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FREDA PAYNE: SUPERNATURAL HIGH EXPANDED EDITION (SOULMUSIC RECORDS)
Ms Freda Payne is one of those rare ladies who can turn her voice to any musical genre with considerable ease. She’s conquered jazz, disco and mainstream and here, with her sophomore album for Capitol, she once again covers the gamut of styles. Kicking off with the medley “Happy Days Are Here Again/Happy Music (Dance The Night Away)”, with its Latin feel and dedicated support vocals bringing it to a dance crescendo, pays homage to disco, while she flips the coin to ballad with the likes of “Just The Thought Of You And Me Together (Supernatural High)”. Lovely, with its sparse arrangement, highlighted by a string section, leaving Freda to live the lyrics with tenderness and emotion. Which she does so easily. Oh, and “Tell Me Please” is another to tug at the heart strings, as she pleads and begs. Her very talented sister Scherrie penned “Storybook Romance” - they work so well together - which she later recorded with Susaye Greene on their 1979 “Partners” album. First issued in 1978, “Supernatural High”, spawned two singles – the CD’s opening track and “I’ll Do Anything For You”, but sadly neither worked. Likewise the album I fear. Thankfully, we get another chance to hear it, to immerse ourselves in this great lady’s musical life. Highly recommended!

Rating; 8

About the Writer
Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
  
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