Lamont Dozier might be better known as one of the best song writers of Motown's early days penning classic songs among others for The Temptations and The Four Tops with his brother Brian Dozier and Eddie Holland. Their production trio was even introduced to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Dozier has also released excellent stuff as a solo artist. He wrote Going Back To My Roots for his solo album Peddlin' Music On The Side. This song has been really special to me for a long time. It starts with this amazing piano riff and gradually builds up and than...BOOM! "Zipping up my boots, going back to my roots." This really tears the roof off.
Lamont Dozier - Going Back To My Roots [320 kbps, direct link]
Odyssey made a cover version of Going Back To My Roots in 1981, about four years after Dozier's cut. This one is one of my favorites as well. It's a bit more disco-ish but still keeps things real and rocks the dancefloor for sure.
Odyssey - Going Back To My Roots [320 kbps, direct link]
Oh yeah, almost forgot that there's a third great version of Going Back To My Roots by Richie Havens.