Wonderful 2CD bootleg from (arguably) Stevie Wonder’s creative zenith, recorded live in London at The Rainbow, January, 1974. Legend (and the New Musical Express) has it that these tapes were recorded and mixed by Stevie for an intended live album, but the project was scrapped and the recordings have lingered in the can for almost 40 years. The sound is excellent, though… not truly release ready (at least on these unofficial copies… some of the sonics are a tad thin). But, that shouldn’t deter you, since you’ll get a rare opportunity to hear Stevie and band, live and loose, stretching out on a number of faves and jams, including the 18-minute, band-introducing opener and 10+ minute versions of “Living For The City” and “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.” We’ve corrected a few song titles from the original boot’s artwork and edited the intro to “Higher Ground,” below (just the player, not the download), but you’ll figure it all out. Almost 90 minutes of unreleased Wonder.
Higher Ground (5:53)
Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) (3:12)
To Know You Is To Love You (7:12)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (3:04)
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing (4:48)
Living For The City (10:59)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (12:00)
Encore: (You’ve Been Better To Me Than) A Lot Of My Dreams (6:06)
Thanks to Don From Oregon for digging up this 1974 live show from Germany’s Beat Club/Musikladen, which features much of the same set list as the Rainbow show. Amazing footage, making it easy to understand why commenters are talking about Stevie blowing away The Stones in ’72. 31 minutes. SONGS: Jam, Contusion, Higher Ground, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, I Can See The Sun In Late December, He’s Misstra Know-It-All, Living For The City & Superstition. Many thanks, Don.