1973 Labelle – Pressure Cookin’

Pressure Cookin’ is the third album by American singing trio Labelle, released in August 1973. This release was their first and only for RCA Records, and was critically raved due to the songs that songwriter and member Nona Hendryx composed. The album is also notable for being the first album released following lead singer Patti LaBelle giving birth to her only child, son Zuri Edwards (she recorded the album while still pregnant with Zuri).

Among notable songs were “Something in the Air”/”The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, in which all three bandmates: Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash each shared a rap, the biographical “(Can I Speak to You Before You Go to) Hollywood”, which was inspired by the events following former member Cindy Birdsong ditching the group during its Blue Belles tenure to join The Supremes and which featured all three members having notable lead vocal parts, mainly from Dash, while Hendryx sung in the beginning and Patti LaBelle sang the following verses, the soulful ballad “Last Dance” and the bossa nova-inspired “Let Me See You in the Light”.

Despite RCA releasing the Stevie Wonder composition, “Open Your Heart”, the album failed to become a success. In spite of its initial failure, the album has gone on to become a cult classic and is considered a revolutionary album because few female groups talked so openly about social issues and other topics. Wonder was uncredited due to contractual reasons – the production credit was listed as “Vicki Wickham and friend”. Musicians on this track included members out of a Philadelphia-based band, Buff, and others from a Latin-black band from Queens called Harlem River Drive. Several of them would morph to become Labelle’s road band, including guitarist, Eddie Martinez.

Tracks

1  Pressure Cookin’ (Nona Hendryx) 2:55
2  Something In the Air/The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Gil Scott-Heron; John Keen) 5:55
3  Sunshine Woke Me Up This Morning (Nona Hendryx) 3:21
4  Can I Speak To You Before You Go To Hollywood (Nona Hendryx) 6:38
5  Mr. Music Man (Nona Hendryx) 4:13
6  Goin’ on a Holiday (Nona Hendryx) 3:25
7  Let Me See You In The Light (Nona Hendryx) 6:00
8  Open Up Your Heart (Stevie Wonder) 3:28
9  Last Dance (Nona Hendryx) 4:21

Media

Musicians

1 Pressure Cookin’

BassAndre Lewis
DrumsEmry Thomas
GuitarHank Redd
ClavinetAndre Lewis
PianoAndre Lewis
CongasDaniel Ben Zebulon


2 Something In the Air/The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

BassAndre Lewis
DrumsEmry Thomas
GuitarHank Redd
ClavinetAndre Lewis
PianoAndre Lewis
CongasDaniel Ben Zebulon


3 Sunshine Woke Me Up This Morning

BassAndre Lewis
DrumsEmry Thomas
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarHank Redd
ClavinetAndre Lewis
OrganAndre Lewis
CongasDaniel Ben Zebulon


4 Can I Speak To You Before You Go To Hollywood

BassAndre Lewis
DrumsEmry Thomas
DrumsAndre Lewis
GuitarHank Redd
OrganAndre Lewis
PianoAndre Lewis
CongasDaniel Ben Zebulon


5 Mr. Music Man

BassAndre Lewis
DrumsEmry Thomas
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarHank Redd
OrganAndre Lewis
PianoAndre Lewis


6 Goin’ on a Holiday

BassCarmine Rojas
DrumsLarry Davis
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarNelson Martinez
OrganLuther Eaddy
CongasLeroi Conley
TambourineLeroi Conley


7 Let Me See You In The Light

BassAndre Lewis
DrumsEmry Thomas
GuitarHank Redd
ClavinetAndre Lewis
OrganAndre Lewis
CongasDaniel Ben Zebulon


8 Open Up Your Heart

BassCarmine Rojas
DrumsLarry Davis
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
GuitarNelson Martinez
CongasLeroi Conley
TambourineLeroi Conley


9 Last Dance

BassAndre Lewis
DrumsEmry Thomas
PianoAndre Lewis
OrganAndre Lewis

Liner Notes

Producer – Vicki Wickham
Engineer (Recording) – Mike Moran, Tom Brown

Photography By – Bob Gruen

Copyright (c) – RCA Records
Recorded At – RCA’s Studio D, New York City
Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Rockaway