1974 Stevie Wonder ‎– Fulfillingness’ First Finale

Fulfillingness’ First Finale is a 1974 album by Stevie Wonder; widely considered one of the albums from his “classic period”. Released on July 22, 1974 on the Tamla label, it is Wonder’s nineteenth album overall, and seventeenth studio album. According to Billboard magazine, it was Wonder’s first studio album to top the Pop Albums chart where it remained for two weeks, while it was his third album to top the R&B/Black Albums chart where it spent nine non-consecutive weeks.

Subsequent to the epic sweep and social consciousness of Innervisions, this set projected a reflective, decidedly somber tone. The musical arrangements used in several songs while masterly could be considered sparse in comparison to others among his 1970s masterworks, especially in the bleak “They Won’t Go When I Go” and understated “Creepin'”. While largely a stripped down, more personal sounding record, Wonder had not completely foregone social commentary on the world around him. The No. 1 hit “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” launched a pointed criticism of the Nixon administration bolstered by clavinet, drum machine, and a Jackson 5 cameo.

The album received three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, in 1974.

Tracks

1Smile Please (Stevie Wonder)3:28
2Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away (Stevie Wonder)5:02
3Too Shy To Say (Stevie Wonder)3:27
4Boogie On Reggae Woman (Stevie Wonder)4:58
5Creepin’ (Stevie Wonder)4:20
6You Haven’t Done Nothin’ (Stevie Wonder)3:22
7It Ain’t No Use (Stevie Wonder)4:01
8They Won’t Go When I Go (Stevie Wonder, Yvonne Wright)5:59
9Bird Of Beauty (Stevie Wonder)3:48
10Please Don’t Go (Stevie Wonder)4:07

Media

Musicians

1 Smile Please

BassReginald McBride
DrumsStevie Wonder
GuitarMichael Sembello
Fender RhodesStevie Wonder
PercussionBobbye Hall
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsDeniece Williams
VocalsStevie Wonder


2 Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away

DrumsStevie Wonder
ClavinetStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
Background VocalsPaul Anka
Background VocalsSyreeta Wright
Background VocalsLarry Latimer
VocalsStevie Wonder


3 Too Shy To Say

BassJames Jamerson
PianoStevie Wonder
Steel GuitarPete Kleinow
VocalsStevie Wonder


4 Boogie On Reggae Woman

DrumsStevie Wonder
Fender RhodesStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
PianoStevie Wonder
HarmonicaStevie Wonder
PercussionKwasi Dzidzornu
VocalsStevie Wonder


5 Creepin’

DrumsStevie Wonder
Fender RhodesStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
SynthesizerStevie Wonder
HarmonicaStevie Wonder
Background VocalsMinnie Riperton
VocalsStevie Wonder


6 You Haven’t Done Nothin’

BassReginald McBride
DrumsStevie Wonder
ClavinetStevie Wonder
SynthesizerRobert Margouleff
SynthesizerMalcolm Cecil
PercussionStevie Wonder
Background VocalsThe Jackson 5


7 It Ain’t No Use

DrumsStevie Wonder
Fender RhodesStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsMinnie Riperton
Background VocalsDeniece Williams
VocalsStevie Wonder


8 They Won’t Go When I Go

PianoStevie Wonder
SynthesizerStevie Wonder
ProgrammingRobert Margouleff
ProgrammingMalcolm Cecil
VocalsStevie Wonder


9 Bird Of Beauty

DrumsStevie Wonder
ClavinetStevie Wonder
Fender RhodesStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
PercussionStevie Wonder
PercussionBobbye Hall
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsDeniece Williams
Background VocalsShirley Brewer
VocalsStevie Wonder
VocalsSergio Mendes


10 Please Don’t Go

DrumsStevie Wonder
Acoustic GuitarMichael Sembello
Fender RhodesStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
HarmonicaStevie Wonder
PercussionStevie Wonder
Background VocalsThe Persuasions
Background VocalsShirley Brewer
Background VocalsDeniece Williams
VocalsStevie Wonder

Liner Notes

Producer Stevie Wonder
Arranged By – Stevie Wonder
Engineer – Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff
Recorded By – Gary Olazabal, Joan DeCola
Tape Op – Peter Chaikin

Coordinator (Cover Coordinator) – Ira Tucker, Jr.
Design (Cover Design), Illustration – Robert Gleason