FROM THE ARCHIVE 329 -1976-

THUMB2Isn’t It A Shame is a song from the Love Life & Feelings album. The songs was first recorded by singer songwriter Randy Edelman on his 1975 album ‘Prime Cuts.’ Edelman is reported to have said that he didn’t want to put the track on the album, feeling that it didn’t fit in with the rest of the album; but Russ Regan, head of Edelman’s record label, loved the track and insisted it was included. Subsequently recorded by ‘LaBelle,’ the group fronted by Patti LaBelle on their 1976 album ‘Chameleon.’ They recorded a very different version to Edelman’s recording, and it rose to number 18 in the US R&B charts.

 

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Lyrics:

How is it, that two people
Who laugh together and love together
Sometimes end up far apart?

And how is it, that two people
Who cry together wanna die together
Sometimes end up with a broken heart?

Isn’t it a shame my friend
Sometimes such a love must end
Isn’t it a shame you have to laugh before you cry?

And how is it, that two people
Who cling together and dream together
Sometimes end up all alone?

And how is it, that two people
Who plan together make a life together
Sometimes end up out on their own?

Isn’t it a shame my friend
Sometimes such a love must end
Isn’t it a shame you have to laugh before you cry?

Isn’t it a shame my friend
Sometimes such a love must end
Isn’t it a shame you have to laugh before you cry?

Isn’t it a shame my friend
Sometimes such a love must end
Isn’t it a shame you have to laugh before you cry?
Isn’t it a shame you have to laugh before you cry?

4 thoughts on “FROM THE ARCHIVE 329 -1976-”

  1. Labelle’s “Isn’t It A Shame” is EPIC! I can’t listen to any other version of that song. I think DSB was never more beautiful than in the photos for LL&F. That dress is exquisite. These are among my favorite images of her.

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  2. Hi Pieter, when was the album by Dame Shirley recorded? Dame Shirley is superb vocally on this lovely album. I agree with DNLTblog that Dame Shirley looks gorgeous on this album cover, and the gown was made for her, and her alone. Thank you very much Pieter.

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