Freda Payne – 1971 – Contact

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This Lp might be one of the pinnacles of Holland/Dozier 70’s production style on their Invictus/Hotwax Label.

After the huge success of “Band Of Gold” on Freda’s previous LP, they no doubt put a lot of effort into this followup, and in some ways it’s reminiscent of the more elaborate Motown efforts from the era…which, at this point Holland & Dozier’s label was in competition with.

Side 1 starts off with a fanfare of sorts which almost always signals the LP is meant to be some sort of a major statement. This segues into “I’m Not Getting Any Better“, a great (..if way overlong) mellow soul song. This next blends into the brilliant (..and my favorite here) “Suddenly It’s Yesterday” with it’s anthemic vibe and dramatic string work and voices. A bit over the top, but great for it. The Lp then settles down to become more straight ahead & conventional, but with some excellent songs like the hit “Bring The Boys Back Home” (….which replaced “He’s In My Life” on side 1 from later pressings) and “I Shall Not Be Moved” (Also recorded by other artists on this label). 
Freda Payne never quite captured the excitement of this Lp on her later efforts which were more conventional. However this one I think would be a solid pickup for any 70’s soul fan…or at least worth a listen.

Tracks
A1 I’m Not Getting Any Better 6:45
A2 Suddenly It’s Yesterday 4:24
A3 You Brought The Joy 3:00
A4 Bring The Boys Home 3:22
A5 You’ve Got To Love Somebody 3:01
B1 Prelude 0:53
B2 The Road We Didn’t Take 4:17
B3 Odds And Ends 3:50
B4 Cherish What Is Dear To You (While It’s Near To You) 3:56
B5 I Shall Not Be Moved 2:43
B6 Mama’s Gone 3:23

Contact was Freda Payne’s fourth American released album and her second for Invictus Records. The majority of the material on this album contains sad themes, with the exception of “You Brought the Joy.” The album begins with a dramatic 11-minute medley of “I’m Not Getting Any Better” and “Suddenly It’s Yesterday“, both of which were written by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. Some people thought that Holland and Dozier were trying to compete with Diana Ross’s hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as both songs contain spoken segments and dramatic musical arrangements. The only cover song is “He’s in My Life“, which was an album track by The Glass House featuring Freda’s sister Scherrie Payne.

It was written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (under their common pseudonym “Edythe Wayne” to avoid copyright claims by their former employer Motown), jointly with Ron Dunbar. Three singles were lifted from this album: “Cherish What Is Dear to You (While It’s Near to You)“, “You Brought the Joy” and “The Road We Didn’t Take“. The anti-war protest song of “Bring the Boys Home” was released before the latter two to high demand and was not included in the first 50,000 copies of this album. After it became a hit (giving Payne her second gold record), it replaced “He’s in My Life” as the album’s fourth track.

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19 Comments
  • artistonfire
    Posted at 20:38h, 29 December 2017 Reply

    Wowza! I definitely enjoyed the singles bring The Boys Home & Cherish What Is Dear To You, while I spent years wondering how the arrangement of You Brought The Joy could’ve been tweaked to make it the major hit I believed it to be. The Road We Didn’t Take holds a very special place in my heart, being the first song I heard my first-love sing in an elementary school talent show. LOL! (Decades later, we still spend hours discussing music) The only misstep IMHO was trying to recreate the Ain’t No Mountain High Enough magic. (Even Ross and A&S couldn’t do that with their also excellent take on The Four Tops Reach Out, I’ll Be There) Anyway – makes me smile to know that while Freda’s career has taken many twists & turns, she’s still a strong performer, bringing joy to all lucky enough to hear/see her.

  • Bobby
    Posted at 21:16h, 29 December 2017 Reply

    wonderful,thank you!!

  • Rea
    Posted at 11:47h, 30 December 2017 Reply

    Amazing Freda!!! What an album cover too.

  • Xwo
    Posted at 12:21h, 31 December 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the wonderful music. I am currently navigating my way through past posts. I am very impressed and thankful that I found this site!

  • Paul Thomas
    Posted at 12:22h, 31 December 2017 Reply

    What a great album. I knew so little about her. Thanks for the introduction guys.

  • Fabrizio
    Posted at 12:54h, 01 January 2018 Reply

    Thanks a lot for this one. I really love “You Brought the Joy”. Peace and SOUL…

  • Wayne
    Posted at 19:48h, 01 January 2018 Reply

    Thanks! It should be listened.

  • Milan
    Posted at 19:58h, 01 January 2018 Reply

    Nice surprise and much appreciated.

  • Alvaro
    Posted at 23:47h, 01 January 2018 Reply

    Gracias por este post

  • Valer
    Posted at 11:38h, 02 January 2018 Reply

    This joint is kind of dope!

  • Joss
    Posted at 20:14h, 03 January 2018 Reply

    Thanks a lot! That’s going to make my day a little brighter.

  • Janet
    Posted at 20:18h, 03 January 2018 Reply

    Talent, class, beauty!

  • Katen
    Posted at 20:22h, 03 January 2018 Reply

    a beautiful woman with a voice of an angel…

  • Albert
    Posted at 21:39h, 03 January 2018 Reply

    When music ruled and the singers and bands had class

  • Angel
    Posted at 23:28h, 03 January 2018 Reply

    SUCH good memories…

  • DBG
    Posted at 19:32h, 04 January 2018 Reply

    Priceless!!This girl is smokin!

  • Astana
    Posted at 20:01h, 04 January 2018 Reply

    Wow , Classic Singer ❤❤❤

  • Fred
    Posted at 13:06h, 05 January 2018 Reply

    Love it

  • Nelly
    Posted at 13:37h, 11 January 2018 Reply

    Just discovered your blog…so many great records. Keep on.

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