Saturday, July 9, 2011
Stevie Wonder- Funkafied Rainbow
Bootleg of a concert performed at the Rainbow Theater in London, UK on 1/31/74. The concert was intended as a live release, this idea was later nixed by Wonder. so the sound quality is pristine. The 70's were truly the era of the great live and double live record, let's review: The Band- The Last Waltz, Neil Young- Rust Never Sleeps, Frampton Comes Alive, UFO- Strangers in the Night, Bob Dylan at Budokan, Blue Oyster Cult- On Your Feet or On Your Knees, and on and on, you get the idea.
This show would have surely joined that list. A tight ensemble pumps out some of Stevie's best songs, "Higher Ground", "Signed, Sealed, Delivered", "Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing", "Living For The City", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Superstition". It's just Mr. Wonder on keys, three back-up singers, Michael Sembello on guitar, Reggie McBride on bass, and Ollie Brown on drums. It's just another treasure from the musical vaults.
Buy this record if you need an excuse to break out that old pair of bellbottoms.