Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hidden Treasure.

Since I had two days off I was attempting to get the rest of my record collection entered into my handy-dandy database program.

I was about to leave it for the night when I ran accross this. It took me a minute to figure it out, it was such a strange name.

Then I read it backwards.

Eivets Rednow (prominently featuring "Alfie" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David) is a 1968 instrumental album released by Stevie Wonder under the pseudonym Eivets Rednow on the Gordy (Motown) label.

The album was released almost in secret. Because of Motown establishing Wonder as a soul-pop shouter, the label agreed to release the album with Wonder's name backwards. This would be copied by other musicians over the years. Wonder only plays harmonica, drums, and clavinet on this album and doesn't sing on any of the tracks. "How do you spell Stevie Wonder backwards" is printed on the top corner of the album sleeve in small print, serving as a hint to the record buyer.

Mine doesn't have the original sleeve but it is in decent condition.

I wonder what it's worth.

Another interesting one I found was Neville Willoughby. He was the voice of Jamaica, a broadcaster most famous for his early interview with Bob Marley.

Weird what you learn when you dig up old dusty boxes.


Bryna said...

Sorry to say, but on Ebay the most expensive listing is $12. :(

Evel said...

More after he is dead I suppose.