Continuing our programme to re-issue the classic late 70s/early 80s albums recorded for Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International label. All the releases feature packaging containing expert annotation and photos.
Patti La Belle remains the very personification of divadom, stylish and glamorous with a voice whose power can bring a stadium down. The three albums contained within this mid-price 2 CD set were recorded during the early 80’s and cover all of the issued masters she cut during her two year tenure with Philadelphia International Records.
Amongst the teams of writers and producers are Cecil Womack and Linda Womack, who recorded their own huge hit “Love Wars” during this period. “If Only You Knew” was a massive R&B # 1 hit in 1984, and “Love, Need And Want You” was the basis for Nelly and Kelly Rowland’s mega-hit “Dilemma” in 2002 (Patti appeared in the video!). There is also a fantastic 8 minute live version of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”.