Ooo La La La: Epic Anthology
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Audio CD, Import, April 14, 2017
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Two CD collection. SoulMusic Records is exceptionally proud to present Ooo La La - The Epic Anthology, a superb set by the late, great Teena Marie, who remains revered as a multi-talented icon in the world of soul music, almost seven years after her passing at the age of 54. Covering almost a decade (1983-1991), the 25 tracks include all of Teena's charted hits for Epic Records. Teena gained prominence at Motown working with funk king Rick James, scoring her first major R&B hit in 1979 with 'I'm A Sucker For Your Love' followed by the global chart maker, 'I Need Your Lovin' in 1980.
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"Ooo La La La: The Epic Anthology" (2 CDs; 26 tracks; 154 min.) brings a very generous serving of what should be considered Teena Marie's peak years (mid-80s to early 90s), starting off with the smash hit "Lovergirl". The great thing is that many of the hits on here are brought in a long dance mix: "Lovergirl" is now a 6 min. track, and the very next one "Jammin'" is 8+ min. I could be wring, but it looks like all tracks on CD1 were a hit single, if not on the Hot 100, then certainly on the R&B and/or dance chart. What a delight it is to hear these songs again, all of them remastered to great effect. Check out "Work It", and even better the 8 min. version of "Bad Boy". CD2 brings more hits, including the song for which this compilation is named, as well as a couple of non-singles yet essential album tracks such as "Casanova Brown" and later on "My Dear Mr. Gaye".
I personally have never understood why Teena Marie didn't reached anywhere close to the mega-success of her contemporary Janet Jackson, as there are obvious parallels between their sounds. But that doesn't diminish (in my opinion) the lasting appeal of Teena Marie with each passing year. If you are looking for a compilation that collects the strongest songs of Teena Marie's career, you cannot go wrong with this. "Ooo La La La" is a WINNER.
this is a good overview and a testimony to the next chapter of her career post Motown.