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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002O5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I had this album on a cassette tape that I borrowed and it had been destroyed and I only remembered one song (which I had the title only half right). I loved the song 'Yo Mister' which I thought was Hey Mister. I didn't know the name of the tape or remember any of the other songs, but in any event, just getting the Mister right helped me to find this album that I had been searching for for two years. This song is so eerie, that only Prince could compose it and Patti could do justice in performing it. I love the whole album. It really gets me energized like a 20 year old, and I'm 57. Just get the album and see for yourself.
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So it's been ten years since this collection was released, and by no means has it collected any dust on my shelf. It is a constant in the CD rotation, most notably for the funk.
When I first heard "Yo Mister", I almost shook my car silly rocking in the seat. This was Prince at some of his best funk, and Patti doing something quite different that we'd heard before. The combination of "Yo", and "Love 89" are enough to make this disc a must-have for you.
Other hot tracks are "If You Asked Me To", which is good on CD, but SOOOOOO much better live in concert. Also, "Be Yourself" gets high marks. Again, the live performance will make you believe.
In fact, the real joy of Patti can only be experienced live. Patti, by her own admission, feeds so much on the emotion of the crowd, and us to hers, that it's impossible to capture raw Patti on CD. Unless of course, you get 1992's Live! or 1998's "Live-One Night Only". If you get the latter, make sure it's the boxed set with the video....she sings with LUTHER VANDROSS on the video, but not on the CD.
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This is a terrific CD. I bought it originally as a cassette when it first came out and have since replaced it as a CD amd bought the maxi-CD of Yo, Mister. Prince co-wrote that one and years later I would use it as a springboard for a script that i screen wrote and directed.
I'm now getting back into reassembling my entire Patti Collection. I've seen her in concert and this CD was one of her break out bests as it started a healthy collaborative effort with others. I highly suggest you buy it.
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She did "If You Ask Me To" before and better than Celine Dion.
"Love 89" is a classic!
"I Can't Complain" should have been a hit.
Buy it and you'll see why.
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Although maintaining that she has her feet planted firmly on the middle ground of musical stardom,albums such as her previous release to this one Winner in You cemented Patti Labelle's perception as one of the greatest soul diva's ever. That being said,she has always used her bubbly public persona (which compensated for a rather shy private personality) for good purposes-especially when it came to her famous cooking ability and her excellent treatment of her many millions of admirers. Labelle's general likability as a human being did not however give her any guarantees that her music would continue to be super successful simply because she performed it. And that was especially true during transitional periods in music. In the four years between her previous release to this one,soul and funk had started to embrace the more DIY oriented shuffle beats of the hip-hop phenomenon. And all of a sudden the resulting sound known as New Jack Swing was beginning to permeate just about every soul/funk/R&B oriented release that was coming out during this time. Apparently Patti herself didn't see it necessary to fly in the direction of that breeze. After all,it could be a fast passing trend that could date her music. So she decided to do something a bit different to close out the decade.

"If You Ask Me" and "I Can't Complain" open up the album with two quiet storm big ballads-rather in the style of what Whitney Houston was doing during this era. On the latter,Patti lyrically exclaims that despite her ups and downs her success has made her very grateful.
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MRS. PATTI LABELLE YOU ARE THE BEST, I LOVE YOUR MUSIC I LISTEN TO IT ALL THE TIME NO ONE CAN TAKE YOUR PLACE I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET YOUR COOK BOOK I WATCHED YOU ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA YOUR DISHES LOOKED SURPERED I WANT TO COOK LIKE YOU DO I HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESURE I HOPE TO MEET YOU ONE DAY IN PERSON I LOVE YOU MRS. PATTI
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Ms. Patti is on Full Throttle on this cd! Each song tells a story, that will uplift your soul. "I cant Complain" and "I can Fly" put me on Top of My World!!! And feeling I can Conquer ANYTHING! I highly recommend her cd "Burnin" for more Happy Feelings!
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As other people have stated, Patti really shines on the albums' ballads fabulous! The uptempo songs are different but are not bad. It shows her winningness to experiment and try new songs/vocal approaches. The hit song, "If You Asked Me To" should have reach the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. At least it did make the Top 10 of the Adult Contemporary. The title track is a percolating, uplifting song. While "I Got It Like That", produced by Full Force is surprisingly enjoyable! The middle of the album has the most disappointing songs. The album version of" Yo Mister" is underwhelming while "Love 89" sounds absolutely ridiculous! It is a song that Patti should have rejected with immediate effect! It is a song I would not care to hear her perform live, ever! Thankfully the album hits the high it did in the beginning with the two closing songs. My favourites of the ballads are "If Youu Asked Me To", "I Can Fly", "Need A Little Faith" and "I Can't Complain." Overall, "Be Yourself" is an album worth adding to your music collection if you do not already own a copy.

Here is my rating of each track:
1. "If You Asked Me To" 5/5
2. "I Can't Complain" 5/5
3. "Be Yourself" 4/5
4. "Yo Mister" 3/5
5. "I Got It Like That" 4/5
6. "Love 89" 1/5 (SKIP IT)
7. "Still In Love" 3/5
8. "I'm Scared Of You" 3/5
9. "Can't Break Me Down" 4/5
10. "Need A Little Faith" 5/5
11. "I Can Fly" 5/5
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