Patti LaBelle - The Essential Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle - The Essential Patti LaBelle
Genre: R&B
Duration: 02:32:27
Artist: Patti LaBelle
Album: The Essential Patti LaBelle
Release Date: June 10, 2008
Styles: Soul, Adult Contemporary R&B, Contemporary R&B

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."

If Only You KnewPatti LaBelle4:47
Love, Need and Want YouPatti LaBelle5:00
If You Don't Know Me by NowPatti LaBelle8:13
The Best Is Yet to ComePatti LaBelle feat: Grover Washington, Jr.5:58
The Spirit's In ItPatti LaBelle5:50
New AttitudePatti LaBelle4:36
On My OwnPatti LaBelle feat: Michael McDonald4:50
When You Talk About LovePatti LaBelle5:33
My Love, Sweet LovePatti LaBelle4:20
Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)Patti LaBelle4:54
Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song)Patti LaBelle feat: Bluebelles / Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles3:33
The BellsPatti LaBelle feat: Laura Nyro3:02
Last DancePatti LaBelle4:30
Moon ShadowPatti LaBelle9:25
I Sold My Heart to the JunkmanPatti LaBelle feat: Bluebelles / Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles2:00

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