1972 Syreeta – Syreeta

Syreeta is the debut studio album by American R&B and soul singer and songwriter Syreeta Wright, released on June 20, 1972 on MoWest, a subsidiary of Motown Records.

The self-titled debut album was produced by Wright’s ex-husband, frequent collaborator and musician Stevie Wonder, it was released following the former couple’s separation and subsequent divorce. The album featured compositions by both Wonder and Wright, and also featured Wright’s takes on other artists’ songs including a Wonder-produced funk-oriented version of his earlier recording, “I Love Every Little Thing About You”, which was initially recorded by Wonder for his Music of My Mind project, released earlier that year. Wonder and Wright used the talk box prominently on Wright’s cover of The Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home” while Wright provided a smoother vocal take of Smokey Robinson’s “What Love Has Joined Together”. Wright wrote the ballad “Happiness” and she and Stevie co-wrote “Baby Don’t You Let Me Lose This” and their featured duet “To Know You Is to Love You” together. The album failed to generate success though Wright would go on to a productive solo career throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Wright and Wonder would continue working together for several decades.

Tracks

1  I Love Every Little Thing About You (Stevie Wonder) 4:56
2  Black Maybe (Stevie Wonder) 4:34
3  Keep Him Like He Is (Stevie Wonder; Syreeta Wright) 2:53
4  Happiness (Syreeta Wright) 5:22
5  She’s Leaving Home (John Lennon; Paul McCartney) 4:19
5  What Love Has Joined Together (Robert Rogers; William Robinson Jr) 3:41
6  How Many Days (Stevie Wonder) 3:34
7  Baby Don’t You Let Me Lose This (Stevie Wonder; Syreeta Wright) 2:56
8  To Know You Is To Love You (Stevie Wonder; Syreeta Wright) 6:04

Media

Musicians

BassScott Edwards
DrumsKeith Copeland
GuitarBuzzy Feiten
All Other InstrumentsStevie Wonder
VocalsSyreeta

Other Musicians

1 I Love Every Little Thing About You

Background VocalsGloria Barley
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsLinda Tucker


3 Keep Him Like He Is

PercussionTrevor Lawrence
Background VocalsGloria Barley
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsLinda Tucker


5 What Love Has Joined Together

Background VocalsGloria Barley
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsLani Groves
Background VocalsLinda Tucker

Liner Notes

Producer – Stevie Wonder
Co-producer – Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff
Arranged By – Stevie Wonder, Trevor Lawrence, Yusuf Rahman
Recorded By – Andy Edlen, Dick Shapiro, Joan DeCola
Strings – Julian Gaillard Orchestra

Art Direction – David Weissman
Photography By (Cover) – Robert Margouleff

Recorded At – Electric Lady Studios
Recorded At – Crystal Sound
Recorded At – Olympic Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Record Corporation
Copyright (c) – Motown Record Corporation
Record Company – Motown Record Corporation
Pressed By – Superior Record Pressing Corp., Somerdale, NJ