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uptight adj : being in a tense state [syn: edgy, high-strung, highly strung, in suspense(p), jittery, jumpy, nervy, overstrung, restive]

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  1. Excessively concerned with rules and order.
    Don't be so uptight! You won't go to jail for crossing the street against the light.
  2. Sexually repressed.
    He came from a very uptight religious background, but you wouldn't know that now!

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Up-Tight was the breakthrough album for Stevie Wonder, released in 1966 (see 1966 in music) on Motown Records' Tamla label. The album features the U.S. Top 5 single "Uptight (Everything's Alright)", which Wonder co-wrote with Sylvia Moy and Clarence Paul, the album's producer. The tracks on Up-Tight were the beginning of Wonder's development into a mature recording artist, independent of his earlier "Little Stevie Wonder" moniker and his image as a young Ray Charles imitator.
Also included on the album are "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby", another Wonder-cowrite, and a cover of folk star Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind", which made Wonder popular with crossover audiences.

Track listing

  1. Love a Go Go
  2. Hold Me
  3. Blowin' in the Wind
  4. Nothing's Too Good for My Baby
  5. Teach Me Tonight
  6. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  7. Ain't That Asking for Trouble
  8. I Want My Baby Back
  9. Pretty Little Angel
  10. Music Talk
  11. Contract on Love
  12. With a Child's Heart
uptight in Japanese: アップタイト

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