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  Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness' First Finale
  "Fulfillingness' First Finale"

Stevie Wonder
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  Formerly UIGY-9072

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Review by analogue December 8, 2011 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
One of my favourite Wonder albums ever. Unfortunately its usually ignored because it doesnt have any really big hits on it. This should not be an issue as the album is just awesome. Virtually every song is great.

I found the bass to be excessive on this release and I dont know why this would be. The three shm sacd's that were released prior to this disc were different in sound quality and the mastering tech was different. I also believe a secondary tape source was used for this disc rather than the real master tapes. The previous sacd's were far gentler and easier on the ears...perhaps warmer as well. But this newest sacd, while sounding very good..just sounds different to my ears. The first 3 discs were flat tranfers while the newest disc seems equalized. Not that this is a problem but its also another reason it sounds different.

Stevie's voice is very good song after song and there is some great seperation of instruments on this disc. Certain elements stand out in nice relief from the mix.

Muscially this is a truly great Wonder album that deserves more popularity. I have complaints about the droning and over pronounced bass that drips into the vocals and lingers much longer than it needs to.But its not a problem with every tracks..just a fair amount of them.. Luckily the disc sounds much better through head phones.

recommended. A fantastic album.

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Review by Marpow March 21, 2015 (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness' First Finale SHM SACD Stereo Only.

This is a Japanese re release from 2011. This serial #UIGY-9616 released 11-26-2014.
Original release 1974, Grammy winner, Album of the Year, 1974. His 17th studio album, a genius to say the least.

The other SHM SACD's and 1 BD~A I have I think I like a little better. So now I get confused as for me, this performance dips a bit, more stripped down as they say, but yet, Album of the Year.

Performance: Subtle. This disc just before the massive Songs In The Key of Life. Maybe Stevie was in a creative warm up, but pulls off Album of the Year. Oh, well lets just let me be confused. Performance has deep meaning, with songs like They Won't Go When I go, very spiritual. Fun tunes like Boogie On Reggae Woman and the big #1 hit, You Haven't Done Nothin. You see it is all there. The opening track to the end has many a jazz feel. Stevie's voice is very spectacular.

Stereo Sonics: Another warm sounding disc. This one does sound a little better with a higher volume. It does sound a little flatter, not as thick as the others I have. When a song starts off it is incredibly good, but when it all comes together is when the depth of sonics flattens out a bit. I am being highly critical and maybe not even necessary but having just listened to Hotter Than July, I do hear a bit of a difference.

Packaging: Plastic jewel case with square corners. Green label disc. Mini paper booklet with original liner notes and reissue notes. Lyrics included. Mini paper booklet, black and white, in Japanese.

So as not to be confused, I love having this disc as it rounds out my Stevie SHM SACD collection. Just won't be my go to disc. Lots of great highs and some lows on this disc.

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