Contact (Freda Payne album)

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Studio album by Freda Payne
Released 1971
Genre Pop, R&B
Label Invictus
Producer Greg Perry, William Weatherspoon, Ronald Dunbar
Freda Payne chronology
Band of Gold
The Best of Freda Payne

Contact was Freda Payne's fourth 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.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I'm Not Getting Any Better"   Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier 6:45
2. "Suddenly It's Yesterday"   Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier 4:24
3. "You Brought the Joy"   Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier 3:00
4. "He's in My Life"   Ronald Dunbar, Edythe Wayne 3:48
5. "You've Got to Love Somebody (Let It Be Me)"   William Weatherspoon, Raynard Miner 3:01
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Prelude"   Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier 0:53
2. "The Road We Didn't Take"   Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, D. Dumas 4:17
3. "Odds and Ends"   General Johnson, Greg Perry 3:50
4. "Cherish What Is Dear to You (While It's Near to You)"   Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Angelo Bond 3:56
5. "I Shall Not Be Moved"   Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier 2:43
6. "Mama's Gone"   General Johnson, Greg Perry, Ronald Dunbar 3:23

Album credits[edit]

  • All songs published by: Gold Forever Music Inc., BMI
  • Produced by: Greg Perry, William Weatherspoon, and Ronald Dunbar
  • Arrangers: H.B. Barnum, McKinley Jackson and Tony Camillo
  • Engineers: Lawrence T. Horn, Barney Perkins
  • Album design/concept: CRAIGBRAUNINC
  • Photography: Steve Berman
  • Jacket/poster: Mfg'd by SOUND PACKAGING CORP.


Chart (1970) Peak
Pop Albums 76
Black Albums 12
Single Chart (1971) Peak
"Cherish What Is Dear to You (While It's Near to You)" Black Singles 11
Pop Singles 44
UK Singles Chart 46
"Bring the Boys Home" Black Singles 3
Pop Singles 12
"You Brought the Joy" Black Singles 21
Pop Singles 52
Single Chart (1972) Peak
"The Road We Didn't Take" Pop Singles 100