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Editors’ Notes

After her first album's success, many assumed that Teena Marie was a showpiece for the talents of producer Rick James. She disproved those theories with her sophomore effort, Lady T. She produced and cowrote it with Richard Rudolph, who'd written and produced several classic albums for his late wife, Minnie Riperton. In a way, Teena Marie was like a sauced-up version of Riperton, whose astonishing vocal range and creativity immediately differentiated her from her peers. Though it contains a string of dance floor rave-ups in the form of “Lonely Desire,” “You’re All the Boogie I Need,” and the flawless “Behind the Groove,” Lady T is a much more diverse affair than Wild and Peaceful. With the acoustic ballad “Now That I Have You” and the piano-accompanied “Aladdin’s Lamp,” Rudolph was obviously trying to show the richness of Teena Marie’s voice by putting it in a variety of settings. Regardless of the material, her irrepressible passion was always visible, and the quieter arrangements helped show that she wouldn't, shouldn't, and couldn't be simply classified as an R&B singer.

Customer Reviews

Behind the Groove extended

The entire extended selection is fantastic!

Outstanding

This is one of my favorite Lad T cuts!!!! Always just blows me away!!!

Lady T

One on Teena Marie's best finally available on iTunes. Thank you Apple, I've been waiting for this one for a long time. I've never even been able to find this album on CD and was always told it was out of production. Been listening to a converted cassette of this for years. Young Girl in Love is my favorite.

Biography

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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