Irons in the Fire (album)

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Irons in the Fire
Studio album by Teena Marie
Released July 06, 1980
Recorded 1980 at Motown/Hitsville Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Soul, Funk, Disco
Length 43:41
Label Gordy
Producer Teena Marie
Teena Marie chronology
Lady T
Irons in the Fire
It Must Be Magic

This article is about the 1980 Teena Marie album. For the 2013 album of the same name, see Redlight King.

Irons in the Fire is the third album by Teena Marie, released in 1980 on Motown. Her first self produced effort, it was dedicated to her father, Thomas Leslie Brockert. It received positive reviews on its release.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Irons in the Fire peaked at #9 on the Black Albums chart and #38 on the Pop Albums chart. Lead single "I Need Your Lovin'" peaked at #9 on the US Black Singles chart and #37 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached #28 in the United Kingdom, making it Marie's second and last top 30 single in that country. In addition, along with the track "Chains", "I Need Your Lovin'" peaked at number two for two weeks on the dance charts.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Teena Marie, except where noted.

  1. "I Need Your Lovin'" – 7:31
  2. "Young Love" – 5:29
  3. "First Class Love" – 5:06
  4. "Irons in the Fire" – 3:33
  5. "Chains" – 7:11
  6. "You Make Love Like Springtime" – 4:59
  7. "Tune in Tomorrow" (Mickey Hearn, Marie) – 6:26
  8. "You Make Love Like Springtime (Reprise)" – 3:26


  • James S. Stewart, Jr. - Piano, Electric Piano
  • David Taylor, Gregory Hargrove, Wali Ali - Electric Guitar
  • Nick Brown - Acoustic Guitar
  • Michael Boddicker - Synthesizer
  • Bobby Lyles- Piano
  • Allen McGrier, James Jamerson, Jr. - Bass
  • Paul Hines, Earl Palmer, Sr. - Drums
  • Paulinho DaCosta - Percussion, Congas
  • Thomas Bumpass - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
  • William Carroll White, Jr. - Alto Saxophone
  • Ray C. Woodard - Tenor Saxophone
  • Lloyd Lindroth - Harp
  • Jill Jones, Mickey Hearn, Shirley Mattison, Ozone - Backing Vocals


Chart (1980) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 38
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 9


Year Single Chart positions[4]
1980 "I Need Your Lovin'" 37 9 2
1981 "Young Love" 41

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. Teena Marie: Irons In The Fire > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 04 September 2011.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 166. 
  3. ^ a b "Teena Marie US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Teena Marie US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-05-30.