Numero Group: By The Numbers

The Boston Globe chimes in on Syl
November 8, 2010, 11:21 am
Filed under: Press Archives, Syl Johnson

Numero Group isn’t trading in their usual impossibly obscure recoveries here, but as the box’s liner notes acknowledge, they are still compiling the work of an artist who was “toeing the edge of a wide chasm that separates soul’s upper and middle classes’’ throughout his career. Why do it, then? Because, they argue, even though he never broke through with that huge smash hit, Syl Johnson was not just a good, but a great soul singer who maintained a long and viable career. Judging from the collective effect of the 81 tracks gathered here, they’re right. And although what isn’t here — Johnson’s later work for Hi — is often claimed to be his finest, the man himself disagrees; he maintains that nothing he did for Hi could top his Twinight years. “The Complete Mythology’’ suggests that he may be right, too.

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