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Classic Albums - Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life
Classic Albums - Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
Actors: Dorothy Ashby, Shirley Brewer, Ben Bridges, Isiah 'Greg' Brown, Imhotep Gary Byrd
Director: David Heffernan
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     1999     1hr 15min

Taking more than two years from conception to release, Stevie Wonder's classic 1976 double album, Songs in the Key of Life, is now generally considered his finest creative hour in an enduring, influential career of nearly ...  more »


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Actors: Dorothy Ashby, Shirley Brewer, Ben Bridges, Isiah 'Greg' Brown, Imhotep Gary Byrd
Director: David Heffernan
Creators: Bous De Jong, Caroline Thomas, Geoff Kempin, Kate Fenhalls, Nick De Grunwald, Stevie Wonder, Terry Shand
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Other Music, Educational, Documentary, Biography
Studio: Rhino / Wea
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 05/04/1999
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

That's right, folks, it's a documentary...
Mark Biering | Stone Mountain, GA United States | 04/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...and a fine one, at that. Some previous reviewers seem to have been confused about what they were buying, expecting straightforward presentations of the songs from this landmark album, then being disappointed when there were none. This is, simply, a re-packaged television show ABOUT the album, part of an excellent series from the UK called Classic Albums. As such, it's extremely well done, with lots of commentary from Steve himself, along with nearly everyone else involved in the production of the album. There are actually a couple of in-the-studio performances by the re-assembled band from the original sessions, and they're great fun, but this is NOT a concert album. It's a fascinating companion to the music, but it's certainly not intended to be a substitute for buying the CD if you don't already own it.If you do already own and love the CD, and have any interest at all in how such remarkable works of art come into being, then buy this DVD right away."
Close but no cigar
Christopher | Glendale, Arizona United States | 10/16/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I realize the great genius of Steviland Morris (who could miss it?) perhaps this video missed it. I just watched it last night and, although I love Stevie, it wasn't as exciting and captivating as it should have been. I think it sold Stevie short. There should have been much more performance footage, at least more complete songs than it did. Those that were shown in their entirety were fabulous...but it just didn't overshadow the possibilities with such a perfect video subject. I came away disappointed musically. A bright spot was seeing Stevie goof around with his buddies he hadn't seen in twenty years and showing how he put a song together, over-dub by over-dub. But even that was incomplete. It would start out ok showing how he built a groove, but then just as it was getting exciting... switched to something else. I give it a C+. But if you're already a Stevie fan, it's a just a "good" thing, that had the potential to be great, to add to your collection."
Christopher | 06/17/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Watch out ! This is just a documentary, there are no clips on this wonderful album by the Wonder man."
Excellent insight into Stevie's genius and talent. | Ontario, Canada | 04/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Songs in the Key of Life" is an all-access analysis of one the landmark albums of the 20th century. Stevie, the musicians who participated and staff at the studio treat us to a glimpse back at true magic as many songs are dissected and appreciated from a true inside perspective. It's also amazing to see the heart-warming affect Stevie has on all whom work with him. There are many moments of awe and admiration as his collegues refer to the "spirituality" and "gift of kindness" that Stevie unfolds to everybody. This video is an excellent snapshot of all that is Stevie Wonder. If your not a huge fan, you will be after this tour de force!"