Stares and Whispers (album)

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Stares and Whispers
Studio album by Freda Payne
Released 1977
Genre Pop, R&B
Label Capitol
Producer Frank E. Wilson, Tony Camillo
Freda Payne chronology
Out of Payne Comes Love
(1975)Out of Payne Comes Love1975
Stares and Whispers
Supernatural High
(1978)Supernatural High1978

Stares and Whispers was Freda Payne's seventh American released album appearing in 1977; it was also her first for Capitol Records. The last two tracks, "Loving You Means So Much to Me" and "Bring Back the Joy," were co-written by Payne's then-husband, Gregory Abbott, the latter of which was co-written by Payne herself. Four tracks were lifted from the album, "I Get (High on Your Memory)," "Bring Back the Joy," "Love Magnet," and "Feed Me Your Love." "Love Magnet" was the only one of the four that charted.

The album was re-released by a British label called Soulmusic.Com on July 26, 2011. The reissue contains three bonus tracks ("I Can't Live on a Memory," "Baby You've Got What It Takes," and "I Wanna See You Soon") and an essay about Payne's life and career during the recording and release of the album, which was written by David Nathan, founder of

The song "I Get High (On Your Memory)" was sampled by rapper Styles P for his song "Good Times". Also the title track was a cover of a song originally recorded by Australian singer Renée Geyer also released in 1977 off her album Moving Along (self-titled in the USA).

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Master of Love" A. Posey, Josef Powell 7:56
2. "Love Magnet" Wieder, John Footman, Nancy Wilson 6:23
3. "Stares and Whispers" John Footman, Dennis McFadden, Nancy Wilson 3:24
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Feed Me Your Love" A. Posey, Josef Powell 3:35
2. "I Get High (On Your Memory)" Marilyn McLeod, Pam Sawyer 3:07
3. "Loving You Means So Much to Me" Gregory Abbott, R. Carson 3:21
4. "Bring Back the Joy" Gregory Abbott, Freda Payne 3:50

CD bonus tracks


  • Produced by: Frank E. Wilson for Spec-o-Lite Productions and Tony Camillo for Camillo-Marcucci Productions
  • Executive Producer: Larkin Arnold
  • Recorded at Crystal Sound Recording Studio
  • Recording Engineer: Kevin Beamish
  • Mastering Engineer: Jeff Sanders
  • Mixing Engineer: Kevin Beamish, Frank Wilson, David Henson



  • Trumpets: Oscar Brashear, Chuck Findley, Steve Madio
  • Trombones: George Bohanon, George Thatcher
  • Saxophone: William Green, Ernest Watts, Terry Harrington (courtesy of Karma/A&M Records)
  • Strings and Horns: David Vandepitt on "Master of Love," "Love Magnet"; Bruce Miller on "Stares and Whispers," "Feed Me Your Love," "Loving You Means So Much to Me"
  • Background Vocals: Carolyn Dennis, Angela Winbush, Shirley Brewer, Gwen Matthews (courtesy of Blackbull Productions)
  • Legal Advisor: Raphael Tisdale
  • Special Thanks to the Crystal Kids
  • Art Direction: Roy Kohara
  • Photography: Charles Bush
  • Wardrobe by: Lady Madonna
  • Make-up and Hair Design: Björn