STEVIE WONDER - NEW YORK 1973

June 22, 2021 – 6:07 am

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STEVIE WONDER
New York 1973 [JEMS Archive, 1CD]

Johanan Vigoda’s Birthday Party. Unknown Venue, New York, NY; January 1, 1973. Very good soundboard(?).

Thanks to mjk5510 for sharing the show at Dime.

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This has to be one of the strangest recordings in the entire JEMS Archive. Yes, you read that right, Stevie Wonder performing at… birthday party on New Year’s Day 1973. At least that is what’s written on the box of the 10-inch reel that houses this most curious tape. Captured to stereo half-track at 7.5 IPS, the recording offers a 33-minute, seemingly spontaneous performance at what indeed sounds like a lively birthday celebration. [Dime user RICK10707 has identified this as being for Johanan Vigoda, Stevie’s longtime attorney and likely no relation to Abe Vigoda.]

The spine of the tape calls it “Stevie Wonder Jam” and lists the musicians as Wonder on piano, Tim Moore on guitar, David Shaw on drums and Don Moore on bass. The performance is loose enough to require Wonder to shout chord changes to some songs.

The set list features three well-known Stevie tunes, an improvised Happy Birthday number, plus another three songs we have struggled to identify. Are they covers? Unreleased originals? Made up on the spot? Hopefully the DIME community can help us ID the tracks.

Everything I’ve written above is based on the audio itself and the notes on the tape box, which clearly dates from 1973. However, confirming that information has proven difficult, which is one reason we have waited all these years to release it, hoping we would find out more…

“All In Love Is Fair” wouldn’t be released until August 1973 on Innervisions, and this performance does have lyrics variations suggesting it could be an early version. “Blame It On The Sun” and “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” are both from Stevie’s masterpiece Talking Book, released in October 1972. The rest we don’t know.

There is chatter between songs that reinforces the party environment and you can pick up some of the dialogue. The recording itself appears to be from microphones set up on stands to record the occasion.

JEMS obtained this reel nearly 15 years ago from the collection of a sound engineer, and given the other tapes in his possession at that time, the provenance of the recording is strong. The same person recorded Bob Marley within months of this.

While the Vigoda Party Jam isn’t a classic performance, it is most certainly a fascinating listen and another one of those “you are there,” time-machine type recordings. ANY new vintage Stevie Wonder document is historically significant and if we could learn more about the details behind this one, perhaps even more so. Help us if you can. Meanwhile, enjoy some newly discovered Stevie Wonder as a JEMS holiday gift to you.

Thanks to DIME member Superstition for help working out the set list and to mjk5510 for post-production prep and final posting.

BK for JEMS

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Lineage:
JEMS Transfer (by the late great Jared Houser): 10″ presumably master half-track reel > Revox A-700 > Wavelab > .wav > iZotope RX8 > iZotope Ozone 8 > Audacity > TLH > FLAC

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Track 01. Unknown Song 7:00
Track 02. Happy Birthday Improv 1:50
Track 03. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life 9:16
Track 04. Blame It On The Sun 4:04
Track 05. All In Love Is Fair 4:16
Track 06. Baby I Need Your Love 3:48
Track 07. Stay With You 3:23
34 mins

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  1. 31 Responses to “STEVIE WONDER - NEW YORK 1973”

  2. Rumor has it Stevie got a Big Un

    By U L E on Jun 22, 2021

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    By U L E on Jun 22, 2021

  4. It’s true though. Rumor has it Stevie gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Jun 22, 2021

  5. Of course

    By U L E on Jun 22, 2021

  6. He might be my Dad, Mom fucked a lot of blind black guys.

    By DD on Jun 22, 2021

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    By U L E on Jun 22, 2021

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  12. And my mom and DD mom

    By U L E on Jun 22, 2021

  13. Hey Jeff the Punk, u wnna suck on my whammy bar

    By U L E on Jun 22, 2021

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    By Arto Parviainen on Jun 22, 2021

  15. Mom fucked a lot of blind guys because they couldn’t see how fucking ugly she was.

    By DD on Jun 22, 2021

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    By DD on Jun 22, 2021

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    By DD on Jun 22, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

  23. HHH, all you gotta do is look at the idiotic comments on this website. thats the intellect we have. you derrick and nelson make the only remarks that make sense. every one else talks bout body parts, sick of this site

    By DD on Jun 23, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

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    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

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    You’re pathetic, you should leave this earth.

    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

  27. Fuck YOU H you pants shitting JERKOFF! You show up at our next circle jerk and I’ll kick your shitty ass, BITCH!

    By DD on Jun 23, 2021

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    By Derrick on Jun 23, 2021

  29. Not me DD , sure most aren’t you either . The morons are irrepressible. Just pick your spots . That’s what I do .

    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

  30. Still pretty sure that Hebrew Mark is behind most of the name stealing.

    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

  31. But when I pick my spots the puss goes all over the place. Messy .

    By HHH on Jun 23, 2021

  32. Aren’t you a bit old to still be getting spots triple?

    By DD on Jun 23, 2021

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