Category: maze featuring frankie beverly

On this day in music history: June 12, 1981 – …

On this day in music history: June 12, 1981 – “Live In New Orleans”, the first live album (fifth overall) by Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly is released. Produced by Frankie Beverly, it is recorded at Saenger Theater in New Orleans, LA on November 14-15, 1980, and at The Automatt in San Francisco, CA from December 1980 – January 1981 (studio tracks). With their fourth album “Joy & Pain” hitting record store shelves in the Summer of 1980, Maze along with their leader and lead singer Frankie Beverly hit the road in support of that album. Just as sharp and polished on stage as they are in the studio, the band draw enthusiastic crowds, and in many cases playing sold out multi-night stands at large venues. Booked to play a sold out two night stand at the historic Saenger Theater in New Orleans, Maze decide to record the performances for a live album. Taking the stage like they own it, Frankie Beverly and Maze deliver soulful and engaging live versions of hits from their previous four albums. While mixing the live material, the band decide to record four new studio tracks to make up the double LP’s fourth side. Those songs include “Running Away” (#7 R&B), “We Need Love To Live” (#29 R&B) and “Reason”. The song that has the longest lasting impact is the second single “Before I Let Go” (#13 R&B). “Let Go” quickly becomes a stand out, even as the first single “Running Away” is climbing the charts. Released as the second single in August of 1981, the funky, uplifting vibe of “Before I Let Go”, turns it into big turntable hit on R&B radio, and becomes a staple of events and family gatherings in the African American community. It’s later co-opted in Hip Hop, being widely sampled and covered by various artists. The Funky Four + 1 are the first to borrow from it on their single “Do You Want To Rock” in 1982. Steady B. also samples it on “Use Me” in 1987, as will K-Solo on “Your Mom’s In My Business” in 1990, Keith Murray in 1996 on “The Rhyme”, and Eve on “Let Go (Hit The Dance Floor)” in 2003. Mary J. Blige covers the song in 2009 on a tribute album celebrating the music of Frankie Beverly and Maze. It’s also covered by Beyonce in 2019, for the film “Homecoming”. “Live In New Orleans” becomes one of their highest charting albums to date, and one of their biggest sellers. The performances are also video taped, and is originally released on laserdisc (in edited form) as “Happy Feelings – Live In New Orleans”. The home video release is remastered and reissued on DVD in 2001, with three additional music videos added. “Live In New Orleans” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart, number thirty four on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: December 8, 1980…

On this day in music history: December 8, 1980 – “Joy And Pain”, the fourth album by Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly is released. Produced by Maze, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA from March – September 1980. Coming off their third consecutive Gold album “Inspiration”, Maze return to the studio in 1980 to begin work on the follow up. Prior to recording, drummer Ahaguna Sun and lead guitarist Wuane Thomas leave the band and are replaced by Billy (Shoes) Johnson and Ron Smith. Working from their San Francisco Bay Area home base, Maze record at the famed Record Plant Studios just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. As with the previous albums, all of the material is composed bandleader and front man Frankie Beverly. The end result is Maze’s strongest effort to date. Proceeded by the single “Southern Girl” (#9 R&B), the album is another immediate smash. The follow up “The Look In Your Eyes” (#29 R&B) also hits the top thirty on the R&B singles chart that Fall. Though it is not released as a single in the US, it is the album’s title track that makes the longest lasting impact. Running seven and a half minutes in length, “Joy And Pain” becomes an instant classic, and a centerpiece of the band’s live performances. Featuring relatively spare instrumentation using a drum machine, electric piano, synthesizer, guitar and bass, its popularity and influence on R&B music is long lasting. The song is covered numerous times, including versions by Avant, Donna Allen, and Kamal Brown. “Joy” is also sampled and interpolated in Hip-Hop with several artists borrowing from it, most notably Rob Base & DJ EZ-Rock, Kelly Price, and Coolio. As with previous albums, the striking cover artwork for “Joy And Pain” is painted by artist Shusei Nagaoka (Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra), also responsible for creating Maze’s distinctive “hand” logo. First remastered and reissued on CD in 1995 by Razor And Tie Records, is remastered and reissued again by Capitol Records in 1999, as two-fer CD set with “Inspiration”. It is reissued a third time in 2004 as a stand alone CD on Capitol’s Right Stuff imprint. “Joy And Pain” peaks at number five on the Billboard R&B album chart, number thirty one on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Born on this day: December 6, 1946 – Maze lead…

Born on this day: December 6, 1946 – Maze lead singer, songwriter and producer Frankie Beverly (born Howard Beverly in Philadelphia, PA). Happy 72nd Birthday, Frankie!!

On this day in music history: December 8, 1980…

On this day in music history: December 8, 1980 – “Joy And Pain”, the fourth album by Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly is released. Produced by Maze, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA from March – September 1980. Coming off their third consecutive Gold album “Inspiration”, Maze return to the studio in 1980 to begin work on the follow up. Prior to recording, drummer Ahaguna Sun and lead guitarist Wuane Thomas leave the band and are replaced by Billy (Shoes) Johnson and Ron Smith. Working from their San Francisco Bay Area home base, Maze record at the famed Record Plant Studios just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. As with the previous albums, all of the material is composed bandleader and front man Frankie Beverly. The end result is Maze’s strongest effort to date. Proceeded by the single “Southern Girl” (#9 R&B), the album is another immediate smash. The follow up “The Look In Your Eyes” (#29 R&B) also hits the top thirty on the R&B singles chart that Fall. Though it is not released as a single in the US, it is the album’s title track that makes the longest lasting impact. Running seven and a half minutes in length, “Joy And Pain” becomes an instant classic, and a centerpiece of the band’s live performances. Featuring relatively spare instrumentation using a drum machine, electric piano, synthesizer, guitar and bass, its popularity and influence on R&B music is long lasting. The song is covered numerous times, including versions by Avant, Donna Allen, and Kamal Brown. “Joy” is also sampled and interpolated in Hip-Hop with several artists borrowing from it, most notably Rob Base & DJ EZ-Rock, Kelly Price, and Coolio. As with previous albums, the striking cover artwork for “Joy And Pain” is painted by artist Shusei Nagaoka (Earth, Wind & Fire, Electric Light Orchestra), also responsible for creating Maze’s distinctive “hand” logo. First remastered and reissued on CD in 1995 by Razor And Tie Records, is remastered and reissued again by Capitol Records in 1999, as two-fer CD set with “Inspiration”. It is reissued a third time in 2004 as a stand alone CD on Capitol’s Right Stuff imprint. “Joy And Pain” peaks at number five on the Billboard R&B album chart, number thirty one on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Born on this day: December 6, 1946 – Maze lead…

Born on this day: December 6, 1946 – Maze lead singer, songwriter and producer Frankie Beverly (born Howard Beverly in Philadelphia, PA). Happy 71st Birthday, Frankie!!

We Are One http://youtu.be/pn5aa_QMrng

We Are One

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