Teena Marie’s Remix Collection By John Morales Now Available Digitally

Teena Marie 'Love Songs And Funky Beats: The John Morales Mixes' artwork - Courtesy: USM

Teena Marie’s ‘Love Songs and Funky Beats: John Morales Mixes’ artwork. Courtesy of USM

A USM digital compilation from the late and beloved soul star and Motown classic Teena Marie Available to stream or download now Love Songs And Funky Beats: The John Morales Mixes This compilation combines the best Motown songs, which she made a series of iconic singles in the late 1970s.

The collection centers on Women’s History Month and on Teena Marie’s birthday on March 5, when she would have turned 67. At 54, the California singer-songwriter and composer died on December 26, 2010.

After signing to Motown in 1976 via an introduction to staff producer Hal Davis, Teena Marie worked on some recordings that remained unreleased at the time before being championed by emerging “punk-funk” artist-producer Rick James. Some of these early tracks were later included on the 2011 album First Class Love, Rare Tee.

James and Art Stewart were the ones who produced her 1979 debut. This made her a rare talent. Peaceful and Wild. It contained the funky US R&B Top 10 hit “I’m A Sucker For Your Love,” which features in an infectious, near-nine-minute live version with Levi Ruffin Jr. on the new Love Songs and Funky Beats, in Morales’ M+M mix.

The 18-track remix set includes the M+M remix of “Behind The Groove,” which became the biggest international single success for “Tee,” reaching No.6 in the UK from her second album, 1980’s Lady T. It also became a Top 5 US dance song. The third single from that LP, “Lonely Desire,” is on the new album, along with another of her best-known tracks, “I Need Your Lovin’”, which made the UK Top 30, the US R&B Top 10, and No.2 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. It was created on the Irons in The Fire Album released in summer 1980, six months after the fact. Lady T.

Tee’s fourth and final studio album for Motown, 1981’s gold-selling It Must be Magic, yielded her biggest R&B single (at No.3) of her years with the label in “Square Biz.” Its M&M mix is on the remix album along with other favorites such as the title song from It Must be Magic and “Fire and Desire,” her duet with James from his platinum-selling 1981 album Street Songs.

Buy or stream Teena Marie’s Love Songs And Funky Beats: The John Morales Mixes.

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