In The Basement
CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD-Everything’s Tuesday/ FREDA PAYNE-You Brought The Joy; Bring The Boys Home/BARRINO BROTHERS-I Shall Not Be Moved/HONEY CONE-While You’re Out Looking For Sugar; One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show; Want Ads/SILENT MAJORITY-Colours Of My Love/FLAMING EMBER-Westbound No.9; I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper/100 PROOF AGED IN SOUL-Somebody’s Been Sleeping (In My Bed); One Man’s Leftovers (Is Another Man’s Feast)/8TH DAY-You’ve Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)/HOLLAND-DOZIER-New Breed Kinda Woman; Why Can’t We Be Lovers/LAURA LEE-(If You Want To Try Love Again) Remember Me/POLITICIANS feat. McKINLEY JACKSON-Love Machine/BRIAN HOLLAND-I’m So Glad/TYRONE EDWARDS-Can’t Get Enough Of You; You Took Me From A World Outside/HI-LITES-That’s Love/NEW YORK PORT AUTHORITY-Guess I’m Gonna Cry/SCHERRIE PAYNE-V.I.P./MELVIN DAVIS-You Made Me Over/ ELOISE LAWS-Stay With Me
The ‘Motor City Soul’ - or ‘70s Soul From Detroit’ - featured here across two dozen tracks all comes from the Holland-Dozier-Holland glory days of their Invictus/Hot Wax era and a look at the track listing will show that there are some big hitters here, so let’s skip over the chart-blazers and take a quick look at a few others like the tough, mid-pacer, ‘Colours Of My Love’ by Silent Majority. Comprising the songwriting team of Jerry Akines, Johnny Bellmon, Victor Drayton and Reginald Turner, the group also recorded earlier as the Formations and later as Hot Ice. Tyrone Edwards delivers a pair of cuts by way of ‘Can’t Get Enough Of You’, a pounder with a funky, fuzzy guitar intro and the more relaxed - except for the heavy, twangy back-up - ‘You Took Me From A World Outside’. The Hi-Lites offer up the perky ‘That’s Love’ - I know nothing about them but, in noting a songwriting credit of K. Barrow, I wonder if that means the late Keith Barrow provides the lead/falsetto voice. Melvin Davis, whose earlier work features on his own set reviewed this time, has a mellow, midtempo item in ‘You Made Me Over’, penned by Ron Dunbar and Michael Lovesmith, while solo ladies are represented not just by Laura Lee and Freda Payne but by Freda’s sister, Scherrie - one of our feature subjects last issue - and ‘V.I.P’ and by Eloise Laws, whose H-D-H-composed shuffler, ‘Stay With Me’ was a 1973 Music Merchant release.