Labelle

Labelle

by Labelle
     
 
Released in 1971, this self-titled LP was the first album that Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash recorded under the name Labelle. Never again would they use the name Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, and that's just as well; since the group had a new sound

Overview

Released in 1971, this self-titled LP was the first album that Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash recorded under the name Labelle. Never again would they use the name Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, and that's just as well; since the group had a new sound and a new image, it made sense to have a new name. And make no mistake: Labelle was determined to forge ahead in 1971. While pop considerations were a high priority for Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, soul considerations define Labelle: a tough, gritty, gospel-drenched effort along the lines of Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, and Etta James. Produced by Vicki Wickham (the group's manager) and Kit Lambert, this decent, if uneven, LP isn't in a class with subsequent gems like 1974's Nightbirds and 1975's Phoenix. Nonetheless, Labelle's performances are generally enjoyable, and the group brings plenty of passion and sincerity to original material as well as covers of Laura Nyro's "Time and Love," Carole King's "You've Got a Friend," and the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses." In 1971, the best was yet to come for Labelle, both creatively and commercially. But despite its imperfections, this LP made it clear that the trio had great potential.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140194328
catalogNumber:
1943

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Labelle   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Kooper   Organ
Patti LaBelle   Vocals
Joe Beck   Guitar
Buzzy Linhart   Rhythm Guitar
Kenny Ascher   Piano
Gene Casey   Piano
Judy Clay   Vocals
Gene Cornish   Guitar
Marlo Henderson   Rhythm Guitar
Andre Lewis   Organ,Clavinet
Bob Mann   Guitar
Don Payne   Bass
Luther Rix   Drums
Aram Schefrin   Rhythm Guitar
David Spinozza   Guitar
Bill Takas   Bass
Dave Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Patti LaBelle   Arranger
Nona Hendryx   Contributor
Sarah Dash   Contributor
Jack Adams   Engineer
Gene Casey   Musical Director
Kit Lambert   Producer
Vicki Wickham   Producer
Bob Gruen   Cover Photo

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