When the Holland brothers and their partner Lamont Dozier left Motown everyone held their breath. Would Motown survive? - Yes of course, the depth of talent was able to carry the roster through the loss of it's greatest hit makers. But what would H-D-H do next? They formed Invictus, a new label, signing a large number of artists the best of which were Chairmen Of The Board and Freda Payne. This is the Chairmen's first album and features a range - pop singles "Pay To The Piper" and Bluesy anthems "Chairmen Of The Board"; a passable version of the now standard "Bridge Over Troubled Water". Was this a nod to Gordy's plan to always incoporate all styles to appeal to a wdier audience? perhaps. Here was a band in development who would write and deliver a number of hits over the next few years - always supplemented by the H-D-H production magic. This is a good introduction to the band and i recommend this and the later, superior "Bittersweet". another album "Skin I'm In" is worth a listen but for me was patchy with the title track and the wonderful "Finder's Keepers" the standouts.
Invictus (via EMI) SVT 1003