1980 Syreeta – Syreeta

Syreeta is the fourth solo album by Motown recording artist and American singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright (also known as “Syreeta”), released by the Tamla label on April 26, 1980. It’s also the second album to be titled Syreeta after her 1972 debut album.

The album was released shortly after Wright’s duet with Billy Preston, “With You I’m Born Again”, gave her the biggest charted success of her career. The album included Wright’s take of her famous compositions, “I Blame It On the Sun”, which she wrote for ex-husband Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book and a funky take on Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)”, which she also co-wrote. Wright provided lyrics and composition on one other song – “Dance For Me Children”, with Curtis Robertson. Wright also collaborated with Preston on the album with the duets, “Please Stay” and “One More Time for Love”, the latter duet charted modestly successful on the pop and R&B charts upon its release. The album features a smiling Wright in her trademark multi-colored braids.

Tracks

1  Blame It On The Sun (Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright) 4:20
2  Let Me Be The One (Bill WIthers, Skip Scarborough) 4:00
3   You Bring Out The Love In Me (Ken Peterson) 3:31
4 Please Stay (Carol Connors, David Shire) 4:08
5  He’s Gone (Arlene Smith, George Goldner, Richard Barrett) 3:28
6  Love Fire (Bob Esty, Michelle Aller) 4:55
7  Here’s My Love (Anthony Miller, Keith Echols) 3:31
8  Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Your’s) (Lee Garrett, Lula Hardaway, Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright) 3:27
9  Dance For My Children (Curtis Robertson Jr, Sheree Brown, Syreeta Wright) 2:49
10  One More Time for Love (Jerry Peters) 4:55

Media

Musicians

1 Blame It On The Sun

Bass Scott Edwards
Drums Leon Chancler
Drums Harvey Mason
Guitar Paul Jackson
Guitar Tim May
Guitar David T. Walker
Guitar Fred Washington
Fender Rhodes Jerry Peters
Percussion Audie Watkins
Background Vocals Jerry Peters


2 Let Me Be The One

Bass Scott Edwards
Drums Mike Baird
Strings David Campbell
Guitar Jay Graydon
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Fred Washington
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Fender Rhodes Billie Preston
Piano Bob Esty
Piano Ken Peterson
Piano Richard Tee
Keyboards Greg Mathieson
Synthesizer Dan Wyman
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Oliver Brown


3 You Bring Out The Love In Me

Bass Scott Edwards
Drums Mike Baird
Strings David Campbell
Guitar Jay Graydon
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Fred Washington
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Piano Bob Esty
Piano Ken Peterson
Piano Richard Tee
Keyboards Greg Mathieson
Synthesizer Dan Wyman
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Oliver Brown
Background Vocals Sheree Brown


4 Please Stay

Bass Reginald McBride
Guitar Dennis Budimir
Guitar David T. Walker
Piano David Shire
Percussion Gary Coleman
Percussion Oliver Brown
Background Vocals Billie Preston


5 He’s Gone

Bass Scott Edwards
Drums Mike Baird
Strings David Campbell
Guitar Jay Graydon
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Fred Washington
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Piano Bob Esty
Piano Ken Peterson
Piano Richard Tee
Piano Billie Preston
Keyboards Greg Mathieson
Synthesizer Dan Wyman
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Oliver Brown
Background Vocals Becky Lopez
Background Vocals Sherlie Matthews
Background Vocals Venetta Fields


6 Love Fire

Bass Scott Edwards
Drums Mike Baird
Strings David Campbell
Guitar Jay Graydon
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Fred Washington
Guitar Ray Parker Jr
Guitar Lee Ritenour
Clavinet Billie Preston
Piano Bob Esty
Piano Ken Peterson
Piano Richard Tee
Keyboards Greg Mathieson
Synthesizer Dan Wyman
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Percussion Lenny Castro
Percussion Oliver Brown
Background Vocals Francine Howard
Background Vocals Vanciele Faggett
Background Vocals Alphanetts Silas


7 Here’s My Love

Bass Scott Edwards
Drums Leon Chancler
Drums Harvey Mason
Guitar Paul Jackson
Guitar Tim May
Guitar David T. Walker
Guitar Fred Washington
Fender Rhodes Jerry Peters
Percussion Audie Watkins
Background Vocals Sheree Brown


8 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Your’s)

Bass David Shields
Drums James Gadson
Drums Melvin Webb
Guitar Art Wright
Keyboards Reginald Burke
Percussion Oliver Brown


9 Dance For My Children

Bass David Shields
Drums James Gadson
Drums Melvin Webb
Guitar Art Wright
Percussion Oliver Brown
Keyboards Reginald Burke


10 One More Time for Love

Bass Scott Edwards
Drums Leon Chancler
Drums Harvey Mason
Guitar Paul Jackson
Guitar Tim May
Guitar David T. Walker
Guitar Fred Washington
Fender Rhodes Jerry Peters
Percussion Audie Watkins
Background Vocals Billie Preston
Background Vocals Sheree Brown

Liner Notes

Producer – Jerry Peters
Producer – Billy Preston, David Shire (Track 4)
Producer – Hal Davis (Tracks 7, 9)
Executive-Producer – Suzanne De Passe Le Mat, Tony Jones
Co-producer (Associate) – Russ Terrana
Remastered By – Alan Wilson

Liner Notes – Rashod Ollison

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Records
Copyright (c) – SoulMusic Records
Licensed From – Universal Music Operations Ltd.
Marketed By – Cherry Red Records Ltd.
Distributed By – Cherry Red Records Ltd.
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Kendun Recorders
Recorded At – NSP Studios
Recorded At – Motown Recording Studios
Mixed At – Motown Recording Studios
Mastered At – Motown Recording Studios
Remastered At – Western Star