Freddie Scott – 1967 – Are You Lonely For Me?

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This is a masterpiece of Deep Soul.

Incredible voice. If you’re a 60’s R&B fan and by chance you’ve never heard “Are You Lonely For Me” you need to rectify that NOW. Freddie writes some good tunes, sings with utter authority and actually tops Solomon Burke on “Cry to Me.”

This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Shout record with covers

Tracks
A1. Are You lonely For Me? 3.07
A2. Let It Be Me 3.12
A3. Open Up The Door To Your Heart 2.33
A4. Where Were You 2.50
A5. Spanish Harlem 3.04
A6. Shake A Hand 4.55
B1. He Will Break Your Heart 3.26
B2. Who Could Ever Love You 3.25
B3. Cry To Me 3.15
B4. For Your Love 3.16
B5. The Love Of My Woman 3.14
B6. Bring It On Home To Me 3.15

Deep soul belter Freddie Scott, is best remembered for his 1966 R&B chart-topper “Are You Lonely for Me“. In 1961, he also resumed his recording career, cutting “Baby, You’re a Long Time Dead” for the Joy label. In 1962, fellow Aldon songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King approached him for assistance with “Hey Girl,” a new tune they hoped to pitch to soul singer Chuck Jackson. When Jackson proved unable to make the scheduled recording session, Scott cut the vocal instead, and when Colpix Records finally issued the ballad a year later, he entered the Top Ten on both the pop and R&B charts. A slow-burning rendition of Ray Charles’ R&B classic “I Got a Woman” followed, affirming Scott as a deep soul singer of uncommon depth.

In 1965, he even released Everything I Have Is Yours, a cabaret-inspired LP comprised largely of hit movie themes. The makeover fell flat, and Scott returned to a more traditional soul dynamic with the excellent Lonely Man. Record sales were virtually nonexistent, however, and after two last-gasp Columbia singles — including the poignant ballad “Don’t Let It End This Way” — the label let him go. Scott resurfaced in 1966 at Shout Records, the fledgling soul label founded by producer/songwriter Bert Berns — together they co-wrote “Are You Lonely for Me,” a simmering, bluesy knockout that reportedly required over 100 vocal takes prior to completion. Scott’s Herculean effort was rewarded with a record that topped the R&B charts for four weeks while rising to number 39 on the pop charts. The 1967 follow-up, “Cry to Me,” proved a commercial disappointment, but Scott’s impassioned, tender performance represents his creative apex. He returned to the R&B Top Ten with the funky “Am I Grooving You?,” and while “Just Like a Flower” missed the charts entirely, 1968’s “(You) Got What I Need” earned a spot in the R&B Top 40 as well as an eccentric cover by rapper Biz Markie some 20 years later.

But after Berns died, his wife proved unable to keep Shout Records afloat, and following one last Shout single, “No One Could Ever Love You,” Scott left the label, spending the next two years without a record deal. He finally landed with the short-lived Elephant V, issuing “Sugar on Sunday” in 1970. After cutting a follow-up, “I’ll Be Leaving Her Tomorrow,” he again packed his bags, moving to ABC’s Probe imprint for I Shall Be Released, scoring his final R&B Top 40 entry with the title cut, a powerful rendition of the Bob Dylan perennial.

When Probe folded, Scott was again seeking a place to record, signing to Vanguard for the one-off 1971 single “I Guess God Wants It That Way.” Pickwick International released 1972’s “The Great If,” and two years later Scott resurfaced on Mainstream with the ballad “You Are So Hard to Forget,” which proved his final single. By now he made his living primarily through writing advertising jingles with longtime composing partner Miller, and also turned to acting, appearing in the films Stiletto and No Way Out.

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16 Comments
  • dgram
    Posted at 15:50h, 02 May 2008 Reply

    Hi, glad to see you back. I picked this one up at the former site and was going to comment after listening–now I have the chance. So straight up, this one blew me away! First off, I’d never heard Freddie Scott so this was like discovering Terry Callier for the first time. Scott is an artist who can deliver a greater emotional whallop with a choice of phrasing or subtle inflection than many singers can through a whole album of over-singing. This is a great record and solid from start to finish. I only wish there was more! Thanks again.

  • George
    Posted at 10:42h, 03 May 2008 Reply

    I never heard of him but I will today! Thanks!!!!

  • RR
    Posted at 21:34h, 03 May 2008 Reply

    New to me. Thanks

  • DJ Abe
    Posted at 19:41h, 09 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you…..

  • Owl
    Posted at 16:15h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    Great album mate.. cheers!

    O

  • Brunetti
    Posted at 11:29h, 25 July 2008 Reply

    Great post, never heard of this fantastic “cry to me” version, thanks

  • jean
    Posted at 05:44h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    deep soul….never heard…a beautiful surprise..thanks dude…

  • liam
    Posted at 08:18h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Cry To Me mkes me have to get this album – WOW, LUV IT 🙂 Thanks

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 15:21h, 03 August 2009 Reply

    Thank you for posting this classic album by a man whose music is not known by the masses.

  • Dan
    Posted at 17:54h, 23 January 2010 Reply

    Thank you.

  • soti
    Posted at 23:29h, 10 May 2010 Reply

    many thanks niko for this post. much enjoyed!!!

  • cleffdeadly
    Posted at 13:04h, 24 August 2010 Reply

    class album. opener leaves al green’s version for dead…

  • JanJan
    Posted at 15:40h, 05 September 2010 Reply

    This is a great album, nice music. Thank you.

  • captaincj
    Posted at 21:06h, 13 July 2011 Reply

    What a fabulous album containing some of my all time favourite tracks! Great stuff, thank you!

  • Dave
    Posted at 19:29h, 17 July 2011 Reply

    Thanks to you for this great soul crooner, Nikos. When it comes to soul, your blog is the best, bar none.

    I must thank Felix Hernandez of “Rhythm Revue” too for introducing a lot of these cats to us. Thanks again, Nikos.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:26h, 17 September 2015 Reply

    Thanks a lot

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