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Greatest Hits [2004] [Maze]

  • 1. Workin' Together
    2. Golden Time of Day
    3. Feel That You're Feelin'
    4. Southern Girl
    5. Running Away
    6. Joy and Pain
    7. Before I Let Go
    8. Love Is the Key
    9. Never Let Me Down
    10. We Are One
    11. I Wanna Thank You
    12. Back in Stride
    13. Too Many Games
    14. I Wanna Be With You
    15. Happy Feelin's - (live)
    16. Can't Get Over You
    17. Silky Soul
    18. Morning After, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79856

  • Credits
    ProducerFrankie Beverly; Frankie Beverly; Tom Cartwright (Compilation)

    Liner Note Author: Gail Mitchell.
    Representative of the transition between late-1970s funk and the smooth R&B that came to dominate '80s pop radio, Frankie Beverly's Maze is rightfully recognized as an important band in the genre. This 2004 compilation brings together 18 of Maze's finest moments, ranging from 1979's bass-popping jam "Workin' Together" to the silky, Quiet Storm vibe of 1993's "The Morning After." In between is more than a decade's worth of accessible soul, including lock-step funk ("Running Away"), slow-pulse love balladry ("Never Let You Down"), and lounge-ready mid-tempo grooves ("We Are One").
    Leader, songwriter, and singer Frankie Beverly is the focus here, and his smooth-as-butter croon, complete with emotive R&B embellishments, shines throughout. Though influenced by such '70s acts as Funkadelic, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye (Gaye, incidentally, helped Maze get its professional start), the music of Beverly and company is undeniably '80s, dominated by synthesizer, polished production, and a post-disco dance sensibility (as on the strong cut "Back in Stride"). The two live tracks--the audience-participation number "Joy & Pain," and "Happy Feelin's," the band's signature tune--are a bonus to this definitive greatest-hits package.

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