Innervisions

~ Release group by Stevie Wonder

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Innervisions12" Vinyl9
  • US1973-08-03
TamlaT 326L[none]
Innervisions12" Vinyl9
Tamla Motown (for non-US releases only)5C 062-94665
InnervisionsVinyl9
[none]
InnervisionsCD9
TamlaTCD06152TD050109615223
InnervisionsCD9
Tamla Motown (for non-US releases only)WD726060035627260629
InnervisionsCD9
Motown (Motown Records)3746303262737463032629
InnervisionsCD9
  • US1991-11-19
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDCD 554015775155428
InnervisionsCD9
Mobile Fidelity Sound LabUDCD 554015775155428
InnervisionsCD9
Tamla9052MD050109905225
InnervisionsCD9
  • JP1992-11-01
Motown (Motown Records)POCT-1810498805106933
InnervisionsVinyl9
Tamla Motown (for non-US releases only)530 035-1731453003521
InnervisionsCD9
Tamla Motown (for non-US releases only)530 035-2731453003521
InnervisionsCD9
  • XE2000-03-21
Motown (Motown Records)157 580-2601215758023
InnervisionsCD9
  • US2000-03-21
Motown (Motown Records)012 157 355-2601215735529
Innervisions (remastered)CD9
  • GB2000-05-01
Motown (Motown Records)157 355-2601215735529
InnervisionsCD9
Universal Motown Republic Group (label group, 1999-2011)MOTD 7355391581070000
InnervisionsCD9
Motown (Motown Records)157 355-2601215735529
Innervisions12" Vinyl9
Tamla, USM Japan (read the annotation before using!)UIJY-9021
InnervisionsSHM-CD9
  • JP2009-01-28
Tamla Motown (for non-US releases only)UICY-939344988005546241
InnervisionsSHM-SACD9
  • JP2011-05-25
Motown (Motown Records)UIGY-90684988005659200
Innervisions (2000 masters)Digital Media9
Motown (Motown Records)601215735529
Innervisions (audio fidelity remaster)HDCD9
  • US2012-04-03
Audio FidelityAFZ 086780014208622
InnervisionsSHM-CD9
  • JP2012-09-19
Motown (Motown Records)UICY-203524988005723635
InnervisionsSHM-CD9
  • JP2012-09-19
Tamla Motown (for non-US releases only)UICY-400204988005788450
Innervisions (platinum shm-cd)SHM-CD9
  • JP2013-10-30
Motown (Motown Records)UICY-400204988005788450
InnervisionsCD9Tamla Motown (for non-US releases only)530 035-20731453003521
InnervisionsCD9Tamla Motown (for non-US releases only)MOMD326050109032624
Innervisions (reissue, remastered, 180g)12" Vinyl9Tamla Motown (for non-US releases only)0050109032617050109032617
Innervisions (reissue)12" Vinyl9EMI-Bovema Holland, Tamla Motown (for non-US releases only)5C 062-94665[none]

Relationships

part of:Grammy Award: Album of the Year nominees (number: 1974 winner) (order: 16)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 24) (order: 24)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 34) (order: 34)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 53) (order: 53)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/86466 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/m9cg [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/stevie_wonder/innervisions/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000192406 [info]
Wikidata:Q1049169 [info]

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Remarkably, Innervisions is Stevie Wonder's 16th studio album. It is the album that best celebrates his musical maturity and completes the transition from Little Stevie Wonder to the grown-up artist with an active imagination and burning social conscience. Coming just nine months after Talking Book, Innervisions is Wonder at the absolute peak of his powers, a 23-year-old man with the world at his fingertips.

After the release of Talking Book, Wonder said: "We as a people are not interested in 'baby, baby' songs any more, there's more to life than that." As a result, Innervisions is like a snapshot of America in 1973, seen through Wonder's mind's eye. Too High looks at drug addiction; Living for the City addresses urban issues; Jesus Children of America conveys the cynicism of some organised religions. That said, this being Stevie Wonder, the album is rich in Motown schooling, its maker crafting a body of unforgettable, catchy tunes that coat the polemic sweetly - and this is most obvious on He's Misstra Know-It-All, the album's biggest UK hit. Its tale of greed and deceit - a thinly-veiled swipe at then-US president Richard Nixon - is set amid a ballad plaintive enough to be included in the chart-topping Motown smoochers collection The Last Dance at the turn of the 80s.

Innervisions routinely sits near the very top of critics' polls and that's because everything is in appropriate measure: the ballads are not saccharine, and the jazzy interludes minimized; the song and the message is everything. Working with programmers Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil, every synthetic squelch and innovation is incorporated within organic, analogue soul. Higher Ground is funky and punchy; Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing became the template for acid jazz and Jamiroquai; and that is before the beauty of Golden Lady and All in Love Is Fair.

Within days of the album's release, Wonder suffered a car accident that nearly killed him. For a moment, it seemed that Innervisions may have been his final recorded statement. If it had been, his poster would be on more walls than Bob Marley, Jim Morrison and Marvin Gaye combined. Thankfully, he lived and completed his run of mid-70s classics with Fulfillingness' First Finale and Songs in the Key of Life. But nothing in his canon quite hits the spot like Innervisions. It is the best long-form capturing of Wonder's talent, and remains a work of constant, evolving surprise.