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Coming Just to Go

by Sam Payne

With sounds from high folk to big funk, Sam Payne is a storyteller of the first order, each yarn spun through a voice as clean as a desert sky.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. So Unfamiliar
3:47 $0.99
2. Cloudy Dan
3:46 $0.99
3. She's Got Me Swimming
3:34 $0.99
4. High School (Don't Mean Nothin' Anymore)
3:13 $0.99
5. Sunflower
2:42 $0.99
6. Act II
3:58 $0.99
7. Shazam
3:36 $0.99
8. Rise Up and Shine
4:03 $0.99
9. Freight Train
3:22 $0.99
10. That's America
4:04 $0.99
11. Cool
4:31 $0.99
12. Coming Just to Go
5:55 $0.99
13. Holy
3:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
The riveting "Comin' Just to Go" is the youngest sibling in the Sam Payne Project catalog. Already, it's making the family proud: "These guys have really outdone themselves with this one. Don't change a thing!" raves the Southern Utah press. The Sam Payne Project was born on September 12, 2001. The Trade Center towers had fallen the day before, and Payne was in the studio to record a tune for a local compilation album. Eerie in its timeliness, the tune was "Ohio Son," a song written in 1998 about soldiers anticipating what turned out to be U.S. bombing strikes over Iraq. Behind the controls was producer and guitarist Steve Lemmon, with whom Payne was then only cursorily acquainted. Over the course of mixing the tune, bluegrass player Ryan Tilby came to fill the second engineer's seat. The track turned out fine, but three original albums and a hundred performances later, the real fruits of those few days are still ripening. The project has since grown to include drummer and songwriter Nic Chamberlain, as well as long-time horn player Denis Zwang. The members of the project bring to the table a history that includes performances on stages from the Akasaka Prince ballroom in Tokyo to Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center.

The press has said of the Project's music: "Sam Payne delivers his riveting folk tales with passion, emotionally stirring hooks, and an almost supernatural ability to tell a story."

Under the steady hands of the crew at Spiral Sudios, and with added touches by special guests like Cherie Call and Ryan Shupe, the Project's "Coming Just to Go" is sure to take up perennial residence next to your favorite albums.



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Mark Hansen/invoice records

The first five-star review I ever gave!
When I grow up, I want to be Sam Payne!

Well, not really. I’m happy being me. Really.

But, I WOULD like to put out a CD as good as “Coming Just to Go”. And that will be no easy task. One that I will work on for a very long time. In order to accomplish that goal, I’ll have to do three things:

One: I’ll have to learn to write songs better. This is difficult for me to admit in many ways, because I’m quite proud of my songwriting ability. But Sam is my hero. He’s capturing emotions and images and many multiple layers of meaning like nobody I’ve ever heard, and I’m including the big time.

In the past, I had a hard time understanding what his songs were about, but everything was clear on this collection. Maybe it was the short one or two sentences of commentary above the lyrics of each song, but probably it was just that the songs were clearer.

Some of my favorites are “Shazam”, which is about fantasies and realities, “Freight Train” about who’s really in charge of your life, or at least who should be, and “Holy” which actually brought this old man to tears.

He’s got some cool tricks up his sleeve, too, like rhyming “pajamas” and “ram us”, or “mystery” and “kissed her”. He’s a master.

Two: I’ll have to learn to sing a lot better. His voice is the centerpiece of this compilation. He can just do so many cool things with it. Without changing it too much, he’s got country and a bit of rock, and a bit of Sting-ish jazz in him.

Three: I’ll have to hire some killer musicians to back me up. Where “Railroad Blessing” was listed as a solo CD, this one is credited under “The Sam Payne Project”. The guys in the band really bring a lot of pizzazz to the recording. Precise, yet free, tightly arranged, yet improvised. It’s all there. The songs are all Sam, but the group turns him up to 11.

Now, in all the time I’ve been reviewing CD’s, I’ve never given any one 5 stars. I mean, that would make that CD out to be the best. The standard by which all others should be judged. I mean, what if a CD came along that was better? You gonna give it a "six"?

But giving a CD a 4.5 or a 4 would imply that there was something wrong with it. That somewhere in the bits was a flaw. What if a CD came along, and I couldn’t find anything wrong with it? Wouldn’t it deserve a 5 star rating?

So, with that in mind, I’m giving this one a full 5 stars. Your mileage may vary, but I think you’ll have as difficult a time finding the flaws as I did. Better still, don’t bother. Enjoy “Coming Just to Go” on its own merits and let other people worry about mistakes!

OH! One more thing I'll have to do—

Four: I’ll have to learn to scat! Sam, can you help me out, here?

T Bird

There's some really great stuff here! This is worth having in a collection of great music.

Tommie Sue

it's okay...
This album reminded me of Michael Franks which I happen to love but I was looking more for the Sam Payne as in "Goodnight Coming Gently", "Ohio Boy" and this was a little to jazzy for me. But there are a couple of songs that I like and I won't stop buying Sam Payne CD's, it just wasn't what I was expecting....

Dave Whiteley

I love Sam Payne, but this CD didn't impress me like "Railroad Blessing"
I gave this album (do they still call them albums?) 4 stars because I couldn't give it 3.5 which is how I really feel. The problem here isn't with Sam or his Project its with me. Where "Railroad Blessing" has a kind of a CountryFolkGospelBluegrass sort of feel, "Coming Just to Go" is more Jazzy and that's not quite my thing. There are cuts (or is it burns, these are CD's after all)here that I truly enjoyed like "Holy" "Cloudy Dan" and "SunFlower" for example. But then there is that voice and what a voice it is. It does grow on you though so listen through more than once, these songs will grab you and you won't want to let go.