1989 Patti LaBelle – Be Yourself

Be Yourself is the ninth solo album by American singer Patti LaBelle, released in 1989 on the MCA label, her second album with the company following 1986’s platinum hit, Winner in You. The album features the single, “If You Asked Me To” (a US R&B top 10 single by LaBelle, later covered by Celine Dion), which is also featured on the soundtrack to the James Bond movie, Licence to Kill, and the top ten Prince-written hit, “Yo Mister”. The album marked LaBelle’s foray into new jack swing music with the tracks, “I Got It Like That”, produced by Full Force and the aforementioned “Yo Mister”.

 

 

Tracks

1 If You Asked Me To 4:00
2 I Can’t Complain 5:09
3 Be Yourself 5:44
4 Yo Mister 5:11
5 I Got It Like That 5:38
6 Love 89 5:06
7 Still in Love 4:38
8 Im Scared of You 4:48
9 Can’t Bring Me Down 4:16
10 Need A Little Faith 4:02
11 I Can Fly 5:18

1 If You Asked Me To

Bass (synthesizer) Aaron Zigman
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Mike Landau
Synthesizer Aaron Zigman
Percussion Lenny Castro
Background Vocals Bunny Hull
Background Vocals Paulette Brown
Background Vocals Valerie Pinkston
Vocals Patti LaBelle

2 I Can’t Complain

Drums (programming) Larry Robinson
Keyboards Raymond Jones
Sax Gerald Albright
Vocals Patti LaBelle

3 Be Yourself

Keyboards James Ellison
Keyboards Nathaniel Wilkie
Synthesizer Nathaniel Wilkie
Percussion James Ellison
Background Vocals Annette Hardeman
Background Vocals Desiree Coleman
Background Vocals Paula Holloway
Background Vocals Thelma Houston
Vocals Patti LaBelle

4 Yo Mister

All Instruments Prince
Vocals Patti LaBelle

5 I Got It Like That

All Instruments Full Force
Background Vocals Cheryl Riley
Background Vocals Lisa Lisa
Vocals Patti LaBelle

6 Love 89

All Instruments Prince
Vocals Patti LaBelle

7 Still in Love

Bass (synthesizer) Randy Jackson
Drums Narada Michael Walden
Guitar Corrado Rustici
Keyboards David Sancious
Keyboards Walter Afanasieff
Synthesizer Ren Klyce
Sax Kenny G.
Cymbal Greg Conway
Background Vocals Claytoven Richardson
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Kitty Beethoven
Background Vocals Melisa Kary
Vocals Patti LaBelle

8 Im Scared of You

Bass Domenic Genova
Drums Tom Walsh
Guitar Mark Leggett
Keyboards Brad Cole
Background Vocals Lyndie White
Background Vocals Mona Campbell
Background Vocals Ronee Martin
Vocals Patti LaBelle

9 Can’t Bring Me Down

Drums (programming) Jim Salamone
Guitar Herb Smith
Keyboards James Ellison
Keyboards Nathaniel Wilkie
Synthesizer Nathaniel Wilkie
Programming Jim Salamone
Sax Michael Patterson Jr
Background Vocals Deborah Dukes
Background Vocals Annette Hardeman
Background Vocals Charlene Holloway
Background Vocals Paula Holloway
Vocals Patti LaBelle

10 Need A Little Faith

Bass Neil Stubenhaus
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Dann Huff
Piano Randy Kerber
Synthesizer Randy Kerber
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Background Vocals Joe Pizzulo
Background Vocals Julia Tillman Waters
Background Vocals Maxine Willard Waters
Background Vocals Oren Waters
Background Vocals Phil Perry
Background Vocals Stephanie Spruill
Vocals Patti LaBelle

11 I Can Fly

Drums (programming) Jim Salamone
Guitar Herb Smith
Keyboards James Ellison
Piano George Duke
Horns Jack Faith
Strings Jack Faith
Background Vocals Annette Hardeman
Background Vocals Deborah Dukes
Background Vocals Fred Washington
Background Vocals Gabriel Hardeman
Background Vocals OJ Smallewood
Background Vocals Charlene Holloway
Background Vocals Paula Holloway
Vocals Patti LaBelle