Straight from the Heart

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
An early-'80s jazz-pop-R&B synthesis as durable and pleasing as any other, Straight from the Heart was Patrice Rushen's most successful album, at least from a sales standpoint: it peaked at number 14 on the pop chart, 25 slots higher than 1980's Pizzazz. Still working with a core group of associates -- including Freddie Washington, Charles Mims, Paul M. Jackson, and Marlo Henderson along with a still young Gerald Albright -- that went back to her earlier Elektra albums, the material here is as slick as ever, but not at the expense of lighter rhythms or less memorable melodies. Much of the album's popularity can be attributed to the club hit "Forget Me Nots," Rushen's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
An early-'80s jazz-pop-R&B synthesis as durable and pleasing as any other, Straight from the Heart was Patrice Rushen's most successful album, at least from a sales standpoint: it peaked at number 14 on the pop chart, 25 slots higher than 1980's Pizzazz. Still working with a core group of associates -- including Freddie Washington, Charles Mims, Paul M. Jackson, and Marlo Henderson along with a still young Gerald Albright -- that went back to her earlier Elektra albums, the material here is as slick as ever, but not at the expense of lighter rhythms or less memorable melodies. Much of the album's popularity can be attributed to the club hit "Forget Me Nots," Rushen's most-known single -- a breezy, buoyant mixture of handclaps, fingersnaps, twisting bass, and Rushen's typically blissful and not overplayed electric piano, not to mention the incorporation of a bad bass-and-percussion breakdown. If you were born after the mid-'70s or so, you'd be more likely to recognize the song as the basis of Will Smith's "Men in Black." Beyond a forgettable ballad or two, the only disappointment is the Brenda Russell collaboration on "Breakout!," where rock affectations gnarling electric guitar, grimacing vocal tactics that suit neither Rushen nor Russell damage what could've been a bigger hit. "Remind Me," despite not being released as a single, is a sweet and low-slung groove that has been sampled and interpolated by no less than a dozen significant rap and R&B songs -- including Faith Evans' "Fallin' in Love," Notorious B.I.G.'s "Unbelievable," MoKenStef's "He's Mine," and Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s "I Need You Tonight." But it's not like anything about this album requires that kind of validation. [Rhino's 1996 reissue adds the 12" versions of all three singles, including seven very replayable minutes of "Forget Me Nots," as well as two single edits.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1996
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227350826
  • Catalog Number: 73508
  • Sales rank: 22,278

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Forget Me Nots (4:45)
  2. 2 I Was Tired of Being Alone (3:52)
  3. 3 All We Need (5:54)
  4. 4 Number One (4:59)
  5. 5 Where There Is Love (3:11)
  6. 6 Breakout! (4:07)
  7. 7 If Only (3:23)
  8. 8 Remind Me (5:18)
  9. 9 (She Will) Take You Down to Love (4:24)
  10. 10 Forget Me Nots (7:17)
  11. 11 Breakout! (5:49)
  12. 12 Number One (6:48)
  13. 13 Forget Me Nots (4:10)
  14. 14 Breakout! (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patrice Rushen Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Hand Clapping
Brenda Russell Vocals
Gerald Albright Saxophone
Ollie E. Brown Drums
Ray Brown Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Lynn Davis Vocals
James Gadson Drums
Roy Galloway Vocals
Jeanette Hawes Vocals
Melvin Webb Drums
Charles Mims Jr. Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Clay Lawry Trombone, Bass Trombone
Karen Evans Vocals
Technical Credits
Patrice Rushen Producer, Contributor, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements
Peter Chaikin Engineer
F. Byron Clark Remixing
Roy Galloway Vocal Arrangements
John Golden Mastering
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Charles Mims Jr. Producer, Horn Arrangements, Synthesizer Arrangements
Lloyd Hardy Liner Notes
Sevie Bates Reissue Design
Ron Coro Art Direction
Philip Moores Remixing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Forget-Me-Not for your Music collection!

    Her music has been sampled among the best artists of the day, including Will Smith and maybe others, but she is an original. Patrice Rushen is a purist of music, she writes and she plays most instruments. Here piano skills will amaze you and she's usually behind the scenes at most major music award shows. But this album of music is a must for your collection. I remember this one back in the early 8o's and I've been a fan ever since. One listen and you'll be hooked! Enjoy!

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