Maze are an American soul / quiet storm band, also known alternately as Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and Maze & Frankie Beverly, was established in San Francisco, California in the early 1970s.
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).
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 US 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 and 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.
The group released their next album, Can’t Stop the Love in March 1985, which featured the group’s first number one R&B hit “Back In Stride.”
Back In Stride 7:03
Joy And Pain 9:44