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”.


1  If You Asked Me To (Diane Warren) 04:00
2  I Cant Complain (Raymond Jones; Sami McKinney) 05:09
3  Be Yourself (Bunny Hull; Jeff Hull; Thelma Houston) 05:44
4  Yo Mister (Prince) 05:11
5  I Got It Like That (Full Force) 05:38
6  Love 89 (Prince; Sheena Easton) 05:06
7  Still in Love (Jeffrey Cohen; Narada Michael Walden) 04:38
8  Im Scared of You (Alan Roy Scott; Allan Rich) 04:48
9  Can’t Bring Me Down (Gary Prim; Tena Clark) 04:16
10  Need A Little Faith (Burt Bacharach; Carole Bayer Sager) 04:02
11  I Can Fly (James Budd Ellison; Patti LaBelle; Theodore McLean) 05:18


1 If You Asked Me To

Bass (synthesizer)Aaron Zigman
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarMike Landau
SynthesizerAaron Zigman
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsBunny Hull
Background VocalsPaulette Brown
Background VocalsValerie Pinkston
VocalsPatti LaBelle

2 I Can’t Complain

Drums (programming)Larry Robinson
KeyboardsRaymond Jones
SaxGerald Albright
VocalsPatti LaBelle

3 Be Yourself

KeyboardsJames Ellison
KeyboardsNathaniel Wilkie
SynthesizerNathaniel Wilkie
PercussionJames Ellison
Background VocalsAnnette Hardeman
Background VocalsDesiree Coleman
Background VocalsPaula Holloway
Background VocalsThelma Houston
VocalsPatti LaBelle

4 Yo Mister

All InstrumentsPrince
VocalsPatti LaBelle

5 I Got It Like That

All InstrumentsFull Force
Background VocalsCheryl Riley
Background VocalsLisa Lisa
VocalsPatti LaBelle

6 Love 89

All InstrumentsPrince
VocalsPatti LaBelle

7 Still In Love

Bass (synthesizer)Randy Jackson
DrumsNarada Michael Walden
GuitarCorrado Rustici
KeyboardsDavid Sancious
KeyboardsWalter Afanasieff
SynthesizerRen Klyce
SaxKenny G.
CymbalGreg Conway
Background VocalsClaytoven Richardson
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsKitty Beethoven
Background VocalsMelisa Kary
VocalsPatti LaBelle

8 Im Scared Of You

BassDomenic Genova
DrumsTom Walsh
GuitarMark Leggett
KeyboardsBrad Cole
Background VocalsLyndie White
Background VocalsMona Campbell
Background VocalsRonee Martin
VocalsPatti LaBelle

9 Can’t Bring Me Down

Drums (programming)Jim Salamone
GuitarHerb Smith
KeyboardsJames Ellison
KeyboardsNathaniel Wilkie
SynthesizerNathaniel Wilkie
ProgrammingJim Salamone
SaxMichael Patterson Jr
Background VocalsDeborah Dukes
Background VocalsAnnette Hardeman
Background VocalsCharlene Holloway
Background VocalsPaula Holloway
VocalsPatti LaBelle

10 Need A Little Faith

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarDann Huff
PianoRandy Kerber
SynthesizerRandy Kerber
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
Background VocalsJoe Pizzulo
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters
Background VocalsPhil Perry
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
VocalsPatti LaBelle

11 I Can Fly

Drums (programming)Jim Salamone
GuitarHerb Smith
KeyboardsJames Ellison
PianoGeorge Duke
HornsJack Faith
StringsJack Faith
Background VocalsAnnette Hardeman
Background VocalsDeborah Dukes
Background VocalsFred Washington
Background VocalsGabriel Hardeman
Background VocalsOJ Smallewood
Background VocalsCharlene Holloway
Background VocalsPaula Holloway
VocalsPatti LaBelle

Liner Notes

Producer – Stewart Levine (Track 1)
Producer – Raymond Jones, Sami McKinney (Track 2)
Producer – James Budd Ellison (Tracks 3, 9, 11)
Producer – Prince (Tracks 4, 6)
Producer – Full Force (Track 5)
Producer – Narada Michael Walden (Track 7)
Producer – Alan Roy Scott, Allan Rich (Track 8)
Producer – Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager (Track 10)
Producer (Executive) – Patti LaBelle
Arranged By – Aaron Zigman (Track 1)
Arranged By – James Budd Ellison (Track 3)
Arranged By – Full Force (Track 5)
Arranged By – Burt Bacharach (Track 10)
Arranged By (Strings) – Jerry Hey (Track 7)
Arranged By (Synthesizer) – Nathaniel Wilkie (Tracks 3, 11)
Coordinator – Christopher Lofaro (Track 1)
Engineer – Jeffrey Woodruff (Track 10)
Engineer (Recording, Mixing) – Arthur Stoppe, Joe Tarsia, Michael Tarsia (Tracks 3, 9, 11)
Engineer (Recording) – Susan Rogers (Track 4)
Engineer (Recording) – Tony Maserati (Track 5)
Engineer (Recording) – Eddie Miller (Track 6)
Engineer (Remix) – Erik Zobler (Track 3)
Engineer (Remix) – Alan Gregorie (Track 4)
Engineer (Assistant) – Adam Silverman, Alphonse Faggiolo, John Sullivan, Ronnie DiStasio, Sal Viarellie (Tracks 3, 9, 11)
Engineer (Assistant) – Coke Johnson (Track 4)
Engineer (Assistant) – Dana Jon Chappelle (Track 7)
Engineer (Assistant) – Tom Armeni, Clark Germain (Track 10)
Engineer (Recording Assistant) – David Dill, Scott Gootman (Track 5)
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Mixed By – Daren Klein (Track 1)
Mixed By – Larry Ferguson (Track 2)
Mixed By – Bob Finiz, Joe Tarsia (Track 3)
Mixed By – Full Force, Tony Maserati (Track 5)
Mixed By – David Frazer (Track 7)
Mixed By – Mick Guzauski (Track 10)
Mixed By (Assistant) – Donnell Sullivan (Track 2)
Recorded By – Daren Klein (Track 1)
Recorded By – Larry Ferguson, Larry DeCarmine (Track 2)
Recorded By – David Frazer (Track 7)
Recorded By – Michael J McDonald, Gene Leone (Track 8)
Recorded By – Mick Guzauski (Track 10)
Recorded By (Assistant) – Jeff Chestek (Track 2)
Remix – Louil Silas Jr (Tracks 3, 11)
Remix – Timmy Regisford (Track 4)

Design – Amy Dakos, John Kosh
Photography By – Carol Friedman

Mastered At Future Disc
Mixed At Westlake Audio
Mixed At Elumba Studios
Mixed At Sigma Sound Studios
Recorded At Westlake Audio
Recorded At Alchemy Recording
Recorded At Kajem/Victory Studios — Victory East, Philadelphia, PA
Recorded At RPM Studios, Philadelphia
Recorded At Sigma Sound Studios
Recorded At Sunset Sound
Recorded At Soundworks, New York
Recorded At Paisley Park Studios
Recorded At Tarpan Studios
Recorded At Chartmaker Studios
Recorded At Trax Recording Studio
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Conway Studios
Remixed At Can-Am Recorders
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