"Fulfillingness' First Finale" was Stevie Wonder's seventeenth studio album, released in July 1974, and became his third album to top the US R&B albums chart, where it spent nine nonconsecutive weks.
Subsequent to the epic sweep and social consciousness of "Innervisions", this set projected a reflective, decidedly somber tone. The musical arrangements used in several songs while masterly could be considered sparse in comparision to others among his 1970's masterworks, evident especially in the bleak "They Won't Go When i Go" and understated "Creepin'". While largely a stripped down, more personal sounding record, Wonder had not completely foregone social commentary on the world around him. The #1 hit "You Haven't Done Nothin'" launched a pointed criticism of the Nixon administration bolstered by funky clavinet, drum machine, and a Jackson 5 cameo.
"Fulfillingness' First Finale" won Grammy awards for best male pop vocal, best male rhythm and blues vocal performance (for "Boogie On Reggae Woman"), and album of the year in 1974. When Wonder took two years to record his follow-up album "Songs in the Key of Life", this broke his consecutive Grammy streak and led to Paul Simon's famous quote thanking him for not releasing an album in 1975 (when Simon won the album of the year award for "Still Crazy After All These Years").
Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness First Finale
U.K. Tamla Motown STMA 8019 (1974)
Album produced by Stevie Wonder.
The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting very few plays.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.
There is a "Factory Sample" sticker on the records centre label.
The albums hinged cover is in excellent condition with only minimal signs of wear.
For a full track listing see Own tab.