Mazarati was an American R&B band formed in the mid-1980s by former Prince and The Revolution bassist Brown Mark. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, they are now defunct as a group. The band's sole hit was a song called "100 MPH", which was written and co-produced by Prince.
The band is notable for some of the songs that they did not release. They were originally given the song "Kiss" by Prince in demo form. They transformed the brief bluesy track into a unique funk number. After hearing their work on the demo, Prince took the song back, added a guitar break and his trademark falsetto vocals and released the song on his Parade (1986), where it became a No. 1 hit single and Grammy Award winner. Mazarati's background vocals are even kept intact and were credited on the album. Another song given to Mazarati was an out-take from The Time called "Jerk Out". Their take on the song never made the album, but the track was redone in 1990, once again with The Time and became a No. 1 single. Mazarati's backing vocals were also kept on the released version.
The band continued after its association with Prince and signed with Motown Records releasing their second album , Mazarati 2 (1989) , including the singles "The Saga Of A Man" and "The Woman Thang". This project reflects the music of that era which was directing to the New Jack Swing-genre. Brown Mark and former Klymaxx-founding member Bernadette Cooper both worked as producers on this album. The project experienced little success, and since the distribution of the LP and CD seems to be limited in quantity and exclusively released as a promo in Canada (before it was withdrawn eventually), these original copies are in much demand by collectors.
Mazarati (1986), Paisley Park
Mazarati 2 (1989), Motown ( Canada )
"Players' Ball" / "I Guess It's All Over" (1986), Paisley Park
"100 MPH" / "Don't Leave Me Baby" (1986) #19 U.S. R&B , Paisley Park
"Stroke" / "Champagne Saturday" (1986), Paisley Park
"The Saga Of A Man" (1989), Motown
"The Woman Thang" (1989), Motown
Sir Casey Terry (Vocals)
Jerome "Romeo" Cox (Bass)
Craig "Screamer" Powell (Lead guitar)
Kevin Patricks (Drums)
Tony Christian (Rhythm Guitar)
Marr Starr (Keyboard)
Aaron Paul Keith (Keyboard)
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Genres R&B, funk, soul, new wave, pop, rock
Years active 1986 - 1989
Labels Warner Brothers, Paisley Park, Motown
Associated acts Prince, Brown Mark, The Revolution, The Time, Klymaxx, Bernadette Cooper [Vous devez être inscrit et connecté pour voir ce lien]