Stevie Wonder – Eivets Rednow (1968/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 31:59 minutes | 1,41 GB | Genre: Soul, Easy Listening
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Eivets Rednow is an easy listening instrumental album by Stevie Wonder released on the Gordy Records label in 1968. The album was created as a follow-up to the successful easy listening instrumental single “Alfie”. “A House Is Not a Home”, another song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, also appears on the album. Eivets Rednow is Stevie Wonder spelled backwards; Wonder’s name does not appear on the cover of the original releases. This was Wonder’s ninth studio album, released on November 20, 1968.
A late 60s all-instrumental set from Stevie Wonder – and a record that shows a real change from his style in the earlier part of the decade – a much more mature move forward, and one that hints at the power of his arrangements in the 70s! As you might guess from the “Alfie” in the title, Wonder takes on a bit of Burt Bacharach – but also then moves in to other territory too – numbers that feature his harmonica over hip larger arrangements, almost with the feel of a Toots Thielemans album at points – and a bit of a soundtrack vibe at others, particularly some of the more keyboard-oriented cuts.
“By 1968, Motown had Wonder pegged as a soul-pop shouter, so his harmonica instrumental of “Alfie,” and the movie theme that had been a Top 15 hit for Dionne Warwick in 1967 was released under another name – his own spelled backwards – and on a different record label. This album, issued after that single made number 66 on the pop chart, consists of more harmonica instrumentals, everything from “A House Is Not a Home” to “Grazing in the Grass,” and is enough to convince you that Wonder, who, after all, broke through playing harmonica, is a tuneful player of the instrument, more a Larry Adler than a Bob Dylan. Nevertheless, this is a minor item in the Wonder catalog.” (William Ruhlmann, AMG)
1. Stevie Wonder – Alfie
2. Stevie Wonder – More Than A Dream
3. Stevie Wonder – A House Is Not A Home
4. Stevie Wonder – How Can You Believe
5. Stevie Wonder – Never My Love/Ask The Lonely
6. Stevie Wonder – Ruby
7. Stevie Wonder – Which Way The Wind
8. Stevie Wonder – Bye Bye World
9. Stevie Wonder – Grazing In The Grass