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Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly

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The band can be considered as the project of former The Butlers, and later Raw Soul, member Frankie Beverly; being songwriter, record producer, arranger, singer, keyboardist and guitarist.

The Philadelphia born Beverly started the group as Raw Soul in 1970. They recorded a couple of singles on the small Gregar label, but without any major hits. But with a few personnel changes, a relocation from Philadelphia to the San Francisco Bay Area in California in 1971, and an introduction to Marvin Gaye, the group became an immediate success. Gaye took the group on the road with him as one of his opening acts, and in 1976 he suggested that they changed their name from Raw Soul to Maze.

Maze signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1976, and released their debut album, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, in 1977. From that album, the hit singles included “Happy Feelin’s,” “While I’m Alone,” and “Lady of Magic”; ultimately giving them their first gold record and earning Maze a devoted fan base. They also had success with the following albums Golden Time of Day (1978), Inspiration (1979) and Joy and Pain (1980).

Their next recording was Live in New Orleans, three quarters of which was recorded at the Saenger Theatre, on November 14–15, 1980. Three of those songs got into the U.S. R&B chart, including “Running Away,” “Before I Let Go,” and “We Need Love To Live.” By that time, the band had both a reputation in America also enjoyed a following in the United Kingdom with promotional support from the British DJ Robbie Vincent. In May 1985, Maze sold out eight nights at the Hammersmith Odeon.[1]

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  • DaODB

    @vimilla: Hip-Hop sampling Frankie Beverly & Maze: UGK - "Feelin' You" samples "Feel That You're Feelin'"

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
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    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • basedBiTCH-

    So iconic.

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • vimilla

    Hiphop loves Frankie and Maze! 1)2Pac - Can you get away = Happy Feelins, 2) Storm Davis - Travelin' Man = Travelin' Man, 3) Rob Base & EZ Rock - Joy and Pain = Joy and Pain 4) Jus Def/X-Town Posse - Funky on the Freestyle = Before I Let Go. Any Maze hiphop samples others have caught that I didn't??

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Zerubbabel413

    Golden time of Day, we are One, Reason, Happy Feelings, Before i let go, Feel that your feeling, While I'm alone!!!!!!! Love Maze! Love Frankie's singing!

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • busheysoulboy

    Just looked in and had great memories stirred up of a night in '85 at the Hammersmith Odeon. So good to see Frankie and the boys still making great sounds and performing live. They were a class act.

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • a_theorem

    'Before I Let Go' is so dope

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • UsPeaches

    number 1 band of all time....and they STILL doin' shows. Much love and mad respect!

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • freezer1231

    sum real old school shit! y'all hear me! throwback shit.

    6 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ardentprodigy

    Grew up with this amazing shit. <3

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • lathario29

    my mom almost named me after him she loves him so much.lol

    2 Sep 2010 Reply
  • FlamansGotSoul

    Great!

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • gigalo77

    WE ARE ONE

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • BigTeeBoi

    I agree with coco, I grew up on maze and for a while i actually thought that they were from New orleans...

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • maninalift

    @MamaCoCo every time you post a message in ALL CAPS a small part of the internet dies - one day you will look back and mourn the loss you have caused

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
  • TantoTempo

    The Indigo concert was AMAZING!

    13 Apr 2010 Reply
  • TantoTempo

    We are one.

    13 Apr 2010 Reply
  • LoveComeDown83

    I AGREE WITH MAMACOCO 110%

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • MamaCoCo

    FRANKIE IS A LIFETIME ACHIEVER AT WHAT HE DOES. NOBODY GETS IT ACROSS LIKE FRANKIE DOES. I WISH THE INDUSTRY WOULD HONOR HIM/MAZE. IT'S SO DESERVING...WAKE UP!!!!!!!

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • kissmylips22

    no props the frankie and maze it's a shame they are great

    1 Sep 2009 Reply
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