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alphastreet

Innervisions appreciation thread

Let's give this grammy winning album of the year some love. I think it's the best from stevie's catalogue, perfect from start to finish.

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Reply #1 posted 11/16/17 12:19am

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alphastreet said:

Let's give this grammy winning album of the year some love. I think it's the best from stevie's catalogue, perfect from start to finish.

[Edited 11/15/17 18:29pm]


U know. ..

He's gonna be playing it AND TALKING BOOK in their entirety at this year's HOUSE FULL OF TOYS benefit concert; being held at STAPLES CENTER this year instead of the usual Nokia/Microsoft.

Got my tickets two weeks ago. If you're a fan, this is a can't miss thing
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Reply #2 posted 11/16/17 8:13am

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I think it's his best album.
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Reply #3 posted 11/16/17 10:00am

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Stevie is one of the GOAT artists and this album is proof of that fact.

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Reply #4 posted 11/16/17 1:58pm

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Too High

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Visions

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Living...

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Golden Lady

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Higher Ground

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Pure God-body inspiration.

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Most days, I still say that Fulfillingness ("fulfilling-, fulfill-, fufulla-, FUCK IT! YOU KNOW, THE GOOD ONE") is my favorite Stevie but Innervisions goes soooooo hard...

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Reply #5 posted 11/16/17 2:09pm

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2045RadicalMattZ said:

alphastreet said:

Let's give this grammy winning album of the year some love. I think it's the best from stevie's catalogue, perfect from start to finish.

[Edited 11/15/17 18:29pm]

U know. .. He's gonna be playing it AND TALKING BOOK in their entirety at this year's HOUSE FULL OF TOYS benefit concert; being held at STAPLES CENTER this year instead of the usual Nokia/Microsoft. Got my tickets two weeks ago. If you're a fan, this is a can't miss thing

Thought I was in heaven seeing him perform Songs In The Key of Life from beginning to end; sorry I'm going to miss out on this one! pout

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Reply #6 posted 11/16/17 3:05pm

alphastreet

Aw I wish I could see him perform full albums live, I know so many who went to see the songs tour.


Funny enough I bought this album a decade ago simply for higher ground,and only a few tracks stuck with me the most. I listened to it after so long in light of doing some advocacy work and for some reason it's sitting so well with me and I feel the emotion in his music compliments the instrumentals perfectly. I always knew he was emotional but I guess I was more shallow at the time I got it (or just had my head far up someone else's ass ahah)but songs in the key of life was my favourite then but this one I think is better now and really resonated with me. I guess it has to do with playing and appreciating more genres than before


Oh and mistaknowitall rocks! So relevant today
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Reply #7 posted 11/16/17 6:55pm

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A wonderful album. Livin and Visions are my two favorites off this album. For me his best album is Talkin Book.

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Reply #8 posted 11/17/17 3:25am

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This album is utterly perfect! There are some days I would call this his best album, but usually I rate it second; just behind SITKOL and just ahead of FFF.
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Reply #9 posted 11/17/17 6:01am

Slave2daGroove

Love this album and love this era of Stevie. His Wonderlove band was my second favorite but I really just love most of his music.

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Reply #10 posted 11/17/17 6:30am

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alphastreet said:

Let's give this grammy winning album of the year some love. I think it's the best from stevie's catalogue, perfect from start to finish.

[Edited 11/15/17 18:29pm]

yup nod

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Reply #11 posted 11/17/17 9:17am

namepeace

This is why Stevie's 70's run is the greatest in small-r rock history.

Each album from Music of My Mind to Songs In The Key of Life , standing alone, would be the crowning achievement of almost any other artist's career.

He made them consecutively.

We all have our favorite of that era, but this thread is about Innervisions, and it's simply beautiful.

Good night, sweet Prince | 7 June 1958 - 21 April 2016

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Reply #12 posted 11/17/17 10:53am

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I'm sure it's been discussed before...

but why isn't there any "NEW" (even OLD/NEW) Stevie music being released?



Is he having issues with his contract? I'd heard years ago at Humphrey's by the bay, talki of his new music etc. and then again on every subsequent tour.

he's even played numerous "freebies" of new material throughout the close of several shows.. (first one that comes to mind "keep foolin yourself")

and he's got projects

1) The Gospel According to Eulah May (announced on his 2008 return to touring)

2) Visions from the eyes of Stevie WOnder (something like that)

3) Orchestral album

4) Fullfilllingness' First Finale Part II

...I've heard talk of him doin one with Tony Bennett as welll... (I love Tony.... that would be an instant smash)

What's goin on?

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Reply #13 posted 11/17/17 12:12pm

babynoz

My Favorite Stevie Album. cool

Prince, in you I found a kindred spirit...Rest In Paradise.
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Reply #14 posted 11/17/17 12:31pm

InTime

I would love to know about any outtakes from Innervisions. I remember reading that "Boogie On Reggae Woman" was recorded during the sessions.

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Reply #15 posted 11/17/17 4:21pm

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2045RadicalMattZ said:

I'm sure it's been discussed before...

but why isn't there any "NEW" (even OLD/NEW) Stevie music being released?



Is he having issues with his contract? I'd heard years ago at Humphrey's by the bay, talki of his new music etc. and then again on every subsequent tour.

he's even played numerous "freebies" of new material throughout the close of several shows.. (first one that comes to mind "keep foolin yourself")

and he's got projects

1) The Gospel According to Eulah May (announced on his 2008 return to touring)

2) Visions from the eyes of Stevie WOnder (something like that)

3) Orchestral album

4) Fullfilllingness' First Finale Part II

...I've heard talk of him doin one with Tony Bennett as welll... (I love Tony.... that would be an instant smash)

What's goin on?

Same frustration as with a lot of older artists--unreleased albums fans are dying to hear for better or worse... razz lol

Find strength in that which remains...
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Reply #16 posted 11/17/17 4:55pm

2045RadicalMat
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purplethunder3121 said:

2045RadicalMattZ said:

I'm sure it's been discussed before...

but why isn't there any "NEW" (even OLD/NEW) Stevie music being released?



Is he having issues with his contract? I'd heard years ago at Humphrey's by the bay, talki of his new music etc. and then again on every subsequent tour.

he's even played numerous "freebies" of new material throughout the close of several shows.. (first one that comes to mind "keep foolin yourself")

and he's got projects

1) The Gospel According to Eulah May (announced on his 2008 return to touring)

2) Visions from the eyes of Stevie WOnder (something like that)

3) Orchestral album

4) Fullfilllingness' First Finale Part II

...I've heard talk of him doin one with Tony Bennett as welll... (I love Tony.... that would be an instant smash)

What's goin on?

Same frustration as with a lot of older artists--unreleased albums fans are dying to hear for better or worse... razz lol



well... 3 of these *(unless he just changed their names) were NEW...not old unreleased.

Sure he'd probably have some old unreleased cuts reworked on em...but, I'm wondering what happened? This has been going on for about 10 years

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Reply #17 posted 11/17/17 5:17pm

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2045RadicalMattZ said:

purplethunder3121 said:

Same frustration as with a lot of older artists--unreleased albums fans are dying to hear for better or worse... razz lol



well... 3 of these *(unless he just changed their names) were NEW...not old unreleased.

Sure he'd probably have some old unreleased cuts reworked on em...but, I'm wondering what happened? This has been going on for about 10 years

That's my point--artists like Stevie and Springsteen have done new albums that never get released for whatever reason. Maybe at some point they'll release them in a box set like Dylan did. razz

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Reply #18 posted 11/17/17 5:38pm

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2045RadicalMattZ said:

I'm sure it's been discussed before...

but why isn't there any "NEW" (even OLD/NEW) Stevie music being released?


Unfortunately, this is the way Stevie has been since about 1980. He took his time on Secret Life of Plants (released 1979), but that was sort-of understandable after his incredible run in the 70s and the double-album (plus EP) in late 1976. (The mainstream-disco era was indeed a good time to take a little breather.) After the Plants thing was a bit of a commercial dud, Motown/Stevie conspired to get another record out quickly, and so Hotter Than July (1980) was out soon after, to strong sales and a pretty good reception.

Ever since, Stevie has been slow as molasses to release new studio albums... with the notable exception of the small-ish pause between In Square Circle (1985, which itself took five years to appear) and Characters (1987), though neither were anywhere near his best work.

In the exactly 30 years since Characters, Stevie has issued only two(!) stand-alone studio albums. Even when considering the Jungle Fever soundtrack, it's three albums in thirty years.

I am a little worried about if Stevie has his affairs in order, in preparation for the day when he's no longer with us. I'm not sure if he's been surrounded by the best people, and I won't trust anything that Berry Gordy has his hands in. I just hope all this music he's been laying down won't (a) go into the trash-bin completely or (b) get tastelessly released to cash-in on his passing with no rhyme or reason.


Anyway, Innervisions...

Yes, clearly one of the great albums of the 1970s and one of Stevie's best, indeed maybe his very best. "Golden Lady" is my favorite.

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Reply #19 posted 11/17/17 5:43pm

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purplethunder3121 said:

Same frustration as with a lot of older artists--unreleased albums fans are dying to hear for better or worse... razz lol

What about that rumor about Stevie having it set up that his unreleased music is to be destroyed upon his passing?

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MickyDolenz said:

purplethunder3121 said:

Same frustration as with a lot of older artists--unreleased albums fans are dying to hear for better or worse... razz lol

What about that rumor about Stevie having it set up that his unreleased music is to be destroyed upon his passing?


That only works if the people you leave behind don't want your stuff out (and don't want your money).

Example: Franz Kafka. Ordered all his writing to be destroyed upon his death. Today, his photo appears on ads for cans of coffee here in Tokyo.

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ThePanther said:

MickyDolenz said:

What about that rumor about Stevie having it set up that his unreleased music is to be destroyed upon his passing?


That only works if the people you leave behind don't want your stuff out (and don't want your money).

Example: Franz Kafka. Ordered all his writing to be destroyed upon his death. Today, his photo appears on ads for cans of coffee here in Tokyo.

eek I forgot about that rumor; I hope not! That would be a travesty...

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Reply #22 posted 11/17/17 8:20pm

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ThePanther said:



2045RadicalMattZ said:


I'm sure it's been discussed before...



but why isn't there any "NEW" (even OLD/NEW) Stevie music being released?




Unfortunately, this is the way Stevie has been since about 1980. He took his time on Secret Life of Plants (released 1979), but that was sort-of understandable after his incredible run in the 70s and the double-album (plus EP) in late 1976. (The mainstream-disco era was indeed a good time to take a little breather.) After the Plants thing was a bit of a commercial dud, Motown/Stevie conspired to get another record out quickly, and so Hotter Than July (1980) was out soon after, to strong sales and a pretty good reception.

Ever since, Stevie has been slow as molasses to release new studio albums... with the notable exception of the small-ish pause between In Square Circle (1985, which itself took five years to appear) and Characters (1987), though neither were anywhere near his best work.

In the exactly 30 years since Characters, Stevie has issued only two(!) stand-alone studio albums. Even when considering the Jungle Fever soundtrack, it's three albums in thirty years.

I am a little worried about if Stevie has his affairs in order, in preparation for the day when he's no longer with us. I'm not sure if he's been surrounded by the best people, and I won't trust anything that Berry Gordy has his hands in. I just hope all this music he's been laying down won't (a) go into the trash-bin completely or (b) get tastelessly released to cash-in on his passing with no rhyme or reason.


Anyway, Innervisions...

Yes, clearly one of the great albums of the 1970s and one of Stevie's best, indeed maybe his very best. "Golden Lady" is my favorite.


Interesting.
But u left out THE WOMAN IN RED (*maybe for good reason; but I'm thinking of actually enjoy a time travel with that tonight and pretend I'm in the 80's again)

also the original piece he did for the library of congress. I'm on an OLD mobile, do i won't link. You'd do well to download it.

I see your point though. I'd always considered his last work to be the BAMBOOZLED soundtrack to be his last work although that's only 2 songs. I don't count the snoop dogg stuff or other guesting bits except maybe BRAND NEW DAY because his sonic imprint is so significant to the track.

I hope he releases some of them. Maybe I'll bug him about it if i ever run into him again.

Usually I'd think that's rude but not now
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Reply #23 posted 11/18/17 1:08am

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2045RadicalMattZ said:

ThePanther said:


Unfortunately, this is the way Stevie has been since about 1980. He took his time on Secret Life of Plants (released 1979), but that was sort-of understandable after his incredible run in the 70s and the double-album (plus EP) in late 1976. (The mainstream-disco era was indeed a good time to take a little breather.) After the Plants thing was a bit of a commercial dud, Motown/Stevie conspired to get another record out quickly, and so Hotter Than July (1980) was out soon after, to strong sales and a pretty good reception.

Ever since, Stevie has been slow as molasses to release new studio albums... with the notable exception of the small-ish pause between In Square Circle (1985, which itself took five years to appear) and Characters (1987), though neither were anywhere near his best work.

In the exactly 30 years since Characters, Stevie has issued only two(!) stand-alone studio albums. Even when considering the Jungle Fever soundtrack, it's three albums in thirty years.

I am a little worried about if Stevie has his affairs in order, in preparation for the day when he's no longer with us. I'm not sure if he's been surrounded by the best people, and I won't trust anything that Berry Gordy has his hands in. I just hope all this music he's been laying down won't (a) go into the trash-bin completely or (b) get tastelessly released to cash-in on his passing with no rhyme or reason.


Anyway, Innervisions...

Yes, clearly one of the great albums of the 1970s and one of Stevie's best, indeed maybe his very best. "Golden Lady" is my favorite.

Interesting. But u left out THE WOMAN IN RED (*maybe for good reason; but I'm thinking of actually enjoy a time travel with that tonight and pretend I'm in the 80's again) also the original piece he did for the library of congress. I'm on an OLD mobile, do i won't link. You'd do well to download it. I see your point though. I'd always considered his last work to be the BAMBOOZLED soundtrack to be his last work although that's only 2 songs. I don't count the snoop dogg stuff or other guesting bits except maybe BRAND NEW DAY because his sonic imprint is so significant to the track. I hope he releases some of them. Maybe I'll bug him about it if i ever run into him again. Usually I'd think that's rude but not now

I think that Stevie, like a lot of other artists, knows that his best out put was "magical" as Bob Dylan said about his best songs-they just seem to flow from some place driven by the artist, the context of the time (which can be timeless), and the restless urgent creativity of youth (which no one wants to acknowledge). Just a thought...

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Reply #24 posted 11/18/17 7:00am

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Stevie undoubtedly has a treasure trove of unreleased tracks
he's been sitting on for decades. It just boggles my mind that his last album of new material came out back in 2005.

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Reply #26 posted 11/18/17 6:42pm

alphastreet

He tends to enjoy performing over releasing albums, and building momentum from his well-known hits. He's probably sees music making as a therapeutic process vs. making it for the msses, and knows his worth.

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Reply #27 posted 11/19/17 8:09pm

206Michelle

I think it's his best album also, even though my personal favourite is Talking Book.

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I believe that "Living for the City" is the greatest song Stevie ever created.

Live 4 Love ~ Love is God, God is love, Girls and boys love God above
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Reply #28 posted 11/19/17 8:42pm

206Michelle

Innervisions

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1. Too High

2. Visions

3. Living for the City

4. Golden Lady

5. Higher Ground

6. Jesus Children of America

7. All in Love Is Fair

8. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing

9. He's Misstra Know It All

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Reply #29 posted 11/20/17 10:49am

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alphastreet said:

He tends to enjoy performing over releasing albums, and building momentum from his well-known hits. He's probably sees music making as a therapeutic process vs. making it for the msses, and knows his worth.


It certainly seems so, right?

Stevie's one of the few living artists whose only competition is himself. So I can understand why he's in no hurry to release new music.

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