Monday, March 27, 2017

Lamont Dozier VS Richie Havens – Going Back To My Roots

Lamont Dozier – Going Back To My Roots (Warner Bros.)
One of the most prolific and successful songwriters in the history of contemporary music, Lamont Dozier would score his biggest success ever with the Afro-tribal infused ‘Going Back To My Roots’, taken from his 1977 released ‘Peddlin’ Music On The Side’ album, with rhythm arrangements courtesy of Hugh Masekela and McKinley Jackson, surrounded by luminaries such as Ray Parker, Jr. and Arthur Adams (guitar), Joe Sample (electric piano)and Bill Summers along with Paulinho Da Costa on percussion…
Richie Havens – Going Back To My Roots (Elektra)
Taken from his 1979 released ‘Connections’ album, late Blues/Rock singer Richie Havens made of this Lamont Dozier‘s classics one of his signature songs, giving it a unique and somehow more energetic feel, featuring former Sly & The Family Stone drummer Andy Nemark, David LeBolt on keyboards (remembered for his collaborations with Billy Joel and David Bowie) and David Woolford on sax. Ironically, this jewel only got released as a single in Italy and Spain in addition to the UK where it only got issued though as an ultra rare and sought after test pressing. Meanwhile NYC Easy Street label subdivision Week-Off also released it as a 12″ by the end of the 80’s. A song given numerous cover versions, from Odyssey to Italian House outfit F.P.I. Project, although retitled ‘Rich In Paradise’…
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