Burnin' (Patti LaBelle album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1, 1991
RecordedMarch–July 1991
GenreR&B, soul, pop, new jack swing, gospel
ProducerSami McKinney, Michael J. Powell, James R. "Budd" Ellison
Patti LaBelle chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[5]

Burnin' is the 1991 album by Patti LaBelle. It won the category of "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" at the 1992 Grammy Awards jointly with a single by Lisa Fischer, an unusual event in the history of the Grammy Awards.

The album features several prominent all-star collaborations, including duets with Gladys Knight ("I Don't Do Duets") and Michael Bolton (on a cover of Barbra Streisand's "We're Not Makin' Love Anymore") and a reunion track with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash from Labelle ("Release Yourself"), as well as three Billboard top 5 R&B hits: "Feels Like Another One", "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)" and "When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)". The album track "Temptation" was written by Cuban-American singer Martika, who originally released it on her album Martika's Kitchen.

Burnin', released as CD, LP, cassette and DCC (Digital cassette tape), has been certified gold in the United States by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. It reached #71 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on the R&B album charts.

The following year, LaBelle released her first solo live album, simply titled Live!, featuring several songs from Burnin' as it was recorded during this album's promotional tour. However, despite being related to Burnin' for that reason, Live! also features several songs from her past catalogue, two brand new studio songs and two covers of pop standards.

Track listing[edit]

1."Feels Like Another One"Patti LaBelle, Sharon Barnes, James R. "Budd" Ellison, Michael StokesMichael Stokes5:08
2."Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)"Walter "Bunny" Sigler, Eugene "Lambchops" CurryWalter "Bunny" Sigler, Eugene "Lamb-chops" Curry (co-producer)4:53
3."When You Love Somebody (I'm Saving My Love for You)"Jonathan Butler, Graham LyleJames R. "Budd" Ellison4:22
4."I Don't Do Duets" (duet with Gladys Knight)Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, Marilyn BergmanMichael J. Powell5:53
5."Temptation"Martika, Frankie Blue, Les PierceMichael Stokes4:03
6."When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)"Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, James R. "Budd" Ellison, Nathanial WilkieJames R. "Budd" Ellison4:55
7."Burnin' (The Fire Is Still) Burnin' for You"Walter "Bunny" Sigler, Eugene "Lambchops" CurryWalter "Bunny" Sigler, Eugene "Lamb-chops" Curry (co-producer)5:29
8."I Hear Your Voice"Rosie Gaines, Paisley Park, Francis JulesPaisley Park, Michael Stokes and James R. "Budd" Ellison (co-producers)4:22
9."We're Not Makin' Love Anymore" (duet with Michael Bolton)Michael Bolton, Diane WarrenMichael Bolton, Walter Afanasieff4:43
10."Release Yourself" (with Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx from Labelle)Nona Hendryx, Warren McRaeJames R. "Budd" Ellison, Nathaniel "Crockett" Wilkie (associate producer)4:54
11."Love Never Dies"Patti LaBelle, Clarence McDonald, Sami McKinney, Michael ThomasSami McKinney, Clarence McDonald 
12."Crazy Love"David Lasley, Allan Rich, Robin Lerner, Marsha MalametMichael J. Powell4:56
Total length:59:11


  • "Feels Like Another One" features rap by Big Daddy Kane.
  • "When You Love Somebody (I'm Saving My Love for You)" features Luther Vandross as one of the background vocalists.
  • "Temptation" is a bonus track for CD and cassette. "Crazy Love" is a bonus track for CD and LP. As of 2012, both tracks are available for digital download.


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