Band Of Gold + Contact + Reaching Out….Plus
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• This release contains everything released by Freda Payne on the Invictus label, including the worldwide # 1 “Band Of Gold”. All these albums have been unavailable for many years and never together in such a good value package.
• “Band Of Gold” (1970) features the hit title song (UK # 1, US # 3) and “Deeper And Deeper” (UK # 33). “Contact” (1971) features “Cherish What Is Dear To You” and the celebrated anti-Vietnam War song “Bring The Boys Home”. The “Best Of” album contained
not only Freda’s hits, but a further five exclusive songs all featured here.
• “Reaching Out” (1973) features Freda’s covers of “Rainy Days And Mondays” and Jacques Brel’s “If You Go Away”. The two bonus tracks are the US single mix of “Deeper And Deeper” and an unedited alternate version of “Band Of Gold”.
• The booklet is fully annotated by HDH authority Tony Rounce, and features many rare photos.
|| ||Band Of Gold|
|| ||I Left Some Dreams Back There |
|| ||Deeper And Deeper|
|| ||Rock Me In The Cradle (Of Your Lovin’ Arms)|
|| ||Unhooked Generation |
|| ||Love On Borrowed Time |
|| ||Through The Memory Of My Mind |
|| ||This Girl Is A Woman Now |
|| ||The World Don’t Owe You A Thing |
|| ||Now Is The Tiem To Say Goodbye |
|| ||Happy Heart |
|| ||The Easiest Way To Fall |
|| ||I’m Not Getting Any Better |
|| ||Suddenly It’s Yesterday |
|| ||You Brought The Joy |
|| ||Bring The Boys Home |
|| ||You’ve Got To Love Somebody (Let It Be Me) |
|| ||Prelude |
|| ||The Road We Didn’t Take |
|| ||Odds And Ends |
|| ||Cherish What Is Dear To You |
|| ||I Shall Not Be Moved |
|| ||Mama’s Gone |
|| ||He’s In My Life |
|| ||How Can I Live Without My Life |
|| ||Just A Woman|
|| ||Come Back |
|| ||You’re The Only Bargain I’ve Got |
|| ||Bonus tracks: Deeper And Deeper (US single mix) |
|| ||Band Of Gold (unedited alternate version) |
|| ||Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right |
|| ||Reaching Out |
|| ||For No Reason |
|| ||The Man Of My Dreams |
|| ||Mother Misery’s Favourite Child |
|| ||We’ve Gotta Find A Way To Love |
|| ||Mood For Love |
|| ||Rainy Days And Mondays |
|| ||If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas) |
|| ||Right Back Where We Started From |
When Holland Dozier Holland (or HDH as they became well know) left the Motown high and dry in the late 60’s in a flurry of lawsuits and bad feeling the trio set up their own stable of labels Hotwax, Invictus and Music Merchant.
Amongst the first artists to sing to the label was Freda Payne sister of Scherrie Payne, lead singer of Invictus group, Glass House and future member of the post Diana Ross, Supremes.
By the time Freda arrived at Invictus she was already a ten-year recording veteran having released quite a few 45’s and a brace of albums. Legend also has it that as a teenager she recorded 4 sides for Motown but they have never been released due to contractual reasons.
Her tenure at Invictus began in 1969 and resulted in three studio albums, a greatest hits package and several 45’s, the most remembered being of course the 1971 worldwide smash Band Of Gold. In fact this record is so well known that many would believe that her career began and ended with the legendary track, the truth is far from that however.
For the very first time her three studio albums (Band Of Gold, Contact and Reaching Out) have been collected together in the correct running order plus the five exclusive songs from the Greatest Hits package and a couple of hard to find mixes, making this the best comprehensive Invictus retrospective ever released. In fact this is everything she released at the label brought together in a two - CD compilation featuring extensive sleeve notes and rare photographs in a 24-page booklet.
So here you’ll find not just that dance floor filler Band Of Gold, but Freda’s Vietnam inspired Bring The Boys Back, the experimental Unhooked Generation, and the stylish, Deeper and Deeper and Cherish What Is Dear To You amongst a total of 41 stunning examples of one of Detroit’s best female vocalists.
Uncut, September 09
“Soul chanteuse’s complete Invictus recordings”
Forever associated with the million-selling title track of the first of these albums (herem on two discs), Payne wasn’t always happy churning out dancefloor-friendly pop soul, and yearned to explore the jazz avenues of her girlhood heroine Elle Fitzgerald. Label bosses Holland-Dozier-Holland kept her on a tight commercial leash, though, only belatedly adding the Vietnam protest “Bring The Boys Home” to Contact after its surprise single success. The move towards mawkish balladry (“Rainy Days And Mondays”) makes 1973’s Reaching Out a disjointed effort – the bedroom funk-lite of “Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right” is far better.
Mojo, September 09
“Her Invictus label output – three albums and a best of – over two CDs”
She had recorded jazz for Impulse! and pop for MGM before her one-time school pal Brian Holland suggested she should start singing soul. He had just launched the Invictus label with his brother Eddie and Lamont Dozier, after splitting from the Motown stable of labels where they’d been the chief hit-writers. And thus it transpired that Detroiter Payne, with her sensuous vocal, was the perfect vehicle for their mini-symphonies. Her second single for the label, the deliciously fraught Band Of Gold hit Number 1. Its 1970 parent album was full of more beautifully crafted songs ideal for The Supremes, Four Tops and, indeed, Ms Payne. In 1971 Contact built on the winning soul-pop crossover formula, but by 1973’s Reaching Out, it didn’t matter how good the LP was (and it was). For with Invictus in disarray, there was simply no money left to adequately promote it.
Record Collector, September 09
“No Payne, no gain”
Band Of Gold was the soundtrack to everyone’s summer in 1970 and put Holland-Dozier-Holland’s new Invictus label firmly on the map. It gave them a sweet revenge against their former Motown bosses and remains one of the great pop-soul stompers of all time, made even more notable by its “controversial” reference to honeymoon impotence (or frigidity, according to Freda). Nothing she did afterwards matched its worldwide success, but this four-LPs-on-two-CDs set, which includes everything she released on Invictus, shows that she was no one-hit wonder.
HDH clearly intended Payne to be their new Diana Ross, with echoes here of the sound they created for the Ross-era Supremes. She more than matched Diana for beauty, and if her voice lacked the sexy, breathy drama of La Ross, her edgier tones were ideal for the relentlessly surging sounds she rode on brilliant stompers such as Rock Me In The Cradle, Cherish What Is Near To You and, best of all, the powerful Vietnam War song, Bring The Boys Home. As with most albums of this era, there are a few “showbiz” numbers here – a reminder that Payne was a jazz singer before – and long after – her Invictus interlude. Mostly, however, it’s vibrant pop-soul that still sounds fresh today.
In The Basement, Autumn 09
This twosome represents Freda Payne’s entire output for Holland-Dozier-Holland’s Invictus label between 1970 and ’73 – unless there is un-issued material lurking in the vaults. (Would that one could explore!) CD-one carries her ‘Band Of Gold’ and ‘Contact’ lp's, cd-two the tracks which featured on ‘The Best Of Freda Payne’ but not elsewhere, the US single mix of her ‘Deeper And Deeper’ hit – #9 r&b, both ‘Billboard’ and ‘Cashbox’ – an unedited, alternative version of ‘Band Of Gold’ and her ‘Reaching Out’ swansong album, which contains, alongside more standard H-D-H labels’ fare like ‘We’ve Got to Find A Way Back To Love’ and ‘Right Back Where I Started From’, fine versions of ‘Rainy Days And Mondays’ and ‘If You Go Away’. (Unlike Chairmen Of The Board, Freda had already had an across-the-board grounding and, to her, m-o-r-slanted material was as easy – and successful – to perform as anything else). Talking with ‘In The Basement’ in 2007, Freda rather lamented the fact that the phenomenal international success of ‘Band Of Gold’ has rather eclipsed all her earlier and later works – “What About Everything Else I’ve Done?” she said – but analysis reveals it was not her biggest US hit. It actually stalled at #20 r&b ‘Billboard’ (although it did go to #3 pop) and peaked at #5 r&b ‘Cahsbox’, while #3 r&b honours however went to the superior ‘Bring The Boys Home’, an anti-Vietnam war song which is as relevant today and which featured on the follow-up set, ‘Contact’. (Popping back to the ‘Band Of Gold’ album, the beat-ballad, ‘Through The Memory Of My Mind’ is one of Ms Payne’s own favourites, ‘Deeper And Deeper’ maintained her top ten r&b chart status and the obligatory outside songs come by way of the Andy Williams’ hit song, ‘Happy Heart’ and the better Gary Puckett & Union Gap’s ‘This Girl Is A Woman Now’.) By 1971’s ‘Contact’ release, the Invictus/Hot Wax ‘sound’ had fully developed, epitomised by such cuts as ‘Cherish What Is Dear To You (While Its Near To You)’, ‘You Brought The Joy’ and ‘I Shall Not Be Moved’. This worthy chapter in the lady’s long career is well put together here.