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Maze feat. Frankie Beverly

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70’s & 80’s R&B group best know for their lead Vocalist and band’s melodic jazz-funk fusion cycopations. Produced about 7 to 8 top selling LPs during period. Continues to perform to large followings today.

Maze are a soul / quiet storm band, also known alternately as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Frankie Beverly and Maze, was established in San Francisco, California in the early 1970s.

The band can be considered as the project formerly known as The Butlers, and later Raw Soul, with 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. 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 following. They also had success with the albums Golden Time of Day (1978), Inspiration (1979) and Joy and Pain (1980).

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  • Red-Drallek

    It has corrected my track listed as Maze featuring Frankie Beverly to Maze feat. Frankie Beverly. and all the others which were listed as the latter, have been changed to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly !!!! Some mixed up SH** here.

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • sivetoblake

    It's hard to know what tag to use!

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • rmship

    o yah when i hear this one body and mind wakes up

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • MFSTKIR-MUSIC

    The best of the best, i can sit and listen to frankie beverly and maze 4 ever... ali jordana maltz aka soulqueen, especially i need you..

    6 Nov 2007 Reply

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