Numero Group: By The Numbers

Jonathan Lethem weighs in
October 20, 2010, 7:19 am
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“For decades I’ve regarded Syl Johnson as the absolute uppermost among the soul voices whose names wouldn’t be recognized except by cognoscenti—the “lost” voice that cut the deepest, burned the hardest, and kept the best pace with the hall-of-famers (Green, Gaye, Hathaway, et al). Now, not only has he been given belated sonic justice, but I’m amazed to learn that the aggrieved outsider passion of his voice is matched by the absurd ferocity of the life lived by the man himself, inside and outside the verifiable histories of our time.” — Jonathan Lethem

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