Two-CD compilation full of little wonders

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Stevie Wonder – The Definitive Collection

Forgive him for the Blue collaboration: in fact, forgive him for not making a decent record in donkey’s years. The cream of Stevie, cherry-picked here from a mightily impressive history, is rich with sunshine and peachy goodness. None of that hippie concept stuff where he plays a kazoo backwards, just 39 hits which bounce and boogie. From the early Motown stomp of “Uptight” and optimism of “For Once In My Life” to the irresistible grooves of “Superstition” and “Higher Ground”, the man’s hearing honey hum. Complete with the insanely long fade on “He’s Misstra Knoe-It-All”, impossible to turn down.