Album review

Chairmen Of The Board - Finder's Keepers: The Invictus Anthology

Thankfully shorn of all cabaret cover versions, herein is everything interesting Chairmen Of The Board ever did. Delve beyond the superior post-Motown pop of their early hits and you'll find unexpected adventures like their 1972 Bittersweet album (here represented practically in full) which ranges from swamp rock via tormented gospel to psychedelic soul meets Broadway.

Better still, and in its entirety, there's 1974's proto-P Funk avant-masterpiece Skin I'm In (with several of Clinton's men on board), with its demented climactic suite built around Sly's "Life And Death". Stylistically chaotic but brilliant.

Rating: 4 / 10


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