Dozier, the one always in the middle, is Lamont Dozier, now 78 years old. Recently he released an album called Reimagination. I was not interested. These songs have had their final version circa and over 50 years ago. So why come forward with new ones now?
I can think of a few reasons. The opportunity arose, but maybe more importantly to hear them sung in the voice by the man who co-wrote these songs. This was his chance to shine and not be a name beyond the limelight. I can't imagine money being one of them. It may cost more nowadays to make a well-produced album than it makes from sales. So ambition may have been the reason and it seems fair game to me.
The further I moved into the album the more guests and instruments came by leaving the voice / piano versions behind. Yet the effect of the album remains largely the same. Towards the end sobriety returns.
Reading up on Lamont Dozier I found he scored solo hits in the 70s (in the U.S.) and off and on scored hits, (co-)writing for others up to around 1990. If this album is his musical goodbye to the world, it is one you can only hope and wish for as a salute.
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