Fulfillingness' First Finale

Label
Motown
Release date
21 Mar 2000
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
42:40

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Smile Please 3:28 18,603
2 Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away 5:03 21,460
3 Too Shy To Say 3:29 20,744
4 Boogie On Reggae Woman 4:57 100,091
5 Creepin' 4:23 20,824
6 You Haven't Done Nothin' 3:24 73,441
7 It Ain't No Use 4:01 16,105
8 They Won't Go When I Go 5:59 18,536
9 Bird Of Beauty 3:49 15,831
10 Please Don't Go 4:07 15,925

About this album

The cover design for Fulfillingness’ First Finale was done by Robert Gleason, and the front depicts a staircase of keyboards going up into the sky. Stevie Wonder himself is standing on one of the steps, symbolizing the present day. Just like the album title says, Wonder has now reached a place of fulfillment, culminating with this album. But this is only a “first finale”, suggesting that it is by no means a final destination, and that many more finales are waiting up ahead. The African animals are a reminder of Wonder’s origin, and the Taurus is his zodiac. In 1973, while working on the album, Wonder sustained severe head injuries in an auto accident. This is depicted through a heavy log sticking out of the broken window of the red car. Right next to the “Little Stevie Wonder” there is a girl holding coloured balloons, and the four grammophones each represent an album (this was Stevie Wonder’s fourth Motown album with full artistic control).

The back cover shows the Grammies and Gold Records that Wonder had received, as well as the Motor Town Revue tour bus. Two of Stevie Wonder’s biggest heroes, Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy, are also included. On the top are the covers for Wonder’s three earlier albums. The woman kissing Stevie Wonder on the cheek is his mother, Lula Mae Hardaway. The young Stevie holding a harmonica is most likely a hint back to “Fingertips“, his first big hit, which was mostly an instrumental piece featuring the harmonica and only very few lyrics.

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  • DickBigems

    Such understatement here. I absolutely cannot get enough of it. I'd take this over Talking Book tbh.

    20 Feb 10:01pm Reply
  • DickBigems

    As strange as it may seem, this is my most played Stevie album.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • boehj

    masterpiece!

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • fergalmc

    First Stevie Wonder Album I ever owned and a classic.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    no it isn't lol hotterthanjuly. You're acting as if Stevie Wonder is obscure, if anything his REALLY early albums are overlooked and even his plant album. This is very highly regarded among is classic albums.

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DickBigems

    There was once a reviewer that wrote "If Talking Book deals primarily with love of woman and Innervisions with love of humanity, FFF concerns the love of God." I'd agree with that.

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DickBigems

    The breakdown of the album cover is awesome, I never know that information.

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    Don't delude yourself, Stevie ain't overlooked by no means. Tons of his records are available and are being bought all the time.

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • kr15714n

    one of my favrouties

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • shaktikaa

    Mindblowing, always!

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ritesofspring

    I'm definitely guilty of missing out on this album, I've had most of his collection for years so how did this pass me by? I saw it in his discography and thought it was a mistake! At the same time I'm kind of thankful for that as I have a new album from his greatest period. Wow.

    5 Jun 2011 Reply
  • somnambulance

    Majesty.

    9 Feb 2011 Reply
  • gsm007g

    Tremendous songwriting talents to the unsettled social morass that was the early ’70s, he produced one of his greatest, most important works, a rich panoply of songs addressing drugs, spirituality, political ethics, the reality of the times.

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • quietrockboy

    Criminally overlooked.

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
  • howulikeit

    "Born again"... Stevie undoubtedly reached a pinnacle in his life and sought truth in mankinds existance. His lyrics are direct manifestations from reading scripture.

    26 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Marxism1

    <3

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • MistahJohnson

    I'm with breakingglass.

    10 Jun 2009 Reply
  • breakingglass27

    Stevie's best album, Heaven is my favorite song of all time.

    28 Sep 2007 Reply

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