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.
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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