“There were a few records before this one, but it’s notable because it’s the first album I did with LA studio musicians. Motown was in the process of shutting down its studio in Detroit, and a lot of those players moved to LA. The producer, Johnny Bristol, suggested that we round up a lot of those musicians – it was a very eye-opening experience to be working in LA with these studio cats.
“The record was an enormous breakthrough for me, as evidenced by the fact that I continued to make my records in LA with studio musicians. The sessions were all about everybody getting in there, hitting the charts and going fast. It was a real thrill hearing those guys.”