The Essential Patti LaBelle

The Essential Patti LaBelle

by Patti LaBellePatti LaBelle


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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."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886972109220
catalogNumber: 721092
Rank: 7549


Disc 1

  1. If Only You Knew
  2. Love, Need and Want You
  3. If You Don't Know Me by Now
  4. The Best Is Yet to Come
  5. The Spirit's in It
  6. New Attitude
  7. On My Own
  8. When You Talk About Love
  9. My Love, Sweet Love
  10. Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)
  11. Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song)
  12. The Bells
  13. Last Dance
  14. Moon Shadow
  15. I Sold My Heart to the Junkman

Disc 2

  1. Lady Marmalade
  2. What Can I Do for You?
  3. You Turn Me On
  4. Open Up Your Heart
  5. Messin' with My Mind
  6. Isn't It a Shame
  7. Joy to Have Your Love
  8. You Are My Friend
  9. It's Alright with Me
  10. Music Is My Way of Life
  11. Release (The Tension)
  12. Over the Rainbow
  13. Come What May
  14. Love Has Finally Come
  15. Mean Ol' Man's World

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   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
Dann Huff   Guitar
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   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Leon Pendarvis   Piano
Greg Phillinganes   DX-7
George Porter   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   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
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   Producer
Vicki Wickham   Producer
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
Jeffrey Cohen   Producer

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