Robbery (album)

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Studio album by Teena Marie
Released September 18, 1983
Recorded 1982-83
Length 49:18 (Original release)
69:18 (Expanded edition)
Label Epic
Producer Teena Marie
Teena Marie chronology
It Must Be Magic
(1981)It Must Be Magic1981

Robbery is the fifth album by Teena Marie, released in 1983. It is her first album for Epic Records, following her acrimonious departure from Motown the previous year. The album was written and produced by Marie herself and features contributions from Patrice Rushen, Paulinho da Costa, and Steve Ferrone among others. However, the album did not repeat the success of her last Motown release It Must Be Magic, stalling at #13 on the Black Albums chart and only reaching #119 on the Billboard Albums chart.

In 2012, the album was re-released in a remastered and expanded CD edition containing four additional tracks.

Cassanova Brown[edit]

Included on this album is the infamous song, "Cassanova Brown". After meeting Rick James in the 70's and being signed to the same label, James and Marie began a relationship, first professional, progressing (according to Marie) to a romantic one, and finally leading to an engagement. Although James himself denied ever having a romantic involvement with Marie, she said they were engaged for a few weeks. When James' alleged infidelities came to light, Marie realized that she herself was a mistress; James had a girlfriend, Alfie Davidson, who would later substantiate that James and Marie were once an item, while she was his girlfriend. After the breakup, their relationship waned to a tumultuous friendship. The lyrics are very thinly veiled in her contempt for the situation.

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Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Teena Marie.

  1. "Robbery" - 5:23
  2. "Playboy" - 5:23
  3. "Shadow Boxing" - 6:49
  4. "Midnight Magnet" - 6:02
  5. "Fix It" - 4:44
  6. "Ask Your Momma" - 5:25
  7. "Dear Lover" - 5:18
  8. "Stop the World" - 4:16
  9. "Cassanova Brown" - 5:58
  10. "Playboy" (US 12" Remix) - 5:51 (Expanded edition)
  11. "Fix It" (US 12" Remix) - 6:30 (Expanded edition)
  12. "Fix It" (Instrumental)(US 12" Remix) - 8:16 (Expanded edition)
  13. "Midnight Magnet" (US 12" Instrumental) - 6:00 (Expanded edition)


Credits for Robbery adapted from Allmusic[1]