Emerald City (Teena Marie album)

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Emerald City
Teena Marie - Emerald City.jpg
Studio album by Teena Marie
Released July 22, 1986
Recorded 1985-86
Length 43:03
Label Epic/CBS Records
FE 40318
Producer Teena Marie
Teena Marie chronology
Emerald City
Naked to the World

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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