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Thread started 05/27/21 6:42am

kitbradley

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Teena Marie's "Magic" 40th Anniversary Celebrated

https://www.soultracks.co...e-magic-40

I remember having to repurchase this LP in the mid-80s because between my brother and I, we wore the vinyl out by playing it so much. While the remastered CD was nice, I wish they would have included some alternate takes of the songs instead of the couple of live tracks that ended up on the disc.

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Reply #1 posted 05/27/21 7:18am

CoolMF

Interesting article. I would've assumed that "Irons In The Fire" was her 1st gold.

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Side note- one thing that I've always loved about Lady T is that she's the only artist that I'm aware of that has 2 completely different but dope "Greatest Hits" albums- one on Motown and one on Epic.

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Reply #2 posted 05/27/21 11:45am

SoulAlive

This is my favorite Teena Marie album.
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Reply #3 posted 05/27/21 12:42pm

SoulAlive

Teena Marie – It Must Be Magic (1981, Vinyl) - Discogs

music headbang love worship

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Reply #4 posted 05/27/21 3:12pm

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kitbradley said:

https://www.soultracks.co...e-magic-40

I remember having to repurchase this LP in the mid-80s because between my brother and I, we wore the vinyl out by playing it so much. While the remastered CD was nice, I wish they would have included some alternate takes of the songs instead of the couple of live tracks that ended up on the disc.

Her BEST Album!!!

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Reply #5 posted 05/28/21 12:38am

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I remember back in the early days of CDs, (when companies were just dumping stuff onto CDs instead of remastering), Motown put Irons in the Fire and It Must Be Magic on 1CD, and since then, I kept listened to them as if it were one great double album. LOL!

But Yeah , It Must be Magic was arguably her best!!

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Reply #6 posted 05/28/21 12:44pm

SoulAlive

"Portugese Love" is one of the greatest songs that Teena has done music sexy,jazzy and exotic...it's a definite highlight of the album.

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Reply #7 posted 05/28/21 3:34pm

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"Portugese Love" is one of the greatest songs that Teena has done music sexy,jazzy and exotic...it's a definite highlight of the album.

So is '365'...great cut

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Reply #8 posted 05/28/21 5:02pm

SoulAlive

uPtoWnNY said:



SoulAlive said:


"Portugese Love" is one of the greatest songs that Teena has done music sexy,jazzy and exotic...it's a definite highlight of the album.




So is '365'...great cut



Yep…that is another highlight.
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Reply #9 posted 05/28/21 5:07pm

SoulAlive

I love all of Teena’s albums,but I am partial to the Motown stuff.The four albums she recorded on Motown are my favorites.She has said that,at Motown,all of the artists were like family.”I could be in one studio recording a song,and Stevie Wonder or Smokey would be right down the hall,recording songs too”, Teena said.She absorbed those influences and came up with some stunning tracks.
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Reply #10 posted 05/28/21 9:46pm

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paligap said:

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I remember back in the early days of CDs, (when companies were just dumping stuff onto CDs instead of remastering), Motown put Irons in the Fire and It Must Be Magic on 1CD, and since then, I kept listened to them as if it were one great double album. LOL!

But Yeah , It Must be Magic was arguably her best!!

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I used to have this back in the early 90s. I hated it because some of the songs were single or edited versions. I believe this was released before each title was available individually on CD?

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Reply #11 posted 05/29/21 6:31am

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kitbradley said:

paligap said:

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I remember back in the early days of CDs, (when companies were just dumping stuff onto CDs instead of remastering), Motown put Irons in the Fire and It Must Be Magic on 1CD, and since then, I kept listened to them as if it were one great double album. LOL!

But Yeah , It Must be Magic was arguably her best!!

I used to have this back in the early 90s. I hated it because some of the songs were single or edited versions. I believe this was released before each title was available individually on CD?

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Yup-back then, they didn't give a shit --at that same time, they were taking tracks off of Prince's 1999, just to make it fit on a single CD, LOL!

But yeah, it was before each one was available as a separate CD......

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Reply #12 posted 05/29/21 7:18pm

uPtoWnNY

We're going to need a 40th Anniversary thread for Rick James' "Street Songs". These were two of the five LPs I played the most during the summer of 1981 (the other three were Quincy Jones' "The Dude", Chaka's "What 'cha Gonna Do for Me", and the debut LP from "Unlimited Touch").

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Reply #13 posted 05/30/21 10:37am

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I got this album but I never listened to it all the way through. That might have to change today.
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Reply #14 posted 05/30/21 12:46pm

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Her Background Vocalist??? JILL JONES!!!

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Reply #15 posted 05/30/21 3:41pm

SoulAlive

uPtoWnNY said:

We're going to need a 40th Anniversary thread for Rick James' "Street Songs". These were two of the five LPs I played the most during the summer of 1981 (the other three were Quincy Jones' "The Dude", Chaka's "What 'cha Gonna Do for Me", and the debut LP from "Unlimited Touch").




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Reply #16 posted 06/09/21 12:06pm

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Robbery - Teena Marie, Teena Marie, Paul Riser, Paulinho Da Costa, Paul  Jackson, Jr., Paul Hines, Patrice Rushen, John "4 Daddman" Robinson, John  A. Bokowski, Jr., Daniel LeMelle, Chuck Findley, Nathan Watts,

This was one of my high school favorites love

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Reply #17 posted 06/09/21 1:33pm

SoulAlive

uPtoWnNY said:

Quincy Jones' "The Dude"

nod yep,"Razzamatazz" got alot of airplay that summer! Quincy was on fire back then.

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Reply #18 posted 06/09/21 1:59pm

SoulAlive

kitbradley said:

While the remastered CD was nice, I wish they would have included some alternate takes of the songs instead of the couple of live tracks that ended up on the disc.

I agree.Give us some alternate takes and outtakes! It's a nice remaster,though.

Going off-topic here to ask you this......have you heard about the new,big,massive Phyllis Hyman box set that is coming out soon? I think you would love this biggrin

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Reply #19 posted 06/10/21 8:59am

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SoulAlive said:

kitbradley said:

While the remastered CD was nice, I wish they would have included some alternate takes of the songs instead of the couple of live tracks that ended up on the disc.

I agree.Give us some alternate takes and outtakes! It's a nice remaster,though.

Going off-topic here to ask you this......have you heard about the new,big,massive Phyllis Hyman box set that is coming out soon? I think you would love this biggrin

Yes. I heard about the Phyllis box set being released through Soulmusic.com. Unfortunately, there is nothing new on it. All of the bonus tracks are available on other CDs. They could have at least added the extended version of "Ain't You Had Enough Love" as a bonus on "Livng All Alone" and the remix for "It's Not About You" on "I Refused To Be Lonely" but they didn't bother to do it. Those could have possibily enticed me to cop the box set.

I'm extremely disappointed because I'm assuming this means Gamble & Huff have no intention of releasing the vault tracks they promised a few years ago. Box set is nice because it includes her complete albums from her Arista and Philadelphia catalog as well as other songs that she guest appeared on. Good for those who don't already have all of that stuff. I'm a Phyllis completiest so I already own it all. I'm curious to see the packaging. Soulmusic.com has released some box sets over the past couple of years. I have the Emotions box set and was not impressed with the packaging. The only reason why I purchased it was because I needed a remastered version of "Sunbeam". The original Japan press that I have sounds very flat.









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Reply #20 posted 06/13/21 5:18am

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Just want to say that I always loved Teena Marie’s music.💕💕
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Reply #21 posted 06/13/21 7:08am

Dalia11

Phenomenal album! Teena is one of my favorite singers.
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Reply #22 posted 06/13/21 2:21pm

SoulAlive

80s R&B flashback: "Square Biz" by Teena Marie (1981)

Teena Marie - Square Biz - YouTube

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Reply #23 posted 06/13/21 9:05pm

SoulAlive

Ottensen said:

Robbery - Teena Marie, Teena Marie, Paul Riser, Paulinho Da Costa, Paul  Jackson, Jr., Paul Hines, Patrice Rushen, John "4 Daddman" Robinson, John  A. Bokowski, Jr., Daniel LeMelle, Chuck Findley, Nathan Watts,

This was one of my high school favorites love

Robbery seems to be an underrated album in her catalog.Surprisingly,it didn't generate any big hits.I think it's a strong album."Midnight Magnet" is great and my favorite track is the slow groove "Stop The World".Like "Portugese Love",it has a latin feel which is delightful.

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Reply #24 posted 06/13/21 11:43pm

Comser

Robbery is my fav Tee album followed by It Must Be Magic, Starchild, & Naked To The World...

seems most fans write her Epic years off in favor of the Motown years

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Reply #25 posted 06/14/21 11:33am

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I only ever listened to Irons In The Fire all the way through, I got some major catching up to do.
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Reply #26 posted 06/14/21 11:51am

SoulAlive

Comser said:

seems most fans write her Epic years off in favor of the Motown years


I admit,the Motown albums are my favorites by her.Songs like “Behind The Groove” and “Square Biz” are classics.I enjoy the Epic albums as well.
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Reply #27 posted 06/17/21 4:43pm

SoulAlive

Teena toured with Rick in the summer of ‘81 (the “Street Songs Tour”).They routinely did a 20-minute (!) version of “Fire and Desire”.I’m hoping that one of these shows finally makes it to DVD/blu-Ray.
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Reply #28 posted 06/18/21 1:26pm

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SoulAlive said:



Ottensen said:


Robbery - Teena Marie, Teena Marie, Paul Riser, Paulinho Da Costa, Paul  Jackson, Jr., Paul Hines, Patrice Rushen, John "4 Daddman" Robinson, John  A. Bokowski, Jr., Daniel LeMelle, Chuck Findley, Nathan Watts,


This was one of my high school favorites love





Robbery seems to be an underrated album in her catalog.Surprisingly,it didn't generate any big hits.I think it's a strong album."Midnight Magnet" is great and my favorite track is the slow groove "Stop The World".Like "Portugese Love",it has a latin feel which is delightful.


Funny "Cassanova Brown" is one of Teena's most well known songs on Epic but its my understanding it was never an official single? But it remained in heavy radio rotation for years
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Reply #29 posted 06/18/21 4:17pm

SoulAlive

kitbradley said:

SoulAlive said:



Ottensen said:


Robbery - Teena Marie, Teena Marie, Paul Riser, Paulinho Da Costa, Paul  Jackson, Jr., Paul Hines, Patrice Rushen, John "4 Daddman" Robinson, John  A. Bokowski, Jr., Daniel LeMelle, Chuck Findley, Nathan Watts,


This was one of my high school favorites love





Robbery seems to be an underrated album in her catalog.Surprisingly,it didn't generate any big hits.I think it's a strong album."Midnight Magnet" is great and my favorite track is the slow groove "Stop The World".Like "Portugese Love",it has a latin feel which is delightful.


Funny "Cassanova Brown" is one of Teena's most well known songs on Epic but its my understanding it was never an official single? But it remained in heavy radio rotation for years



The promotion/marketing for this album was odd.Epic weren’t sure how to properly promote this project.There were three singles (“Fix It,Baby”,”Midnight Magnet” and “Stop The World”) but no videos for any of those tracks.Instead,there was one video…for the title track (which,as far as I know,was NOT even released as a single nuts
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