Phoenix (Labelle album)

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Studio album by Labelle
Released August 19, 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Rock
Length 40:49
Label Epic
Producer Allen Toussaint
Labelle chronology
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 previous album, Nightbirds, most of the album taking on a rock approach.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Nona Hendryx; except where indicated

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" (Nona Hendryx, Edward Levone Batts, James Budd Ellison) (2:50)
  3. "Cosmic Dancer" (5:49)
  4. "Take the Night Off" (3:38)
  5. "Action Time" (Edward Levone Batts, James Ellison; with additional lyrics by Nona Hendryx) (3:51)



  • George Porter, Jr. - bass on tracks A1 to A3, A5, B2 to B4)
  • Herman Ernest III - drums
  • Leo Nocentelli (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1 to B5), Steve Hughes (tracks: A4, B1, B5), Teddy Royal (tracks: A2, A5) - guitar
  • Allen Toussaint - Fender Rhodes, arrangements
  • James Booker - organ
  • Carl Blouin - baritone saxophone
  • Jim Moore - tenor & alto saxophone, flute
  • Lon Price - tenor saxophone
  • Lester Caliste - trombone
  • John Longo - trumpet
  • Steve Howard - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Vicki Wickham - executive producer
  • Don Puluse, Ken Laxton - engineers
  • Tom Huetis - photography

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