20 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Collected here are the two albums Syreeta Wright made in collaboration with Stevie Wonder during his early Seventies heyday: 1972’s Syreeta (tracks 1-9) and 1974’s Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta (tracks 10-20). Inspired by his love for Syreeta (they were married for 18 months prior to the production of these albums), Wonder produced music wrapped in warm, full arrangements and blossoming with layers of texture and melody. “I Love Every Little Thing About You,” “Baby Don’t You Let Me Lose This” and “Come and Get This Stuff” should all have been huge hits: they are as catchy and danceable as the brightest Motown singles, yet they also anticipate the future sounds of disco and boogie. On every song Syreeta’s voice is captured in crystal detail, and Wonder clearly felt the optimism and passion of young love embodied by her sinuous soprano. While it’s impossible not feel the smile in Syreeta’s songs, she also translated some of Stevie most somber, introspective works. “Black Maybe” and “Heavy Day” are gorgeous renditions of pensiveness and uncertainty, while Syreeta’s version of “She’s Leaving Home” is one of the most striking Beatles covers ever recorded. Syreeta’s albums might have been eclipsed by the monumental achievements of Wonder’s later work, but these two lp-length collaborations are Motown’s most quiet, colorful secrets.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Collected here are the two albums Syreeta Wright made in collaboration with Stevie Wonder during his early Seventies heyday: 1972’s Syreeta (tracks 1-9) and 1974’s Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta (tracks 10-20). Inspired by his love for Syreeta (they were married for 18 months prior to the production of these albums), Wonder produced music wrapped in warm, full arrangements and blossoming with layers of texture and melody. “I Love Every Little Thing About You,” “Baby Don’t You Let Me Lose This” and “Come and Get This Stuff” should all have been huge hits: they are as catchy and danceable as the brightest Motown singles, yet they also anticipate the future sounds of disco and boogie. On every song Syreeta’s voice is captured in crystal detail, and Wonder clearly felt the optimism and passion of young love embodied by her sinuous soprano. While it’s impossible not feel the smile in Syreeta’s songs, she also translated some of Stevie most somber, introspective works. “Black Maybe” and “Heavy Day” are gorgeous renditions of pensiveness and uncertainty, while Syreeta’s version of “She’s Leaving Home” is one of the most striking Beatles covers ever recorded. Syreeta’s albums might have been eclipsed by the monumental achievements of Wonder’s later work, but these two lp-length collaborations are Motown’s most quiet, colorful secrets.

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