by Patti LaBellePatti LaBelle


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/1994
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0008811087029
catalogNumber: 10870
Rank: 108681


  1. I'm in Love
  2. All This Love
  3. The Right Kind of Lover
  4. This Word Is All
  5. Too Good To Be Through
  6. I Never Stopped Loving You
  7. Stay in My Corner
  8. If I Didn't Have You
  9. I Can't Tell My Heart What To Do
  10. Time Will Tell
  11. Our World
  12. Come as You Are

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
"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
Raymond Earl   Programming,Producer
James R. Budd Ellison   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jack Faith   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Larry Ferguson   Engineer
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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