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Anthology [2 CD]

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20 funky soul jams on 2 CDs from Frankie Beverly's band! Marvin Gaye actually was the guy that got Maze signed to Capitol, and you can see why: this stuff owes a lot to What's Going On -period Marvin as well as to the Isley Brothers and other '70s funkateers. Includes While I'm Alone; Lady of Magic; Happy Feelings (live); Workin' Together; Feel That You're Feelin'; Southern Girl; Back in Stride; Too Many Games , and more.

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While funkified R&B orchestras of the late '70s and early '80s such as Earth, Wind & Fire and the Commodores made frequent appearances on the mainstream charts, Maze hold a special place in the hearts of nostalgic R&B fans because the San Francisco-based seven-piece (later eight-piece) band always stayed exclusive to its loyal core audience--the many thousands of mostly adult, mostly black, mostly working-class fans who made each of Maze's 10 albums gold without the help of a huge pop hit. Soul fans who heard about only the crossovers missed out on Maze's medium-funk grooves and the buttery-thick Philly-style vocals of featured performer/bandleader Frankie Beverly. Thankfully, the two-disc Anthology collects the singles that, depending on what neighborhood you grew up in, may never have made it as far as they should have. Covering, in chronological order, all of Maze's recordings for Capitol--from 1977's self-titled debut to 1986's Live in Los Angeles--Anthology provides just about all the Maze anyone short of a collector would need. Disc One is preferable, with its classic '70s soul ("While I'm Alone"), down-home grooves ("Workin' Together"), and gritty deep-fried jams ("Southern Girl"). Disc Two features their bigger R&B chart hits, such as the late-career high point "Back in Stride" and songs from the mid-'80s, when the band had overproduced its up-tempo stuff into a synth-damaged pulp ("Love Is the Key") and its slow songs into doctor's-office slush ("Your Own Kind of Way"). But whatever its shortcomings, Maze's Anthology gives us a new chance to discover a species of music endangered in today's new jack, studio-processed R&B world. By all means, relive the sound of the full-scale soul band. --Roni Sarig


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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. While I'm AloneMaze Featuring Frankie Beverly 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Lady Of MagicMaze Featuring Frankie Beverly 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Workin' TogetherMaze Featuring Frankie Beverly 5:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Golden Time Of DayMaze feat. Frankie Beverly 5:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Feel That You're Feelin'Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly 5:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Lovely InspirationMaze Featuring Frankie Beverly 5:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Southern GirlMaze feat. Frankie Beverly 6:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Joy And PainMaze feat. Frankie Beverly 7:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Happy Feelings (Live) (Feat. Frankie Beverly)Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly 5:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Reason (1981 Version) (Feat. Frankie Beverly)Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Running AwayMaze feat. Frankie Beverly 5:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Before I Let GoMaze feat. Frankie Beverly 5:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Love Is The KeyMaze Featuring Frankie Beverly 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Never Let You DownMaze Featuring Frankie Beverly 5:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. I Wanna Thank YouMaze Featuring Frankie Beverly 5:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Your Own Kind Of WayMaze Featuring Frankie Beverly 5:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Back In StrideMaze feat. Frankie Beverly 7:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Too Many GamesMaze feat. Frankie Beverly 4:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. I Wanna Be With You (Radio Edit) (Live) (Feat. Frankie Beverly)Maze feat. Frankie Beverly 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. When You Love Someone (Live) (Feat. Frankie Beverly)Maze feat. Frankie Beverly 5:36$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002U1C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Littleton Pierre, Jr. on April 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Whenever you are fortunate to listen to the "Anthology" by Maze/featuring Frankie Beverly, you will understand about the goings on of life. The "Joy & Pain", the "reasons" you try to love one more time. You will grow to understand the emotions of ones being and the purpose of expressing your feelings to that special someone. One of the greatest live performer in the history of music. When you leave after attending a Maze concert, you will find yourself driving yourself home without turning on the radio..... The songs will stay in your mind as well as in your heart. This is one group that I truly respect and love. All the songs on this anthology are well worth the time to listen to. So find yourself a quiet spot in your house, pour yourself a relaxing drink of your choice,play this musical collection and just enjoy a mind-blowing moment....!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Adger on July 7, 2006
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and Maze are his offspring. All jokes aside, if you've ever been to a FB & Maze concert, you know what I'm talking about. This group has not made a studio album in more than a decade, yet continue to draw sold out crowds of dedicated followers wherever they play. If any argument for truly timeless music is to be made, let Maze be exhibit A. This double disc collection is well put together, featuring some of the most loved and well-known songs from the band. "While I'm Alone", "Southern Girl", "Joy And Pain" and "Back In Stride" are all featured alongside some of Frankies' more unsung gems like "Lovely Inspiration" and "Lady Of Magic". Tight does not begin to describe the ability of Frankie and the band's ability to bring the funk and soul full-tilt. Closing your eyes, you can almost imagine being there front row at a Maze concert where you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself. An ultimate showman, Frankie is every bit as good live as he is on record. One of my favorite songs "Golden Time Of Day" is a staple at one of his shows and the quintessential summertime songs. I can't tout this collection or FB & Maze enough. If you're hesitating, dont. Get this cd for your collection. You will not be sorry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
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Maze is simply one of the greatest funk and soul groups to have produced hits in the early 80s. Songs like "Love is the Key" and "Southern Girl" are STAPLES in any funk/soul collection. They're mellow, and they keep the funk in the music at the same time. Frankie Beverly and MAZE is a fantastic musical collaboration. May the funk live on. From the instruments and synthesizers to the expressive vocals, this 2 disc collection is a MUST HAVE
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Margo Dubose on August 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When the cd is Excellent. I don't have to convince you.
I wish I could make choices like this every time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This cd takes me back to my years at PVAMU. During that time, Maze was at the apex of their career. Any song on this cd with the exception of those recorded in the mid '80s takes me back from the dorm rooms to "sitting on the cuts" on the hill to a house party. Whenever Maze was in town, I was there. Whenever they are at PVAMU for Homecoming, I am there. The music is great. I can't think of very many cuts that are missing from this cd other than some of the live versions from the Live in New Orleans and Los Angeles recordings. It's a great mix of their ballads ("When You Love Someone" and "Reason"), dance tunes ("Love is the Key" "Southern Girl" and "Feel That You're Feelin")and what I call the "lazy day" tunes ("Golden Time of Day", "While I'm Alone", "Lady of Magic" and "Joy & Pain"). It's a must have for any Maze fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Dennis on September 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I recently saw Frankie Beverly and Maze in concert and enjoyed every minute of it. I realized at that time that I only had one CD of theirs and that I wanted more. So I bought the Anthology and Greatest Hits. I remembered how much I like the group when I saw them. They haven't had a new CD/Album in about 20 years but they have a faithful following to support them. I love my CDs and have been listening to them regularly since they came in the mail. As one DJ said, Maze's music is for "the grown and sexy". That being said, it's not all mood music, much of it makes a statement that adults can relate to, some of it is dance music and some is for snuggling and telling that special someone that you love them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Faulkner on May 13, 2002
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I saw this group live and I bought the anthology right after the concert.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brenda J. Willis on January 12, 2000
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I love Frankie Beverly and Maze. Their music brings back memories from when I was in college. I still remember their concert I attended while in college. It was simply fantastic! The concert was just like having the album playing on the record player.
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