Patti LaBelle Be Yourself

Be Yourself
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Vinyl LP Details

  • All "WZ" coded Vinyl LPs are in new and never-played condition. Most are sealed, however product may have manufacturer's delete notch, drill hole or prior sale stickers.
  • Released: April 22, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1989
  • Label: MCA Special Products


  • 1.If You Asked Me To
  • 2.I Can't Complain
  • 3.Be Yourself
  • 4.Yo Mister
  • 5.I Got It Like That
  • 6.Love 89
  • 7.Still in Love
  • 8.I'm Scared of You
  • 9.Can't Bring Me Down
  • 10.Need a Little Faith
  • 11.I Can Fly

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Patti LaBelle (vocals); Michael Landau (guitar); Gerald Albright (saxophone); Walter "Baby Love" Afansieff, David Sancious (keyboards, programming); Raymond Jones, James Ellison, Nathaniel Wilkie (keyboards); Randy Jackson (bass); John Robinson (drums); Lenny Castro, Greg "Gigi" Conway (percussion); Larry Albright (programming); Thelma Houston, Desiree Coleman, Annette Hardeman, Paula Holloway, Jim Gilstrap, Melisa Kary, Paulette Brown, Bunny Hall, Valerie Pinkston-Mayo (background vocals); The Reverend Freddie Washington & The Music Ministry Workshop Choir, The Gabriel Hardeman Delegation, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, George Duke, Prince, Full Force, Lisa Lisa, Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley.
Producers include: Raymond Jones, James R. "Budd" Ellison, Prince, Full Force, Narada Michael Walden.
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. ~ Jose F. Promis
"WZ" coded vinyl LPs are in new and never-played condition, but are warehouse remainders. Most are sealed, however many have manufacturer's delete notch, drill hole, prior sale stickers and/or minor shelf wear. If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, our 30-Day Return Policy would apply.
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  • Sales Rank: 51,623
  • UPC: 076732629222
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