Irons in the Fire (album)

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Irons in the Fire
Teena Marie - Irons in the Fire.jpg
Studio album by Teena Marie
Released July 6, 1980
Recorded 1979–1980
Studio Motown/Hitsville Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Length 43:41
Label Gordy
Producer Teena Marie
Teena Marie chronology
Lady T
(1980)Lady T1980
Irons in the Fire
It Must Be Magic
(1981)It Must Be Magic1981

Irons in the Fire is the third album by American R&B and soul singer Teena Marie, released on July 6, 1980 by Motown. Her first self produced effort, it was dedicated to her father, Thomas Leslie Brockert (1919-1976). It received positive reviews on its release. In a 2009 interview she named it as her personal favourite of all her albums.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]

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.[3]

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, Greg Hargrove, Wali Ali – Electric Guitar
  • Nick Brown – Acoustic Guitar
  • Michael Boddicker – Synthesizer
  • Bobby Lyle – Piano
  • Allen McGrier, James Jamerson, Jr. – Bass
  • Paul Hines, Earl Palmer, Sr. – Drums
  • Paulinho da Costa – Percussion, Congas
  • Thomas "T" 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
  • Paul Riser – string arrangements


  • Bobby Brooks – engineer
  • Ginny Livingston, Johnny Lee – art direction
  • Ron Slenzak – photography


Chart (1980) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums[4] 38
Billboard Top Soul Albums[4] 9


Year Single Chart positions[5]
1980 "I Need Your Lovin'" 37 9 2
1981 "Young Love" 41


In 2000, pop singer Sheena Easton covered "I Need Your Lovin" as a bonus track on her Disco album "Fabulous" for the Japanese market. The Cover Girls, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam and Curiosity Killed The Cat also covered Teena's song.


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. Teena Marie: Irons in the Fire > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 04 September 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Teena Marie: Irons in the Fire > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 166. 
  4. ^ a b "Teena Marie US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  5. ^ "Teena Marie US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-05-30. 

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