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Gems [CD]

Patti LaBelleAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  1. I'm In Love (Album Version) 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. All This Love (Album Version) 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Right Kinda Lover 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. This Word Is All (Album Version) 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Too Good To Be Through (Album Version) 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Never Stopped Loving You (Album Version) 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Stay In My Corner (Album Version) 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. If I Didn't Have You (Album Version) 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Can't Tell My Heart What To Do (Album Version) 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Time Will Tell (Album Version) 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Our World (Album Version) 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Come As You Are (Album Version) 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • ASIN: B000002OP2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gems by Patti LaBelle

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patti at her best! March 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Patti LaBelle is a GEM of our time. Being in the musical industry for over 35 years, she is the best there is. Everyone, including the likes of Oprah Winfry and Rosie O'Donnel, say that they can feel the pressence of God when Ms. LaBelle opens her mouth to sing, and that is the truth here. This album showcases the Patti LaBelle that everyone knows. If you're new to the Patti Scene, this is the album for you. An album of mainly ballads, Patti takes you on a smooth ride with infinite vocal range on such tracks as "Stay In My Corner" and "Come As You Are." You can't miss this classic album by the one and only Diva.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gems July 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ok, at a first listen, this may not be one of Patti's best Cds. Afterall, it followed one of her best CDS ever, "Burnin" However, the more you listen to this CD, you appreciate Patti's ability to phrase a song and her ability to purr and to roar. Songs such as "Stay in My Corner", "Right Kinda Lover", "If I didn't have You", "Time will Tell" make this CD well worth the buy. Some of the other cuts you will love the more you listen to them. She does a relaxed but great version of "All this Love". People who prefer to hear Patti belting might be disappointed with some of the selections on the Cd, they all don't give her the chance to break loose. But as always, her style is admirable and there are many times on the Cd her power shines through. I especially like the background vocals that she performs on the Cd.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Patti at her best October 25, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This a great CD that only gets better with replay. Shows her great range, from soft to belting it out, from funky to smooth. I've owned it for years and still listen to it frequently. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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While I am a Patti LaBelle fan, I give 'Gems' 3 stars because in my opinion, it leans too much on the ballad side. Don't get me wrong - Patti's vocals are at their best when she delivers an emotional, powerful ballad but 10 of the 12 tracks on this album are ballads. The only real uptempo tracks are 'The Right Kinda Lover' and 'This Word Is All'. If Patti would've included 2 more tracks like these danceful ditties, 'Gems' would be a solid album and a welcome addition to any fan's Patti LaBelle catalogue. This album was quickly forgotten after its release, which is too bad. Patti's previous album 'Burnin' and her follow-up to this one 'Flame' were much better efforts and are definitely worth picking up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Sometimes you can just say someone's name and one of their talents, qualities and/or characteristics immediately come to mind. When most people hear the name Patti LaBelle, they think of her powerful, soulful, and remarkable singing abilities. On this album, "Gems", her singing talents shine through, just as they do on every song she performs. Although she did a wonderful job vocally, there was something missing on this album. Aside from "The Right Kinda Lover", this album didn't have any distinction. This album is very ballad-heavy and most of the production sounds very akin. Patti includes two remakes on this album, DeBarge's "All This Love" and "Stay in My Corner" by The Dells. I gave it three stars because most of the material is good at best, and "good" to me is equivalent to three stars, so there you have it.

When Patti LaBelle returned with "The Right Kinda Lover", people went crazy, particularly women. I remember when I used to get my hair done, everyone in the salon would be talking about that song and its memorable video. "The Right Kinda Lover" is easily one of Patti's best songs because of its new-school feel, great beat, male-loving lyrics and nice delivery. Patti had just gotten married when this song was released and she was in love, one could imply that because of how sincerely she sang that song. If you needed more credence, the title of the first track is "I'm in Love." This is one of the many ballads on this album. Though it is a basic R&B song, the lyrics and delivery are easy to enjoy. "Too Good to be Enough" is also a great moment on this album, especially because of the melody. Too, it has a good hook. DeBarge has been sampled so many times by different artists, and, though Patti did well on her version of "All This Love", El DeBarge did it best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patti Labelle April 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this CD for ONE song (Right kinda lover), but as it turned out, of course I love the whole CD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patti Holding Back Here December 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have every one of Patti LaBelle's albums, and this one started to trail off in terms of quality songs and powerful performances. There are a lot of background singers , and there seems to be a concious effort to hold Patti back from singing out as usual. A lot of the songs are very run of the mill, and adult contemporary oriented. My favorite is COME AS YOU ARE , the very last track for some reason & the best one on this CD without a doubt. Patti used it as a concert opener too, so she loved this song, written & produced by Canadian rocker Lisa Dalbello. She knew how to write & produce Patti, and more songs like this trademark Patti number are needed on this CD. The remake of The Dells' STAY IN MY CORNER is good too, a real oldie that you know Patti must have loved for years. The hit THE RIGHT KINDA LOVER is catchy, and not at all bad. But the rest of this stuff is mostly forgettable slow ballads that even after 10 plus years of owning this album, I can't even remember some of them. If you want solo Patti at her best , I recommend many other albums, especially the prior album she did BURNIN' , which is really diverse and hot.
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