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With A Song In My Heart

LP (Item 24877) Motown, 1963 — Condition: Near Mint-

One of the earliest albums ever recorded by Stevie Wonder – produced in a style that's light years from his work of the 70s, but which still has an irrepressible quality nonetheless! The format here is almost that used with Ray Charles at the time – one that goes for more familiar numbers, sung in a mix of strings and soul that sort of classes the whole thing up, yet keeps a bluesy quality in the vocals. Stevie's voice is a lot younger than Ray's, of course – and the overall song selection is different from the Charles country bag of the period – but the comparison is definitely there, especially given the image of the blind singer at the microphone on the cover. And while the approach is a bit flawed, it's still a compelling document of formative Stevie in the early years – on a set of titles that include "With A Song In My Heart", "Put On A Happy Face", "Get Happy", "Without A Song", and "Dream".  © 1996-2021, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Early 80s reissue pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, bent corners, and some discoloration at the edges.)

Near Mint - (minus)

  • Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
  • Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
  • One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so. These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play, but might detract from the looks.
  • May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. (Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
  • May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
  • Possible minor surface noise when played.

Additional Marks & Notes

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