Two group albums, two solo projects, and some bonus tracks as well! First up is the classic Give Me Just A Little More Time – a landmark album of 70s soul – and perhaps the most enduring full LP by this enigmatic harmony group! The title says it all – as the record starts off with the group's huge hit "Give Me Just A Little More Time", a totally compelling number with a scattershot beat, and some wonderful lead vocals from the always-great General Johnson
. Also features the group's cover of Clarence Carter's "Patches" – which was a big single for them – plus the tracks "Bravo Hooray", "Since The Days Of Pigtails & Fairytales", "Come Together", "You've Got Me Dangling on a String" and "Tricked & Trapped". In Session is the second album by the group – and although the title, photos on the front, and liner notes all make it appear to be a live album, it's actually a studio session, with the same great Holland-Dozier-Holland production as the first! The album includes an amazing track called "All We Need Is Understanding", a jaunty groover with this funky organ at the beginning, and some killer vocals by General Johnson
. It's one of the group's best tracks ever – and the record has plenty of other nice ones – like "Pay To The Piper", "Hanging On To A Memory", "When Will She Tell Me She Needs Me", and "Chairmen Of The Board". Plus, the record includes their great version of "Patches", which they wrote for Clarence Carter – already on their first album, but featured here again for some strange reason! Next is Generally Speaking, a great solo album by General Johnson
– done with some wicked Holland Dozier Holland production, at a level that almost makes Johnson
sound heavier here than in his work with his more famous group! The vocals have that same sort of crazy pinched sound that he had with The Chairmen, and there's loads of great original tunes here – plus a few Chairmen numbers, thrown into the mix, in the way that things sometimes got repeated on the Invictus label. The grooves are nice and bouncy – and cuts include "God's Gift To Man", "Every Couple's Not A Pair", "I'll Never Get Tired Of You", "Mary Lou Thomas", and "My Credit Didn't Go Through". Last up is the totally bizarre Harrison Kennedy solo set, Hypnotic Music – a weirdly tripped-out album that's definitely off towards the farther reaches of the HDH sound of the earl
y 70s. Some cuts are fuller soul, but others almost have a folksy overtone – making for a strange, but compelling mix of music – almost in Rodriguez territory. Titles include "Night Comes Day Goes", "Gimme A Glass Of Water", "Hypnotic Music", "Closet Queen", and "Up The Organization". CD features General Johnson
bonus tracks – "Savannah Lady", "I'm In Love Darling", and both vocal and instrumental versions of "Only Time Will Tell".
(Out of print.)