Emerald City (Teena Marie album)

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Emerald City
Studio album by Teena Marie
Released July 22, 1986
Recorded 1985-86
Genre R&B, freestyle, funk
Length 43:03
Label Epic/CBS Records
FE 40318
Producer Teena Marie
Teena Marie chronology
Starchild
(1984)
Emerald City
(1986)
Naked to the World
(1988)

Emerald City is the seventh album by Teena Marie, released in 1986. It is a stylistic departure for her, with strong blues and jazz influences favored over her established soul/funk style, and is a concept album. This proved puzzling for fans and critics, and the album sold poorly, peaking at #20 on the US Black Albums chart and #81 on the Billboard Albums chart. Two singles, "Lips to Find You" and "Love Me Down Easy", were released. They reached #28 and #76 respectively on the Black Singles chart, but neither charted on the Billboard Hot 100. However, "Shangri-La", while it never became a single or charted anywhere, became a staple of quiet-storm programming blocks on adult R&B radio.

Stevie Ray Vaughan played the guitar solo on "You So Heavy" and Stanley Clarke provided bass on "Sunny Skies".

The album has been reissued by SoulMusic Records in 2012, with 5 bonus tracks.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Teena Marie, except where noted.

  1. "Emerald City" - 4:10
  2. "Once Is Not Enough" - 5:47
  3. "Lips to Find You" (Bendrix, Marie) - 5:11
  4. "You So Heavy" (Marie, Penny "P.J." Johnson) - 5:07
  5. "Shangri-La" (Marie, Johnson) - 5:04
  6. "Batucada Suite" - 5:06
  7. "Love Me Down Easy" - 5:24
  8. "Sunny Skies" - 7:14
  9. "Lips To Find You" (US Instrumental) - Expanded Edition
  10. "Love Me Down Easy" (US 12” single) - Expanded Edition
  11. "Love Me Down Easy" (US Instrumental 12” single) - Expanded Edition
  12. "14K" (track from "The Goonies" soundtrack) - Expanded Edition
  13. "Lead Me On" (track from the "Top Gun" soundtrack) - Expanded Edition

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