• 1. Music Of The Earth
      • 2. When I Found You
      • 3. Changes (In Your Life)
      • 4. Wishful Thinking
      • 5. Let's Sing A Song Of Love
      • 6. Hang It Up
      • 7. Cha-Cha
      • 8. It's Just
      • 9. A Natural Thing
      • 10. Didn't You Know
      • 11. Play!
      • 12. Music of The Earth (Danny Krivit Edit)
      • 13. Hang It Up (12” Version)
      • 14. Play! (12” Version)
      • 15. Didn’t You Know? (Extended Version)

      After a series of jazz funk albums on Prestige, Patrice moved to Elektra as the label tapped into the burgeoning “sophisticated R&B” market at the tail end of the disco era. “By this time, I had already made some great in-roads, made some great friends and picked up valuable knowledge which definitely paid off in terms of the music and the way the records sounded,” Patrice remembers. As a brilliant pianist, songwriter and arranger from a young age, Rushen was perfectly placed to bring the class and musicianship that the label needed and now also began to assume the role of lead vocalist for the first time. She enlisted the production prowess of high school friend Charles Mims, Jr. and long-time mentor Reggie Andrews.

      Recorded at the newly opened Conway Studios in L.A., ‘Patrice’, Rushen brought in heartfelt lyrics, vulnerability and messages of hope into her music for the first time on yearning tracks like ‘Didn’t You Know’ and ‘When I Found You’ alongside simply forgetting your troubles on the singles ‘Hang It Up’ and 'Play!’. Clubs played an important part in the interest in her music. While her record label didn’t fully get behind her as an artist until the early ‘80s, influential club and black radio DJs consistently supported her and recognised Patrice as a unique talent. ‘Music Of The Earth’ became an underground New York club favourite and Danny Krivit’s extended edit has endured inits own right, included here.

      Other Releases by Patrice Rushen

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          • – ALL WE NEED
          • – NUMBER ONE (Instrumental)
          • – WHERE THERE IS LOVE
          • – BREAKOUT!
          • – IF ONLY
          • – REMIND ME
          • – (SHE WILL) TAKE YOU DOWN FOR LOVE
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          • – BREAKOUT! (12” version)
          • – I WAS TIRED OF BEING ALONE (12” version: F. Byron Clark remix)
          • – NUMBER ONE (Instrumental) (12” version)
          • 2×LP£23.00
            Out of stock
          • CD£12.00
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          Patrice RushenPizzazz (1979)Strut
          Top fusion from '79, also featuring the boogie classic "Haven't You Heard"

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            Idris Ackamoor/The CollectiveIdrissa's DreamStrut
            Strut continue their work from the archives of Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids with a first ever vinyl release of Ackamoor's debut avant-garde / Afro-jazz...
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                Strut present the first ever reissue of an essential lost classic from the Black Fire catalogue, Wayne Davis’ powerful self-titled gospel-soul album...
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                    Strut reissue one of the most in-demand and significant albums from the archives of Jimmy Gray’s Black Fire Records, ‘Bow To The People’ (1976) by...
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                    • – One Little Chance
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                    • – Della Get Down
                    • – I Am a Woman
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                    Strut present the definitive edition of Patrice Rushen’s landmark, boogie album from 1982, ‘Straight From The Heart’. Includes the classics ‘Forget...
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                    • – ALL WE NEED
                    • – NUMBER ONE (Instrumental)
                    • – WHERE THERE IS LOVE
                    • – BREAKOUT!
                    • – IF ONLY
                    • – REMIND ME
                    • – (SHE WILL) TAKE YOU DOWN FOR LOVE
                    • – FORGET ME NOTS (12” version)
                    • – BREAKOUT! (12” version)
                    • – I WAS TIRED OF BEING ALONE (12” version: F. Byron Clark remix)
                    • – NUMBER ONE (Instrumental) (12” version)
                    • 2×LP£23.00
                      Out of stock
                    • CD£12.00
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                    Byard LancasterMy Pure JoyStrut
                    Strut reissue 'My Pure Joy', a 90s album by Philadelphia jazz musician Byard Lancaster. He was known for blending together various styles - which, on this...
                    • – Drummers From Ibadan
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                    • LP£21.00
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                    • CD£13.00
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                    Sun RaNidhamuStrut
                    'Nidhamu' is one of a number of albums that Sun Ra recorded during an Egyptian tour in 1971. Features songs from a concert in Cairo with his Astro-Intergalactic-Infinity...
                    • – Space Loneliness No. 2
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                    Oneness Of JujuAfrican Rhythms (2018 Edition)Strut
                    Strut present a brand-new deluxe edition of Oneness of Juju’s Afro-jazz classic ‘African Rhythms’, originally released on Black Fire in 1975 and...
                    • – African Rhythms
                    • – Kazi
                    • – Funky Wood
                    • – Tarishi
                    • – Mashariki
                    • 2×LP£21.99
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                    The Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The EndStrut
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                    • – Super Woman
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                    • – Falling Apart At The Seams
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