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On Nightbirds, producer Allen Toussaint adorns Patti LaBelle's powerful voice—a soulful cry that fills every word with drama—with rich New Orleans instrumentation. While simple piano lines ground the songs, boisterous horns match both the singer's volume and her expressive ability. The combination foretold disco: Generations have now danced to the steady groove of glamorous opener "Lady Marmalade," and the funk empowerment jam "What Can I Do for You?" builds to a euphoric climax well-suited to the end of an after-hours bash.

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Solid Soul From LaBelle and Co.

Somewhere in between Aretha's upper-cut and Laura Nyro's jab lies this solid, funky and diverse LP of soul music from Patti LaBelle and co. Strong vocals, harmonies and immunity to disco excess ought to warrant it more listenability than it seems to get. The one that everyone remembers is "Lady Marmalade," though "What Can I Do For You" is just as groovy while it at the same time carries lyrical depth. "All Girl Band" is similar, a reflection on the struggle and sacrifice of young women who pursue their dreams of making music. "You Turn Me On" is a super soulful 3/4 ballad that caps the album nicely. Fans of Motown, Stax and especially the pre-disco Philly sound are encouraged to seek this one out.

"Gitcha Gitcha Ya Ya Da Da!"

.."Gitcha Gitcha Ya Ya Here!"..Oohh; Yeah! I so called this LP to be "A Hit" when I first heard it! {'Course it didn't hurt Patti La Belle & The Bluebells to be Re-Invented so Masterfully by Alan Toussaint and his Crescent City house band; The Meters!} Female Urban Soul+Second Line Stroll=Several Smash Singles! "What Can I Do For You?" & "You Turn Me On" are showpiece numbers done with Sass & Style! LaBelle had a good run for themselves back in the "Swingin' Seventies!" "Nightbirds" served to form their new image as "Space Children"; sort of like "The Glittery Ziggy Stardust Girls Of R&B!" They would have more Concerts & Hits; But no characters as downright irresitable (and danceable!) as "The Creole Lady Marmalade!" "Yeah; You Right!"; This one is truly a "Soulful Seventies Set!" Grimmbo.

Legendary Vocals

This trio of divas pulls out all the stops on "Isn't it a Shame". Every time I listen, it wears me out!


Formed: 1962

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s

The female trio responsible for the proto-disco funk classic "Lady Marmalade," LaBelle's outlandish space-age costumes and brash incorporation of rock & roll were a far cry from their early days as a typical '60s girl group, not to mention the later solo career of frontwoman Patti LaBelle. While Patti naturally seems like the focal point in hindsight, the group was also blessed with a talented and prolific songwriter in Nona Hendryx, who followed an idiosyncratic muse into her own mercurial solo...
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