Songs in the Key of Life
|Songs in the Key of Life|
|Released||September 28, 1976|
|Studio||Crystal Sound, Hollywood; |
Songs in the Key of Life is the eighteenth album by American recording artist
By 1976, Stevie Wonder had become one of the most popular figures in R&B and pop music, not only in the U.S., but worldwide. Within a short space of time, the albums
There was huge anticipation for the new album which was initially scheduled for release around October 1975. It was delayed on short notice when Wonder felt that further remixing was essential. According to Wonder, the marketing campaign at Motown decided to take advantage of the delay by producing "We're almost finished" T-shirts. Work on the new album continued into early 1976. A name was finally chosen for the album: Songs in the Key of Life. The title would represent the formula of a complex "key of life" and the proposals for indefinite success.
The album was released on September 28, 1976, after a two-year wait as a double LP album with a four-track seven-inch EP titled A Something's Extra ("Saturn", "Ebony Eyes", "All Day Sucker" and "Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)") and a 24-page lyric and credit booklet. The EP is noteworthy for two reasons A) it's recorded at the same 33 RPM speed as the album but B) U.S. releases of the album feature the disc with a large 45-style hole in the middle. European, Asian and Southern Hempisphere editions feature the disc with the normal small hole.