1972 Stevie Wonder – Talking Book

Talking Book is the fifteenth studio album by Stevie Wonder, released on October 28, 1972. He is said to have “hit his stride” in this signal recording of his “classic period”. The album’s first track, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts, then earned Wonder his first Grammy Award, for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The album’s first single, “Superstition”, also hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts. The album was certified Gold in Canada and the United States.

Tracks

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder) 2:58
2  Maybe Your Baby (Stevie Wonder) 6:50
3  You And I (Stevie Wonder) 4:37
4  Tuesday Heartbreak (Stevie Wonder) 3:02
5  You’ve Got It Bad Girl (Stevie Wonder; Yvonne Wright) 5:01
Superstition (Stevie Wonder) 4:25
7  Big Brother (Stevie Wonder) 3:33
8  Blame It On The Sun (Stevie Wonder; Syreeta Wright) 3:25
9  Lookin’ For Another Pure Love (Stevie Wonder; Syreeta Wright) 4:43
10  I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) (Stevie Wonder; Yvonne Wright) 5:52

Musicians

1 You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

BassScott Edwards
DrumsStevie Wonder
Fender RhodesStevie Wonder
CongasDaniel Ben Zebulon
Background VocalsGloria Barley
VocalsJim Gilstrap
VocalsLani Groves
VocalsStevie Wonder


2 Maybe Your Baby

DrumsStevie Wonder
GuitarRay Parker Jr
ClavinetStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
VocalsStevie Wonder


3 You And I

MoogStevie Wonder
PianoStevie Wonder
SynthesizerStevie Wonder
VocalsStevie Wonder


4 Tuesday Heartbreak

DrumsStevie Wonder
Fender RhodesStevie Wonder
ClavinetStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
SaxDavid Sanborn
Background VocalsDeniece Williams
Background VocalsShirley Brewer
VocalsStevie Wonder


5 You’ve Got It Bad Girl

DrumsStevie Wonder
Fender RhodesStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
SynthesizerStevie Wonder
CongasDaniel Ben Zebulon
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsLani Groves
VocalsStevie Wonder


6 Superstition

DrumsStevie Wonder
ClavinetStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
SaxTrevor Lawrence
TrumpetSteve Madaio
VocalsStevie Wonder


7 Big Brother

DrumsStevie Wonder
ClavinetStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
PercussionStevie Wonder
VocalsStevie Wonder


8 Blame It On The Sun

DrumsStevie Wonder
HarpsichordStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
PianoStevie Wonder
SynthesizerStevie Wonder
Background VocalsJim Giddens
Background VocalsLani Groves
VocalsStevie Wonder


9 Lookin’ For Another Pure Love

DrumsStevie Wonder
GuitarJeff Beck
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
MoogStevie Wonder
Fender RhodesStevie Wonder
Background VocalsDebra Wilson
Background VocalsShirley Brewer
Background VocalsDelores Harvin
VocalsStevie Wonder


10 I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)

DrumsStevie Wonder
ClavinetStevie Wonder
MoogStevie Wonder
PianoStevie Wonder
VocalsStevie Wonder

Liner Notes

Producer – Stevie Wonder
Producer (Associate) – Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff
Engineer – Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff
Mastered By – George Marino
Recorded By – Austin Godsey, Joan DeCola

Photography By – Robert Margouleff

Recorded At – AIR Studios
Recorded At – Electric Lady Studios
Recorded At – Crystal Sound
Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
Mastered At – Master Cutting Room
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Record Corporation
Copyright (c) – Motown Record Corporation