
7. Living For The City
8. Superstition

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Reply #1 posted 03/15/11 1:46pm

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What I find interesting is the fact that, "Contusion" is included in this set. That means that it was written long before, it was included in "SIKOL"....

"Love is like peeing in your pants, everyone sees it but only you feel its warmth"
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Reply #2 posted 03/15/11 1:46pm

Timmy84

FUCK YEAH!!!! FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reply #3 posted 03/15/11 2:16pm

runphilrun

I taped this too, years ago on VH1 here in the U.S.. I showed this once to my friend who is a Stevie fan & a musician, and he scoffed, "The musicians are not that tight, and they're kinda sloppy.." I thought to myself.. "bitch, please " rolleyes lol

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Reply #4 posted 03/15/11 2:22pm

Timmy84

runphilrun said:

I taped this too, years ago on VH1 here in the U.S.. I showed this once to my friend who is a Stevie fan & a musician, and he scoffed, "The musicians are not that tight, and they're kinda sloppy.." I thought to myself.. "bitch, please " rolleyes lol

That motherfucker ain't no Stevie fan if he said that. Fuck outta here. The musicians were TIGHT! It's hard to keep up with Stevie!!! I wonder when will people realize that. Even the tightest musicians would struggle but they held their own. nod

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Reply #5 posted 03/15/11 3:08pm

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shorttrini said:

What I find interesting is the fact that, "Contusion" is included in this set. That means that it was written long before, it was included in "SIKOL"....

nod

He played that classic fusion-funk jam many times in concert years before Songs came out.

Anyways, I adore the Beat Club performance from 1974. Back when VH1 was "VH1," they used to play this concert all the time along with classic Midnight Special episodes from the 70's. This concert marked the first time I ever saw or Stevie play live and I was floored. Brought Original Musiquarium I the day after and the ball has been running since. Stevie is truly a music god for me. music

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Reply #6 posted 03/15/11 3:10pm

runphilrun

Timmy84 said:

runphilrun said:

I taped this too, years ago on VH1 here in the U.S.. I showed this once to my friend who is a Stevie fan & a musician, and he scoffed, "The musicians are not that tight, and they're kinda sloppy.." I thought to myself.. "bitch, please " rolleyes lol

That motherfucker ain't no Stevie fan if he said that. Fuck outta here. The musicians were TIGHT! It's hard to keep up with Stevie!!! I wonder when will people realize that. Even the tightest musicians would struggle but they held their own. nod

falloff @ that comment. Despite some musicians who don't have even half the talent that Stevie & his band does, they could be the biggest musical snobs in the world. It comes off as jealousy to me as well nod

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Reply #7 posted 03/15/11 3:14pm

Timmy84

runphilrun said:

Timmy84 said:

That motherfucker ain't no Stevie fan if he said that. Fuck outta here. The musicians were TIGHT! It's hard to keep up with Stevie!!! I wonder when will people realize that. Even the tightest musicians would struggle but they held their own. nod

falloff @ that comment. Despite some musicians who don't have even half the talent that Stevie & his band does, they could be the biggest musical snobs in the world. It comes off as jealousy to me as well nod

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Reply #8 posted 03/15/11 6:07pm

Timmy84

bumpit

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Reply #9 posted 03/16/11 11:07am

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I remember watch this back when they aired it on VH1 in either the late 90's or early 2000's.

[Edited 3/16/11 11:07am]

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Reply #10 posted 03/16/11 1:24pm

Timmy84

thetimefan said:

I remember watch this back when they aired it on VH1 in either the late 90's or early 2000's.

[Edited 3/16/11 11:07am]

I kinda did too but the first two times it was on, it was always in the middle of it. lol That's why I'm glad a few years ago I did begin to see the fuller concert. That jam in the beginning was SMOKIN'. cool

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Reply #11 posted 03/16/11 2:44pm

Harlepolis

I'd appreciate it if somebody would rip the whole set for me in MP3, def one of his historic TV moments along with his Black Omnibus gig.

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Reply #12 posted 03/16/11 2:46pm

Harlepolis

shorttrini said:

What I find interesting is the fact that, "Contusion" is included in this set. That means that it was written long before, it was included in "SIKOL"....

Oh yeah, the song is a band work out. There's a live recording of the song from his "Rainbow Room" bootleg which was supposed to be released as an official live album. Great stuff!

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Reply #13 posted 03/16/11 2:54pm

Timmy84

Harlepolis said:

shorttrini said:

What I find interesting is the fact that, "Contusion" is included in this set. That means that it was written long before, it was included in "SIKOL"....

Oh yeah, the song is a band work out. There's a live recording of the song from his "Rainbow Room" bootleg which was supposed to be released as an official live album. Great stuff!

I'm gonna find that set and burn it to a disc and listen over and over again. JohnnieWalker23 on YouTube has the entire concert. music

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Reply #14 posted 03/16/11 3:01pm

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shorttrini said:

What I find interesting is the fact that, "Contusion" is included in this set. That means that it was written long before, it was included in "SIKOL"....

Stevie has many songs that were written long before he put them on an album like Cryin' Through The Night, Taboo To Love, Please Don't Hurt My Baby, and All I Do.

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Reply #15 posted 03/16/11 3:13pm

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Beautiful

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Reply #16 posted 03/16/11 3:43pm

shorttrini

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MickyDolenz said:

shorttrini said:

What I find interesting is the fact that, "Contusion" is included in this set. That means that it was written long before, it was included in "SIKOL"....

Stevie has many songs that were written long before he put them on an album like Cryin' Through The Night, Taboo To Love, Please Don't Hurt My Baby, and All I Do.

I know about, All I do, and Cryin' through the Night.

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Reply #17 posted 03/16/11 3:49pm

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Timmy84 said:

Harlepolis said:

Oh yeah, the song is a band work out. There's a live recording of the song from his "Rainbow Room" bootleg which was supposed to be released as an official live album. Great stuff!

I'm gonna find that set and burn it to a disc and listen over and over again. JohnnieWalker23 on YouTube has the entire concert. music

The Rainbow Room '74 concert is one of his best performances. It's usually called "Funkafied Rainbow." Gotta listen to the versions of "Living For The City," "Contusion" and "Signed, Sealed Delivered" on there. Great stuff.

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Reply #18 posted 03/16/11 4:04pm

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shorttrini said:

MickyDolenz said:

Stevie has many songs that were written long before he put them on an album like Cryin' Through The Night, Taboo To Love, Please Don't Hurt My Baby, and All I Do.

I know about, All I do, and Cryin' through the Night.

Stevie wrote Lighting Up The Candles as a duet for him and Marvin Gaye to sing, but Marvin died before it could get recorded. It wound up being recorded for the Jungle Fever soundtrack. A song that was used in the movie (but not on the soundtrack) and a B-side of Gotta Have You called Feeding Off The Love Of The Land was recorded in the early 70's.

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Reply #19 posted 03/16/11 4:19pm

Timmy84

MickyDolenz said:

shorttrini said:

I know about, All I do, and Cryin' through the Night.

Stevie wrote Lighting Up The Candles as a duet for him and Marvin Gaye to sing, but Marvin died before it could get recorded. It wound up being recorded for the Jungle Fever soundtrack. A song that was used in the movie (but not on the soundtrack) and a B-side of Gotta Have You called Feeding Off The Love Of The Land was recorded in the early 70's.

He also sung it at Marvin's funeral.

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Reply #20 posted 03/16/11 4:27pm

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Timmy84 said:

MickyDolenz said:

Stevie wrote Lighting Up The Candles as a duet for him and Marvin Gaye to sing, but Marvin died before it could get recorded. It wound up being recorded for the Jungle Fever soundtrack. A song that was used in the movie (but not on the soundtrack) and a B-side of Gotta Have You called Feeding Off The Love Of The Land was recorded in the early 70's.

He also sung it at Marvin's funeral.

Okay, thanks Timmy!!

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Reply #21 posted 03/16/11 4:41pm

NMuzakNSoul

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Timmy84 said:

He also sung it at Marvin's funeral.

Okay, thanks Timmy!!

Yep a wonderful moment.

I have never seen this concert in this decent a quality in full on YouTube yet. Always nice!!! I'm a huuuuge Stevie fan, man.

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Reply #22 posted 03/16/11 4:46pm

NMuzakNSoul

Also noteworthy here: his solo version of "i can see the sun in late december" given to Roberta Flack which she recorded a year later. Also recorded by dutch group "lucifer"

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Reply #23 posted 03/16/11 4:54pm

Smittyrock70

Notice the dude rocking the Les Paul solo on Contusion is a young Mike Sembello.cool

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Reply #24 posted 03/16/11 4:55pm

Timmy84

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Notice the dude rocking the Les Paul solo on Contusion is a young Mike Sembello.cool

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Reply #25 posted 03/16/11 5:03pm

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Smittyrock70 said:

Notice the dude rocking the Les Paul solo on Contusion is a young Mike Sembello.cool

Did you know he produced Rico Suave? Actually Mike produced Gerardo's entire debut album.

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Reply #26 posted 03/16/11 5:06pm

NMuzakNSoul

I think one additional background singer there is Shirley Brewer. Mother of Kimberly Brewer. (who toured later with Wonder)

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Reply #27 posted 03/16/11 5:09pm

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MickyDolenz said:

Smittyrock70 said:

Notice the dude rocking the Les Paul solo on Contusion is a young Mike Sembello.cool

Did you know he produced Rico Suave? Actually Mike produced Gerardo's entire debut album.

He also had a hit w/ "Maniac" in '83. (Flashdance soundtrack)

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Reply #28 posted 03/16/11 7:02pm

Timmy84

NMuzakNSoul said:

I think one additional background singer there is Shirley Brewer. Mother of Kimberly Brewer. (who toured later with Wonder)

Didn't Stevie date both Shirley (who I believe is the woman in the glasses) and Kimberly? lol

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