“Talking Book” is the first in the series of truly GREAT albums released by Stevie Wonder from the early seventies to the early eighties;(“Innervisions”, “Fulfillingness’ First Finale”, “Songs In The Key Of Life” and “Hotter Than July”).
Talking Book is the fifteenth album by Stevie Wonder. ‘You Are the Sunshine of My Life’, hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and earned Stevie his first Grammy Award. The album’s first single, ‘Superstition’, also hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts.
As much as Talking Book is a career-defining album, it still isn’t as much trademark Stevie Wonder as the 1973–6 albums. It contains a few courageous artistic moves Stevie possibly wouldn’t have taken later, including the 4/4 hillbilly blues feel of “Big Brother”, the ‘psychedelic 60s’ influences – and as a music historian could note later
After releasing two “head” records during 1970-71, Stevie Wonder expanded his compositional palate with 1972’s Talking Book to include societal ills as well as tender love songs, and so recorded the first smash album of his career.