459 – Stevie Wonder – Living For The City (1973)
Written by Stevie Wonder
Produced by Stevie Wonder
Label – Tamla Motown
It’s cruel to think that most listeners will judge this masterpiece purely by it’s better known, horribly edited, four minute chart single incarnation. Sadly they’re not party to the growing anger and bitter frustration that’s evident in the full version as Stevie growls out society’s moral and racial ills with a vigour few Tamla Motown artists would have dared to attempt. And that’s the crux of it really. Stevie could have very easily made a fantastic living off simple, sappy pop tunes. His wilful refusal to play to the market makes “Living For The City” all the more important.
“Living For The City”