With the renewed interest in the career of soul music icon Teena Marie with the critically-acclaimed personal insight into her impact from noted music historian and writer Tim Dillinger, exclusively at SoulMusic.com’s ‘Perspectives’ feature, “Teena Remembrance” as well as the March 2022 of her birthdate recalled in a 2006 Classic Soul interview with Teena, it seems fitting to focus on “Ooo La La La – The Epic Anthology,” a superb 2-CD set by Teena, who remains revered as a multi-talented icon in the world of soul music.
Covering almost a decade (1983-1991), the 25 tracks include all of Teena’s charted hits for Epic Records. Teena gained prominence at Motown working with funk king Rick James, scoring her first major R&B hit in 1979 with ‘I’m A Sucker For Your Love’ followed by the global chartmaker, ‘I Need Your Lovin’’ in 1980.
Lovingly produced by Donald Cleveland (who provided excellent remastering) and David Nathan (who frequently interviewed Teena and contributes a personal tribute to the notes), this 2-CD set showcases distinct elements of the California-born singer/songwriter, musician and producer’s distinctive artistry.
Disc One,“Work It” focuses on uptempo grooves and dance floor favourites such as ‘Lovergirl,’ Teena’s 1984 pop breakthrough hit (heard here in a special 12” dance mix) and ‘Jammin’’ and includes a number of rare mixes such as ‘Surrealistic Pillow’ and ‘Bad Boy,’ a 1989 non-album single; while Disc Two, “The Once And Future Dream” includes some of Teena’s most beloved ballads. As a slow jam musical queen, Teena’s mastery is exemplified by her 1988 No. 1 R&B hit, ‘Ooo La La La,’; her soul legend ode,’My Dear Mr. Gaye,’ the remarkable ‘Out On A Limb’; and also includes Teena’s 1991 single with Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B. (‘Since Day One’) and an exceptional rarity, the duet ‘Soulmates,’ by the group Q.T. Hush who she produced in 1985.
Renowned US author and journalist, the late Rashod Ollison contributed stellar notes to this sumptuous set.
Disc One: Fierce & Funky – Work It
- Lovergirl (Special 12″ Dance Mix)
- Jammin’ (Dance Mix – Long Version)
- Lips To Find You (Extended Version)
- 14k (Extended Version-Dance Mix)
- Fix It (12” Version)
- Surrealistic Pillow (Sexy Pillow Re-Mix)
- Playboy (12” Remix)
- Midnight Magnet
- Work It (Extended LP Mix)
- Here’s Looking At You (12″ Club)
- Bad Boy (The House Arrest Mix)
Disc Two: Slow & Sexy – The Once And Future Dream
- Ooo La La La (12” Version)
- Since Day One (Jazzie’s Radio Version)
- Just Us Two (The Garage Mix)
- Soulmates – Q.T. Hush With Teena Marie
- Dear Lover
- Cassanova Brown
- Out On A Limb (Special Version)
- Love Me Down Easy (US 12″ Single Version)
- If I Were A Bell (Extended Version)
- Miracles Need Wings To Fly
- My Dear Mr. Gaye
- Batucada Suite
- The Once And Future Dream (Featuring Rick James)