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Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale
is a 1974 album by Stevie Wonder; widely considered one of the albums from his "classic period".[2][3][4] Released on July 22, 1974 on the Tamla label, it is Wonder's nineteenth album overall, and seventeenth studio album. According to Billboard magazine, it was Wonder's first studio album to top the Pop Albums chart where it remained for two weeks, while it was his third album to top the R&B/Black Albums chart where it spent nine non-consecutive weeks.[5] Subsequent to the epic sweep and social consciousness of Innervisions, this set projected a reflective, decidedly somber tone. The musical arrangements used in several songs while masterly could be considered sparse in comparison to others among his 1970s masterworks, especially in the bleak "They Won't Go When I Go" and understated "Creepin'". While largely a stripped down, more personal sounding record, Wonder had not completely foregone social commentary on the world around him. The No. 1 hit "You Haven't Done Nothin'" launched a pointed criticism of the Nixon administration
Nixon administration
bolstered by clavinet, drum machine, and a Jackson 5
Jackson 5
cameo. The album received three Grammy Awards, including Album
Album
of the Year, in 1974.

Contents

1 Reception 2 Track listing 3 Cover versions 4 Charts

4.1 Weekly charts 4.2 Singles

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [6]

The Austin Chronicle [7]

Christgau's Record Guide A–[8]

Encyclopedia of Popular Music [9]

The Great Rock Discography 7/10[9]

Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times [10]

MusicHound 4/5[9]

Q [11]

The Rolling Stone Album
Album
Guide [12]

The Village Voice B+[13]

Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale
won Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal, Best Male Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance (for "Boogie On Reggae Woman"), and Album
Album
of the Year in 1974. Track listing[edit] All songs written by Stevie Wonder, except where noted.

Side One

"Smile Please" – 3:28

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– lead vocal, background vocal, Fender Rhodes, drums Michael Sembello – electric guitar Reggie McBride – electric bass Bobbye Hall
Bobbye Hall
– congas, bongos Jim Gilstrap – background vocals Deniece Williams (credited as Denise) – background vocals

"Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away" – 5:02

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– lead vocal, background vocal, Hohner clavinet, drums, Moog bass Paul Anka
Paul Anka
– background vocal Syreeta Wright
Syreeta Wright
– background vocal Shirley Brewer – background vocal Larry "Nastyee" Latimer – background vocal

"Too Shy to Say" – 3:29

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– lead vocal, piano James Jamerson
James Jamerson
– acoustic bass Sneaky Pete Kleinow
Sneaky Pete Kleinow
– pedal steel guitar

"Boogie On Reggae Woman" – 4:56

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– lead vocal, Fender Rhodes, piano, harmonica, drums, Moog bass Rocky Dzidzornu – congas

"Creepin'" – 4:22

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– lead vocal, background vocal, Fender Rhodes, harmonica, drums, Moog bass, T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer Minnie Riperton
Minnie Riperton
– background vocal

Side Two

"You Haven't Done Nothin'" – 3:23

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– lead vocal, Hohner clavinet, bass drum, hi-hat, cymbal Reggie McBride – electric bass The Jackson 5
Jackson 5
– background vocals Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil
Malcolm Cecil
– synthesizers Horns, drum machine – uncredited

"It Ain't No Use" – 4:01

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– lead vocal, background vocal, Fender Rhodes, drums, Moog bass Lani Groves – background vocal Minnie Riperton
Minnie Riperton
– background vocal Deniece Williams – background vocal

"They Won't Go When I Go" (Wonder, Yvonne Wright) – 5:58

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– lead vocal, background vocal, piano, T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer Bob and Malcolm - programming Moog

"Bird of Beauty" – 3:48

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– lead vocal, Fender Rhodes, Hohner clavinet, drums, percussions, Moog bass Bobbye Hall
Bobbye Hall
– cuíca Shirley Brewer – background vocal Lani Groves – background vocal Deniece Williams – background vocal Sergio Mendes - Portuguese lyrics[14] Drum machine
Drum machine
- uncredited

"Please Don't Go" – 4:07

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
– lead vocal, piano, Fender Rhodes, harmonica, handclaps, drums, hi-hat, Moog bass Michael Sembello – acoustic guitar The Persuasions
The Persuasions
– background vocal Shirley Brewer – background vocal Deniece Williams – background vocal

Cover versions[edit]

"Too Shy to Say" - Later recorded by Diana Ross
Diana Ross
in 1978. "Too Shy to Say" - George Michael
George Michael
performed the song in his Faith Tour. "Creepin'" - Later recorded by Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross
for The Night I Fell in Love in 1985. "They Won't Go When I Go" - Later recorded by George Michael
George Michael
for Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1 in 1990. "They Won't Go When I Go" - Later recorded by Kevin Max
Kevin Max
for The Blood in 2007. "Boogie On Reggae Woman" - Later regularly performed by Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders
Merl Saunders
in Legion of Mary. "Boogie On Reggae Woman" - Later regularly performed live by Phish
Phish
and featured on Hampton Comes Alive
Hampton Comes Alive
(1999) among other live releases. "Boogie On Reggae Woman" - Later recorded by Marcus Miller
Marcus Miller
for Silver Rain in 2005. "Boogie On Reggae Woman" - Later recorded by Vulfpeck
Vulfpeck
featuring singer Antwaun Stanley in 2015 "You Haven't Done Nothing" - Later recorded by Curumin
Curumin
for "Achados e Perdidos", in 2005.

Charts[edit] Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position

1974 Soul Albums 1

Top LP's & Tape

Singles[edit]

Year Single Billboard Hot 100 Billboard Hot Soul Singles

1974 "You Haven't Done Nothin'" 1 1

"Boogie on Reggae Woman" 3 1

See also[edit]

List of number-one albums of 1974 (U.S.) List of number-one R&B albums of 1974 (U.S.)

References[edit]

^ " Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale
(1974)". Stereogum. Retrieved September 30, 2015.  ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2001). All music guide: the definitive guide to popular music (4 ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 447–448. ISBN 0-87930-627-0.  ^ Cramer, Alfred William (2009). Musicians and composers of the 20th century. 5. Salem Press. p. 1645. ISBN 1-58765-517-9.  ^ Brown, Jeremy K. (2010). Stevie Wonder: Musician. Black Americans of Achievement. Infobase Publishing. p. 57. ISBN 1-60413-685-5.  ^ " Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale
- Stevie Wonder". AllMusic. 1974-07-22. Retrieved 2012-02-17.  ^ Allmusic review ^ Moser, Margaret. Review: Innervisions. The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-05-08. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Stevie Wonder". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0899190251. Retrieved September 26, 2015.  ^ a b c "Fulfillingness' First Finale". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved September 26, 2015.  ^ Hilburn, Robert (April 1, 2000). " Motown
Motown
Releases Remind Us of Stevie Wonder's Impact". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. Retrieved September 25, 2015.  ^ Q review ^ Rolling Stone review ^ Christgau, Robert (October 24, 1974). "Consumer Guide (49)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved September 26, 2015.  ^ "Bird of Beauty" partial Portuguese lyrics provided by Sergio Mendes

External links[edit]

Hughes, Tim. Extensive musicological analysis of "You Haven't Done Nothing" in Groove and Flow: Six Analytical Essays On The Music Of Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(University of Washington PhD dissertation, 2003) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' March 1995

Preceded by 461 Ocean Boulevard
461 Ocean Boulevard
by Eric Clapton Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number-one album September 14–27, 1974 Succeeded by Bad Company by Bad Company

v t e

Stevie Wonder

Studio albums

The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie Tribute to Uncle Ray With a Song in My Heart Stevie at the Beach Up-Tight Down to Earth I Was Made to Love Her Someday at Christmas Eivets Rednow For Once in My Life My Cherie Amour Signed, Sealed & Delivered Where I'm Coming From Music of My Mind Talking Book Innervisions Fulfillingness' First Finale Songs in the Key of Life Hotter than July In Square Circle Characters Conversation Peace A Time to Love

Live albums

Recorded Live: The 12 Year Old Genius Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Live Live at the Talk
Talk
of the Town Natural Wonder

Soundtracks

Stevie Wonder's Journey Through "The Secret Life of Plants" The Woman in Red Jungle Fever

Compilations

Looking Back Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I Song Review: A Greatest Hits Collection At the Close of a Century Ballad Collection The Definitive Collection 20th Century Masters The Complete Stevie Wonder

Top ten singles

" Fingertips
Fingertips
- Part 2" "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" "Blowin' in the Wind" "A Place in the Sun" "I Was Made to Love Her" "I'm Wondering" "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day" "For Once in My Life" "My Cherie Amour" "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday" "Never Had a Dream Come True" "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" "Heaven Help Us All" "If You Really Love Me" "Superstition" "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" "Higher Ground" "Living for the City" "He's Misstra Know-It-All" "You Haven't Done Nothin'" "Boogie On Reggae Woman" "I Wish" "Sir Duke" "Send One Your Love" "Master Blaster (Jammin')" "I Ain't Gonna Stand for It" "Happy Birthday" "That Girl" "Do I Do" "Ebony and Ivory" "I Just Called to Say I Love You" "Love Light in Flight" "Part-Time Lover" "That's What Friends Are For" "Go Home"

Other singles

"Hey Harmonica Man" "Hey Love" "I Don't Know Why" "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" "As" "Another Star" "Lately" "Ribbon in the Sky" "Overjoyed" "Faith"

Other songs

"You and I (We Can Conquer the World)" "Golden Lady "All in Love Is Fair" "They Won't Go When I Go" "Knocks Me Off My Feet" "Pastime Paradise" "Isn't She Lovely" "Black Man"

Collaborations

"Ebony and Ivory" "We Are the World" "Just Good Friends" "California Roll"

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(1975) Still Crazy After All These Years
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(1978) Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees/Various (1979)

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(1981) Double Fantasy
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(1982) Toto IV
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– Toto (1983) Thriller – Michael Jackson
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(1984) Can't Slow Down – Lionel Richie
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(1985) No Jacket Required
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Phil Collins
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(1986) Graceland – Paul Simon
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(1987) The Joshua Tree
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(1989) Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt
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(1990) Back on the Block
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(1992) Unplugged – Eric Clapton
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(1993) The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston
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(1994) MTV Unplugged – Tony Bennett
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(1995) Jagged Little Pill
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Alanis Morissette
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(1996) Falling into You
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Celine Dion
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(1997) Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan
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(2008) Raising Sand
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