Ivory (album)

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Studio album by Teena Marie
Released September 7, 1990
Recorded 1990
Length 68:40
Label Epic
Producer Teena Marie
Teena Marie chronology
Naked to the World
(1988)Naked to the World1988
Passion Play
(1994)Passion Play1994

Ivory is the ninth album by American singer-songwriter Teena Marie, released in 1990. It was her last album for Epic Records and was a commercial failure, only reaching #27 on the US Black Albums chart and #132 on the Billboard Albums chart (her lowest-placing album on both charts up to that date). Marie's use of hip hop elements on some tracks was considered jarring by many fans and critics.

Two singles from the album, "If I Were a Bell" and "Here's Looking at You", performed respectably on the Black Singles chart, peaking at #8 and #11 respectively. The track "Since Day One" was produced and co-written by Jazzie B of British group Soul II Soul and reached #69 in the UK, Marie's highest charting single in that country since "I Need Your Lovin'" ten years previously.

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Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Teena Marie, except where noted.

  1. "Here's Looking at You" - 6:13
  2. "The Sugar Shack Prelude" (Marie, Penny "P.J." Johnson) - 1:05
  3. "The Sugar Shack" (Marie, James Stewart) - 5:47
  4. "If I Were a Bell" - 6:40
  5. "Just Us Two" - 6:07
  6. "Mr. Icecream" - 6:05
  7. "Ivory (A Tone Poem)" - 1:21
  8. "Snap Your Fingers" (James Allen, Marie) - 5:07
  9. "Cupid Is a Real Straight Shooter" - 5:45
  10. "How Can You Resist It" (Marie, Johnson) - 5:28
  11. "Since Day One" (Jazzie B, Marie, Michael J McEvoy) - 6:43
  12. "Miracles Need Wings to Fly" - 5:11
  13. "The Red Zone" - 8:01

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