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
(1996)Greatest Hits1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]

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.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm in Love" (Patti LaBelle, Sami McKinney, Denise Rich, Fred White) 4:16
  2. "All This Love" (El DeBarge) 5:01
  3. "The Right Kinda Lover" (Ann Bennett-Nesby, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jimmy Wright) 4:52
  4. "This Word Is All" (Carol Duboc, Patti LaBelle, Sami McKinney, Jimmy Wright) 4:40
  5. "Too Good to Be Through" (Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) 4:19
  6. "I Never Stopped Loving You" (Alex Brown, Sami McKinney, Kenny Moore) 5:00
  7. "Stay in My Corner" (Wade Flemons, Bobby Miller, Barrett Strong) 5:21
  8. "If I Didn't Have You" (Eugene "Lambchops" Curry, Bunny Sigler) 4:58
  9. "I Can't Tell My Heart What to Do" (Sami McKinney, Steve Shockley, Aaron Smith) 4:47
  10. "Time Will Tell" (Sami McKinney, Kenny Moore, Allee Willis) 4:59
  11. "Our World" (James R. "Budd" Ellison, Patti LaBelle, Sami McKinney, Nathaniel "Crockett" Wilkie) 5:00
  12. "Come As You Are" (Lisa Dal Bello, Sami McKinney) 4:17