Ultimate Collection CD (2000)

Artist: Teena Marie

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Label Uni/hip-O Records
SKU 60383647
UPC 731454105224
UPC 14 00731454105224
Format CD
Release Date 2/1/2000
Author Teena Marie
Artist Influence Aretha Franklin
Artist Influence Chaka Khan
Artist Influence Diana Ross
Artist Influence Janis Ian
Artist Influence Linda Jones
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence Mary Wells
Artist Influence Minnie Riperton
Artist Influence Roberta Flack
Artist Influence Smokey Robinson
Artist Influence Sylvia Robinson
Artist Influence Tina Turner
Artist Contemporary Andr? Cymone
Artist Contemporary Angela Bofill
Artist Contemporary Anita Baker
Artist Contemporary Ashford & Simpson
Artist Contemporary Betty Wright
Artist Contemporary Chaka Khan
Artist Contemporary Commodores
Artist Contemporary Debra Laws
Artist Contemporary Deniece Williams
Artist Contemporary Donna Summer (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Evelyn "Champagne" King
Artist Contemporary France Joli
Artist Contemporary Janet Jackson
Artist Contemporary Jermaine Jackson
Artist Contemporary Jody Watley
Artist Contemporary Kashif
Artist Contemporary Kelly Marie
Artist Contemporary Klymaxx
Artist Contemporary Michael Jackson
Artist Contemporary Patrice Rushen
Artist Contemporary Patti LaBelle
Artist Contemporary Phyllis Hyman
Artist Contemporary Prince
Artist Contemporary Rick James (Bass)
Artist Contemporary Rosie Gaines
Artist Contemporary Rufus
Artist Contemporary Shalamar
Artist Contemporary Stephanie Mills
Artist Contemporary Switch
Artist Contemporary Syreeta
Artist Contemporary The Mary Jane Girls
Artist Contemporary The Whispers
Artist Contemporary Tina Turner
Artist Contemporary Ullanda McCullough
Artist Contemporary Vanity 6
Artist Follower Angie Stone
Artist Follower Caron Wheeler
Artist Follower Cherrelle
Artist Follower Eve
Artist Follower Faith Evans
Artist Follower Jane Child
Artist Follower Jill Scott
Artist Follower Kelis
Artist Follower Lisa Lisa
Artist Follower Lisa Stansfield (Singer)
Artist Follower Macy Gray
Artist Follower Mariah Carey
Artist Follower Mary J. Blige
Artist Follower Pamela Williams
Artist Follower Shana Morrison
Artist Follower Soul II Soul (Group)
Artist Follower Sunshine Anderson
Technical Info
Producer Rick James; Teena Marie; Dana G. Smart (Compilation)
CatalogID 541052
Lable Name Hip-O
Released 02/01/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 77m : 54s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731454105224
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Teena Marie (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion, programming).
Personnel: Teena Marie (guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, snare drum, percussion, programming); Shirley Mattison, Jackie Ruffin, Glenn Carl, Mickey Hearn, Jill D., Adrienne Williams, Julia Tillman Waters, Jean King, Carroll Williams White, Dierdre Joseph, Lisa Srana, Dwayne Wedlaw, Maxine Willard Waters, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams , Bill Thedford, Brenda Lee Eager, Carmen Twillie (vocals); Corrado Rustici, Dann Huff, Andre Josef Parson, Preston Bucklin, David Taylor , Greg Poree, Bob Bowles, T. David Walker, Greg Hargrove, Nikki Slick, Wali Ali, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Timothy May , Tom McDermott, Nick Brown (guitar); Lloyd Lindroth (harp); J. Cliff Ervin, Kenneth Scott, Gary Grant, Eric Butler, Thomas Bumpass, Jerry Hey, Oscar Brashear, Charles Loper (flute, trombone); Roy Poper (flute); Daniel LeMelle, Gerald Albright (soprano saxophone); Ray Woodward (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Pamela Williams (trumpet, flugelhorn); Dick Hyde, Garnett Brown, John Ervin (horns); John "J.R." Robinson , Matthew Forcucci, Paul Hines, Lanise Hughs, Shondu Akiem, James Gadson, Michael White , Narada Michael Walden (snare drum, percussion).
Photographers: Geary Chansley; Ron Slenzak.
Arrangers: Peter Cardinali; Rick James ; Teena Marie.
One of R&B's enduring talents, Teena Marie emerged in the early '80s as one of the most original and innovative vocalists of the post-disco era. A vocal powerhouse, her soulful style proved so authentic that many listeners initially assumed she was African-American. Having broken through R&B's acknowledged color barrier, she continued to innovate as an independent female artist--going as far as setting a landmark artists' rights initiative that indicated that labels cannot keep artists under contract if they refuse to release their work. Culling material from her Gordy/Motown and Epic albums, ULTIMATE COLLECTION presents highlights from her early albums (as a protege of Rick James) to her later self-written/self-produced efforts.
Opening with the jubilant horns of "Square Biz" (featuring Marie's playful proto-rap style delivery) and "Behind The Groove," a strong jazz and Latin influence can be felt throughout. Vibrant dance rhythms dominate on tracks like "It Must Be Magic," though the forceful vocal delivery and imaginative arrangements save it from becoming mere dance floor fodder. On slower ballads such as "Young Love," she reveals the influence of soul greats like Minnie Riperton and Chaka Khan, her mighty voice overflowing with emotion as she sings of enduring the pangs from a lover's scorn.
Artist Overview
No white artist sang R&B more convincingly than Teena Marie, whose robust vocals were so black-sounding that some listeners wondered if she was a light-skinned African-American. Her Rick James-produced 1979 debut didn't show her picture, so many black-radio programmers assumed she was black. Much of the R&B world was shocked to find out that she was fair-skinned, but it didn't matter. She was a first-rate soul singer, songwriter, producer, and instrumentalist whose love of black culture ran deep. The pop world knows her for "Lovergirl," but almost all of her 14 studio albums, from Wild and Peaceful (1979) through the posthumous Beautiful (2013), hit the Top 20 of the R&B chart. ~ Alex Henderson
Disc 1
1 Square Biz
2 Behind The Groove
3 If I Were A Bell
4 Portuguese Love
5 Lovergirl
6 Fire & Desire - (with Rick James)
7 My Dear Mr. Gaye
8 I'm A Sucker For Your Love
9 Irons In The Fire
10 Young Love
11 I Need Your Lovin'
12 Now That I Have You
13 Latin Lullaby - (with Pamela Williams)
14 It Must Be Magic
15 Work It

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