Be Yourself

Be Yourself

by Patti LaBelle


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Be Yourself

Patti LaBelle's 1989 album, Be Yourself, boasts a bevy of the day's brightest songwriters and producers, including the ubiquitous Diane Warren, who penned the album's lead single, "If You Asked Me To," which several years later became a massive hit for Celine Dion. Despite LaBelle's masterful, tear-inducing performance, the real gems on this set are two tunes written and produced by Prince: "Yo Mister," the set's second single (and a Top Ten R&B hit amazingly omitted from her 1996 Greatest Hits album), and "Love 89," which was co-written by Sheena Easton. These two songs find LaBelle at her funkiest -- they each have unstoppable beats, and despite the late-'80s production, still manage to sound fresh and undated, which is not entirely the case with the Full Force production "I Got It Like That." Other standouts include the funky title track, the melodic, Narada Michael Walden-produced "Still in Love," and the ballad "I Can't Complain." Most of the album's other ballads are toward the end, with the Bacharach-Sager-penned "Need a Little Faith" rising above the others. Despite a couple of unmemorable moments, Be Yourself doesn't disappoint by any means and is definitely worth having if only for the forgotten gems "Yo Mister" and "Love 89," which rank as some of Prince's better songs as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0076732629222
catalogNumber: 6292

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti LaBelle   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Thelma Houston   Background Vocals
Lisa Lisa   Background Vocals
Prince   Multi Instruments
Kenny G   Saxophone
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
George Duke   Piano
David Sancious   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Desiree Coleman   Background Vocals
Full Force   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Phil Perry   Background Vocals
Cheryl Pepsii Riley   Background Vocals
Gabriel Hardeman   Background Vocals
Kitty Beethoven   Background Vocals
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Paulette Brown   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Brad Cole   Keyboards
Greg Conway   Cymbals
James R. Budd Ellison   Percussion,Keyboards
Jack Faith   Strings,Horn
Dominic Genova   Bass
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Charlene Holloway   Background Vocals
Annette Hardeman   Background Vocals
Paula Holloway   Background Vocals
Dann Huff   Guitar
Melisa Kary   Background Vocals
Randy Kerber   Piano,DX-7
Ren Klyce   fairlight
Michael Landau   Guitar
Mark Leggett   Guitar
Ronee Martin   Background Vocals
Narada Michael Walden   Drums
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Michael Patterson   Soprano Saxophone
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo   Background Vocals
Joe Pizzulo   Background Vocals
Claytoven Richardson   Background Vocals
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Corrado Rustici   Rhythm Guitar,MIDI Guitar
Jim Salamone   Synthesizer,drum overdubs
James Herb Smith   Guitar
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Tom Walsh   Drums
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Lyndie White   Background Vocals
Nathanial Wilkie   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Aaron Zigman   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Bass
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Eric Wood   Percussion
Paul Anthony   Background Vocals
B-Fine   Background Vocals
Walter Afanasieff   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Curt TT   Background Vocals
Randy Jackson   Moog Synthesizer
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Background Vocals
Baby Gerry   Background Vocals
Bow Legged   Background Vocals
Shy-Shy   Background Vocals
Raymond Jones   Keyboards
Lou   Background Vocals
Deborah Dukes   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Patti LaBelle   Executive Producer
Michael McDonald   Engineer
Prince   Producer
Full Force   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Burt Bacharach   Arranger,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Producer
Larry DeCarmine   Engineer
Frank DeCaro   Contributor
Cheryl Dickerson   Contributor
James R. Budd Ellison   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Larry Ferguson   Engineer
Clark Germain   Engineer
Alan Gregorie   Remixing
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Jerry Hey   String Arrangements
Randy Kerber   Contributor
Darren Kline   Engineer
Gene Leone   Engineer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Brian Malouf   Remixing
Tony Maserati   Engineer
Fred McFarlane   Programming
Sami McKinney   Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Programming
Timmy Regisford   Remixing
Larry Robinson   drum programming
Susan Rogers   Engineer
Jim Salamone   drum programming
Louis Silas   Remixing
Arthur Stoppe   Engineer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Nathanial Wilkie   drum programming,Synthesizer Arrangements
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff   Engineer
Aaron Zigman   Arranger
Erik Zobler   Remixing
Allan Rich   Producer
Alan Scott   Producer
Mike Tarsia   Engineer
David Frazer   Engineer
Paul Anthony   Arranger,Producer
B-Fine   Arranger,Producer
Amy Dakos   Art Direction
Kosh   Art Direction
Curt TT   Arranger,Producer
Baby Gerry   Arranger,Producer
Eddie Miller   Engineer
Bow Legged   Arranger,Producer
Shy-Shy   Arranger,Producer
Raymond Jones   Producer
Lou   Arranger,Producer

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