Up-Tight (shown as Up-Tight Everything's Alright on the cover) is a 1966 album by American singer Stevie Wonder, released by Motown on the Tamla label. It was his fifth studio release.

Up-Tight
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 4, 1966
Recorded1965–1966; 1962 ("Contract on Love"); 1964 ("Pretty Little Angel")
StudioHitsville U.S.A., Detroit
GenreSoul
Length32:52
LabelTamla
Producer
Stevie Wonder chronology
Stevie at the Beach
(1964)
Up-Tight
(1966)
Down to Earth
(1966)
Singles from Up-Tight
  1. "Contract on Love"
    Released: December 26, 1962
  2. "Pretty Little Angel"
    Released: November, 1964
  3. "Uptight (Everything's Alright)"
    Released: November 22, 1965
  4. "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby"
    Released: March 24, 1966
  5. "Blowin' in the Wind"
    Released: May 4, 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Pitchfork9.5/10[2]

Production edit

Up-Tight was recorded at Motown's studio Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit. It includes two earlier recordings, the 1962 single "Contract on Love" and the un-issued 1964 single "Pretty Little Angel".

Also included on the album are "Nothing's Too Good for My Baby", another Wonder co-write, and a cover of folk star Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind", which made Wonder popular with crossover audiences, and a cover of the standard, Teach Me Tonight, featuring vocals by The Four Tops.

Stevie was backed by the Funk Brothers, the legendary, but uncredited, early period Motown Records studio musicians, creators of the famous, recognisable '60s Motown sound. Motown's in-house female backing group, The Andantes, also accompany Wonder on the album. Backing vocalist Pat Lewis stepped in (as a replacement for one of the singers who couldn't make it to one of the recording sessions) and recorded with the group.

"Pretty Little Angel" was listed as a single release in 1964. The track was mastered for single release in the fall of 1964 but not issued at that time. However, some copies were pressed two years later when the track was reconsidered for single release. These copies, of which there are very few, were pressed with the later style Tamla label (i.e. the post globes label) that was introduced in the US during the second half of 1966. The recording was again withdrawn when "A Place In The Sun" was considered superior.

Release edit

The album was released on May 4, 1966 on Motown Records' Tamla label. The album features the U.S. Top 5 single "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", which Wonder co-wrote with Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby.[3]

Commercial performance edit

The album reached No. 33 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and No. 2 on the R&B Albums chart.[4][5]

Track listing edit

Side one edit

  1. "Love a Go Go" (Beth Beatty, Ernie Shelby) – 2:42
  2. "Hold Me" (Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, Wonder) – 2:35
  3. "Blowin' in the Wind" (Bob Dylan) – 3:45
  4. "Nothing's Too Good for My Baby" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, William Stevenson) – 2:38
  5. "Teach Me Tonight" (Sammy Cahn, Gene De Paul) – 2:38
  6. "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" (Wonder as Stevie Judkins, Moy, Cosby) – 2:53

Side two edit

  1. "Ain't That Asking for Trouble" (Moy, Paul, Wonder) – 2:47
  2. "I Want My Baby Back" (Harvey Fuqua, Cornelius Grant, Eddie Kendricks, Norman Whitfield) – 2:46
  3. "Pretty Little Angel" (Paul, Mike Valvano, Wonder) – 2:11
  4. "Music Talk" (Ted Hull, Paul, Wonder) – 2:52
  5. "Contract on Love" (Janie Bradford, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland) – 2:02
  6. "With a Child's Heart" (Vicki Basemore, Cosby, Moy) – 3:03

Personnel edit

Charts edit

Chart performance for Up-Tight
Chart (1966) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[4] 33
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 2

References edit

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Ngangura, Tarisai (February 27, 2022). "Stevie Wonder: Up-Tight Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 27, 2022.
  3. ^ Soul walking.co.uk - "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" writing credits
  4. ^ a b "Stevie Wonder Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Stevie Wonder Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 28, 2022.