Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr., February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004), was a singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, best known for being one of the popularizers of funk music in the late 1970s and early 1980s thanks to million-selling hits such as “You and I”, “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak”, the latter song crossing him over to pop audiences and selling over three million copies, later contributing to the success of rapper MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This”, in which James sued to be credited for and as a result won a Grammy Award with Hammer in the Best R&B Song category in 1991, becoming his only Grammy win.
After an eight-year stay at Motown, Rick James moved to Reprise/Warner Bros. with 1988’s Wonderful. By that time, the funkster wasn’t nearly as popular as he had been in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and he hoped to make a major comeback with this album.
The first single from the Wonderful album was “Loosey’s Rap” with Big Daddy Kane and Roxanne Shante, the single was a number one R&B hit and was followed with the release of the title track of the abum.
Although the release of “Wonderful” as a single included great remixes by Paul Simpson (Wonder-Mix, Wonder-Dub) and Bruce Kane (Buffalo Mix, Wondermental Mix) it failed to ignite the charts and the album was unfortunately quickly forgotten.
Wonderful (Wonder-Mix) 7:14
Wonderful (Wonder-Dub) 7:40
Wonderful (Bass-A-Ful) 2:40
Wonderful (Buffalo Mix) 6:02
Wonderful (Wondermental Mix) 4:19
Wonderful (Radio Edit) 4:14