Another stormer from Stevie Wonder, this time taken from the seminal 1973 release, Innervisions. The album is absolutely groundbreaking and was universally recognised at the time as Wonders finest work to date. Higher Ground is nestled right in the middle of the tracklist, a crime in my opinion as it far outshines “Too High”, it should have been the opener !!
From WikipediaIn 2003, the album was ranked number 23 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The magazine wrote in that occasion:
… Stevie Wonder may be blind, but he reads the national landscape, particularly regarding black America, with penetrating insight on Innervisions, the peak of his 1972-73 run of albums–including Music of My Mind and Talking Book. Fusing social realism with spiritual idealism, Wonder brings expressive color and irresistible funk to his synth-based keyboards on “Too High” (a cautionary anti-drug song) and “Higher Ground” (which echoes Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of transcendence). The album’s centerpiece is “Living for the City,” a cinematic depiction of exploitation and injustice. Just three days after Innervisions was released, Wonder suffered serious head injuries and lay in a four-day coma when the car he was traveling in collided with a logging truck.