Teena Marie ‎– Irons In The Fire

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G8-997M1 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Gordy G8-997M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
5372MC Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(Cass, Album) Motown 5372MC US 1980 Sell This Version
G8-997KC Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(Cass, Album, Dol) Gordy G8-997KC US 1980 Sell This Version
2-47.073 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Motown 2-47.073 Spain 1980 Sell This Version
G8-997 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Motown G8-997 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
TMC 5413, G8-997M1 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Motown, Motown TMC 5413, G8-997M1 South Africa 1980 Sell This Version
519006 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Motown, Vogue 519006 France 1980 Sell This Version
G 997 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Gordy G 997 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
IM-46038 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Motown, Imavox IM-46038 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
260·15·002 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Motown 260·15·002 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
2-47.073 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) El Palacio De La Música S.A. 2-47.073 Venezuela 1980 Sell This Version
G8-997M1 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Gordy G8-997M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
STML 12143, 0C 062-64 058 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Motown, Motown STML 12143, 0C 062-64 058 UK 1980 Sell This Version
G8-997M1 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Gordy G8-997M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
G8-997M1 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album) Gordy G8-997M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
G8-997M1 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album, Promo) Gordy G8-997M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
G8-997M1 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album, Promo) Motown G8-997M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
G8-997M1 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album, Promo) Gordy G8-997M1 US 1980 Sell This Version
5372ML Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(LP, Album, RE) Motown 5372ML US 1985 Sell This Version
MOTD-5372 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(CD, Album, RE) Motown MOTD-5372 US 1986 Sell This Version
3746353722 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(CD, Album, RE) Motown 3746353722 US 1991 Sell This Version
none Teena Marie Irons In The Fire (Expanded Version)(15xFile, AAC, Album, RE, RM, 256) Motown Records none US 2011
B0015494-02 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(CD, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition) Motown, Hip-O Select B0015494-02 US 2011 Sell This Version
CRCD 3561, 3746353722 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(CD, Album, RE) Clinck Records, Motown CRCD 3561, 3746353722 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
UICY-76690 Teena Marie Irons In The Fire(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) Motown UICY-76690 Japan 2014 Sell This Version

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bokiluis

August 7, 2018
referencing Irons In The Fire, CD, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition, B0015494-02
I was immediately excited when I heard “I’m Just a Sucker for Your Love”! by Rick James.

1980 was the 20th Anniversary of Motown. I identified myself as “A Child of Motown and The Classic Rock Era”. It was important to me (and exciting! too) that Motown was still relevant in 1980.

Rick James brought a fresh, bold new sound to Motown that also reinvigorated the label’s hipness. Rick had immediate out of the box success with his debut Top 10 single “You and I” and platinum album “”Come Get It”! James had his own production team that included the gold-level “Mary Jane Girls” and “Stone City Band”. Rick decided to work with Teena Marie on her debut.

Motown Industries demonstrated that Mr. Berry Gordy was a multi-faceted entertainment mogul with bonafide success in film (“Lady Sings the Blues”, “Mahogany”, “Bingo Long and the All Stars”, etc.), Broadway (“Pippin”), television (“Diana!” T.V. Special, “The Jackson 5 “Goin’ Back to Indiana” T.V. Special, “Lonestar” T.V. series, etc.), as well as, music!!!

As “Motown 20th” dominated summer 1980, the label celebrated massive success with the Queen, Diana” with her bestseller “diana” moving a staggering 10 million units, Smokey Robinson’s platinum, Grammy winning “Being with You”, etc.

Earlier in 1980, Teena secured her second Top 10 “Behind the Groove” produced by the late Minnie Riperton’s spouse, the handsome Richard Rudolph (which became an international hit as well).

But at the beginning of the summer, Diana’s “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out” was ubiquitously owning Top 40, Dance, solidifying a return of her urban fans, Teena surprisingly returned with an infectious bass line for “I Need Your Lovin’” that shot straight to the urban Top 10, the top of the dance charts (#2!) and the Top 40 too boot!

The real news was the “Irons in the Fire” album. Her third album was brilliant from start to finish. “You Make Love Like Springtime” possesses a Latin soul sensibility that is always refreshing to me. The song had just enough of a familiarity that made it an instant classic.

And then, “Tune in Tomorrow” nailed a mournful ballad reeking with biographical lyrics. “Tune in Tomorrow” joins “I’m Gonna Have My Cake (and Eat it Too)” and “Deja Vu” in what would become a very long list of irresistible ballads that became another of Teena’s signature.
Reprising the Latin/Jazz/Soul of “You Make Love Like Springtime” makes “Irons in the Fire” arguably Teena’s best Motown album. That is until “It Must Be Magic” surfaces the next year!
Teena’s reign as the indisputable best white female soul singer and one of the best female soul singers to date,