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Syl Johnson - Complete Mythology [4CD Box Set] (2010)

5-03-2016, 10:48
Blues | Soul | Funk | FLAC / APE

Title: Complete Mythology
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Numero Group [NUM032]
Genre: Soul, Funk, Rhythm & Blues
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks +.cue,log)
Total Time: 3:41:12
Total Size: 531 mb / 1.23 gb

For casual soul and funk fans, Syl Johnson's career began in 1967 with the funky, oft-sampled "Different Strokes" and was followed by the burning socially conscious anthem "Is It Because I'm Black." In the 1970s, Johnson's name became synonymous with Hi Records in Memphis -- "I Hear the Love Chimes" was immortalized in Quentin Tarantino's film Jackie Brown. But his story begins many years and labels before, in 1959 to be exact. He cut "Teardrops" and "They Who Love" for King Records' subsidiary Federal, based on the strength of a demo he walked in off the street with -- on his way to a Chess session! Johnson recorded a slew of singles for Federal between 1959 and 1962, before leaving and recording for a series of labels that included Cha Cha, One-derful!, TMP-Ting, Zachron, Twinight, and P-Vine, all but the last cut before moving to Memphis and Hi in 1972. The story told here reveals that Johnson -- despite his off-the-chart talent as a guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer -- never quite got over in the way that peers James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, and Al Green did.

The evidence is collected convincingly on Complete Mythology, a massive 80-track, six-LP, four-CD set (the CDs mirror the LPs) that is the crowning achievement in archival music freak label Numero Group's catalog thus far. Johnson's career is documented chronologically, from "Teardrops" all the way through to "All I Need Is Someone Like You" (an elegant, Philly soul-inspired duet with wife Brenda), "Annie Has Got Hot Pants Power" (which directly inspired Brown's "Hot Pants"), and "Let's Start All Over Again." None of the Hi material is documented here; it needn't be because it's available elsewhere. This is Johnson's Chicago output before and after Memphis, during the first decade and a half of his career, the vast majority of it for Twinight, a label he helped to found. Johnson is no ordinary soul singer as the sounds here attest: they range from R&B-laced Chicago blues and soul to hard, edgy, jazzy uptown funk that rivals Brown's, to latter-day soul. Along the way are Johnson-penned originals as well as the hits he chased by other artists -- "I'll Take Those Skinny Legs" was written and recorded in response to Joe Tex's hit "Skinny Legs and All." There are even innovative covers of some Motown nuggets recorded in Detroit! There are seven unreleased tracks included in the package, too. In addition, as with all things Numero, the box features an exhaustively researched and annotated book with indispensable liners by Bill Dahl and loads of photos. While Johnson is known for creating myths surrounding his long career -- at 74 he's still going strong -- this set reveals the truth about his true worth as an artist, adding weight and heft to the story, thereby creating a new, and more than likely enduring, mythology.


01 Teardrops
02 They Who Love
03 I've Got Love
04 Lonely Man
05 I Need Love
06 His Gift
07 I've Got to Find My Baby
08 She's So Fine
09 Little Sally Walker
10 I Resign From Your Love
11 I Wanna Know
12 Well Oh Well
13 Please, Please, Please
14 I'm Looking for My Baby
15 She's Alright
16 I Know
17 A Half Love
18 I've Been Talked About
19 This Heart of Mine

01 Falling in Love Again
02 I've Got to Get Over
03 Straight Love, No Chaser
04 Surrounded
05 Try Me
06 Half a Love
07 Do You Know What Love Is
08 The Love I Found in You
09 Do You Know What Love Is
10 Things Ain't Right
11 Come on Sock It to Me
12 Different Strokes
13 Sorry 'Bout Dat
14 Ode to Soul Man
15 I'll Take Those Skinny Legs
16 Send Me Some Lovin'
17 Soul Drippin'
18 Fox Hunting on the Weekend
19 Try Me
20 I Feel an Urge
21 I Resign
22 Love Condition

01 My Funky Band
02 Sockin' Soul Power
03 Double Whammy
04 Dresses Too Short
05 I Can Take Care of Business
06 Same Kind of Thing
07 I've Got the Real Thing
08 Take Me Back
09 I Take Care of Homework
10 Let Them Hang High
11 Don't Give It Away
12 Going to the Shack
13 Is It Because I'm Black
14 Concrete Reservation
15 Together Forever
16 Come Together
17 Black Balloons
18 Walk a Mile in My Shoes
19 I'm Talkin' 'Bout Freedom
20 Right On
21 Everybody Needs Love

01 One Way Ticket to Nowhere
02 Kiss By Kiss
03 Thank You Baby
04 We Do It Together
05 Try My Love
06 That's Why
07 Get Ready
08 The Way You Do the Things You Do
09 Annie Got Hot Pants Power
10 Wouldn't Change My Lady
11 All I Need Is Someone Like You
12 Let's Start All Over Again
13 Hot Pants Lady
14 Wiggle in Your Hips
15 Your Love Is Good for Me
16 Trying to Get to You
17 Soul Strokes
18 Annie Got Hot Pants Power (Instrumental)
19 Soul Heaven

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Chuck_Delagrasa   User offline   5 March 2016 18:17


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feu   User offline   9 March 2016 03:57

hi artmuss, please can you reup this compilation

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Philemon   User offline   9 March 2016 14:34

Ditto what feu said: would love a re-up. Best wishes...

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