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Teena Marie: Ultimate Collection

Teena MarieAudio CD
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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: February 1, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000046PUF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Square Biz
2. Behind The Groove
3. If I Were A Bell
4. Portuguese Love
5. Lovergirl
6. Fire & Desire
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
14. It Must Be Magic
15. Work It

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost "Ultimate:" Motown and Epic Music On One Album February 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Teena Marie's tenure with Motown Records (where she had the distinction of being it's most successful white singer) and her later affiliation with Epic (where she arguably reached her artistic maturity) both offer differing but important glimpses into Marie's gifts as an artist. Marie's Motown recordings showcased her youth, her exhuberance, and the live instrumentation and snazzy, jazzy horn section made for some great dance floor hits: among them, "Square Biz" (one of the first songs to incoporate a rap--and by a white woman, no less!), and "It Must Be Magic." At Motown, Teena Marie also began exploring the epic, grand-passion ballads that would grow into her strength on Epic Records. Her Motown affiliation does, however, offer some fine ballads: among them "Portuguese Love," an impassioned and long torch song featuring an ad lib by Rick James, her onetime producer and recently-confirmed onetime lover. When Teena Marie moved to Epic Records in 1982 and released the album "Robbery," she let loose on the ballads and released some memorable love songs; unfortunately, they are not to be found in this not-quite "Ultimate Collection." It is nice to see the exotic "Latin Lullaby," a song she wrote and performed on saxaphone goddess' Pamela Williams debut album, "Saxtress." Also of interest is the jazzy number "Work It," one of Marie's most danceable tracks, from her 1988 album "Naked To The World. Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not THE ultimate April 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This cd is put together pretty well. Anyone who is being introduced to Teena Marie's music for the very first time should have this cd. Her R&B ballads are composed very well, and it's a wonder to listen to the extended versions of her songs, such as "Portuguese Love", "If I Were a Bell", and "Deja Vu" (the last two are NOT on this compilation, btw). However, for those who have heard her before, this compilation falls short. Some songs such as "Alladin's Lamp", "Shadow Boxing", and "Cassanova Brown" are noticeably absent. (A Best of Teena Marie contains "Alladin's Lamp", although the album is nowhere near an honest representation). There are other Lady T releases that warrant more attention, such as "Lovergirl: The Teena Marie Story"; "I Need Your Lovin': The Very Best of Teena Marie" (which contains "Deja Vu") and, in my personal opinion, "Irons in the Fire". "Irons" is one of her best, but underrated, releases with songs such as "Tune In Tomorrow", a song which mixes jazz and r&b flavor, as well as the equally underrated "You Make Love Like Springtime", and the equally enjoyable "Young Love". That cd is more than worth the price. As far as Ultimate, however, it's good, but not a true testament of Lady T's influence on the R&B world. Definately purchase any or all of the three aforementioned CDs, which have all of her songs in the extended versions, to truly experience her impact in the music industry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady T Sings February 27, 2006
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Teena Marie just happens to be one of the very few white female artist that has done R&B along with pop quite well.

Her success has allowed her to cross boundaries that many other artist dream about. Her timeless voice gives her the ability to sing just about anything. Even thou I have yet to hear her sing any gospel or reggae flavored songs, she probably would do great in that area too.

I actually hesitated on buying this cd, but then I thought, buy it and see what it has to offer. Good choice I made. Even thou she has several Collections and Greatest Hits cds on the market, they all seem to be missing some of her hits or some of her awesome songs that didn't even make it off of the albums at all.

I found this cd to be filled with a little bit of everything from Funk & Pop songs like Square Biz and Sucker For Your Love. The R&B cuts like, If I were a Bell and the all time great song with Rick James, Fire & Desire. This is probably the song that really sent her on her way and put her on the map even thou her identity was kept a secret. What a marketing move that was!

Her Love Songs, Latin Lullaby, If I Were A Bell and Now That I have You should have been released as singles in her hey day. My favorite, Irons In the Fire is a melodic song that makes you wonder if she is talking about herself. She puts so much of herself in her love songs and that Spanish Flavor that she adds to her songs (not just in this cd but other ones also) in this cd is so sensual.

Even thou, I did not list all of the songs on the cd, overall, the cd is a must have for any Teena Marie Fan.

Despite the many Greatest Hits cds out there on her, this is one that I would recommend to any Teena Marie Fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars always good music
always good teena marie.
Published 3 days ago by Anthony R. Chinnis
5.0 out of 5 stars great songs!!!
I really loved this CD of Teena Maire put out I highly recommemd it. Great songs on it. Thanks!!!! Debra...
Published 4 days ago by Debra Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Great music
Published 16 days ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent cd
Published 1 month ago by tommy bolar
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of Teena Marie!
This cd contains what I consider the best hits of Teena Marie. It also showcases her variety in musical style as well as her popular duet.
Published 5 months ago by Vivian Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price.
Good cd. Her best stuff is compiled here. Teena Marie has a unique voice and the ballad with Rick James is timeless.
Published 9 months ago by Juan L. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MUSIC
She left us too soon and there is nothing like owning her music..the entire album is awesome! A must have for your collection.
Published 11 months ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is an awesome music collection...but then what about Teena Marie isn't awesome? Gone but not forgotten; these songs will certainly bring back memories.
Published 11 months ago by Melly-mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately Teena Marie
Loved every bit of this collection! It brought back many, many memories. I smiled, laughed, cried, smiled again....oh, Teena was incomparable to the singers of today. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sandra E Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Teena M
This a great collection for Teena Marie. All the fantastic songs are all in there....I Need Your Loving, LoverGirl and the list goes on. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jason
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