Robbery

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A protracted absence from the studio a one-year release gap in the '80s was equal to a five-year gap in the early 2000s caused by a notorious legal dispute with Motown did little to stall Teena Marie's momentum. Robbery, Marie's fifth album and first for Epic, didn't perform nearly as well on the pop chart as 1981's It Must Be Magic, but the devout black following remained, which obviously had no problem with Marie's discreet slipping of a little more rock and Latin jazz into her R&B. Epic wisely let their new acquisition do her thing -- it's the first album written completely by Marie, and the gradual development in her sound would pay off tenfold with 1984's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A protracted absence from the studio a one-year release gap in the '80s was equal to a five-year gap in the early 2000s caused by a notorious legal dispute with Motown did little to stall Teena Marie's momentum. Robbery, Marie's fifth album and first for Epic, didn't perform nearly as well on the pop chart as 1981's It Must Be Magic, but the devout black following remained, which obviously had no problem with Marie's discreet slipping of a little more rock and Latin jazz into her R&B. Epic wisely let their new acquisition do her thing -- it's the first album written completely by Marie, and the gradual development in her sound would pay off tenfold with 1984's crossover hit "Lovergirl." Meanwhile, Marie's ex-label was nurturing D.O.A. projects like Monalisa Young's Knife and Groove Patrol's Inergy. So is Robbery merely transitional? Not at all. While directing a rotating cast of support, including but not limited to the Average White Band's Steve Ferrone, go-to Brazilian percussionist Paulinho Da Costa and undervalued keyboard wiz Patrice Rushen, Marie comes up with a set of songs that rivals anything she did for Motown. There's a little bit of everything here. It's varied but focused, however, highlighted by the torrid mid-tempo groove "Midnight Magic," the club hit "Fix It," and a trio of excellent ballads in "Dear Lover," the particularly elegant "Casanova Brown," and one of the finest Minnie Riperton tributes -- whether intentional or not -- in "Shadow Boxing." Though the album contains some of the then-up-to-date technology that flawed a lot of other albums released in 1983, Marie knew not to go hog-wild with it. [Epic/Legacy's 2005 reissue has excellent sound and adds three bonus tracks: extended mixes of "Playboy" and "Fix It," as well as the instrumental version of "Midnight Magnet." It's a copy-protected disc and won't play on some computers.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 828767762920
  • Catalog Number: 77629
  • Sales rank: 126,091

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Robbery (5:23)
  2. 2 Playboy (5:21)
  3. 3 Shadow Boxing (6:47)
  4. 4 Midnight Magnet (6:03)
  5. 5 Fix It (4:44)
  6. 6 Ask Your Momma (5:25)
  7. 7 Dear Lover (5:17)
  8. 8 Stop the World (4:16)
  9. 9 Casanova Brown (6:01)
  10. 10 Playboy (5:48)
  11. 11 Midnight Magnet (5:56)
  12. 12 Fix It (8:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teena Marie Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Background Vocals, Monologue
Patrice Rushen Synthesizer
Todd Cochran Synthesizer
James Allen Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Harry Bluestone Concert Master
John A. Bokowski Jr. Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes
Nick Ceroli Drums
Stanley Clarke Upright Bass
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Nathan East Bass, Synthesizer Bass
Charles Fearing Guitar
Steve Ferrone Drums
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Gary Grant Trumpet
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Gary Herbig Tenor Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar, Soloist
Anthony Jackson Bass
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Ricky Lawson Drums
Daniel LeMelle Saxophone, Soloist
Charles Loper Trombone
Eric O'Neal Synthesizer
Darryl Phinnessee Background Vocals
Greg Poree Acoustic Guitar
Paul Riser Conductor
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Alto Saxophone
Dick Hyde Trombone
Keith Alexander Guitar
Anthony Boyce Background Vocals
Paul Hines Drums
Car Johnson Background Vocals
Recco Philmore Background Vocals
Nick Brown Guitar
Nathan Watts Bass
Mickey Hearn Monologue
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Anthony Allan Brockert Monologue
Sweet Baby Note Background Vocals
Julia Waters Tilman Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Teena Marie Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement, Synthesizer Arrangements
Eric O'Neal Synthesizer Arrangements
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Paul Riser Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Leo Sacks Reissue Producer
Brian Chin Liner Notes
Fred Mirza Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Nathan Watts rhythm arrangement
Ron Slenzak Cover Photo
Dwayne Wedlaw Synthesizer Arrangements
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Simmons
Robert Brooks Engineer
Dianne Spoto Packaging Manager
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