Lady T

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527668451
  • Catalog Number: 001549502
  • Sales rank: 58,278

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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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
Kevin Reeves Mastering
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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