Chairmen of the Board - All We Need Is Understanding
Double-shot of Motor City Soul today, he said in his best Casey Kasem voice, given last night’s oversight. By way of a recap, Holland/Dozier/Holland, the songwriting/production team largely responsible for that hoppin’ Motown sound that drove matching suit sales through the roof in the 60’s, left Motown in 1967 to form their own label, Invictus Records. One of their first bands was The Chairmen of the Board, fronted by a gentleman by the name of General Johnson. Yep, General. General, to my ears, isn’t exactly the most naturally talented singer of all the golden age Detroit soul there is out there, but the production on ‘All We Need Is Understanding’, from 1970’s ‘In Session’ is like a velvety, jhericurled hug for your ears, and the chorus has just enough of that Jackson 5 descending bassline shuffle to cause a little dip in my hip, though that may be just the muscle I pulled slamming your mom to this track. Checkmate!