Lamont Dozier – 1973 – Out Here On My Own
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A wonderful collection of tunes, Lamont’s debut album for ABC, a classic of 70s soul! The album has a quality that’s impossible to describe accurately – kind of a post-Motown full-on approach to soul that mixes strings, piano, and that wall of sound groove that was one of Dozier’s biggest contributions to the Motor City. The songwriting is impeccable – and nearly every track is an instant classic – with a depth of lyricism and vocal expression you’d be hard pressed to find from any of Dozier’s contemporaries.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original ABC Records LP including covers.
A1 Breaking Out All Over (5:02)
A2 Don’t Want Nobody To Come Between Us (4:20)
A3 Let Me Make Love To You (5:53)
A4 Fish Ain’t Bitin (4:21)
B1 Interlude (1:29)
B2 Trying To Hold On To My Woman (6:37)
B3 Take Off Your Make Up (5:07)
B4 Out Here On My Own (4:53)
Review by Trakbuv
First time I heard Lamont singing was in 1975 – ‘Why can’t we be lovers’ subsequently became another enforced anthem in our household. A year or so later, I was scouting the local record shop (dear old Downtown Records, RIP), a small enterprise primarily carrying the latest pop sensations. However, they did have a few boxes of deletions where I managed to find some treasures in my early teens. But none lit up my eager, yet non-expectant face more than the day I found ‘Out here on my own’ nestling in a half-hidden, crumpled container beneath the crate tables. A discarded, forgotten child in bedraggled clothes – it didn’t even have a cardboard cover – I fortunately had the alertness to pull it out into the light to examine the vinyl itself through the shabby plastic dressing. A white cream label flickered its adjusting eyes at me – Lamont Dozier slowly came into focus – and my heart thumped with anticipation. Unfortunately no ‘Why can’t we be lovers’, but a WHOLE LP of songs I’d never heard of !!! I grabbed the groceries off my mother and ran all the way home. I lifted the poor thing out, and gave it a wipe down – its perfect skin once again restored. I gently held its edges in the palms of my hands and examined the A-side label one last time to get an idea of the track titles. Then carefully lay its gentle, half-asleep self on the turntable.
A scaling piano, the mild chatter of a guitar, some stabbing horns, drums and then ‘woahhhhhhh’ – Lamont introduces his first LP in triumphant style – the exaltation of ‘Breaking out all over’seemingly related to his new found freedom as a solo artist. A glorious way to open a career. The introductory rap on ‘Don’t want nobody to come between us’ is very sweet and greets a meaty, thumping sound reminiscent of his Motown era. The sexy ballad-with-a-beat ‘Let me make love to you’ is a wonderful success by all concerned with hints of a Lamont Dozier to come. And then I realise I had heard one track before, the incredibly catchy chorus (geddit !) of ‘Fish ain’t bitin’, whose verse I have always found to be a little flat in comparison. Still a great track though.
I watch the pick-up arm move slowly back to its rest position, and am reassured by the crackle-pop of the static from a new LP as I lift the disc from the turntable. Side 2 shows off McKinley Jackson’s symphonic inclinations, the interlude to ‘Trying to hold on to my woman’ being a wonderful exercise in the Barry White’s, before breaking it all the way down to Bluestown to reveal Lamont’s best vocal performance. He wrings and rings out every drop of emotion in this pleader, reminding me a lot of another stellar singer/songwriter, Sam Dees. Lamont’s future as a singer was well and truly sealed after this interpretation. Probably my two favourite cuts follow, ‘Take off your make-up’ is another ballad-with-a-beat that works so well. So many hooks crammed into one song, and sounding so much like something the man could’ve written himself. And the killer title track to bow out – what a fine, fine record. Love this record to death: brilliant lyrics, brilliant production, brilliant hooks, brilliant singing, brilliant outro – simply put, brilliant.
McKinley Jackson had a major input in launching Lamont’s career as a solo act – he produced and co-wrote all the material on the album – the extravagant, lush arrangements coming courtesy of the masters of the art – Gene Page, HB Barnum and Paul Riser. They also all went on to ably assist him with his follow-up album, ‘Black Bach’, which allowed Lamont to stretch out with his song writing expertise. Apart from unveiling a major soul phenomenon as a singer (the Invictus recordings notwithstanding), it is one of his most consistent LPs with no weaknesses and plenty of strengths. Of course, Lamont went on to record many of his greatest moments by his own pen, but this is the album that took him from ‘standing in the shadows’ to ‘a different world, a world I never knew’.
Since there’s no CD reissue, buy the vinyl in a decent price on ebay and listen up the wonderful “Breaking Out All Over”