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Phoenix (Labelle album)

Phoenix is the fifth album by American 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.

Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 1975
ProducerAllen Toussaint
Labelle chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideC[1]

Track listingEdit

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


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: L". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 1, 2019 – via

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