The Chairmen Of The Board – 1970 – The Chairmen Of The Board

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One of the most accomplished soul acts to emerge from Detroit in the early ‘70s, Chairmen Of The Board helped to put Invictus Records on the map with a series of pop and funky R&B hits on both sides of the Atlantic.
Suprisingly good rockin’ soul combo. Every song on the album is a keeper.
Leading by Singer – Writer General Johnson who wrote hits for Freda Payne, Laura Lee, Honey Cone and 100 Proof Aged in soul all whom recorded for Holland-Dozier-Holland labels. Though they all had a turn at lead vocals, it was Johnson’s quirky hiccup-laden style and his songwriting which became increasingly showcased, with the group selling a million plus copies of their single, “Give Me Just a Little More Time”.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Invictus record with covers.

Tracks
A1 Give Me Just A Little More Time 2.38
A2 Come Together 3.50
A3 Bless You 2.49
A4 Patches 3.31
A5 Since The Days Of Pigtails & Fairytales 2.41
A6 I´ll Come Crawling 2.38
B1 You´ve Got Me Darling On A String 3.00
B2 Bravo, Hooray 3.12
B3 Didn´t We 2.41
B4 Feeling Alright? 3.40
B5 My Way 3.57
B6 Tricked & Trapped 3.20

The explosive “Give Me Just a Little More Time” had Four Tops written all over it. From the in-your-face vocals, the insatiable beat, and spirited backing, the song was a bonafide, can’t-miss hit. A rousing “You Got Me Dangling on a String” again features General Johnson’s (formerly of the Showmen) unusual, quivering lead on another song that seem tailored for the Tops. The country-influenced “Patches” is the most interesting song here; it was later recorded by Clarence Carter, becoming one of his biggest hits. The group’s versatility is showcased, as each member — General Johnson, Danny Woods, Eddie Curtis, and Harrison Kennedy — leads at least one song. The problem is, each has a different agenda: Woods is hardcore R&B, Curtis likes ’60s easy listening, Kennedy is a rocker, and General Johnson is General Johnson. The assorted leads give the album a quilting effect.

Although over 30 years have elapsed since their glory days, Chairman Of The Board’s music has patently not succumbed to the ravages of time, soulful evergreens like Give Me Just A Little More Time, (You’ve Got Me) Dangling On A String sound as fresh and vibrant as the day they were recorded.

bio

General Norman Johnson (born 23 May 1943, Norfolk, Virginia) had a hit as the lead singer of The Showmen in the early 1960s, with the New Orleans rock and roll anthem “It Will Stand” and Carolina Beach Classic “39-21-46”.

When Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown in 1967 to establish their own Invictus/Hot Wax group of record labels, they teamed Johnson up with Eddie Custis, Danny Woods and Canadian born Harrison Kennedy as the new company’s flagship act, under the appropriate name “Chairmen of the Board”. Custis left the group after their second album.
They all took lead vocals and group quickly had a million selling single, “Give Me Just a Little More Time”. Chairmen of the Board also scored with “You’ve Got Me Dangling On A String”, “Pay To the Piper”, “Everything’s Tuesday”, “Working On A Building Of Love”, “Elmo James”, “Finders Keepers”, and the original version of “Patches”, a memorable Grammy Award winning ballad when later covered with great success by Clarence Carter.

Kennedy, Woods and Johnson all went on to cut solo albums of varying quality, whilst Johnson wrote and produced (with Greg Perry) for other Invictus/Hot Wax acts, notably Honey Cone. Harrison having left, Johnson and Woods toured the UK in 1976 with six musicians as “Chairmen of the Board”, but were not as successful as before. The act was broken up immediately afterwards, Johnson having signed for Arista Records as a solo artist.

In 1978, Johnson reformed the Chairmen of the Board. In 1980, the new Chairmen founded Surfside Records, for which the group still records.

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45 Comments
  • Sam
    Posted at 19:23h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    i had it back in the 70’s. A very good album worth listen.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 20:05h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    Damn, Nikos…was talking about this album with SB earlier this week…must be ESP or something :¬)

    /Lafayette

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:08h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    Ha ha, maybe Laf. Hope you like it.

  • andre
    Posted at 22:24h, 11 May 2008 Reply

    never heard this one before, good lookin out

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 00:58h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos! Im so glad you’re back to doing your thing. I love these posts! Keep up the amazing work!

  • R
    Posted at 01:48h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    DOPE!

  • chrisd
    Posted at 03:31h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    Nikos, fantastic post! I love this album and own a totally destroyed copy that my mom got when it came out. I just got a 3-cd set of all their Invictus recordings and will post it on my blog in a little while.

    http://rarin-to-go.blogspot.com/

  • Barry
    Posted at 04:31h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    What a nice a record to begin the week. Especially when you are working at the office.

  • J.B.
    Posted at 05:05h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    That’s right. What a week. The Chairmen of the Board and Sweet Blindness! Couldn’t expect more, nikos.

  • Seth
    Posted at 08:01h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    Another one of those rare gems. thank you bro!

  • onawave
    Posted at 11:24h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    very very fine record. been playing it since i got it…

    thanks again

    oaw

  • gianni
    Posted at 16:17h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    nikos, I love you!!!!!!!

  • W
    Posted at 12:39h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    A really great record. Excellent blog!

  • Michael
    Posted at 14:13h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    That’s why i adore soul music. you are my hero.

  • Don
    Posted at 14:49h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    The vinyl cover looks old but the music is fresh. Just Great.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 16:42h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    Great post Niko. General J along with some other fine gentlemen put Detroit up in soulforeverville, a situation we hardly could forseen from the early days of N.O. r’n’b.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 17:01h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    That is absolutely right Groovy Emmanuel. So true.

  • Nikos
    Posted at 19:07h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    Niko thank you for this precious gift!!

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 20:45h, 12 May 2008 Reply

    I don’t know it. Thanks.

  • Regina
    Posted at 03:33h, 13 May 2008 Reply

    wow! very soulful,
    thank you for this

  • funkyM
    Posted at 03:58h, 13 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks for sounds nikos! much appreciated

  • Eliah
    Posted at 04:39h, 13 May 2008 Reply

    I knew the name not their albums. Very satisfied. Great blog, nikos.

  • allen
    Posted at 12:16h, 13 May 2008 Reply

    just added your blog to my blog roll. likin’ your posts . . . keep it up. You don’t happen to have Chairman of the Board’s “Skin I’m In” do you?

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 15:08h, 13 May 2008 Reply

    thank you allen, do not have it right now but i will. then i will place you a link.

  • Noa
    Posted at 18:47h, 13 May 2008 Reply

    Just found you again nikos. So glad. this is much much better.

  • Slim Jay
    Posted at 00:19h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the comments, Nikos. You’re sight is the shit!!

  • R.Mind
    Posted at 04:59h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks for giving us the records we couldn’t touch.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 05:57h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    This is the most comprehensive soul/funk collection on the web by far. Respect.

  • Inyambo
    Posted at 09:59h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    Wow.. This is a very awesome album.. Cant wait till i get my turntable from repair, so i can also start posting some Gems.

  • mb
    Posted at 10:10h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    you drive me crazy soul man.

  • andrew embassy
    Posted at 15:45h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    damn, this record is great – Patches and Give me just a little more time are bangers!

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 16:03h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Very nice album.Thanks for the share

  • justme
    Posted at 02:22h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    What a great album! I haven’t ever seen this one floating around before or I would grabbed it!

    Help an old digitally challenged guy out please. How did you get the album cover artwork? I don’t have a scanner that will go that large and I don’t have a clue as to what software you would use to get such a good pic cropped the way it is. I assume that you used a digital camera. My wife has a nice camera so I could get her to take the pics but I need some tips on how to do the rest.

    I recently figured out how to rip vinyl but I need help with the artwork.

    Thanks!
    justme

  • cob
    Posted at 02:30h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    you da man

  • m.
    Posted at 12:33h, 17 May 2008 Reply

    Many thanks!

  • Rich
    Posted at 13:04h, 20 May 2008 Reply

    Nikos whats good again thanx for the moments lps i never heard of this group but cant wait to hear them if u posted it its got to be good

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 13:00h, 01 June 2008 Reply

    thanx

  • Jack Flash
    Posted at 14:24h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this gem…..

  • CosmicGoof
    Posted at 17:31h, 19 July 2008 Reply

    Their album “skin I’m in” has Bernie Worrell and Eddie Hazel from Funkadelic in the band

  • Messiah
    Posted at 04:46h, 26 August 2008 Reply

    HOW DID I MISS THIS ONE! Thanks Nikos……i thought i grabbed this when you were over at Lost N Tyme but i guess i didn’t……thanks for the Softones too i’ve been playing it all day long! Peace

    Messiah

  • jean
    Posted at 04:41h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    a must to have…. one of those incredible bands…thank u so much

  • Chris
    Posted at 21:59h, 15 November 2008 Reply

    HDH, Chairmen of the Board, and Invictus combine for some solid soul gems!!! Thanks

  • tom
    Posted at 15:29h, 21 February 2009 Reply

    great upload, by chance do you have the best of, thanks for this

  • Dave
    Posted at 19:08h, 17 July 2011 Reply

    Thanks for this rare recording.

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