Phoenix (Labelle album)

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Phoenix
Studio album by Labelle
Released August 19, 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Rock
Length 40:49
Label Epic
Producer Allen Toussaint
Labelle chronology
Nightbirds
(1974)
Phoenix
(1975)
Chameleon
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C link
Wilson & Alroy's Record Reviews 3.5/5 stars link

Phoenix is the fifth album by American rock singing trio Labelle. The album was moderately successful peaking at #44 on the pop charts and #10 on the R&B charts. Only one minor hit was released and that was "Messin With My Mind" which was written by Nona Hendryx. The album is most notable for drifting away from the funk style of their last album, Nightbirds, most of the album taking on a rock approach.

Tracklisting[edit]

Side A
  1. "Phoenix (The Amazing Flight of a Lone Star)" (6:17)
  2. "Slow Burn" (3:32)
  3. "Black Holes in the Sky" (3:21)
  4. "Good Intentions" (3:57)
  5. "Far As We Felt Like Goin'" (2:58) (Bob Crewe/Kenny Nolan)
Side B
  1. "Messin' with My Mind" (4:36)
  2. "Chances Go Round" (2:50)
  3. "Cosmic Dancer" (5:49)
  4. "Take the Night Off" (3:38)
  5. "Action Time" (3:51)

Personnel[edit]

  • Bass - Carmine Rojas (tracks: A4, B1, B5), George Porter, Jr. (tracks: A1 to A3, A5, B2 to B4)
  • Clavinet - James Ellison
  • Drums - Herman Ernest III
  • Flute - Jim Moore
  • Guitar - Edward Batts, Leo Nocentelli (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1 to B5), Steve Hughes (tracks: A4, B1, B5), Teddy Royal (tracks: A2, A5)
  • Acoustic Guitar - Edward Batts (tracks: A5, B5)
  • Fender Rhodes Electric - Allen Toussaint
  • Mixed By - Don Puluse, Vicki Wickham
  • Organ - James Booker
  • Percussion - Jeffrey Shannon
  • Acoustic Piano - James Ellison
  • Baritone Saxophone - Carl Blouin
  • Tenor & Alto Saxophone - Jim Moore
  • Trombone - Lester Caliste
  • Trumpet - John Longo
  • Trumpet, Flugelhorn - Steve Howard

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