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Patti LaBelle


  • 1. Joy to Have Your Love
    2. Funky Music
    3. Since I Don't Have You
    4. Dan Swit Me
    5. You Are My Friend
    6. You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover
    7. I Think About You
    8. Do I Stand a Chance
    9. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
    10. Joy to Have Your Love [Single Version]
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0033

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Rubinson; Michal L. Bednarek (Reissue)
    EngineerDavid Rubinson; Fred Catero

    Personnel: Patti LaBelle (background vocals); Leo Nocentelli (guitar, keyboards); Ray Parker, Jr. (guitar); Kazi Pitelka, Ruth Freeman, Terri Sternberg, Mary Anne Meredith, Mischa Myers, Stephen Gehl, Melinda Ross, Carl Pedersen, Theresa Madden, Tom Elliot, John Teeney, Ellen Dessler, Nancy Ellis, Emily Van Valkenburgh (strings); Natcho (harmonica); Bud Ellison (keyboards); James Gadson (drums); Waters Family (background vocals).
    Liner Note Author: J. Matthew Cobb.
    Recording information: The Automatt; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA.
    Photographer: David Rubinson.
    Arranger: David Rubinson.
    After Patti LaBelle split from Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx (the three had worked together in the 1960s pop girl-group Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, and in the '70s funk/R&B outfit LaBelle), the group leader released her eponymous solo debut in 1977. LaBelle's soaring, flexible soprano was the focus in all of her projects, and that is no less the case here, of course. Though less outlandish and rock-oriented than the albums she made with her previous trio, PATTI LABELLE contains a grab bag of churning funk, heavily orchestrated balladry, and light pop songs.
    Since her days with the Bluebelles, LaBelle's cover choices had always been adventurous, and this record is no exception, with its string-sweetened treatment of the Stylistics' "Since I Don't Have You" and a funk-jam take on Bob Dylan's "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)." But it is moments like the slow-build workout on "Do I Stand a Chance," that showcase LaBelle's vocal gymnastics, setting the stage for her subsequent rise to soul-diva status in the adult-contemporary vein.

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a great take on 'You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover' and a stupendous rendition of Edwin Starr's 'Funky Music'..."
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