1984 Stevie Wonder – The Woman In Red

The Woman in Red: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the second soundtrack album released by American musician Stevie Wonder on the Motown label. Also featuring Dionne Warwick, the LP was released in 1984 for the film of the same name. It featured Wonder’s biggest hit, “I Just Called to Say I Love You”, which hit #1 internationally and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and also featured the follow-up hit, “Love Light in Flight” (a US top 20 hit) and “Don’t Drive Drunk”, the song and the accompanying music video for which were used in the Ad Council and the US Department of Transportation’s Drunk Driving Prevention public service announcement the following year. All 3 singles were released with respective 12″ versions, which can even be found on Youtube.

The album reached number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, #1 on the R&B Albums chart (for four weeks) and #2 on the UK Albums Chart, where it was kept off the top spot by the albums Now That’s What I Call Music 3 and David Bowie’s Tonight. After Songs in the Key of Life and Hotter Than July, Wonder reached #2 in the UK charts failing to achieve a #1 album, a milestone that he never was able to achieve. However, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” was a massive hit in the UK, reaching #1, becoming the second best-selling single of 1984 (only behind Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”) and the third most successful single of the entire 1980s there. (With 1.775 million copies sold only in the UK, the single is actually the thirteenth most successful ever in Britain).

Tracks

1 The Woman In Red 4:39
2 It’s You 4:55
3 It’ More Than You 3:15
4 I Just Called To Say I Love You 6:16
5 Love Light In Flight 6:54
6 Moments Aren’t Moments 4:32
7 Weakness 4:13
8 Don’t Drive Drunk 6:32

1 The Woman In Red

Drums Stevie Wonder
Synthesizer Stevie Wonder
Background Vocals Abdoulaye Soumare
Background Vocals Brad Buxer
Background Vocals Bruce Connole
Background Vocals Dennis Morrison
Background Vocals James Allen
Background Vocals Larry Gittens
Background Vocals Timothy Hardaway
Vocals Stevie Wonder

2 It’s You

Bass Nathan Watts
Drums James Allen
Piano Stevie Wonder
Synthesizer Stevie Wonder
Harmonica Stevie Wonder
Vocals Stevie Wonder
Vocals Dionne Warwick

3 It’ More Than You

Bass Nathan Watts
Drums Isaiah Sanders
Guitar Ben Bridges
Piano Isaiah Sanders
Synthesizer Isaiah Sanders
Synthesizer Stevie Wonder

4 I Just Called To Say I Love You

Drums Stevie Wonder
Organ Stevie Wonder
Synthesizer Stevie Wonder
Vocoder Stevie Wonder
Vocals Stevie Wonder

5 Love Light In Flight

Drums Stevie Wonder
Synthesizer Stevie Wonder
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Antoinette Wood
Background Vocals Finis Henderson
Background Vocals Eugene van Buren
Background Vocals Judy Cheeks
Background Vocals Lynn Davis
Background Vocals Portia Griffin
Background Vocals Susaye Greene Brown
Background Vocals Windy Barnes
Vocals Stevie Wonder

6 Moments Aren’t Moments

Drums Stevie Wonder
Piano Stevie Wonder
Synthesizer Stevie Wonder
Trumpet Larry Gittens
Vocals Dionne Warwick

7 Weakness

Bass Nathan Watts
Drums James Allen
Piano Stevie Wonder
Synthesizer Stevie Wonder
Synthesizer Isaiah Sanders
Sax Bob Malach
Background Vocals Alex Brown
Background Vocals Lynn Davis
Background Vocals Windy Barnes
Vocals Stevie Wonder
Vocals Dionne Warwick

Producer – Stevie Wonder
Co-producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Gary Olazabal
Arranged By, Stevie Wonder
Engineer (Assistant) – Bob Harlan
Engineer (Tape Operator) – Alvin Broussard
Engineer (Technical Assistance) – Paul Freudenberg
Mastered By – Larry Emerine, Stephen Marcussen
Photography (Album Cover) – Renee Hardaway
Photography (Back Cover) – Ron Slenzak
Programmed By (Assistant) – Abdoulaye Soumare
Programmed By (Synthesizer) – Bob Bralove, Jim Burgess, Michael Wehr
Programmed By (Vocoder) – Keith Harris
Technician – James Allen, Mick Parish

Recorded and Mixed at Wonderland Studios, Los Angeles, California, Gatefold jacket.