Inspiration

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Arguably Maze's best album, hands down, Inspiration lives up to its grandiose title. Frankie Beverly's compositions are executed to perfection by the seven-piece Maze ensemble: Atigunta Sun drums, Wuane Thomas lead guitar, Sam Porter keyboards, McKinley Williams vocals and percussion, Roame Lowry vocals and congas, Robin Duhe bass, and Frankie Beverly rhythm guitar and lead vocals -- the originals. If you're still down after listening to "Lovely Inspiration"'s positive, glowing, shimmering praise to the Supreme One, you have some serious issues. The fusion of R&B and reggae on "Feel That You're Feelin'" fueled its way up the R&B chart rungs; it remains a staple ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Arguably Maze's best album, hands down, Inspiration lives up to its grandiose title. Frankie Beverly's compositions are executed to perfection by the seven-piece Maze ensemble: Atigunta Sun drums, Wuane Thomas lead guitar, Sam Porter keyboards, McKinley Williams vocals and percussion, Roame Lowry vocals and congas, Robin Duhe bass, and Frankie Beverly rhythm guitar and lead vocals -- the originals. If you're still down after listening to "Lovely Inspiration"'s positive, glowing, shimmering praise to the Supreme One, you have some serious issues. The fusion of R&B and reggae on "Feel That You're Feelin'" fueled its way up the R&B chart rungs; it remains a staple of Maze's live show. It's hard to get any better than "Call Me," on which Beverly outdoes himself during a sensitive, tear-jerking confession of a man whose woman left him for another; the parting is handled with maturity, and the lamenting lover extends an invitation for his ex to call him if it doesn't work out, or if she has a change of heart. Just as inspiring is the spirited "Timin'," a rollicking number about keeping your spirits up because, if it doesn't work out, it's not solely your fault, it's just a matter of timin'; why Capitol held back on this track is mystifying, since it has all the elements of a monster. That kick-happy beat is extended to "Welcome Home," a tune about a lover returning after discovering the grass wasn't greener on the other side of the fence. "Women Is a Wonder" is a slow tribute to women featuring some tantalizing guitar notes from Thomas; very nice, but a better bet if the supplementary vocals hadn't been buried so deep in the mix. Captivating, tinkling chimes introduce the laid-back "Ain't It Strange"; the vocal interaction between Beverly, Duhe, Williams, and Lowry are reminiscent of the Frankie Beverly & the Butlers years. An instrumental version of "Lovely Inspiration" ends the masterpiece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: The Right Stuff
  • UPC: 724359727820
  • Catalog Number: 97278
  • Sales rank: 43,493

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lovely Inspiration - Frankie Beverly (5:11)
  2. 2 Feel That You're Feelin' - Frankie Beverly (5:32)
  3. 3 Call On Me - Frankie Beverly (5:37)
  4. 4 Timin' - Frankie Beverly (5:00)
  5. 5 Welcome Home - Frankie Beverly (5:10)
  6. 6 Woman Is A Wonder - Frankie Beverly (7:14)
  7. 7 Ain't It Strange - Frankie Beverly (5:25)
  8. 8 Lovely Inspiration - Frankie Beverly (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maze Primary Artist
Frankie Beverly Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Robin Duhe Bass, Group Member
Ahaguna G. Sun Drums, Group Member
McKinley Williams Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Sam Porter Keyboards, Group Member
Roame Lowry Conga, Vocals, Group Member
Wuaneg Thomas Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Frankie Beverly Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
John Nowland Engineer
Wally Traugott Mastering
David Nathan Liner Notes
Roy Kohara Art Direction
Shusei Nagaoka Illustrations
Bill Evans Engineer
Rev. Gerald Thompson & the Tennessee Full Gospel Baptist Church Mass Choir Engineer
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