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It Must Be Magic Limited Edition, Import


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Before her untimely death at the age of 54 on the day after Christmas 2010, Teena Marie, known as “Lady Tee,” the Ivory Queen of Soul, wrote, produced, arranged and sang on 13 albums that have sold 2.5 million copies in the soundscan era. Starting with her 1979, Rick James-produced debut, Wild and Peaceful, Teena Marie’s many soul and R&B hits include “Square ... Read more in Amazon's Teena Marie Store

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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B00ATRPGHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It is one of her best albums.
D. Ridgway
Yes Indeed ...The words alone are GREAT, and then she sings the song that makes you feel it too.
K. Frazier
Two of Teena's signature hits come from this LP- "Portuguese Love" and "Square Biz".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Musica on February 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
1)Her voice!!!

2)Her voice!!!

3)Her voice!!!

I absolutely love Teena Marie..She is my favorite singer (beside Minnie Riperton)..Im 21 years old and I just happened to discover Teena at the age of 12..From then on, no one could tell me that she wasnt one of the greatest singers, if not the greatest, in the world..Her voice is so full of raw passion and emotion, its a rarity not found in music anymore..But anyway, to review the album, you know the album is incredible..My fave tracks are Revolution, Where's California, 365, Square Biz, Pourteguese Love, Yes Indeed and the last two songs that she performs live..Yes Indeed is worth the money alone..That song, she just kills it..She tears it apart with her vocals..I put that song on repeat..And I've seen Teena three times in concert, so the live performances bring back memories of when I've seen her..The way that she holds notes, oh my gosh, I just love her..I encourage anyone to pick up not just this album, but every other album that she has...If you dont know her name, you need to look her up...She's simply bad!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Agarrat on February 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Back in 1981 at age 11, I started buying records with the bit of money I'd get from my allowance and my paper route. My opinion of everything else that I've ever listened to is in some way affected by what I learned by listening to "It Must Be Magic" - first album I ever bought. There are so many magical moments here - the jubilance of the title track, the perfect heartbreak of "Where's California", the feel-good love of "365", the razor-edged funk "Square Biz" (a groove that just won't quit!), the sumptuous Latin-tinged sensuality of the epitome of The Quiet Storm, "Portuguese Love" (now, HOW many babies have been conceived by THIS track? *grin!*) and "Yes Indeed" the utter beauty of Lady Tee wearing her heart on her sleeve yet again, hoping and holding on. I think this is Teena's finest masterpiece - the musicianship featured on this CD from the onslaught of Tee's music, lyrics and arrangements to the band to the background vocalists (including a pre-1999 Jill Jones, Mickey Boyce-Hearn and The Temptations) compares to no other. I would give this CD ten stars if I could. You might be inclined to call her a Diva, and she is that, but above all Teena Marie is a genius full of soul and love. Thank you so much, my Piscean sister, for filling my life with such beautiful music, brimming with so much love - and hope!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on December 21, 2002
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Teena Marie is truly deserving of the title "diva" and no better representation of her artistry can be found in 1981's "It Must be Magic". This disc features six of her most intricately soulful compositions: "Square Biz", "Portuguese Love", "365", "Cradle Rob and Me", the title cut, and the awesome tribute to John Lennon, "Revolution".
The addition of the previously unreleased tracks, along with the 12-inch instrumental version of "Biz", are just added to placate contemporary listeners who feel that longer is better.
The album was musical perfection without the "extras".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms Muse on January 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I recalled hearing her fast songs and duet with Rick James and jamming to them but not hard. Then I at a high school basketball and a friend of mine had her Walkman on. She was listening to Teena's "Robbery" cassette specifically "Casanova Brown." She let me hear it and I fell in love. It's taken me over the last 10 years to get all of her music on CD. My favorite song has always been "Yes Indeed." I had it on cassette but broke it due to extensive playing. So I was so glad to finally get it on CD and know the story behind it that Patrice Rushen played on it, too. Teena...what can I say? The magic really is in her music. The way she holds those notes and incorporates relationship into the other music genres from latin to jazz to classical to soul. No music collection should be without this woman's music. And there's one more song I love that she did with Rick though it got little airplay. It's called "Happy"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 8, 2005
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Unfortunately this is Teena Marie's final Motown album and is as fantastic a follow-up to 'Irons Of Fire' as she could make.There are two differences-she relies less on jazz here and the lyrical focus is more on social commentary and less on romance.A bi cross-section of the music featured on this album is uptempo funky R&B-soul as patented by Rick James-the title cut,the socio politically inclined "Revolution" and "365" all sport that style with great grooves,rhythms and excellent lyrics.On "Where's California" Teena finds herself searching out her influences overseas on a poetic piano ballad.On "Square Biz" the slamming beat and horn packed arrangement finds her singing and rapping about corn bread,filet mignon and the name calling she'd endured over the years."Opus 111" has an oddball Christian message while the smooth "Portuguese Love" again finds her in a percussive latin mood.The entire affair ends with another ballad "Yes Indeed",an instrumental version of "Square Biz" and elongated live versions of two of her classic early songs as bonus cuts.

Speaking of 'It Must Be Magic' as a whole Teena Marie makes her musical intentions again all too clear-she has no intention of allowing issues of musical genres,artistic control and especially skin complexion be any problem for her and unfortunately these are the issues that she faced quite alot while with Motown.But with the help of Rick James's band,a guest spot by the Tempations and her own musical and artistic savvy she was more then able to get over the hump and produce this entertaining but also meaningful work of art.As with 'Irons Of Fire' very highly recommended.
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