LaBelle ‎– 1974 – Nightbirds

On 1974’s ‘Nightbirds’ Patti, Nona and Sarah all make it clear that when it comes to stanky,sweaty New Orleans R&B and funk they will be the undisputed female champians!”Lady Marmalade” was of course Labelle’s big breakthrough single and likely what they’ll always be remembered for but the trio also deliver several other funky tunes in a similar vein such as the title track,”Don’t Bring me Down“,”All Girl Band” and “Somebody Somewhere” and these gals truely give the music their all.Patti Labelle and Nona Hendryx never have belted out stronger then they do here and Alen Toussaint’s organ and horn heavy arrangements give every song here,even the two ballads a big,punchy sound.But it’s not a disco thing-it’s all about that hefty rhythm and alot of funkiness.

A superb place to introduce yourself to Labelle if you already haven’t and just a damn great LP to have!

Lady Marmalade 3:56
Somebody Somewhere 3:25
Are You Lonely? 3:12
It Took a Long Time 4:03
Don’t Bring Me Down 2:48
What Can I Do for You? 4:02
Nightbird 3:09
Space Children 3:02
All Girl Band 3:50
You Turn Me On 4:37

Labelle’s NIGHTBIRDS is an enduring classic album, and captures the trio at it’s peak creatively, musically & commercially. Patti, Sarah & Nona gained worldwide success, a Top 10 album and the #1 smash hit LADY MARMALADE after a decade of dues paying hard work. This album illustrates all their influences, with a mix of R&B, rock, gospel, soul and the amazing production by Allen Toussaint. Labelle got the right sound & songs that has made this album timeless.

The songs are amazing, both the original material written by Nona Hendryx and the outside material. It all comes together on this brilliant visionary album . LADY MARMALADE is just the beginning of this fantastic album. Labelle rings out loud & clear on socially concious songs like the astounding WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU – a loud, brash & bold song that represents their hybrid sound at it’s best. SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE, ARE YOU LONELY, SPACE CHILDREN and YOU TURN ME ON are some of Nona’s best, most concise, tight songs. DON’T BRING ME DOWN is funky as hell, and would have made a great single. The use of horns & brass on the album sounds as triumphant as this album actually is.

It was on Rolling Stone’s list of Top 50 Albums by Female Artists, went gold & has been in print since it’s release. Labelle broke new ground & hit it big with NIGHTBIRDS, and it’s awesome music to hear. Like a wake-up call that the time was here for a new sound of exciting music , Labelle is much needed to hear today for their sheer power, talent & boldness in making great music.

This LP epitomizes ‘glitter disco’ in its finest form! But the REAL difference is that this ‘disco’ has deep lyrics, emotion, meaning, & a relentless dance beat! And there are glittering moments of balladry at its finest written by the incomparable Nona Hendryx such as ‘Nightbird‘, ‘You Turn Me On‘ (incredibly erotic), & ‘It Took a Long Time‘. But if you want to DANCE in a sparkling cosmic galaxy to some of the FINEST dance classics of ALL TIME – zap your player with ‘Somebody Somewhere‘, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down‘, ‘What Can I Do for You‘, ‘Space Children‘, & OF COURSE the classic-of-all-dance-classics ‘Lady Marmalade‘! NO WONDER that stars such as Prince, Ashford & Simpson, & Patti Labelle continue to collaborate with the intensely talented singer/songwriter Nona Hendryx to this day! She, along with Patti & Nona, began their ‘cosmic magic’ with this LP – which should be in EVERY music lovers’ collection! …

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  • the ol dirty grza
    Posted at 01:17h, 18 January Reply

    Thank you, thank you and thank you again.
    Your work is invaluable…and I’m ever so grateful for that.
    Your efforts are not unappreciated, you best believe dat !

  • KenG
    Posted at 03:24h, 18 January Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Another great share!

  • Castillo
    Posted at 10:11h, 18 January Reply

    buennaaa muy buenaaa!

  • Jimmy
    Posted at 10:41h, 18 January Reply

    love this music. Labelle was one of my favorites back in the day

  • Wells
    Posted at 13:20h, 18 January Reply

    thanks for keepin the soul, guys!

  • rich
    Posted at 20:40h, 18 January Reply

    have actually never heard this one. thanx nikos

  • Maxho
    Posted at 11:15h, 19 January Reply

    Booyah !

  • Goran
    Posted at 20:38h, 19 January Reply

    this is awesome thanks for sharing!!!!

  • David
    Posted at 20:39h, 19 January Reply

    Whoa now… way baaaaccckkk… And still like

  • Ben
    Posted at 21:37h, 20 January Reply

    thanks dude….anotha killa funk gem….much respect..

  • Josh
    Posted at 13:37h, 21 January Reply

    Thank you for this and all the wonderful albums you post. This is by far the best blog I have found on the net. You have helped me rediscover many favorites and also discover some wonderful artists I never heard before.

  • Dan
    Posted at 07:18h, 22 January Reply

    Thanks for this excellent post! Now if you could work in Labelle’s “Phoenix”, from 1975, I’d be totally grateful.

  • Lars
    Posted at 13:31h, 22 January Reply

    If Jimi Hendrix had a sistah it would be her!

  • Erika
    Posted at 04:56h, 23 January Reply

    Thank you so much!!! I am familiar with “Lady Marmalade” but I have wanted for the longest, to explore other songs by this group. I will be listening to this asap! :-)

  • Kerry
    Posted at 10:43h, 23 January Reply

    Killer. Thank you.

  • Phil
    Posted at 23:35h, 23 January Reply

    When music and musicians were serious!! LOVE IT.

  • Anna
    Posted at 23:44h, 23 January Reply

    my mom used to play this to death back in the day

  • Semina - Rose
    Posted at 13:04h, 24 January Reply

    What a jam. Excellent LP.

  • Vince
    Posted at 21:52h, 27 January Reply

    Keep jammin! . Thanks!,

  • Zen
    Posted at 21:25h, 05 February Reply

    Awesome group !! Real music!

  • cliff
    Posted at 06:51h, 12 February Reply

    hello! can anyone pls point me to the download link? I’ve looked but cant find it! Thanks guys, keep it funky!

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