FREDA PAYNE / “Band Of Gold”

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4 Responses to “FREDA PAYNE / “Band Of Gold””

Berry Says:
June 3rd, 2007 at 4:45 am

I love the way you fellas broke this down. Like Mtume, I was just a tot boppin’ around the house listening and singing these songs but they were a weekly, if not daily part of my existence. I lived and breathed soul music. So, with the emergence of hip hop and other styles of music that borrow from R&B soul music I think over the years I have come to take pure soul (as it become) for granted. Yet, every time I hear it I go on a mental trip back to backyard bbqs, family members who are no longer here and good times. Thanks for taking me back.

Kayvon Says:
June 3rd, 2007 at 11:00 am

I feel what Mutume is talking about. I noticed it whilst listening to your Jackie Wilson feature way back when. Jackie is principly serving the songs and they’re there for entertainment. Probably with as much gymnastics as Stevie does in his 70’s songs but Stevie seems to dwell more on his notes. So i’m sure Stevie (vis a v Marvin) must have something to do with it but maybe also conversly someone like JB stripping down the music and making it even tougher, funk for funks sake.

I’m just gabbling but maybe it makes some sense.

Thanks for the accapellas, especially I wish it would rain aswell as the Cougars version. Kinda reflects how i’m feeling at the moment, miserable but the sun is out shining, somehow it’s easier to be miserable in the rain.

Russ Says:
June 3rd, 2007 at 11:16 pm

Kalamu, I agree with your points about how the music reflects the social differences between the optimism and hope of the early 60s vs. the pride, anger, and disappointment of the 70s. But I think thats only half the story.

The other half is that popular music itself was going through a huge change. Creative control was shifting into the hands of the artists rather than the producers. So the changes Mtume wrote about were also about artists putting out their own sounds and lyrics instead of just being performers

This freedom – sadly like most – was slower in coming to black artists. Dylan and the Beatles were at the vanguard of this musical change in the early sixties. Black artists didn’t seem to get this kind of control over their own music until around 1970-1971. I’m thinking of Marvin and “What’s Going On”

anon Says:
July 29th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

i’m only 21 and i wasn’t around when all this music was produced but i can tell you one thing and that is 60’s and 70’s music is all feel good music everytime i listen to smokey robinson or marvin gaye its like i can feel there music in me. the songs have so much meaning behind there words it takes my breath away eveytime i listen to them!

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