Flame

Flame

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by Patti LaBelle
     
 

By the time she released Flame in 1997, Patti LaBelle had settled into a comfortable, reliable groove. Following her mid-'80s comeback, LaBelle gradually moved toward a neo-sophisticated, laid-back, adult contemporary style that only occasionally touched on urban soul. Which means Flame is largely a slick, seductive collection of ballads punctuated by aSee more details below

Overview

By the time she released Flame in 1997, Patti LaBelle had settled into a comfortable, reliable groove. Following her mid-'80s comeback, LaBelle gradually moved toward a neo-sophisticated, laid-back, adult contemporary style that only occasionally touched on urban soul. Which means Flame is largely a slick, seductive collection of ballads punctuated by a handful of restrained dance-pop numbers. And in that sense, it's no different than any of her '90s albums, but that isn't a bad thing, since LaBelle works with top-notch, classy professionals. A team of producers -- including David Foster, Gerald LeVert, Arif Mardin and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis -- worked on Flame, but instead of making the album sound diverse and sprawling, their highly skilled craftsmanship keeps the album unified. All that effort makes the record a pleasurable, listenable album, yet there aren't enough killer hooks or great songs to make it a standout in LaBelle's catalog. Instead, Flame is merely a good Patti LaBelle record, and sometimes that's all you need.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/1997
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811164225
catalogNumber:
11642

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti LaBelle   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Blake   Strings
Najee   Saxophone
Cindy Blackman   Drums
David Foster   Keyboards
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Lisa Fischer   Background Vocals
Larry Abramovitz   Violin
Jerry Barnes   Background Vocals
Katreese Barnes   Background Vocals
Jamecia Bennett   Background Vocals
Regina Carter   Violin
Rev. Patrick Henderson   Organ
Richard Jones   Strings
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Robbie Kondor   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Joe Mardin   Percussion
Sami McKinney   Background Vocals
Ann Nesby   Background Vocals
Edwin Nicholas   Keyboards
Lori Perry   Background Vocals
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Jean Perrault   Violin
Christine Reeves   Violin
Mike Scott   Guitar
Ira Siegel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Skinner   Synthesizer,Keyboards
James Herb Smith   Guitar
Nathanial Wilkie   Keyboards
Ruth Wright   Viola
Sherena Wynn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Patricia Daniels   Cello
Corey Williams   Piano
Aaron McClain   Acoustic Guitar
Kathleen Thomas   Strings,Conductor
Nina Wilkenson   Strings
Brian Lewis   Bass
Dennis Williams   Conductor
Bonnie Ayers   Violin
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Sophie Labiner   Harp
Olga Lonolpelsky   Violin
Jennifer Morgo   Strings
Anthony Pirollo   Strings
Melvin Roundtree   Strings
Helen Wedgen   Violin
Malcolm Allison   Keyboards
Orest Markiah   Strings
Tanya Murphy   Strings
Sisaundra Myers   Background Vocals
Cherrelle Norton   Background Vocals
Marc Ward   Cello
Lamb Chops   Keyboards
Rodney Green   Drums
Richard Hotchkiss   Strings
Gearard Barnes   Drums
Eboni   Strings
Kevin Ford   Background Vocals
Nina Cottman   Viola
Richard Rodriguez   Percussion
Charles Parker   Violin
Jim Wright   Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Patti LaBelle   Producer,Executive Producer
Gerald LeVert   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Glenn Barratt   Engineer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
James R. Budd Ellison   Arranger,Producer
Jack Faith   Orchestration
Simon Franglen   Synclavier Programming
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer
Richard Joseph   Engineer
Robbie Kondor   String Arrangements
Tim Lewis   Arranger,Producer
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Sami McKinney   Producer
Edwin Nicholas   Arranger,Producer
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Alexander Richbourg   Programming
Steve Skinner   Arranger,String Arrangements
Arthur Stoppe   Engineer
Schmidt   Engineer
Mike Tarsia   Engineer
Kathleen Thomas   String Arrangements
Vartan   Art Direction
Dennis Williams   Arranger
Kenny J. Gravillis   Art Direction
Malcolm Allison   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Armstead Edwards   Executive Producer
Rod Milwood   Engineer
Lamb Chops   Programming
Steve Groom   Engineer
Gen Rubin   drum programming
Jim Wright   Producer

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