1977 Freda Payne – Stares And Whispers

Stares and Whispers was Freda Payne‘s seventh American released album appearing in 1977; it was also her first for Capitol Records. The last two tracks, “Loving You Means So Much to Me” and “Bring Back the Joy,” were co-written by Payne’s then-husband, Gregory Abbott, the latter of which was co-written by Freda Payne herself. Four tracks were lifted from the album, “I Get (High on Your Memory),” “Bring Back the Joy,” “Love Magnet,” and “Feed Me Your Love.” “Love Magnet” was the only one of the four that charted.

The album was re-released by a British label called Soulmusic.Com on July 26, 2011. The reissue contains three bonus tracks (“I Can’t Live on a Memory,” “Baby You’ve Got What It Takes,” and “I Wanna See You Soon”, a duet with the Tavares from their album Love Storm) and an essay about Payne’s life and career during the recording and release of the album, which was written by David Nathan, founder of Soulmusic.com.

The song “I Get High (On Your Memory)” was sampled by rapper Styles P for his song “Good Times”. Also the title track was a cover of a song originally recorded by Australian singer Renée Geyer also released in 1977 off her album Moving Along (self-titled in the USA).


1  Master Of Love (Art Posey; Josef Powell) 7:55
2  Love Magnet (John Footman; Judy Wieder; Nancy Wilson) 6:24
3  Stares And Whispers (Dennis McFadden; John Footman; Nancy Wilson) 3:25
4  Feed Me Your Love (Art Posey; Josef Powell) 3:35
5  I Get High (On Your Memory (Marilyn McLeod; Pam Sawyer) 3:09
6  Loving You Means So Much To Me (Gregory Abbott; Rich Carson) 3:20
7  Bring Back The Joy (Freda Payne; Gregory Abbott) 3:50



BassNathan Watts
DrumsRaymond Pounds
GuitarCharles Fearing
GuitarClay Drayton
GuitarGreg Poree
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsBruce Miller
KeyboardsJohn Footman
KeyboardsJosef Powell
KeyboardsReginald Burke
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
StringsBruce Miller
StringsDavid Pitte
SaxErnie Watts
SaxTerry Harrington
SaxWilliam Green
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TromboneGeorge Thatcher
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetOscar Brashear
TrumpetSteve Madaio
Background VocalsAngela Winbush
Background VocalsCarolyn Dennis
Background VocalsGwen Matthews
Background VocalsShirley Brewer
VocalsFreda Payne

Liner Notes

Producer – Frank Wilson, Tony Camillo
Producer (Executive) – Larkin Arnold
Engineer (Mixing) – David Henson, Frank Wilson, Kevin Beamish
Engineer (Recording) – Kevin Beamish
Mastered By – Jeff Sanders

Art Direction – Roy Kohara
Photography By – Charles William Bush

Record Company – Capitol Industries-EMI, Inc.
Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
Produced For – Spec-O-Lite Productions
Produced For – Camillo-Marcucci Productions
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Recorded At – Crystal Sound