by Teena MarieTeena Marie

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828767762920
catalogNumber: 77629
Rank: 63012


  1. Robbery
  2. Playboy
  3. Shadow Boxing
  4. Midnight Magnet
  5. Fix It
  6. Ask Your Momma
  7. Dear Lover
  8. Stop the World
  9. Casanova Brown
  10. Playboy
  11. Midnight Magnet
  12. Fix It

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   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   Guitar,Soloist
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Abraham Laboriel   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
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Alto Saxophone
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Keith Alexander   Guitar
Anthony Boyce   Background Vocals
Tony Brockert   Monologue
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

Technical Credits

Teena Marie   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Synthesizer Arrangements
Eric O'Neal   Synthesizer Arrangements
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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