The Spirit's in It

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The Spirit's in It
Studio album by Patti LaBelle
Released August 28, 1981 [1]
Recorded 1981
Genre Boogie, country, dance-pop, R&B, pop, pop rock
Length 35:44
Label Philadelphia Int'l / CBS
Producer Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, James "Budd" Ellison, Cynthia Biggs, Dexter Wansel, Cecil Womack
Patti LaBelle chronology
The Spirit's in It
I'm in Love Again
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Wilson & Alroy's Record Reviews 2.5/5 stars[3]

The Spirit's in It is a 1981 album released by singer Patti LaBelle. The album was her first release off Philadelphia International Records after coming off a four-year contract with Epic Records and four studio albums. Her fifth release is notable for the title track, which became a disco hit, and for her solo cover of Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow", which she had recorded in the mid-1960s as a member of Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles. LaBelle also recorded a cover of Dolly Parton's country-pop hit, "Here You Come Again" and a modern cover of Huey "Piano" Smith's R&B classic, "Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu", which was the b-side to the title track. LaBelle ventured into pop rock with the climatic "Shoot Him on Sight" and the song, "Family", had slight reggae and Caribbean overtones.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Spirit's in It" (Womack, Kenneth Gamble) (5:50)
  2. "Here You Come Again" (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) (3:02)
  3. "Love Lives" (Cecil Womack, Leon Huff) (2:52)
  4. "I Fell in Love Without Warning" (Leon Huff) (3:12)
  5. "Boats Against the Current" (Eric Carman) (4:04)
  6. "Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu" (Huey "Piano" Smith) (4:25)
  7. "Family" (J.H. Smith) (4:22)
  8. "Shoot Him on Sight" (Cynthia Biggs, Dexter Wansel) (5:31)
  9. "Over the Rainbow" (E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, Harold Arlen) (3:46)