The Essential Patti LaBelle

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The third and most adventurous double-disc Patti LaBelle compilation released within the several previous years, following 2004's Philadelphia International-centric Anthology (released through The Right Stuff) and 2005's wide-ranging Gold (Hip-O), The Essential Patti LaBelle features a surprising amount of '70s material, a fair portion of which comes from her often overlooked work with the group LaBelle (who just happened to be prepping a new album at the time of this set's release). A fifth of the material here comes from the LaBelle albums Moon Shadow, Pressure Cookin', Nightbirds, Phoenix, and Chameleon, and it helps prove that there was much more to them than the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The third and most adventurous double-disc Patti LaBelle compilation released within the several previous years, following 2004's Philadelphia International-centric Anthology (released through The Right Stuff) and 2005's wide-ranging Gold (Hip-O), The Essential Patti LaBelle features a surprising amount of '70s material, a fair portion of which comes from her often overlooked work with the group LaBelle (who just happened to be prepping a new album at the time of this set's release). A fifth of the material here comes from the LaBelle albums Moon Shadow, Pressure Cookin', Nightbirds, Phoenix, and Chameleon, and it helps prove that there was much more to them than the proto-disco classic "Lady Marmalade" (included here). The set spans nearly four decades, from an alternate version of 1962's "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman" (with the Bluebelles) through 1997's Jam & Lewis-produced "When You Talk About Love." There's some previously unreleased material as well, including a Gamble & Huff-produced "Mean Ol' Man's World" and a disco mix of Released's "Release (The Tension)." Most of the major hits are here, solo and otherwise, including the Black Singles/R&B Top Ten hits "What Can I Do for You?," "If Only You Knew," "New Attitude," and the Michael McDonald duet "On My Own."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886972109220
  • Catalog Number: 721092
  • Sales rank: 12,842

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 If Only You Knew (4:47)
  2. 2 Love, Need and Want You (5:00)
  3. 3 If You Don't Know Me by Now (8:13)
  4. 4 The Best Is Yet to Come - Grover Washington Jr. (5:58)
  5. 5 The Spirit's in It (5:50)
  6. 6 New Attitude (4:36)
  7. 7 On My Own - Michael McDonald (4:50)
  8. 8 When You Talk About Love (5:33)
  9. 9 My Love, Sweet Love (4:20)
  10. 10 Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is) (4:54)
  11. 11 Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song) - Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles (3:33)
  12. 12 The Bells - Laura Nyro (3:02)
  13. 13 Last Dance (4:30)
  14. 14 Moon Shadow (9:25)
  15. 15 I Sold My Heart to the Junkman - Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles (2:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lady Marmalade (3:57)
  2. 2 What Can I Do for You? (4:02)
  3. 3 You Turn Me On (4:38)
  4. 4 Open Up Your Heart (3:27)
  5. 5 Messin' with My Mind (4:36)
  6. 6 Isn't It a Shame (7:58)
  7. 7 Joy to Have Your Love (5:45)
  8. 8 You Are My Friend (4:37)
  9. 9 It's Alright with Me (4:16)
  10. 10 Music Is My Way of Life (8:10)
  11. 11 Release (The Tension) (6:45)
  12. 12 Over the Rainbow (3:47)
  13. 13 Come What May (4:06)
  14. 14 Love Has Finally Come (5:37)
  15. 15 Mean Ol' Man's World (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Patti LaBelle Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Art Neville Organ
Laura Nyro Piano
Tom Coster Arp Strings
Earl Turbinton Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass
James Booker Organ
Burt Bacharach Piano
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Bunny Sigler Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Guitar
Chanté Moore Background Vocals
Yvonne Fair Background Vocals
David Barard Bass
Edward Batts Guitar, Background Vocals
Spencer Bean Guitar
Jamecia Bennett Background Vocals
Carla Benson Background Vocals
Evette Benton Background Vocals
Carl Blouin Baritone Saxophone
Lester Caliste Trombone
Roland Chambers Guitar
Leroi Conley Conga, Tambourine
Luis Conte Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Mac Cridlin Bass
Nathan East Bass
James R. Budd Ellison Piano, Keyboards, Clavinet, Musical Direction
Herman V. Ernest III Drums
Howard "Buzz" Feiten Guitar
Clarence Ford Alto Saxophone
Miguel Fuentes Percussion, Glockenspiel, Triangle, Xylophone
James Gadson Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Johnny Graham Guitar
Gary Grant Brass
Charlene Holloway Background Vocals
Annette Hardeman Background Vocals
Norman Harris Guitar, Background Vocals
Jim Helmer Drums
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Sampson Henry fender rhodes
Gary Herbig Brass
Paula Holloway Background Vocals
Steve Hughes Drums
Barbara Ingram Background Vocals
John Ingram Drums, Background Vocals
Clydene Jackson Background Vocals
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
Darryl Jones Bass
Quinton Joseph Percussion
Clyde Kerr Trumpet
Andre Lewis Organ, Bass Guitar, Electric Piano
Vernon Manuel Background Vocals
Eddie Martinez Guitar
Nelson Martinez Guitar
Lew McCreary Brass
Kurt McGettrick Brass
Vince Montana Percussion
Sidney Muldrow Brass
Nate Neblett Drums
Leo Nocentelli Guitar, Drums
Lenny Pakula Organ
Ray Parker Jr. Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Leon Pendarvis Piano
Greg Phillinganes DX-7
George Porter Jr. Bass
Lon Price Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Hank Redd Guitar
John Rowin Guitar
Robert Russell Bass
Maurice Saunders Conga
Skip Scarborough Piano, Electric Piano
Mike Scott Guitar
Jim Self Brass
Jeffrey Shannon Percussion
James Herb Smith Guitar, Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Ernest Straughter fender rhodes
Alvin Thomas Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Emry Thomas Drums
Allen Toussaint Percussion, Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Vocoder, fender rhodes
Carlos Vega Drums
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Wah-Wah Watson Guitar
Kenneth "Afro" Williams Percussion
Philip Woo Synthesizer, Keyboards
Jimmy Wright Keyboards
Wayne Douglas Bass
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Nydia Mata Bongos, Conga
Sherri Barman Background Vocals
J. DePalma Brass
Felton C. Pilate II Synthesizer, Soloist
John Longo Trumpet
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
Jay Van Hall Background Vocals
Louis Russell Acoustic Guitar
Cherrelle Norton Background Vocals
Ronald Smith Guitar
Ronnie Baker Bass
Dan Huff Guitar
Samuel Jr. Peake Saxophone, Soloist
Jim Moore & the Eliminators Flute, Saxophone
Larry "Top;Se" Davis Drums
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice Drums
Technical Credits
Burt Bacharach Arranger, Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Arranger, Producer
Bunny Sigler Producer
Dexter Wansel Arranger, Producer
Jack Adams Producer
Peter Bunetta Producer
Rick Chudacoff Producer
James R. Budd Ellison Arranger
Jack Faith Arranger
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
John Hudson Packaging
Leon Huff Producer, Executive Producer
Jimmy Jam Producer, Instrumentation
Andre Lewis Arranger
Terry Lewis Producer, Instrumentation
Howie Rice Producer
Alexander Richbourg drum programming
Skip Scarborough Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Jimmy Sigler Arranger
Allen Toussaint Arranger, Producer
Grover Washington Jr. Producer
Vicki Wickham Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Cecil Womack Producer
Jimmy Wright Producer
Leo Sacks Producer
Brian Chin Producer, Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Carlo Dalla Chiesa Insert Photography
David Rubinson & Friends Arranger, Producer
Maria Triana Digital Editing
Jeffrey Cohen Producer
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