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Just five months after the release of Lady T, Teena Marie returned with an even more successful album in the form of Irons in the Fire. Its success was made more significant by the fact that it was the first effort entirely written, produced, and performed by Lady T herself. After establishing herself by working with strong men like Rick James and Richard Rudolph, she used Irons in the Fire to completely assert her artistic independence. Of course, James’ influence is still evident on uptempo songs like “I Need Your Lovin’,” “First Class Love,” and “Chains,” disco-funk numbers in which Teena Marie plays the ringmaster with absolute pluck and authority. Along with Chaka Khan, she was R&B's most commanding female presence at the time. Yet Irons in the Fire is equally striking for its delicacy and vulnerability. “You Make Love Like Springtime” and “Tune in Tomorrow” showed that her voice became even more fluid when dancing through the complex arrangements of jazz and Latin music, while “Irons in the Fire” exudes the sublime gentility of a Curtis Mayfield ballad.

Customer Reviews

A true Diva who can sang !!!!!

I truley love Teena. Im from the old school and there are only a few Divas that can sing. Phyllis Hyman, Dianne Reeves, Minnie Riperton and of course Teena. Now I may be old school but there is one album that no one seems to have and thats her first one. That album has a dedication to Minnie Riperton when she passed away called ' Too many colors' . If any one can remember it please reminisce with me and share.

Irons in the fire

Practically a whole generation has passed since I last enjoyed this album, literally on vinyl! With a more discerning ear in my middle age, this collection of songs are well produced, thoughtfully arranged, and is the best music I think Tina ever created! Is it soul, R&B, a touch of funk, or one of those albums all its own? This little spitfire can really belt them out, and she picked some great musicans to accompany her. I great find!

This is Classic Teena

I remember thumbing through my moms vinyls around the age of 6 and found this album and Instantly fell in love. I would listen to this album from start to finish for hours. You make love like springtime, Chains, Irons of Fire, I need your lovin', and young love are my favs.


Born: March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No white artist sang R&B more convincingly than Teena Marie, whose big, robust vocals were so black-sounding that when she was starting out, some listeners wondered if she was a light-skinned African-American. Marie grew up in west Los Angeles in a neighborhood that was nicknamed "Venice Harlem" because of its heavy black population. The singer/songwriter/producer was in her early twenties when, around 1977, she landed a job at Motown Records. It was at Motown that she met her mentor and paramour-to-be,...
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