Lady T

Lady T

by Teena Marie
     
 
For the recording of her follow-up to Wild and Peaceful, Teena Marie linked with songwriter and producer Richard Rudolph, who had just lost his wife and musical collaborator, the great Minnie Riperton, to breast cancer. Lady T smoothly picks up where Teena's Rick James-produced debut left off. It's also

Overview

For the recording of her follow-up to Wild and Peaceful, Teena Marie linked with songwriter and producer Richard Rudolph, who had just lost his wife and musical collaborator, the great Minnie Riperton, to breast cancer. Lady T smoothly picks up where Teena's Rick James-produced debut left off. It's also something like an organic extension of Riperton's final proper album, Minnie, also released in 1979; Rudolph co-write one-third of the songs and brought in some of Riperton's studio associates, including Jerry Hey's Seawind Horns. Though Teena's creative identity was established on the debut, Riperton's spirit flows throughout the album. Ironically, it's the wholly-Teena-penned "Aladdin's Lamp" that most resembles Riperton, from the wistful, romantic lyrics to the vocal arrangement, weaving background "ba-ba-ba"s and "la-la-la"s that recall the supernatural singer's early work with Rotary Connection. It's among a few songs here that one could easily imagine being sung by Riperton. There were only two charting singles: the minor hit "Can It Be Love," a gentle ballad, and the Top Five club single "Behind the Groove," a smacking disco-funk jam. Even so, some of the deeper album cuts, especially "Now That I Have You" -- all dreamy, blissed-out acoustic soul -- rival the best of Wild and Peaceful. The album's presentation, including a glamorous shot on the front and a tomboy shot on the back, strikingly contrasts with that of the mysterious debut. For those who had not caught Teena's 1979 Soul Train performance, it must have come as a shock to see this sleeve and realize that the music was flowing out of a white body. In more ways than one, Teena had fully arrived, and she struck again in a matter of six months.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
Label:
Hip-O Select
UPC:
0602527668451
catalogNumber:
001549502
Rank:
74195

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teena Marie   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Voices
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor,fender rhodes
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Soloist
Bob Bowles   Conductor,Electric Guitar
Everett Bryson   Percussion,Conga
Thomas Bumpass   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Brenda Lee Eager   Background Vocals
Steve Forman   Percussion
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Saxophone
Charles Loper   Trombone
Timothy May   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Art Phillips   Acoustic Guitar
Bill Thedford   Background Vocals
Randy Waldman   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Eddie Watkins   Bass
Paul Hines   Drums
Charles Glenn   Bass
Greg Hargrove   Electric Guitar
Ray Woodard   Saxophone,Background Vocals,Soloist
Nathan Watts   Bass
Larry Williams   Flute,Saxophone
Linda Little   Background Vocals
Maya Rudolph   Voices
Eddie Watkins   Bass
Jill Jones   Background Vocals
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion,cowbell
Tony "T-Bird" Lewis   Drums
Dwayne Medlaw   Voices
William Carroll White   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Christopher Boehme   Drums
Diahne Abbott   Background Vocals
James Stewart   Piano

Technical Credits

Teena Marie   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jeremy Lubbock   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,String Conductor
Bob Bowles   rhythm arrangement
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Lewis Peters   Engineer
Art Phillips   Composer
Richard Rudolph   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
George Sopuch   Composer
Bill Thedford   Vocal Arrangements
Harry Weinger   Compilation Supervisor,Reissue
Brian Chin   Liner Notes
John Cabalka   Art Direction
Claudia Talbott   Composer
Michele Horie   Producer
Andrew Skurow   Tape Research
Jill Jones   Composer
Jo Almeida   Photo Coordination
Dwayne Medlaw   Composer
Mickey Heam   Composer

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