Filed under: Syl Johnson | Tags: Complete Mythology, EGON, NPR Music, Stones Throw Records, Syl Johnson
Our pal Eothen (aka EGON) the GM over at Stones Throw Records and resident reissue blogger at NPR Music chimed in on his top 5 favorite reissues of 2010. Here’s what he had to say about Complete Mythology.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years since I lost a coin-flip for a copy of Chicago soul great Syl Johnson’s Dresses Too Short album in a Tennessee used-record store. (Rest assured: I won it back a few years later.) I found a sealed copy of Is It Because I’m Black — the second album he issued on Twinight, the label he co-founded and led to great heights in Chicago’s ’70s — a bit later, in the “Rare Groove Sale” bin in a Kyoto shop. I left it sealed. Why? Well, I knew the album well enough by that point — there had been numerous bootlegs and quasi-official reissues of Johnson’s material — and I figured that someday someone would do Johnson right, justly issuing an anthology that would settle him in the soul pantheon and allow me to file my artifact next to a remastered reissue that I could play in good conscience.
Finally, here it is: Numero Group’s finest reissue yet, a collection of Johnson’s Twinight albums and singles — alongside everything else Johnson recorded in Chicago before his departure to Memphis and Hi Records — packaged as a six-album, four-CD box set called Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology. Johnson’s nasal-inflected twang never sounded so good; it would be worth the price of admission for the seven minutes of prestigious funk that is the singer’s introduction to his Pieces of Peace band, “Right On.”
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