Be Yourself

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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Patti LaBelle's 1989 album, Be Yourself, boasts a bevy of the day's brightest songwriters and producers, including the ubiquitous Diane Warren, who penned the album's lead single, "If You Asked Me To," which several years later became a massive hit for Celine Dion. Despite LaBelle's masterful, tear-inducing performance, the real gems on this set are two tunes written and produced by Prince: "Yo Mister," the set's second single (and a Top Ten R&B hit amazingly omitted from her 1996 Greatest Hits album), and "Love 89," which was co-written by Sheena Easton. These two songs find LaBelle at her funkiest -- they each have unstoppable beats, and despite the late-'80s ...
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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Patti LaBelle's 1989 album, Be Yourself, boasts a bevy of the day's brightest songwriters and producers, including the ubiquitous Diane Warren, who penned the album's lead single, "If You Asked Me To," which several years later became a massive hit for Celine Dion. Despite LaBelle's masterful, tear-inducing performance, the real gems on this set are two tunes written and produced by Prince: "Yo Mister," the set's second single (and a Top Ten R&B hit amazingly omitted from her 1996 Greatest Hits album), and "Love 89," which was co-written by Sheena Easton. These two songs find LaBelle at her funkiest -- they each have unstoppable beats, and despite the late-'80s production, still manage to sound fresh and undated, which is not entirely the case with the Full Force production "I Got It Like That." Other standouts include the funky title track, the melodic, Narada Michael Walden-produced "Still in Love," and the ballad "I Can't Complain." Most of the album's other ballads are toward the end, with the Bacharach-Sager-penned "Need a Little Faith" rising above the others. Despite a couple of unmemorable moments, Be Yourself doesn't disappoint by any means and is definitely worth having if only for the forgotten gems "Yo Mister" and "Love 89," which rank as some of Prince's better songs as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 076732629222
  • Catalog Number: 6292

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If You Asked Me To (3:58)
  2. 2 I Can't Complain (5:08)
  3. 3 Be Yourself (5:40)
  4. 4 Yo Mister (5:08)
  5. 5 I Got It Like That (5:38)
  6. 6 Love 89 (5:09)
  7. 7 Still in Love (4:36)
  8. 8 I'm Scared of You (4:46)
  9. 9 Can't Bring Me Down (4:13)
  10. 10 Need a Little Faith (4:00)
  11. 11 I Can Fly (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patti LaBelle Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Thelma Houston Background Vocals
Lisa Lisa Background Vocals
Prince Multi Instruments
Kenny G Saxophone
Gerald Albright Saxophone
George Duke Piano
David Sancious Synthesizer, Keyboards
Desiree Coleman Background Vocals
Full Force Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Phil Perry Background Vocals
Cheryl Pepsii Riley Background Vocals
Gabriel Hardeman Background Vocals
Kitty Beethoven Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Paulette Brown Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Brad Cole Keyboards
Greg Conway Cymbals
James R. Budd Ellison Percussion, Keyboards
Jack Faith Strings, Horn
Dominic Genova Bass
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Charlene Holloway Background Vocals
Annette Hardeman Background Vocals
Paula Holloway Background Vocals
Dann Huff Guitar
Melisa Kary Background Vocals
Randy Kerber Piano, DX-7
Ren Klyce fairlight
Michael Landau Guitar
Mark Leggett Guitar
Ronee Martin Background Vocals
Narada Michael Walden Drums
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Michael Patterson Soprano Saxophone
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo Background Vocals
Joe Pizzulo Background Vocals
Claytoven Richardson Background Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Corrado Rustici Rhythm Guitar, MIDI Guitar
Jim Salamone Synthesizer, drum overdubs
James Herb Smith Guitar
Stephanie Spruill Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Tom Walsh Drums
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Lyndie White Background Vocals
Nathanial Wilkie Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Aaron Zigman Synthesizer, Synthesizer Bass
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Eric Wood Percussion
Paul Anthony Background Vocals
B-Fine Background Vocals
Walter Afanasieff Synthesizer, Keyboards
Curt TT Background Vocals
Randy Jackson Moog Synthesizer
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Background Vocals
Baby Gerry Background Vocals
Bow Legged Background Vocals
Shy-Shy Background Vocals
Raymond Jones Keyboards
Lou Background Vocals
Deborah Dukes Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Patti LaBelle Executive Producer
Michael McDonald Engineer
Prince Producer
Full Force Arranger, Producer
Burt Bacharach Arranger, Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Producer
Larry DeCarmine Engineer
Frank DeCaro Contributor
Cheryl Dickerson Contributor
James R. Budd Ellison Arranger, Composer, Producer
Larry Ferguson Engineer
Clark Germain Engineer
Alan Gregorie Remixing
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Steve Hall Mastering
Jerry Hey String Arrangements
Randy Kerber Contributor
Darren Kline Engineer
Gene Leone Engineer
Stewart Levine Producer
Brian Malouf Remixing
Tony Maserati Engineer
Fred McFarlane Programming
Sami McKinney Producer
Narada Michael Walden Programming
Timmy Regisford Remixing
Larry Robinson drum programming
Susan Rogers Engineer
Jim Salamone drum programming
Louis Silas Jr. Remixing
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Nathanial Wilkie drum programming, Synthesizer Arrangements
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff Engineer
Aaron Zigman Arranger
Erik Zobler Remixing
Allan Rich Producer
Alan Scott Producer
Mike Tarsia Engineer
David Frazer Engineer
Paul Anthony Arranger, Producer
B-Fine Arranger, Producer
Amy Dakos Art Direction
Kosh Art Direction
Curt TT Arranger, Producer
Baby Gerry Arranger, Producer
Eddie Miller Engineer
Bow Legged Arranger, Producer
Shy-Shy Arranger, Producer
Raymond Jones Producer
Lou Arranger, Producer
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