Stevie Wonder Talking Book on Gold CD From Audio Fidelity
Mastered from Original Master Tapes by Legendary Engineer Kevin Gray
Ranked 90th Greatest Album of All Time by Rolling Stone
Includes a Bevy of Pop Standards: "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," "Superstition," "I Believe (We Can Fall In Love Together)"
Released in 1972, Talking Book is Stevie Wonder's fifteenth album and the second of five consecutive albums issued in the span referred to as his "classic period." Arguably his greatest and most influential album, it displays the perfect blend of funk, rock, soft-rock, soul, gospel and smooth jazz. It also finds Wonder making the personal political, as his songwriting addresses social ills, heartbreak, political malaise, and empowerment in staggeringly emotional fashion.
Due to its crossover success with audiences of all types, the popular appeal of the record helped destroy the myth that R&B artists were incapable of creating music that could be appreciated by rock audiences. Jeff Beck, Buzzy Feton, and Ray Parker Jr. are among the first-rate guests that appear. Not that Wonder, who makes the complex sound simple throughout, needed much help.
Talking Book finds Stevie Wonder in complete control by writing, producing, and performing most of the memorable emotion-packed music himself. Not surprisingly, Wonder won three Grammy Awards for this pop standard: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," and both Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for "Superstition."
Audio Fidelity's 24K + Gold compact discs reproduce the ultimate sound of a classic recorded performances without the irregular plated surfaces of standard aluminum discs. Their 24K + Gold series brings you classic music in deluxe packaging with see-through slip cases. They only use the original vintage mixes played back on a specially constructed playback deck.
Here's where the Plus comes in: engineers Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray use their 30 years of expertise to create the best sounding versions of the music ever released. When they are satisfied with the end result, the final digital master is shipped directly to the manufacturing plant for etching in "real time" onto the glass surface by laser.
The end result of this unique mastering process is a compact disc with the warm sound of the original analog master tape combined with a genuine 24 karat gold surface free of any type of physical defect making their 24K Gold CD series truly one of a kind!