Gems (Patti LaBelle album)

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Studio album by Patti LaBelle
Released June 7, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre R&B, Pop
Label MCA
Producer Patti LaBelle (exec), Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, James Wright, Teddy Riley
Patti LaBelle chronology
Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
Wilson & Alroy's Record Reviews 2.5/5 stars[3]

Gems is the twelfth solo album by American singer Patti LaBelle, released on MCA Records in June 1994. The album is notable for the international pop hit, the Ann Nesby co-write, "The Right Kinda Lover", which brought LaBelle a new legion of fans thanks to its production by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and its catchy video which had LaBelle performing a seductress who chooses "the right mate" through a machine and if one man rubbed her the wrong way, she'd use a button to get rid of them. The album also features a Hip-Hop-esque remake of DeBarge's 1983 hit, "All This Love", produced by Teddy Riley. The album peaked at number forty-eight on the Billboard Top 200 and went gold with sales shipping past the 500,000 mark.


  1. "I'm in Love" (LaBelle, McKinney, Rich, White) 4:16a
  2. "All This Love" (DeBarge) 5:01
  3. "The Right Kinda Lover" (Bennett-Nesby, Harris, Lewis, Wright) 4:52
  4. "This Word Is All" (Duboc, LaBelle, McKinney, Wright) 4:40
  5. "Too Good to Be Through" (Harris, Lewis, Wright) 4:19
  6. "I Never Stopped Loving You" (Brown, McKinney, Moore) 5:00
  7. "Stay in My Corner" (Flemons, Gold, Miller, Strong) 5:21
  8. "If I Didn't Have You" (Curry, Sigler) 4:58
  9. "I Can't Tell My Heart What to Do" (McKinney, Shockley, Smith) 4:47
  10. "Time Will Tell" (McKinney, Moore, Willis) 4:59
  11. "Our World" (Ellison, LaBelle, McKinney, Willie) 5:00
  12. "Come As You Are" (DalBello, McKinney) 4:17