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Stevie Wonder – Talking Book album art

Contributed by Benjamin Shaykin on Nov 3rd, 2022. Artwork published in
October 1972
Stevie Wonder – Talking Book album art 1
Source: Patricia Wall/The New York Times. License: All Rights Reserved.

Talking Book is the fifteenth studio album by Stevie Wonder. It was released exactly half a century ago, on October 27, 1972, by Tamla, a subsidiary of Motown Records. The font in use is Solemnis, a modernized uncial designed by Günter Gerhard Lange in 1953. No cover designer is credited. The photograph is by producer Robert Margouleff.

From Discogs:

Original US vinyl pressings were embossed with Braille on the front cover [see below] and inside gatefold, which is the first time an artist used Braille on an album’s artwork. The Braille on the front cover spells out Stevie’s name and the album title, and the inside gatefold has the message “Here is my music. It is all I have to tell you how I feel. Know that your love keeps my love strong. – Stevie”.

Stevie Wonder – Talking Book album art 2
Source: Uploaded to Flickr by Bart Solenthaler and tagged with “solemnis”. License: All Rights Reserved.


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1 Comment on “Stevie Wonder – Talking Book album art”

  1. In a recent tweet, Hanif Abdurraqib shared a photo of a promo billboard for Talking Book on the Sunset Strip, 1972. The free form does wonders!

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