Straight from the Heart (Patrice Rushen album)

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Straight from the Heart
Straight from the Heart Patrice Rushen.jpg
Studio album by Patrice Rushen
Released April 14, 1982
Recorded October 1981-February 1982
Length 39:54
Label Elektra
Patrice Rushen chronology
Straight from the Heart
Singles from Straight from the Heart
  1. "Forget Me Nots"
    Released: April 2, 1982
  2. "Breakout!"
    Released: 1982
  3. "I Was Tired of Being Alone"
    Released: 1982

Straight from the Heart is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Patrice Rushen, released on April 14, 1982, by Elektra Records.[1] It features her most recognizable song, "Forget Me Nots", the oft-sampled "Remind Me" and the popular instrumental workout "Number One".

The album is Rushen's most successful album to date, reaching #14 on the album charts. The success of "Forget Me Nots" is perhaps considered the major contributor to the album's popularity at the time of its release.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave Straight from the Heart a "C+" and said that he prefers side one's "dancy vamp" over the songwriting on side two by Rushen, whom he called a fashionable "ingenue".[3] In a retrospective review, Allmusic's Andy Kellman gave it four out of five stars and called it "an early-'80s jazz-pop-R&B synthesis as durable and pleasing as any other".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Forget Me Nots" Patrice Rushen, Teri McFadden, Freddie Washington 4:45
2. "I Was Tired of Being Alone" Angela Ehgiator, Rushen, Washington, Charles Mims Jr. 3:52
3. "All We Need" Roy Galloway, Rushen 5:54
4. "Number One" (Instrumental) Rushen 4:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Where There Is Love" Lynn Davis, Rushen, Washington 3:11
6. "Breakout!" Rushen, Brenda Russell 4:07
7. "If Only" Mims Jr., Rushen, Syreeta Wright 3:23
8. "Remind Me" Karen Evans, Rushen 5:18
9. "(She Will) Take You Down to Love" Fay Hauser, Rushen 4:24




  • Executive Producer: Patrice Rushen
  • Produced By Patrice Rushen & Charles Mims Jr.
  • Engineers: Peter Chaikin
  • Re-Mixing: F. Byron Clark, Phillip Moores
  • Mastering: John Golden
  • Remastering: Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Straight from the Heart - Patrice Rushen : Release Information". AllMusic. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
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  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 6, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Straight from the Heart - Patrice Rushen". Allmusic. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 

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