Labelle’s ‘Nightbirds’

Labelle’s ‘Nightbirds’ is an album (featuring their biggest hit ‘Lady Marmalade’) released on September 13, 1974 by Epic Records.

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Track Listing : 1.Lady Marmalade (Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan) – 03:56 . 2.Somebody Somewhere (Nona Hendryx) – 03:25 . 3.Are You Lonely? (Nona Hendryx) – 03:12 . 4.It Took A Long Time (Raymond Bloodworth, L. Russell Brown, Bob Crewe) – 04:03 . 5.Don’T Bring Me Down (Allen Toussaint) – 02:48 . 6.What Can I Do For You? (Edward Batts, James Budd Ellison) – 04:02 . 7.Nightbird (Nona Hendryx) – 03:09 . 8.Space Children (Nona Hendryx) – 03:02 . 9.All Girl Band (Allen Toussaint) – 03:50 . 10.You Turn Me On (Nona Hendryx) – 04:37

Musicians : Labelle – Group . Patti Labelle – Lead And Backing Vocals . Nona Hendryx – Lead And Backing Vocals . Sarah Dash – Lead And Backing Vocals . Allen Toussaint – Keyboards, Percussion, Guitar . Art Neville – Organ . George Porter, Jr. – Bass . Walter Payton – Bass . Leo Nocentelli – Guitar . Rev Batts – Guitar . Smokey Johnson – Drums . Herman Ernest Iii – Drums . Bud Ellison – Piano . Earl Turbinton – Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet . Alvin Thomas – Tenor Saxophone, Flute . Lon Price – Tenor Saxophone, Flute . Clyde Kerr Jr., Steve Howard – Trumpet . Lester Caliste – Trombone . Carl Blonin – Baritone Saxophone . Clarence Ford – Alto Saxophone

Production : Produced By Allen Toussaint

Recorded In 1974 At Sea-Saint Studios, New Orleans, Loui.

Released On September 13, 1974 By Epic Records.

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Rolling Stone
The poignant “All Girl Band” stumps along cheerily, pretending it’s not about the quotidian struggle of being young, female and relentlessly hopeful. By 1974, black had been beautiful for almost a decade; the astrofunk goddesses of Labelle made it chic. […]

PopMatters
“We must raise ourselves up much higher”, Labelle asserted. Did they mean space, sex, or a state of mind? It’s open to interpretation… […]

Soulstrut
Best of the first side after Lady Marmalade however is the catchy Don’t Bring Me Down. The second side isn’t as good, but does have the rich sounding What Can I Do For You? […]

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Labelle’s ‘Nightbirds’

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