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  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sequel
  • ASIN: B00004Y3DC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Band of gold (which you surely already know) starts this collection. Most people don't remember any other song Freda did, so you might expect a lot of filler to pad out the CD. Not so - there are many excellent songs here including Deeper and Deeper, possibly the second best known song here. There is absolutely no filler whatsoever.
These songs were recorded in the Vietnam era, and Freda caused a stir by recording the song Bring the boys home. Other than that, most of these songs are typical seventies soul, generally upbeat. If you enjoy the song Band of gold, you will enjoy the rest of this album. The songs appear to be all originals. If there are any covers, I don't recognise them.
I don't have as much soul/R+B music as I should. Albums like this remind me that I should buy a lot more. Enjoy it.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MJ King VINE VOICE on 13 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
.... mostly uptempo, Motown like 'feel good' music. Slight twist is many of these songs had social/political messages such as "Bring The Boys Home" (from Vietnam)

Standout tracks include: Band Of Gold (her biggest hit),Bring The Boys Home and Deeper And Deeper.

Good voice but maybe the songs themselves were better.

Worth buying if you like Motown or anything by Holland Dozier Holland.
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Classic seventies soul - more than just Band of gold 8 July 2002
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Band of gold (which you surely already know) starts this collection. Most people don't remember any other song Freda did, so you might expect a lot of filler to pad out the CD. Not so - there are many excellent songs here including Deeper and Deeper, possibly the second best known song here. There is absolutely no filler whatsoever.
These songs were recorded in the Vietnam era, and Freda caused a stir by recording the song Bring the boys home. Other than that, most of these songs are typical seventies soul, generally upbeat. If you enjoy the song Band of gold, you will enjoy the rest of this album. The songs appear to be all originals. If there are any covers, I don't recognise them. Note that there is an error in the Amazon track listing - tracks 18-23 are repeated as 24-29. Ignore 24-29 and make track 30 track 24.
I don't have as much soul/R+B music as I should. Albums like this remind me that I should buy a lot more. Enjoy it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Miss Sophistication Can Sing Soul/Jazz/Pop - You Name It 11 Aug. 2007
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Born on September 19, 1945 in Detroit, Freda was a student at the Institute of Musical Arts and, before moving to New York in 1963, began her career by warbling commercial jingles on Detroit radio. In NY she would ultimately work with such luminaries as Pearl Bailey, Quincy Jones, Lionel Hampton. Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Billy Eckstine, so you know this was a lady who learned her craft from the masters.

A record deal with Impulse resulted in an opportunity to indulge in her first love, Jazz, and she cut the album After The Lights Go Down Low And Much More, followed three years later by another such LP for MGM, How Do You Say I Don't Love You Anymore?. While well-received among jazz critics, they were not huge commercial successes, and so in 1969 she accepted an invitation from the Detroit songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland to join their new Invictus label.

Her initial release there, The Unhooked Generation, did not exactly shake up the industry, reaching a lowly # 43 on the R&B charts early in 1969 b/w The Easiest Way To Fall. Then she was offered a tune that spoke of a marriage which failed on the day of the wedding itself, and after first expressing reluctance to sing such a song, she gave in. Band Of Gold went on to become her best single ever, going to # 3 Billboard Pop Hot 100 and # 20 R&B in May 1970.

The flipside was the same song that backed her first release, and for her next single, Deeper And Deeper [# 9 R&B/# 24 Hot 100 in October] the B-side was The Unhooked Generation, which indicates that, perhaps, she hadn't spent a lot of time in the studio, or maybe some of the other cuts available were not to the liking of the studio bosses. That's evident from her first LP release for Invictus, Band Of Gold, which contained some previously unreleased material. Why weren't these the B-sides?

In any event, in 1971 she cut the LP Contact and from that came the hit single Cherish What Is Dear To You (While It's Near To You) which peaked at # 11 R&B/# 44 Hot 100 in March b/w The World Don't Owe You A Thing. Another side from that LP, the Vietnam protest song Bring The Boys Home, went all the way to # 3 R&B and # 12 Hot 100 during the summer b/w I Shall Not Be Moved. She then closed out 1971 and began 1972 with two more tracks from the LP, You Brought The Joy [# 21 R&B/# 52 Hot 100 in November 1971] b/w Suddenly It's Yesterday, and The Road We Didn't Take [# 100 Hot 100 in January 1972] b/w I'm Not Getting Any Better. Neither of the last two flipsides are in this collection.

After that it was tough sledding. The 1972 LP The Best Of Freda Payne contained some new material, and in 1973 she cut the album Reaching Out which received mixed reviews. Never happy with the financial rewards coming her way from Invictus, her last single there was, perhaps appropriately, Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right which struggled to # 75 on the R&B charts in September b/w We've Gotta Find A Way Back To Love.

A move to Dunhill/ABC did not improve her chart performances, with the only single success there being It's Yours To Have which topped out at # 81 R&B in December 1974. Nor did things get any better after switching to Capitol with Love Magnet levelling off at # 85 R&B in late 1977. She did cut several albums in this period, though, and these are much sought after by collectors.

In 1981 she landed a job as hostess of the TV talk-show Today's Black Woman, followed by work on Broadway and in films, and in November 1982 returned to the singles charts for the last time when In Motion went to # 63 R&B for the Sutra label. But she continues to perform, cutting a number of successful albums [the comedy compilation I Hate Barney in 1995, and An Evening With Freda Payne: Live and Christmas With Freda And Friends in 1996, all for Dove Music, and in 2000 Come See About Me for Volt]. She also appeared with Darlene Love at Feinstein's in New York's Regency Hotel early in 2003, followed by a stint at the Cinegrill in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

This is, easily, the best Freda Payne compilation of her hits and comes most highly recommended.
"Bring the Boys [and Girls] Home" 21 July 2007
By Foster Corbin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the early 70's Freda Payne made us all want to dance with her beautiful "Band of Gold, a song that was a dynamite number in the clubs. Some of us thought we knew what was wrong with the marriage she was singing about that didn't work from day one: "Last night on our honeymoon we slept in separate rooms." That number, "Bring the Boys Home" and "Cherish What Is Dear to You (While It's Near To You)" are my favorites included on this "best of" CD.

While "Band of Gold" is a lot of fun, "Bring the Boys Home" is serious business and--sadly-- its haunting message is as relevant today ("bring them back alive") as the first time Ms. Payne sang it. Allegedly it was banned from military installations because of its anti-war message in the height of the Vietnam War. It is a shame that DJ's don't "bring this song back." I suspect it would have a great resurgence of popularity.

If you can get your hands on this CD, you won't be disappointed. We need a little Freda right now.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
freda we miss you baby 19 Oct. 2002
By Sherance M. Brothers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
classic soul from the invictus label which also had other acts like parliament-funkadelic, chairmen of the board and ruth copeland, but freda was her own and was good at what she did if you feel her this is for you one of history's most talented and overlooked divas.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Must buy for oldies fans 18 May 2001
By L. Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of oldies, Freda Payne must be in your collection!
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