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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given the state of reunion albums, the average rate of success is usually one in ten if that; ergo, Labelle's first offering since 1976's Nightbirds could have been a stone disaster. It's not; in fact, it's far from it. The trio of Nona Hendryx, Patti Labelle, and Sarah Dash assembled a crew of kickin' producers with real pedigrees: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Lenny Kravitz is there a bigger retro boss?, Kit Lambert and Hendryx. The one nod to the kids who probably won't get it anyway is the Wyclef Jean-produced leavin' jam "Rollout," on which he appears why on earth he felt he needed to place AutoTune on a Labelle record is beyond imagination -- it's irritating to vintage ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given the state of reunion albums, the average rate of success is usually one in ten if that; ergo, Labelle's first offering since 1976's Nightbirds could have been a stone disaster. It's not; in fact, it's far from it. The trio of Nona Hendryx, Patti Labelle, and Sarah Dash assembled a crew of kickin' producers with real pedigrees: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Lenny Kravitz is there a bigger retro boss?, Kit Lambert and Hendryx. The one nod to the kids who probably won't get it anyway is the Wyclef Jean-produced leavin' jam "Rollout," on which he appears why on earth he felt he needed to place AutoTune on a Labelle record is beyond imagination -- it's irritating to vintage fans. That isn't to say this is a set of old-school sounding production, but more that the updated sound feels more organic and warm, and thank God the disc is not loaded with guest appearances or ham-fisted duets. Some cuts are a little obvious, such as "The Truth Will Set You Free," with its 1970s anthemic socio-political "us" vibe -- but if 2008 isn't the year of African-American empowerment, with Barack Obama being elected the 44th president of the United States, then there isn't one. Better are the drenched-in-strings soul groovers like "Candlelight" that opens the set. When the backing vocals kick in on the chorus and bridge, it's like it's 32 years ago! Yes, really. "Dear Rosa," with Ronnie Drayton on his subtle but funky wah-wah guitar phrasing, sets up a powerful anthemic tribute to Rosa Parks. Add that B-3 and it sends chills. Dexter Wansel arranged "Tears for the World," that features amazing vocal performances even if its lyrics leave a bit to be desired. The closing cut is Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets," produced by Lambert. This is a surprise, because it was actually recorded 38 years ago and features performances by the late Keith Moon on drums and the late Nicky Hopkins on piano! That said, it sounds seamless when juxtaposed with the other tracks on the set. Vocally, this trio hasn't slipped a notch -- particularly Labelle. Indeed Back to Now exceeds expectations and will no doubt satisfy most fans of the trio's fantasies and hopefully -- thanks to the ultra sleek "Rollout" -- hook a few new ones to boot.
Entertainment Weekly - Leah Greenblatt
An admirably solid collection of midtempo soul burners. [B+]
New York Daily News - Jim Farber
It's been over three decades since this great African-American rock-soul act brayed out a salute to "Lady Marmalade" and made pop history. That's a lot to live up to for Patti, Nona and Sarah. To help smooth their return, they've got no less a talent than producers Gamble and Huff (and, oh yes, Lenny Kravitz, too).

It's been over three decades since this great African-American rock-soul act brayed out a salute to "Lady Marmalade" and made pop history. That's a lot to live up to for Patti, Nona and Sarah. To help smooth their return, they've got no less a talent than producers Gamble and Huff (and, oh yes, Lenny Kravitz, too).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517755703
  • Catalog Number: 001151102
  • Sales rank: 265,509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Candlelight (4:41)
  2. 2 Roll Out (3:51)
  3. 3 Superlover (4:14)
  4. 4 System (5:32)
  5. 5 The Truth Will Set You Free (4:58)
  6. 6 Without You in My Life (5:29)
  7. 7 Tears for the World (4:33)
  8. 8 Dear Rosa (6:47)
  9. 9 How Long (4:33)
  10. 10 Miss Otis Regrets (4:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Labelle Primary Artist
Lenny Kravitz Bass, Guitar, Drums, Tambourine, Clavinet, Hand Clapping, Vibraslap, Cabasa
Patti LaBelle Group Member
Nona Hendryx Group Member
Sarah Dash Group Member
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Keith Moon Drums
Davis A. Barnett Viola
Randy Bowland Guitar
Karen Brunon Violin
Jay Davidson Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Doc Gibbs Percussion
Dennis Harris Guitar
Henry Hirsch Piano
Leon Huff Piano, Keyboards
Kevin Johnson Drums
Joseph Joubert Piano, Keyboards
Eddie Martinez Guitar
Warren McRae Bass Guitar
Hubert Salou Horn Engineer
Don Wyatt Piano, fender rhodes
Harold Todd Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jean-Philippe Audin Cello
Wyclef Jean Guitar, Vocals
Keith Benson Drums
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Bass
Olga Konopelsky Violin
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Gregory Teperman Violin
Mark Ward Cello
Herve Cavelier Violin
Darrett Adkins Cello
Jeanne Lancien Violin
Patrice Mondon Violin
Conway Kuo Violin
Keith Fluitt Background Vocals
Nina Cottman Viola
Françoise Gneri Viola
Steven "Steven J." Jordan Drums
John Stanley Keyboards, Background Vocals
Arden Altino Keyboards
Sylvain Gontard Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Keyontia Hawkins Background Vocals
Mike A. Jarosz Trumpet
Doug DeHays Trombone, Baritone Saxophone
Luigi Mazzocchi Violin
Brent White Flute, Trombone, Baritone Saxophone
Christophe Deneulin Alto Saxophone
Wilson Jaramillo Guitar
Sebastien Llado Trombone
Warren MacRae Bass Guitar
Rashida Minnett French Horn
Lise Orivel Viola
Christophe Panzani Tenor Saxophone
Craig Ross Guitar
Charles Parker Violin
Technical Credits
Lenny Kravitz Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Patti LaBelle Author
Nona Hendryx Producer
Dexter Wansel Arranger, Horn Conductor, String Conductor
Kenny Gamble Producer
Derek Green Transposition
Henry Hirsch Engineer
Leon Huff Producer
Bill Jolly Arranger, String Conductor
Kit Lambert Arranger, Producer
Tommy Uzzo Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Craig White Engineer
Vicki Wickham Executive Producer
Jean-Philippe Audin Contributor
Wyclef Jean Producer
Donna Ranieri Photo Production
Hollis King Art Direction
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Producer
Cyrille Taillandier Digital Editing
Arden Altino Programming
Sylvia Grieser Costume Design
Kevin Hahn overdub engineer
Ken Reynolds Executive Producer
Carlos DeLos Santos Sánchez Engineer
Zuri Edwards Executive Producer
Mikal Hameed Prop Stylist
Byl Holte Author
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