Chanson – 1978 – Chanson
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Starting of as a broad assemblage of studio musicians, Chanson were led by bassist James Jamerson Jr. (son of the famous Motown bassist James Jamerson) and guitarist David Williams. The two of them met while playing with Temptations and they hatched the idea of Chanson.
They released the superb debut album with such hits as the #21 Billboard Hot 100 chart smash “Don’t Hold Back” which also entered the R&B top ten at #8, plus the top twenty US Dance Chart classic “I Can Tell“.
The album also featured Earth, Wind & Fire‘s horn section, and Boz Scaggs‘ rhythm section which will assure a spot in everyone s soul music collection.
A1 Don’t Hold Back 4:23
A2 I Can Tell 7:03
A3 I Love You More 3:49
B1 Why 4:25
B2 Did You Ever 4:33
B3 All the Time You Need 5:10
A duo comprising guitarist David Williams, and bassist James Jamerson II, the son of the legendary Motown bass player James Jamerson. The two built a reputation via their extensive session work before cutting their own LP’s as Chanson, on Ariola Records.
Jamerson, a native of Detroit, distinguished himself playing behind Aretha Franklin, Johnny Bristol, Margie Joseph, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and others. As a kid he hung around Motown taking in all the magnificent sounds that bounced around the little house at 2648 W. Grand Blvd. He met Williams while on the road with Temptations, Williams, at the time, was playing behind the Dells. Williams was born in Newport News, VA and played his first professional gig with the Dells in 1969, the association ended when he joined the Army, but the two reunited in 1973, and stayed together until 1975. After a stint with Tyrone Davis, he took a job playing with the Temptations’ road band, where he and Jamerson brain stormed the Chanson idea, and began laying tracks.
They released two albums. This one with Classic bit of jazzy club tracks, and an album that virtually defines the Ariola modern soul style. Nice warm harmonies mix with smooth jazz-tinged arrangements for a good 70s modern dancefloor sound.
After their 2nd LP “Together We Stand” by 1980 the duo was labeless and forced to return to studio session work. Not that it’s a bad thing, in fact their real success is behind the scenes. Together and separately they can be heard on countless pop, rock, R&B and disco tracks.
FunkyTownGrooves 2014 re-issue of Chanson s, 1978 self-titled album, has been fully expanded and released on CD for the first time ever. The release contains four bonus tracks. it will be available on Amazon on May 2014.