Gems

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All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Patti LaBelle's ballad-heavy 1994 album, Gems, doesn't necessarily rank as one of the singer's crowning achievements, but as the title (and cliché) implies, this set certainly offers more than a few gems to unearth. Gems also features a couple of prolific productions courtesy of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (on the set's up-tempo first single, "The Right Kinda Lover") and new jack swing maestro Teddy Riley (on LaBelle's mellow yet hypnotic cover of DeBarge's "All This Love"). The true standout, however, is "Stay in My Corner." That song, with its gospel undertones, features Labelle wailing as only she can, holding out her famous long notes and delivering a truly mesmerizing...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
Patti LaBelle's ballad-heavy 1994 album, Gems, doesn't necessarily rank as one of the singer's crowning achievements, but as the title (and cliché) implies, this set certainly offers more than a few gems to unearth. Gems also features a couple of prolific productions courtesy of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (on the set's up-tempo first single, "The Right Kinda Lover") and new jack swing maestro Teddy Riley (on LaBelle's mellow yet hypnotic cover of DeBarge's "All This Love"). The true standout, however, is "Stay in My Corner." That song, with its gospel undertones, features Labelle wailing as only she can, holding out her famous long notes and delivering a truly mesmerizing performance. The song is so good, in fact, that any self-respecting Labelle fan would have to own this set if only for that number. Other highlights include another gospel-infused tune, the ballad "If I Didn't Have You," the smooth "Time Will Tell," and the album finale, "Come as You Are." As a final note, this album also contains some truly stellar background vocals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/1994
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 008811087029
  • Catalog Number: 10870
  • Sales rank: 90,508

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patti LaBelle Primary Artist
Karyn White Background Vocals
Grady Harrell Background Vocals
Lisa Dal Bello Background Vocals
Ken Moore Organ, Piano
Latitia Body Background Vocals
Randy Bowland Guitar
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Charles Buie Background Vocals
Valerie Davis Background Vocals
Valerie Doby Background Vocals
Raymond Earl Drums
James R. Budd Ellison Keyboards
Jack Faith Strings, Horn
Marie Graham Background Vocals
Ray Griffin Drums
Everette Harp Saxophone
D. Harvey Background Vocals
Jimmy Jam Keyboards
Eric Jordan Background Vocals
Larry Kimpel Bass
Terry Lewis Percussion
Ann Nesby Background Vocals
Lori Perry Background Vocals
Carolyn Perry Background Vocals
Sharon Perry Background Vocals
Tim Pierce Guitar
James Herb Smith Guitar
Pamela Williams Saxophone
Jimmy Wright Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
KC Porter Background Vocals
Letitia Body Background Vocals
Memphis Horn
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Charles C. Emory Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Libby Turner Background Vocals
Kenny Moore Hammond Organ
Rick Nelson Background Vocals
Fred White Background Vocals
Mark Haynes Bass
Technical Credits
Patti LaBelle Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Lisa Dal Bello Arranger, Producer
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Eldra DeBarge Composer
Raymond Earl Programming, Producer
James R. Budd Ellison Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Jack Faith Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Larry Ferguson Engineer
Steve Hall Mastering
Steve Hodge Engineer
Dave Ivory Engineer
Jimmy Jam Producer
Bill Kennedy Contributor
Greg Laney Engineer
Jay Lean Engineer
Terry Lewis Producer
George Mayers Engineer
Sami McKinney Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Teddy Riley Producer
David Schober Engineer
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Nathanial Wilkie Arranger, Programming
Jimmy Wright Producer
Mike Tarsia Engineer
KC Porter Producer, Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Gordon Rice Engineer
Walter Sigler Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Carol Duboc Writer
Benny Feccone Engineer
L. Armstead Edwards Executive Producer
Jeff Taylor drum programming
John Hanes Engineer
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