Audio Fidelity‘s 24k gold CD remaster of Stevie Wonder‘s Talking Book (which I reviewed here) was not a one-time thing, as the label is scheduled to release a brand new remaster of an album that fans have called “part of the Stevie quadrant” or “the forgotten album” compared to what he would end up doing for the 1970’s.
Music Of My Mind was not the first album Wonder released when be became “of age”, but would later be considered by some to he the first step towards a mature sound that became Wonder’s trademark that decade. While a success, it would be his next album, Talking Book, that was embraced more by pop audiences. Wonder would then begin to carve out the decade for himself with his next two albums, Innervisions and Fulfillingness’ First Finale, and then totally turn the world upside down with the massive Songs In The Key Of Life. However, one can go back to Music Of My Mind to hear not just the seeds of his genius, but simply plants in bloom. This is the album that features such classics as “Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)”, “Happier Than the Morning Sun”, and “Keep on Running”, all of which are celebrated by Wonder and Motown fans. In the last 20 years, the album that became “forgotten” would soon be embraced by people who realized the importance of this essential piece to Wonder’s musical legacy.
This new CD, remastered by Kevin Gray, will be released on Tuesday, October 19th.