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

BassScott Edwards
DrumsLeon Chancler
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarPaul Jackson
GuitarTim May
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarFred Washington
Fender RhodesJerry Peters
PercussionAudie Watkins
Background VocalsJerry Peters


2 Let Me Be The One

BassScott Edwards
DrumsMike Baird
StringsDavid Campbell
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarFred Washington
GuitarRay Parker Jr
GuitarLee Ritenour
Fender RhodesBillie Preston
PianoBob Esty
PianoKen Peterson
PianoRichard Tee
KeyboardsGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerDan Wyman
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionOliver Brown


3 You Bring Out The Love In Me

BassScott Edwards
DrumsMike Baird
StringsDavid Campbell
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarFred Washington
GuitarRay Parker Jr
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoBob Esty
PianoKen Peterson
PianoRichard Tee
KeyboardsGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerDan Wyman
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionOliver Brown
Background VocalsSheree Brown


4 Please Stay

BassReginald McBride
GuitarDennis Budimir
GuitarDavid T. Walker
PianoDavid Shire
PercussionGary Coleman
PercussionOliver Brown
Background VocalsBillie Preston


5 He’s Gone

BassScott Edwards
DrumsMike Baird
StringsDavid Campbell
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarFred Washington
GuitarRay Parker Jr
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoBob Esty
PianoKen Peterson
PianoRichard Tee
PianoBillie Preston
KeyboardsGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerDan Wyman
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionOliver Brown
Background VocalsBecky Lopez
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsVenetta Fields


6 Love Fire

BassScott Edwards
DrumsMike Baird
StringsDavid Campbell
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarSteve Lukather
GuitarFred Washington
GuitarRay Parker Jr
GuitarLee Ritenour
ClavinetBillie Preston
PianoBob Esty
PianoKen Peterson
PianoRichard Tee
KeyboardsGreg Mathieson
SynthesizerDan Wyman
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionOliver Brown
Background VocalsFrancine Howard
Background VocalsVanciele Faggett
Background VocalsAlphanetts Silas


7 Here’s My Love

BassScott Edwards
DrumsLeon Chancler
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarPaul Jackson
GuitarTim May
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarFred Washington
Fender RhodesJerry Peters
PercussionAudie Watkins
Background VocalsSheree Brown


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

BassDavid Shields
DrumsJames Gadson
DrumsMelvin Webb
GuitarArt Wright
KeyboardsReginald Burke
PercussionOliver Brown


9 Dance For My Children

BassDavid Shields
DrumsJames Gadson
DrumsMelvin Webb
GuitarArt Wright
PercussionOliver Brown
KeyboardsReginald Burke


10 One More Time for Love

BassScott Edwards
DrumsLeon Chancler
DrumsHarvey Mason
GuitarPaul Jackson
GuitarTim May
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarFred Washington
Fender RhodesJerry Peters
PercussionAudie Watkins
Background VocalsBillie Preston
Background VocalsSheree 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