The late, great TEENA MARIE had established herself as a consistent
hitmaker as a result of five albums for Motown; after signing with Epic Records
in 1983, the multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and musician released
Robbery (reissued by SoulMusic Records in 2012 as an expanded edition,
SMCR-5047) following it with her breakthrough 1984 set Starchild (which
contained the major hit single, ‘Lovergirl’ (reissued by SoulMusic Records as
an expanded edition (SMCR-5048).
The 1986 critically-acclaimed set EMERALD CITY (a US Top 20 R&B
best-seller), had a distinctly different flavour from its predecessor:
considered more of a concept album from a lyrical standpoint, the eight-track
set showcased Teena’s expressive creativity as a songwriter with original
compositions like ‘Lips To Find You,’ ‘Shangri La,’ ‘Love Me Down Easy’ and ‘Sunny
Star players who worked on EMERALD CITY included jazz greats Branford
Marsalis and Stanley Clarke, blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and funkateer
Bootsy Collins alongside ‘A’ list musicians such as Nathan East, Paulinho
DaCosta, Abraham Laboriel and John Robinson.
This expanded edition of EMERALD CITY features six bonus cuts including
two tracks from soundtracks to which Teena contributed, ‘Lead Me On’ (from "Top
Gun”) and the dance hit ‘14K’ (from "The Goonies!).
Essay by renowned US writer A. Scott Galloway include quotes from
key players involved with the project.
RELEASE DATE: 25/02/2012