I Aint Gonna Stand For It - Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July
Label: Tamla - T 373 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Gatefold • Country: Canada • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul, Disco
Hotter than July is the nineteenth album by American recording artist Stevie Wonderoriginally released on Motown 's Tamla label on September 29, It was certified platinum and reached number three on the US Billboard chart. This was his most successful album in the UK, peaking at number two and producing four top ten singles.
The first, third and fourth single were released with music videos. The commercial failure of his last album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants with only one single " Send One Your Love " making the top 5 of the Billboard chart left Stevie Wonder struggling at the turn of the new decade. During this time of upheaval, he was also in demand as a guest artist on many other albums ranging from the likes of B.
Wonder finally began work on a new album which was to be titled Hotter than July. In the UK, all four singles reached the top 10, with the first and last releases peaking at 2 in the charts. Tammi Terrell recorded the original version of the song that year, but her version never saw release in her lifetime and remained in the Motown vaults until it was posthumously included on the compilation A Cellarful of Motown!
Brenda Here Are Many Wild Animals - A Camp - Colonia I Aint Gonna Stand For It - Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July recorded a version that was released on her Motown Anthology set in Despite the wide critical acclaim for Wonder's previous works such as Songs in the Key of Life and InnervisionsHotter than July was his first album eligible for platinum status, as Motown sales records before were not audited by the RIAA.
Wonder wrote "Happy Birthday" in order to honor Martin Luther King and used the song to campaign for King's birthdayJanuary 15, to become a national holiday in the US. The sleeve liner design of the Motown LP issue is entirely dedicated to these two purposes.
Both sides are printed in a black-and-white semi-glossy photographic process. One side features a large square photograph portrait of King inset on a black background with white lettering above and below. Above the photo is printed "Martin Luther King, Jr. The text below the photo reads:. It is believed that for a man to lay down his life for the love of others is the supreme sacrifice.
Jesus Christ by his own example showed us that there is no greater love. For nearly two thousand years now we have been striving to have the strength to follow that example. Martin Luther King was a man who had that strength. He showed us, non-violently, a better way of I Aint Gonna Stand For It - Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July , a way of mutual respect, helping us to avoid much bitter confrontation and inevitable bloodshed.
We still have a long road to travel until we reach the world that was his dream. We in the United States must not forget either his supreme sacrifice or that dream. I and a growing number of people believe that it is time for our country to adopt legislation that will make January 15, Martin Luther King's birthday, a national holiday, both in recognition of what he achieved and as a reminder of the distance which still has to be traveled. Join me in the observance of January 15, as a national holiday.
To the right of this text is a thumbprint, presumably Stevie Wonder's Stevland Morris'sserving as his signature. On the other side of the sleeve is a collage of five historical photos. Two images, one above the other, form the background. The top image shows an aerial view of a low-lying urban area with a six-lane highway passing through it and thick smoke rising from many of the buildings on both sides of the highway—apparently a riot scene.
The bottom image shows a confrontation, in an urban street four of five lanes wide, between a large group of African Americans standing in non-violent defiance and law enforcement officers with white helmets and weapons who are apparently advancing on them. In the center is a wide rectangular photo of a large peaceful demonstration march, with both black and white participants, being led by Martin Luther King.
To either side are two square photos of apparent police brutality: What Is The New Album Called? - Robbie Williams - Interview the photo to the left, three officers in white helmets seize a male African-American youth by his arms and one leg; one officer holds as a club what appears to be a long nightstick turned around with the thicker I Aint Gonna Stand For It - Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July end out.
In the photo to the right, an African-American man lies in a pool of blood on the sidewalk in front of an urban store, while in the foreground an officer in a white helmet stands at a distance and looks toward him, and in the background another Africa-American man crouches with his back against the wall and looks away. King directly mentioned police brutality in his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.
These images contrast with the general mood of the album, which is upbeat and positive, including "Happy Birthday". In a contemporary review for Rolling StoneStephen Holden said Hotter than July proved Wonder was still "our most gifted pop muralist" because of his evocative, unique synthesis of pop and African elements.
Considine found the record "buoyantly tuneful" and said fans viewed it as a return to form after the commercial disappointment of Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants. All songs written, produced and arranged by Stevie Wonder except where noted.
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