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News: Soul Great Syl Johnson Finds 'justice' At Last

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Syl Johnson is sitting in the South Side offices of his Numero Group record label and examining a 40-year-old portrait of himself in a rare moment when he wasn't playing a gig, running a recording session or working a day job. The face in the phot...

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A worthy project and a sumptuous piece of packaging...but why did the guy in the YouTube clip insist on throwing the discs down to give it some kinda 'weight = quality' approach!? Did anyone else cringe when he cut through the packaging...no protection over the cover, so the blade could've gone and cut the sleeve there and then...ouch!

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ehhhh...... Pitchfork only gives it 6.8 out of 10. Syl is not as raw as James Brown, not as funny as Joe Tex & not as successful as Al Green. Numero shouldn't have bothered & just done a concise single CD..............

James Brown biographer Douglas Wolk reviews Syl Johnson's Complete Mythology

An "also ran" with a most distinctive voice.Love all his stuff.Now what am i doing DEC 2nd onwards???:rolleyes: .

One i like is "Take me back" on Twinight,soundclip anyone?

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Saw him in Perth Oz 18 months ago. Totally brilliant and so in control of his guitar. Did "Is it because I'm black" absolute awesome poignant record. Real energy in his performance considering he's on the wrong side of 70. His show had something for everyone, ballads, soul and blues thumpers and funk.

Well known producer too, apparently took a girl from the band backing him in Australia over to the States and is writing and producing for her. He hung around after the show and chatted until we got thrown out. Seemed genuinely appreciative of the almost all white audiences knowledge and love of soul music.

Didn't drink when he was younger, but I think he likes a smoke, (allegedly) even though his wife is a police commisioner!

I'd love to see him perform again and will definitely buy the anthology.

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