Love Is a Battlefield

Love Is a Battlefield

by MaysaMaysa


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Roughly a decade after she released her first Shanachie album, the all-covers Sweet Classic Soul, Maysa recorded another set of reinterpretations, her ninth full-length for the same label. Compared to Sweet Classic Soul, the source material here is broader, pulling from six decades, stretching back to the '60s for "Mr. Dream Merchant," popularized by Jerry Butler. It is highlighted by another Isley Brothers quiet storm staple -- "Footsteps in the Dark," a stellar duet with All-4-One's Jamie Jones. A few other cuts originate from Maysa's late-'70s/early-'80s sweet spot, including the fiery ballads "Inseparable" (Natalie Cole) and "Am I Dreaming" (Atlantic Starr), and the tears-at-the-rink gem "Inside Out" (Odyssey), all performed faithfully, while the title track (Pat Benatar) gets a measured and restrained makeover. Updates of a couple early-'90s singles -- Nona Gaye's "The Things We Do for Love" and Tevin Campbell's Top Ten Babyface collaboration "Can We Talk" -- lead the album. "As Long as You Love Me," not the Impressions song, but the Justin Bieber hit from 2012, is the least expected selection by far. Maysa puts as much into it as she does anything else here, a satisfying companion to Sweet Classic Soul and her other covers LPs.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2017
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351545121
catalogNumber: 5451
Rank: 22759

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maysa   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Jones   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jason Miles   Percussion,Keyboards
Adam Dorn   Bass
Carl Cox   Soloist
Dawn Tallman   Background Vocals
Corey Baker   Bass
Keith Fluitt   Background Vocals
Brian Dunne   Drums
Christian Ver Halen   Guitar
Carol Riddick   Background Vocals
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Drums,Keyboards
Rhon Lawrence   Guitar
Jamie Jones   Bass,Keyboards
Monte Neuble   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards
Tim Stewart   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Chuck Jackson   Composer
Luther Vandross   Composer
Holly Knight   Composer
Larry Weiss   Composer
James Jones   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Producer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Derek Bramble   Composer
Sam Dees   Composer
Marvin Isley   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Jack Kugell   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Producer
Maysa   Composer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Jason Miles   Arranger,Producer
Daryl Simmons   Composer
Marvin Yancy   Composer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer
Babyface   Composer
Jesse Rae   Composer
Mike Chapman   Composer
Sean Anderson   Composer
Chris "Big Dog" Davis   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Nasri Atweh   Composer
Justin Bieber   Composer
Jamie Jones   Arranger,Producer,drum programming,Vocal Producer
Monte Neuble   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Tim Stewart   Arranger,Producer
Andre Lindal   Composer
Ralf Urban   Cover Design

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