Turntable Tuesday: Talking Book

Turntable Tuesday is a concept that has not been given enough TLC on this site so far. I find great joy in listening to newly released albums and keeping up with the ever-changing scope of the music industry, but I absolutely love listening to the classics. Pretty much every morning, my commute to work is accompanied by the classic rock radio station.

In all honesty, these throwback posts are as beneficial to me as they are to you. There’s a lot of songs I have heard a hundred times, but have never known the history behind the song or album. It’s fun to research and find out more about some of the best albums of all time.

And that brings me to today’s post. Today, I’m featuring the man, the myth, the legend: Stevie Wonder. One of my favorite albums by him is Talking Book, released in 1972. Since the timeless hit Superstition is on this album, I can guarantee that you have heard at least one song. This album is pretty funky. It’s heavy on the keyboard and synthesizers. He wrote the album with his then-wife and produced it entirely on his own. This was important at a time where groups like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, etc were household names. Stevie was doing his thing, just as well as these groups with tons of people helping them out, but was doing it all on his own. I think he really paved the way for artists to become more independent.

This album is pretty laid-back, but still makes you want to get up and dance. I love it. Throw this album on when you’re getting ready in the morning, or cooking a dank dinner one night. You won’t regret it.


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