Freda Payne – 1971 – Contact

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A totally great album from Freda Payne – a set that moves strongly past her initial early hits for the Holland Dozier Holland team, into a realm that’s even more sophisticated overall! There’s a full approach here that’s really wonderful – almost a higher-concept version of soul music, yet still with all the punch that Payne packed on her key singles from the first album!

Strings and larger arrangements really round out the sound in a very unique way – but the whole thing’s still plenty soulful all the way through, with a righteous undercurrent that definitely lives up to the HDH legacy – thanks to arrangements from McKinley Jackson and HB Barnum. Freda’s vocals are wonderful – even more powerful than before.

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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  • 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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