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Stop In The Name Of Love (1995)

La Toya’s last full-length album for nearly a decade, “Stop In The Name Of Love,” was recorded and mixed in Sweden. Produced by Peter Holm and mixed by Freddy Albrektsen, the record is a collection of Motown covers with a ’90s Europop twist.

Toy lore says many things about the “Stop In The Name Of Love” album: that the album was recorded in just a few hours, that she was drugged and coerced into recording it, and that its budget was practically nil. While entertaining, none of those tales are totally true. In a  2011 interview with Matt Emrick of Church of La Toya, La Toya confirmed that the album was recorded quickly but not in a matter of hours. “Drugged? No – not that I know of.”

“I did not want to do that [album] at all. I felt, like, why I just felt like, ‘Why am I doing this?'” she said. “It was something that my management wanted me to do. He said, ‘Just do it. If you don’t like it, we won’t put it out.’ But I never got a say-so.”

Only one single was released from the project – her cover of The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself.” Unfortunately, its release went by unnoticed.

Despite being released in 1995, the cover photo is taken from La Toya’s 1991 Playboy shoot. The shot used wasn’t cropped to remove her exposed breast in its first print run but this was corrected with its subsequent pressings. It was also issued as “The Dance Collection” the following year with completely different artwork.

Track List:
1. Stop In The Name Of Love (The Remix)
2. Baby Love
3. Baby I Need Your Loving
4. I Can’t Help Myself
5. Two Lovers
6. Someday We’ll Be Together
7. My Guy
8. Tracks Of My Tears
9. Love Child
10. Stop In The Name Of Love (Album Version)
11. I’ll Be There
12. Tears Of A Clown