Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life (1968)

Stevie Wonder - For Once In My Life (1968)
Artist: Stevie Wonder
Album: For Once In My Life
Genre: Soul/Funk
Label: Tamla
Released: 1968
Quality: APE (image+.cue)
Tracklist:
For Once In My Life
Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
You Met Your Match
I Wanna Make Her Love Me
I’m More Than Happy (I’m Satisfied)
I Don’t Know Why
Sunny
I’d Be A Fool Right Now
Ain’t No Lovin’
God Bless The Child
Do I Love Her
The House On The Hill

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Rather than rushing out an album in the spring of 1968, when “Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day” (Number 9 Pop, Number One R&B) hit, Motown waited, through the modest summer success of “You Met Your Match” (Number 35 Pop, Number Two R&B), until “For Once in My Life” (Number Two Pop and R&B) became Wonder’s next mammoth single, to release an album. As a result, this album contained all three hits, making it one of Wonder’s more consistent albums of the ’60s, even with filler like “Sunny” and “God Bless the Child.” The real find, however, is the driving “I Don’t Know Why,” which, when placed on the B-side of Wonder’s next single, “My Cherie Amour,” became a hit on its own, going to Number 39 (Pop) and Number 16 (R&B).
Review by William Ruhlmann

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