CD Starchild [Teena Marie] [074643952828] (CD 381419),
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Starchild [Teena Marie] [074643952828]

  • 1. Lovergirl
    2. Help Youngblood Get to the Freaky Party
    3. Out on a Limb
    4. Alibi
    5. Jammin'
    6. Starchild
    7. We've Got to Stop (Meeting Like This)
    8. My Dear Mr. Gaye
    9. Light
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EK-39528

  • Credits
    ProducerTeena Marie
    EngineerDave Frazier; Bobby Brooks

    Personnel: Teena Marie (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer, drums, drum machine, percussion, programming); Allen McGrier (vocals, drum machine, programming); Jill Jones, Mickey Hearn, Yvette Marine, Julia Tillman Waters, Leon Ware, Maxine Willard Waters, Billy Griffin (vocals, background vocals); Ronnie McNeir (vocals); Corrado Rustici, Dann Huff, David T. Walker, Dave Taylor , Preston Glass, Tom McDermott, David Taylor (guitar); Ernie Watts (saxophone); Randy Kerber (piano, synthesizer); Fred Mirza, Wyman Brown, Dan Radlauer, Darren Carmichael, Walter Afanasieff (synthesizer); John "J.R." Robinson , James Gadson, Michael White , Narada Michael Walden (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); P.J. (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Bobby Brooks .
    Recording information: A & M Recording Studio, LA, CA; A&M Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Automatt, San Francisco, CA; Madhatter Recording Studio, LA, CA; Ocean Way Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Sound Castle, LA, CA; Sound Castle, Los Angeles, CA; The Automatt, San Francisco, CA.
    Photographer: Ron Slenzak.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Gary Lane.
    Arranger: Teena Marie.
    With its bold blue of-the-era cover art, 1984's STARCHILD proved to be Teena Marie's biggest record by offering up an appealing fusion of synth-heavy pop, R&B, and funk. Led by the inescapable smash hit "Lovergirl," the album was the first major success for the expressive vocalist (born Mary Christine Brockert) after her very public '82 split with the Motown label. In addition to the vibrant "Lovergirl," STARCHILD also features the emotive ballad "Out on a Limb," the groove-laden title track, and "My Dear Mr. Gaye," a touching tribute to Marvin Gaye that was issued mere months after the soul icon's tragic death.
    Even deeper cuts on this set, most notably the giddily funky "Help Youngblood Get to the Freaky Party" and the energetic "Jammin'," sound like they could've been chart-toppers, resulting in one of Teena Marie's finest albums. Although STARCHILD was followed by the much-maligned EMERALD CITY, an ambitious yet awkward concept record, the R&B star assuredly returned to form with '88's NAKED TO THE WORLD.

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