Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I
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Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I is a compilation album by R&B/soul musician Stevie Wonder that was released in 1982 by Tamla Records. It collects eleven Top 40 hit singles and five album tracks, including four previously unreleased tracks, from 1972 to 1982. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, at No. 1 on the Top R&B Albums chart in the U.S., and went to No. 8 in the UK. It has been certified gold by the RIAA. The four new songs were issued as singles to promote the album, with “That Girl” and “Do I Do” reaching the top 10 and top 20 of the US pop chart and number one and two on the R&B chart, respectively.

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Eleven previously released tracks were taken as singles from their respective albums, with “Higher Ground” and “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” released before the LP. “Isn’t She Lovely” was not released as a single from Songs in the Key of Life, while “Superstition”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, “You Haven’t Done Nothin'”, “I Wish”, and “Sir Duke” all topped the Billboard Hot 100. “Living for the City” and “Boogie On Reggae Woman” appear in slightly different versions to those on their albums, and “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” is the single mix with the horns added.

The double album covers Wonder’s “classic period” running from 1972 to 1980, compiling tracks that appeared on every album from Music of My Mind through Hotter Than July. It also included four new songs, each tagged on as the last track on each album side: “Front Line”; “Ribbon in the Sky”; “That Girl”; and “Do I Do”. The latter track features a solo by bebop innovator Dizzy Gillespie.

Track listing

All songs written by Stevie Wonder except “Front Line” by Wonder and Gary Byrd.

Side one
No.TitleAlbumLength
1.“Superstition”Talking Book (1972)4:25
2.“You Haven’t Done Nothin'”Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974)3:29
3.“Living for the City”Innervisions (1973)7:26
4.“Front Line”Previously unreleased5:55
Total length:21:15
Side two
No.TitleAlbumLength
1.“Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)”Music of My Mind (1972)7:57
2.“Send One Your Love”Stevie Wonder’s Journey through The Secret Life of Plants (1979)4:02
3.“You Are the Sunshine of My Life”Talking Book (1972)2:51
4.“Ribbon in the Sky”Previously unreleased5:35
Total length:20:25
Side three
No.TitleAlbumLength
1.“Higher Ground”Innervisions (1973)3:46
2.“Sir Duke”Songs in the Key of Life (1976)3:52
3.“Master Blaster (Jammin’)”Hotter than July (1980)5:08
4.“Boogie On Reggae Woman”Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974)4:55
5.“That Girl”Previously unreleased5:15
Total length:22:56
Side four
No.TitleAlbumLength
1.“I Wish”Songs in the Key of Life (1976)4:12
2.“Isn’t She Lovely”Songs in the Key of Life (1976)6:32
3.“Do I Do”Previously unreleased10:27
Total length:21:11

Charting history

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[14]Gold35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[15]Gold7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16]Gold100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17]Gold500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also

  • List of number-one R&B albums of 1982 (U.S.)


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