|Studio album by|
|Released||May 4, 1966|
|Recorded||1965 - 1966; 1962 ("Contract on Love"); 1964 ("Pretty Little Angel")|
|Studio||Hitsville U.S.A., Detroit|
|Producer||Henry Cosby, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Clarence Paul, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier|
|Stevie Wonder chronology|
|Singles from Up-Tight|
Up Tight (shown as Up-Tight Everything's Alright on the cover) is a 1966 album by American singer Stevie Wonder. It was his fifth studio release.
The album was released on May 4, 1966 on Motown Records' Tamla label. The album features the U.S. Top 5 single "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", which Wonder co-wrote with Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby. The tracks on Uptight (Everything's Alright) were the beginning of Wonder's development into a mature recording artist, independent of his earlier "Little Stevie Wonder" moniker and his image as a young Ray Charles imitator. Nonetheless, it included two earlier recordings, the 1962 single "Contract on Love" and the unissued 1964 single "Pretty Little Angel".
Also included on the album are "Nothing's Too Good for My Baby", another Wonder co-write, and a cover of folk star Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind", which made Wonder popular with crossover audiences, and a cover of the standard, Teach Me Tonight, featuring vocals by The Four Tops.
The album reached No.33 on the Billboard Pop Album charts and No.2 on the R&B Albums charts. On the album, Stevie was backed by the Funk Brothers, the legendary, but uncredited, early period Motown Records studio musicians, creators of the famous, recognisable 60s Motown sound. Motown's in-house female backing group, The Andantes, also accompany Wonder on the album. Backing vocalist Pat Lewis stepped in (as a replacement for one of the girls who couldn't make it to one of the recording sessions) and recorded with the group.
- "Love a Go Go" (Beth Beatty, Ernie Shelby) - 2:46
- "Hold Me" (Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, Wonder) - 2:36
- "Blowin' in the Wind" (Bob Dylan) - 3:46
- "Nothing's Too Good for My Baby" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, William Stevenson) - 2:39
- "Teach Me Tonight" (Sammy Cahn, Gene De Paul) - 2:39
- "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" (Wonder as Stevie Judkins, Moy, Cosby) - 2:54
- "Ain't That Asking for Trouble" (Moy, Paul, Wonder) - 2:49
- "I Want My Baby Back" (Harvey Fuqua, Cornelius Grant, Eddie Kendricks, Norman Whitfield) - 2:49
- "Pretty Little Angel1" (Paul, Mike Valvano, Wonder) - 2:12
- "Music Talk" (Ted Hull, Paul, Wonder) - 2:52
- "Contract on Love" (Janie Bradford, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland) - 2:06
- "With a Child's Heart" (Vicki Basemore, Cosby, Moy) - 3:08
1This track has always created some confusion among Motown collectors as it was listed as a single release in 1964. The track was mastered for single release in the fall of 1964 but not issued at that time. However, some copies were pressed two years later when the track was reconsidered for single release. These copies, of which there are very few, were pressed with the later style Tamla label (i.e. the post globes label) that was introduced in the US during the second half of 1966. The recording was again withdrawn when "A Place In The Sun" was considered superior.
- Stevie Wonder - lead vocals; harmony vocals (side 1, tracks 1 and 2; side 2, track 3); harmonica; keyboards; percussion
- Clarence Paul - co-lead vocals (on "Blowin' in the Wind")
- Levi Stubbs - co-lead vocals (on "Teach Me Tonight")
- Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Lawrence Payton, and Renaldo "Obie" Benson - backing vocals (on "Teach Me Tonight")
- The Andantes - backing vocals (side 1, tracks 2, 4, and 6; side 2, tracks 1, 2, and 4)
- Pat Lewis - backing vocals (with The Andantes; unknown tracks)
- The Originals - backing vocals (on "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby")
- The Temptations - backing vocals (on "Contract on Love")
- The Funk Brothers - instrumentation
- Detroit Symphony Orchestra - instrumentation (on "Pretty Little Angel" and "With a Child's Heart")
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