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Stronghold II

by Barrett Strong

R&B and classic soul at its finest from one of Motown's top songwriters.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Motown
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Wish It Would Rain
4:48 $0.99
2. More Than I Am (feat. Eliza Neals)
5:19 $0.99
3. Whiter Shade Of Pale
4:59 $0.99
4. In My Dreams
4:46 $0.99
5. Baby Let Go
4:34 $0.99
6. Remember Me
4:32 $0.99
7. Somethings Better Than Nothing
3:42 $0.99
8. Cold Hearted Woman
4:00 $0.99
9. I Can't Love Again
5:19 $0.99
10. Race
4:18 $0.99
11. Save Me From The Fire (feat. Eliza Neals)
4:31 $0.99
12. Man Up In The Sky
3:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
A legendary songwriter with Motown Records, Barrett Strong has reached the absolute peak of artistic and commercial success, penning some of America's most loved soul anthems.

Writing songs since a very young age, he was introduced to Berry Gordy by family friend Jackie Wilson and began his work in the music business at the tender age of fifteen. His first big hit with the Motown label was Money, which he sang himself. Strong then teamed up with another Motown legend, Norman Whitfield and the two became a dynamic songwriting and production duo that helped tailor songs to fit the unique talents of Motown greats Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Jerry Butler, The Dells, Chubby Checker, and many more. The timeless magic of Strong & Whitfield is still heard today in songs such as Papa Was A Rolling Stone, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, I Wish It Would Rain, Cloud Nine, Just My Imagination, and Smiling Faces to name a few of their smash hits.

Barrett Strong has received numerous Grammy nominations and has been honored with one Grammy Award. He also possesses an almost unbelievable twelve Gold singles, two Platinum singles, and three Gold albums based on the enormous popularity of his hit songs. In 1990, he was acknowledged by the National Association of Songwriters in Los Angeles and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Recently he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Unlike most of his peers who left Detroit when Motown moved to L.A., Strong decided to remain and dedicate himself to illuminating the city that had help make him such a shining star.

Barrett Strong, Stronghold II

Al Turner / Bass
Ron Otis / Drums
Sonya Mastick / Drums on "In My Dreams"
Brian Lord / Acoustic Guitar
Stephen Grant Wood / Acoustic Guitar / Slide Guitar
Carl Robinson / Guitar
Leroy Hyter / Grand Piano / B 3 Organ
Louis Resto / Grand Piano / Synthesizer
William McPhail / Drum Program on Race
Lorenzo Brown / Percussion

Background Vocals:
Eliza Neals
Michelle Thomasian
Valerie Taylor
Kathy Kosins
Lamonte Johnson
Sheila Hardin

More Than I Am:
Duet featuring Barrett Strong and Eliza Neals

Save Me From the Fire:
Duet featuring Eliza Neals and Greg MacDonald AKA Sin of Zug Izland

All songs written by Barrett Strong and Eliza Neals Except:
- In My Dreams, Strong / Thomasian / Valerie Taylor
- Man Up In The Sky, Strong and Billy Always
- I Wish It Would Rain, Strong / Whitfield
- Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum
- Race, Strong
- Save Me From The Fire, Thomasian / Strong / Taylor

All songs were written for Not Sampled Music Publishing and Elizbeth Thomasian Music 2008/BMI
- I Wish It Would Rain / Jobete Music - 1968/BMI
- Man Up In The Sky / Strong and Billy Always / Chappel Music - 1971/BMI
- Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum

Album Cover by Robert Paul Nixon

String Arrangements by Paul Riser

Vocal Arrangements by Barrett Strong and Eliza Neals

Produced and Arranged by Barrett Strong

Executive Producer Barrett Strong



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Stronghold II
CLASSIC SOUL AT it's best Barrett sings like he did in the day!!! Magnificent!!!


Magnificent songwriting and soul at its best..Barrett is still at his BEST on this album!!! REAL MUSIC!!!

Tommy Beard

Mr. Strong, when I worked at Motown back in the seventies, I would listen to a few of your songs when I had a deadline in the studio, they were an example of what great story telling was all about, and I'm proud to say you've still got it. My pick for the single is "Man up in the sky" you know we should write together!!!!!!