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The fiercely soulful triad of Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash may have yielded only one legitimate smash — the 1975 disco milestone ”Lady Marmalade” — but in their time, Labelle opened for the Who, made a spectacular 1971 album with songwriter Laura Nyro (Gonna Take a Miracle), and produced some of the most sneakily ambitious funk music of their era. Now reunited after various solo outings, the ladies have turned out an admirably solid collection of midtempo soul burners with Back to Now. La-best of the bunch? A torchy cover of the Cole Porter classic ”Miss Otis Regrets” and the galvanizing, vocoder-laced I-am- woman anthem ”Rollout.” B+
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