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New CD pays tribute to Frankie Beverly & Maze

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This is the album cover for the tribute CD.

The band Maze featuring Frankie Beverly hasn’t put out a new album since 1993’s “Back to Basics.” Yet the silky soul group tours year after year with fans flocking to sold-out shows (including annual visits to Atlanta’s Chastain Amphitheater) to hear decades-old hit songs.

Those same classics will draw Maze fans to this new tribute album, “Silky Soul.. A Tribute to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly,” which features major artists such as Mary J. Blige, Ledisi and Kem. While the digital version of the CD was released last month, the physical album finally hits stores today.

Musiq Soulchild kicks things off with a smooth as silk version of a song that it is actually a tribute Maze did in honor of the late Marvin Gaye, who was instrumental in the band’s success. Like many of the other tunes on this album, “Silky Soul” stays true to the Maze sound, but with an updated tempo.

In addition, Maze fans will enjoy Blige’s “Before I let Go, Ledisi’s “Happy Feeling,” Kem’s “Golden Time of Day,” Keveon Edmond’s “Never Let You Down,” Mint Condition’s “Back in Stride” and Joe’s “Can’t Get Over You.”

My personal favorites: Raheem Devaughn’s “We Are One,” and Avant’s “Joy & Pain.” Coincidentally, those are my favorite Maze tunes as well.

25 comments Add your comment

JT

September 30th, 2009
10:16 am

My favorite is Joe doing ‘Can’t Get Over You’…

Nupe

September 30th, 2009
10:25 am

Enter your comments here OH SNAPPP!!! This joint I predict will be DA BOMB!!! Finally some ole’skool updated to let our young folk wassup!!! Great Job to the team who put it all together!!! :-)

D.O.T

September 30th, 2009
11:03 am

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I love the old album and all of the songs — they always lift my spirits — keeps me moving after all these years. The group still puts on a fantastic show. Can’t wait to hear the new version!!

Theresa

September 30th, 2009
11:18 am

A”MAZ”ING!!! A must have for sure! Kem, Joe, Mary J. – they are all great! Great job done by Anthony Beverly showing tribute to his Dad – JUST AWESOME! CAN’T STOP PLAYING IT IN THE CAR!

Maybe soon

September 30th, 2009
12:29 pm

I must have seen Frankie Beverly and Maze four times, three in Atlanta and once in Detroit. A GREAT show!! enjoyed everyone…can’t wait to pick up the new joint. I agree with the Nupe, shout out to da bruh’s Delta, Delta JSU 82′ ole-skool. Yo!

FAMUAKA

September 30th, 2009
12:50 pm

I know this CD will be a great one to add to my collection. I saw Frankie Beverly and Maze @ Chastain and they were great. I can’t wait to hear it.

Angie

September 30th, 2009
1:00 pm

At this point, the cd only seems to be available thru Itunes or purchased on Amazon.com. Does anyone have an idea on when it will be available for purchase in the stores. The release date was 9-29 but so far I’ve searched, Best Buy, Target, Borders and Barnes and Nobles- no go!!! I guess I’ll have to order online…. (sad face)

OldSchoolAl

September 30th, 2009
1:56 pm

Like all of the previous posts, I am a big fan of Frankie Beverly & Maze. I must have seen them at least 20 times, in all types of settings, including the N.O. Jazz & Heritage Festival, Kings Dominion in VA, the Fabulous Fox Theater, and of course, Chastain. My first time seeing them was in the late 70s as a teenager, and the quality of the music and the tours has just gotten better with time. I am looking forward to adding this to my collection — Anthony should be proud of himself — the caliber of talent for this tribute is phenomenal!

Brown Dove

September 30th, 2009
3:09 pm

Enter your comments here: Forever a true Frankie Beverly and Maze FAN.
Whenever they’re near and I can appear that’s my Golden Tme of the Day
being a Southern Girl who’s experience various Joy and Pain…

derric terrentine

September 30th, 2009
3:44 pm

This is a wonderful sound once again!!! One can only imagine the new fans this album will pick up and keep the MAZE sound alive for many more years…

Diane

September 30th, 2009
4:01 pm

I heard Joe doing Can’t Get Over You & It’s Sooooo good! Frankie Beverly said his son put this together to honor his father now & he’s the only one getting his kudos while he’s alive. He was on the Steve Harvey morning show & Frankie is so genuine and warm. There’s a reason people love him other than his great voice. By the way, Can’t Get Over You & We Are One are my favorites. Anytime a man takes full responsibility (I know I brought it on myself, I hold the blame and no one else) and notes that his woman has ruined him for all others, (What am I gonna do, I can’t get over you) it’s a great song!!!!!!!!!
We Are One just gives hope even in the midst of going through in a relationship (Our Love Will See Us Through).
Love Ya Frankie!

G. Smith

September 30th, 2009
4:23 pm

I love myself some Frankie Beverly and Maze!!!!!! Their music never grow old, it always sounds so here and now. I once dated a guy that looked just like Frankie.Wow those were the days.

betty

September 30th, 2009
4:36 pm

I love maze’s music and I just wish that he would get reviews he deserve for his gift in music. I would love for him to come out with some new music, because he is so talented.

Fair and Balanced

September 30th, 2009
5:00 pm

Dont pay attention to those pale-faces betty.

Anyway, Frankie Beverly and Maze is the best concert you can EVER go too and I hope they have a tribute concert with all of these guest vocalists that’s televised…maybe TV One can do it!

Brown Coffi

September 30th, 2009
5:08 pm

Can anyone tell me where to purchase this CD, I am a big Maze fan.

Dion

September 30th, 2009
5:31 pm

Coffi,

You can get the CD at Amazon and Itunes for sure.

The best rendition is by KEM. Simply because I think he put more of himself into the song versus trying to do “Maze”. It turned out great.
I really didn’t enjoy Mary J as much as I thought I would. She seemed to sound a bit lazy. I know some people won’t agree, simply because it’s Mary J. But really if you are doing a tribute to this great band, you have to bring your A game. No half stepping! If you really listen, you’ll understand what I saying.

Musykluvah

September 30th, 2009
5:32 pm

This CD is a must have!!! Frankie did the Steve Harvey Morning Show a few weeks ago and played most of the cd and it is AWESOME! The right artist were chosen for the right songs. WHEW! Will get my copy this week!

Tracy Brown

September 30th, 2009
5:41 pm

I checked with the publicist, and the CD should be available at most music retail outlets, such as Target, WalMart, Best Buy, etc.

AreYouSerious

September 30th, 2009
6:39 pm

I checked all of the Retail Outlets online, and didn’t see the cd at all. So, I just ordered it on Amazon and I can’t wait for it’s arrival.

JB

September 30th, 2009
6:55 pm

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JOY- PAIN – SUNSHINE AND RAIN!!!!!! Yell Baby!!!!!!

kendall meeks

October 1st, 2009
7:57 am

haven’t heard it yet bit i know it’ll be a BLAST there’s no singer that deserves it Frankie Beverly & Maze

Sabrina

October 7th, 2009
6:38 pm

I was just able to get the CD, Best Buy was sold out last week when I tried to purchase it. The CD is AWESOME!!! I’ve been a fan since the late 70’s (uh oh, I’m telling my age!!!) To co-sign and re-iterate on what most of you have been commenting, Frankie B. & Maze certainly have not gotten the recognition they deserve, but God has blessed them in spite of the lack of accolades from the media, press, or the industry in general. We will continue to love and support them in the years to come. To Dion who commented that he expected more from Mary J. Blige, I do agree with you, she was a little dissapointing vocally. I do love her music and admire her greatly. I don’t like to compare artists because each is unique. However, I think Lalah Hathaway would have done a better job. Joe is awesome, Kevon is great!, I love KEM, Mint Condition is one of my favorite groups, Ledesi brought tears to my eyes. Overall, it’s a great project and I hope they do a video/BluRay live tribute to Frankie Beverly & Maze so I can watch it over & over.
Anthony, thank you for honoring your father with this project, and blessing our ears with this collaboration. Frankie, God Bless you and keep you, may you enjoy more success, happiness and health in the years to come. Maze, you’re an amazing band, God Bless!

Wanda/Chattanooga, TN

October 7th, 2009
11:37 pm

Great Job! Way to go Anthony Beverly! I think you dad is the greatest of all times when it comes to making a great cd. He was just here for a concert in Chattown. Love it. Great Show thank you Frankie for coming .It’s not too many artist’s that they whole album sounds good. I love to hear his songs I play them all the time on my computer and in my car. Keep up the good work Anthony! And I heard your

Charlotte Blakes

December 31st, 2009
5:13 pm

Where can I purchase the new tribute cd to Frankie Beverly and Maze ,can I order it on line ? I’m in Shreveport La. and what is the cost of cd ?

Marilyn/Chicago, IL

May 27th, 2010
2:29 am

I just want to say that I grew up with Frankie Beverly and Maze and I would like to know how or where I can purchase the new CD, because I would like to order two for my son and I. Can you please let me know and Frankie Beverly and Maze keep doing what you are doing and I never seen you in concert but one day I will.