Editors’ Notes Freda Payne is best known for her 1970 pop hit “Band of Gold,” but her early days included work with Quincy Jones, and her debut album was a jazz effort for Impulse! in 1964. Deeply influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Payne went on to do disco and R&B, but here she circles around to the music of her early days, leading a big band through a set of standards and new tunes. “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” comes to the plate swinging for the fences, with Payne wasting no time getting to a break and scatting like her hero. This could be a real eye-opener for those who like their divas to be well-seasoned and sassy. (Band and string arrangements throughout by Bill Cunliffe.)

SONG
You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To
1
4:23
 
Haven't We Met
2
3:54
 
Lately
3
3:52
 
Come Back to Me Love
4
5:23
 
Whatever Happened to Me
5
3:23
 
You Don't Know
6
3:48
 
Save Your Love for Me
7
5:21
 
Guess I'll Hang My Tears out to Dry
8
3:55
 
The Island
9
6:10
 
I Should Have Told Him
10
3:31
 
I Just Have to Know
11
4:25
 
Midnight Sun
12
5:37
 
Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most
13
4:47
 
I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
14
4:22