Down to Earth (Stevie Wonder album)

Down to Earth is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, released on November 16, 1966 on the Tamla (Motown) label. The album was a departure from Wonder's earlier, teen pop-driven albums, and, along with its predecessor, Up-Tight, it re-established the sixteen-year-old Wonder, whose voice had recently changed, as a Motown hitmaker.

Down to Earth
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1966
Recorded1965–1966
StudioHitsville U.S.A., Detroit
GenrePop, R&B, soul
Length33:13
LabelTamla (Motown)
ProducerClarence Paul, Henry Cosby
Stevie Wonder chronology
Up-Tight
(1966)
Down to Earth
(1966)
I Was Made to Love Her
(1967)
Singles from Down to Earth
  1. "A Place in the Sun"
    Released: October 24, 1966
  2. "Hey Love"
    Released: February 9, 1967

The album features the hit single "A Place in the Sun". Another single, "Hey Love", became a hit for Detroit soul singer Bettye LaVette the following year.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]
Rolling Stone[2]

Track listing edit

Side One

  1. "A Place in the Sun" (Ron Miller, Bryan Wells) - 2:52
  2. "Bang Bang" (Sonny Bono) - 2:42
  3. "Down to Earth" (Miller, Avery Vanderberg) - 2:50
  4. "Thank You Love" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder) - 2:55
  5. "Be Cool, Be Calm (And Keep Yourself Together)" (Cosby, Moy, Wonder) - 2:43
  6. "Sylvia" (Cosby, Moy, Wonder) - 2:34

Side Two

  1. "My World Is Empty Without You" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) - 2:53
  2. "The Lonesome Road" (Gene Austin, Nat Shilkret) - 3:06
  3. "Angel Baby (Don't You Ever Leave Me)" (Cosby, Moy) - 2:45
  4. "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan) - 2:30
  5. "Sixteen Tons" (Merle Travis) - 2:42
  6. "Hey Love" (Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, Wonder) - 2:41

Personnel edit

References edit

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron (1966-11-16). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  2. ^ "Stevie Wonder: Album Guide | Rolling Stone Music". Rollingstone.com. Archived from the original on 2013-04-06. Retrieved 2012-09-26.