Title - 'Reimagination'
Artist - Lamont Dozier
For those not in the know, although if you're a fan of Motown and such like, I can't believe this to be news to you, Lamont Dozier is an American songwriter and record producer, born in Detroit, Michigan. In fact, Dozier has co-written and produced 14 US Billboard number 1 hits and 4 number ones in the UK.
Furthermore, Dozier was a member of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the songwriting and production team responsible for much of the Motown sound and numerous hit records by artists such as Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and The Isley Brothers.
Along with Brian Holland, Dozier served as the team's musical arranger and producer, while Eddie Holland concentrated mainly on lyrics and vocal production.
Along with the Holland Brothers, Dozier followed his work for Motown Records as founder and owner of Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records, producing top-charting hits for acts Freda Payne, Honey Cone, Chairmen of the Board, and 100 Proof Aged in Soul.
That said, Dozier went on to record a number of albums as a performer in his own right, also writing much of the material. The 1977 album, Peddlin' Music On The Side (Warner Bros. Records) contained "Going Back to My Roots", which was later recorded by Odyssey.
The earlier "Black Bach" (ABC Records) featured the country-flavored "All Cried Out" (#4 R&B, #26 pop). He had his biggest hit with 1974's "Trying to Hold On to My Woman" (ABC), which reached #15 pop, #4 R&B. In 1981, he scored a beach music hit with "Cool Me Out."
Now the legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier reclaims his most iconic hits with a host of all-star guests! Featuring performances by Grammy-award winning singer Gregory Porter, rock icon Todd Rundgren, CSN's Graham Nash, British pop idol Sir Cliff Richard, Jo Harman, Marc Cohn, Le Ann Womack and more, Reimagination is out now via Goldenlane Records.
1. 'Supremes Medley'
2. 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)'
3. 'Reach Out, I'll Be There'
4. 'Baby I Need Your Loving'
6. 'This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)' / 'My World Is Empty Without You'
7. '(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave' / 'Nowhere To Run'
8. 'In My Lonely Room'
9. 'Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)'
10. 'You Keep Me Hanging On'
12. 'I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)'
13. 'Reach Out, I'll Be There' - Bonus Track
His reimagination of a wondrous 'Supremes Medley' (Where Did Our Love Go, Stop In The Name Of Love, Come See About Me, Baby Love) is to die for, Dozier's soul-wrenching new lyrical alone-at-the-piano approach a marvel to behold. Featuring Graham Nash, the medley is, by far, one of the most incredible and heartfelt reinventions of infamous Motown songs that I've ever heard.
Next up is 'How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),' where, joined by Gregory Porter, Dozier turns the piano vibe up a notch and brings forth yet another sensational reimagined memory. 'Reach Out, I'll Be There' is a pure delight also, and that's backed seamlessly by both 'Baby I Need Your Loving' (featuring Lee Ann Womack) and then a stunning 'Bernadette.'
A dulcet rendition of one of my own personal favorites, 'This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak For You)' segues midway into 'My World Is Empty Without You,' which left me wondering why, in truth. With a great guest appearance from Britain's very own Cliff Richard, the former track is dynamite on it's own, let alone the melding option with the latter.
Moving on and we get another musical meld, this time of '(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave' and 'Nowhere To Run,' both featuring the angelic tones of British singer and songwriter Jo Harman. A beautiful piano underlay with subtle guitar work from Todd Rundgren allows Dozier's vocals to shine next on 'In My Lonely Room,' which is backed by the upbeat, and funky guitar work of Marc Cohen on 'Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While).'
Another stand out track is 'You Keep Me Hanging On,' featuring a guest appearance from British singer–songwriter Rumer (aka Sarah Joyce), before this quite delightful album comes to a close with a breezy 'Reflections' (featuring Justin Currie - himself best known as a founding member, and lead singer of the band Del Amitri), and then a crisply flowing 'I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch).'
Oh, but there's also a bonus track, and that's 'Reach Out, I'll Be There,' once again featuring Jo Harman. So rush out and buy this CD now and experience these massive hits as you have never heard them before! With acoustic guitar, piano and sparse arrangements, each and every one of these songs transform before your very ears into newly reimagined timeless treasures!
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