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Straight from the Heart (Remastered)

Straight from the Heart (Remastered)
A1 FORGET ME NOTS 4.42
A2 I WAS TIRED OF BEING ALONE 3.49
A3 ALL WE NEED 5.50
A4 NUMBER ONE (Instrumental) 4.55

B1 WHERE THERE IS LOVE 3.07
B2 BREAKOUT! 4.04
B3 IF ONLY 3.19
B4 REMIND ME 5.15
B5 (SHE WILL) TAKE YOU DOWN FOR LOVE 4.20

C1 FORGET ME NOTS (12” version) 7.18
C2 BREAKOUT! (12” version) 5.49

D1 I WAS TIRED OF BEING ALONE (12” version: F. Byron Clark remix) 7.00
D2 NUMBER ONE (Instrumental) (12” version) 6.48

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The definitive edition of Patrice Rushen’s landmark album from 1982, ‘Straight From The Heart’.

Recorded during Elektra’s drive for ‘sophisticated dance music’ as many jazz artists created their own arrangements of disco and boogie, the sessions marked a progression for Patrice as she began exploring sonics as much as songwriting. “I was looking at different ways to experiment with the sounds on my records. Synths widened the palette available to us.”

Singles from the album included ‘Breakout!’, ‘Number One’ and the global hit ‘Forget Me Nots’. “Bassist Freddie Washington played the bassline during a jam at my family’s house. I caught it, we kept messing around with the groove, then I developed the lyrics and chorus. It was just about recognising that moment when it came up.”

“When I delivered the album to the label, the A&R said, ‘we don’t like anything on here.’ I realised quickly that they would give us no support so producer Charles Mims, myself and Freddie decided to engage a promotion company ourselves to start working the single. Although it took a while to pick up support, it paid off.” The single hit no. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1982 and the album became Patrice’s best seller globally from her time with Elektra / Asylum, securing a Grammy nomination. In more recent years, the album has become a regular source for samples in the world of hip hop and R&B. Most famously, Will Smith’s theme for the film ‘Men In Black’ and George Michael’s ‘Fastlove’ were both based, to varying degrees, on ‘Forget Me Nots’.

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Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots (Remastered)
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Patrice Rushen - I Was Tired of Being Alone (Remastered)
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Patrice Rushen - All We Need (Remastered)
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Patrice Rushen - Number One (Instrumental) (Remastered)
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Patrice Rushen - Where There Is Love (Remastered)
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Patrice Rushen - Breakout! (Remastered)
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Patrice Rushen - If Only (Remastered)
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Patrice Rushen - Remind Me (Remastered)
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Patrice Rushen - (She Will) Take You Down to Love (Remastered)
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Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots (12" Version)
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Patrice Rushen - Breakout! (12" Version)
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Patrice Rushen - I Was Tired of Being Alone (12" Version)
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Patrice Rushen - Number One (Instrumental) (12" Version)
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Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots (Single Version)
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Patrice Rushen - Breakout! (Single Version)
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