Labelle Back To Now
- Released: October 21, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Verve
Entertainment Weekly - p.71"Now reunited after various solo outings, the ladies have turned out an admirably solid collection of midtempo soul burners." -- Grade B+
Record Collector (magazine) - p.864 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] reveals the trio in fine voice, untarnished by age and delivering a songbook that takes in delicious ballads, gospel-infused roof-raisers adn political protest."
- 2.Rollout - (featuring Wyclef Jean)
- 5.Truth Will Set You Free
- 6.Without You In My Life
- 7.Tears For The World
- 8.Dear Rosa
- 9.How Long
- 10.Miss Otis Regrets
Labelle: Nona Hendryx, Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash (vocals).
Personnel: Wyclef Jean (vocals, guitar); Eddie Martinez, Randy Bowland (guitar, guitars); Lenny Kravitz (guitar, Clavinet, vibraphone, drums, tambourine, vibraslap, hand claps); Ronny Drayton, Dennis Harris , Wilson Jaramillo, Craig Ross (guitar); Craig Ross (guitars); Luigi Mazzocchi, Herv‚ Cavelier, Jeanne Lancien, Patrice Mondon, Charles Parker , Igor Szwec, Karen Brunon, Conway Kuo, Emma Kummrow, Olga Konopelsky, Gregory Teperman (violin); Nina Cottman, Lise Orivel, Fran‡oise Gneri, Davis A. Barnett (viola); Jean-Philippe Audin, Darrett Adkins, Mark Ward (cello); Harold Todd (flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jay Davidson (flute, tenor saxophone); Brent White (flute, baritone saxophone, trombone); Christophe Deneulin (alto saxophone); Christophe Panzani (tenor saxophone); Doug DeHays (baritone saxophone, trombone); Doug DeHayes (baritone saxophone); Sylvain Gontard (trumpet, flugelhorn); Matt Gallagher, Mike A. Jarosz, Henry McMillan Jr. (trumpet); Rashida Minnett (French horn); Sebastien Llado (trombone); Don Wyatt (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Leon Huff , Joseph Joubert (piano, keyboards); Henry Hirsch, Nicky Hopkins (piano); Arden Altino (keyboards, programming); John Stanley (keyboards, background vocals); Jerry Duplessir, Warren MacRae, Warren McRae (bass guitar); Keith Benson, Steve Jordan , Steven "Steven J." Jordan, Keith Moon , Kevin Johnson (drums); Doc Gibbs (percussion); Jean Philippe Audin (celletto); John Stanely, Keyontia Hawkins, Keith Fluitt (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Theis; Craig White; Andreas K. Meyers; Serg Tsai; Henry Hirsch; Kenny Gamble; Lenny Kravitz.
Recording information: Edison Studio, New York, NY; Gamble & Huff Studios, PA; Mirror Image Sound Studios, New York, NY; Opal Studio, Seattle, WA; Platinum Sound Recording Studio, New York, NY; Studio Davout, Paris, France.
Authors: Byl Holte; Patti LaBelle.
Photographer: Kwaku Alston.
Unknown Contributor Role: Jean-Philippe Audin.
Arrangers: Dexter Wansel; Bill Jolly; Kit Lambert.
Soul veterans and disco icons Labelle can take pride in an illustrious back catalogue that embraces a myriad of genres and includes contributions to some of the greatest soul recordings of all time. As Patti Labelle & the Blue Belles they contributed backing vocals to many of the most memorable soul singles of the '60s, while the following decade saw them releasing a series of albums that blended gospel-infused soul with the then-emergent beat of disco. This string of successes culminated with 1974's Allen Toussaint-produced NIGHTBIRDS, an album that spawned the monstrous hit single "Lady Marmalade," and made the trio internationally renowned stars.
The Lenny Kravitz- and Gamble & Huff-produced BACK TO NOW, Labelle's first full-length effort since 1976's CHAMELEON, features assured forays into every style that the trio have mastered over the course of their career. "Candlelight" and "Superlover" evoke the slow-burning southern soul of the group's early days, while "How Long" and "Roll Out" update the lush disco of NIGHTBIRDS for modern dance floors.
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