Teena Marie: Ultimate Collection
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From the get-go, her identity was shrouded in secrecy. To prolong the ruse, her debut album on Gordy featured no photos of her, only a soft-focus image of the sea and sky. The ploy worked: Her first single, "I'm a Sucker for Your Love," a duet with Rick James, reached #8 R&B. When the truth was learned and the jig was up, it was too late: an R&B hitmaker was let lose, and there was no stopping her. Between '79 and '91, she had 23 R&B hits; of those Seven were Top 10.
For the First Time, her finest fire from both her Gordy/Motown and Epic years is captured on a single CD, including "I Need Your Lovin'"; "Suqare Biz"; "Lovergirl"; her two duets with Rick James, "I'm a Sucker for Your Love" and "Fire & Desire"; and her tribute to fellow Motown-to-Sony defector, Marvin Gaye, "My Dear Mr. Gaye."
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent "best of" de la regrétée Teena peu connue en France, hélas.Published 3 months ago by Michel Compan
A GREAT collection of Teena Marie songs! With there was an accompanying P/V/G songbook!Published 3 months ago by Yes Fan
I bought this CD. What can I say. Teena Marie was so underrated in the music industry. Her voice was so captivating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by 80's boy