Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Before Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash morphed into the futuristic soul trio known as Labelle and became one of the greatest girl groups of the 70s, all three women - along with Cindy Birdsong were members of one of the greatest girl groups of the 60s, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. 

Originally based in Philadelphia, the quartet enjoyed a modicum of chart recognition and sales during a two-year period (1962-64) with Newtown Records and then Parkway Records. After an appearance on a 1964 Atlantic LP, Saturday Night at the Uptown, the quartet signed with the label and recorded over thirty tracks for the label over a four-year period. 

Among the sides were two albums: Over the Rainbow (1965), a Top 20 R&B LP produced by Bert Berns, whose title track was also a Top 20 R&B hit single along with "All or Nothing," which also charted; and Dreamer (1967), which contained the R&B-charting singles "I'm Still Waiting" (produced by Curtis Mayfield) and "Take Me for a Little While." In 1967, with the departure of Cindy Birdsong (who joined the Supremes), the remaining trio recorded a number of singles between 1967 and 1969, with production by Jerry Williams Jr., Memphis songwriters Chips Moman & Dan Penn, Bob Gallo, Don Davis and others; however, none achieved any chart success and in 1969, the group left Atlantic. 

This 2-CD anthology from Real Gone Music, produced and annotated by soul music historian David Nathan/SoulMusic Records and remastered by Alan Wilson at Western Star Studio (and featuring some great photos), contains all 35 sides released by Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles on Atlantic along with four previously unissued tracks recorded in 1969. A treasure trove for any fan of 60s girl groups and soul!

Disc One:
1.Danny Boy 
2. That’s How Heartaches Are Made
3. Down the Aisle
4. One Phone Call
5. Where Are You
6. Patti’s Prayer
7. Groovy Kind of Love
8. All or Nothing
9. Who Can I Turn To
10. You Forgot How to Love
11. Unchained Melody
12. Ebb Tide
13. He
14. Try to Remember
15. People
16. Yesterday
17. More
18. Over the Rainbow
19. I’m Still Waiting
20. Family Man

Disc Two
1. Always Something There to Remind Me
2. I Don’t Want to Go On Without You
3. Take Me for a Little While
4. Tender Words
5. Dreamer
6. Oh My Love
7. I Need Your Love
8. He’s My Man
9. Wonderful
10. How You Can Throw My Love Away (Unreleased)
11. Dance to the Rhythm of Love
12. Pride’s No Match for Love
13. He’s Gone
14. (1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days
15. Forget It (Unreleased)
16. Never for Me (Unreleased)
17. Loving Rules
18. When Joe Touches Me (Unreleased)
19. Trustin’ in You

~ Real Gone

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