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Syl JohnsonIs It Because I'm Black (50th Anniversary edition – 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Twinight/Numero, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 24.99
One of the best-ever soul albums to come out of Chicago – and it may well be one of the best soul albums ever! The set's the deepest that Syl Johnson ever recorded – and it takes all the hard, raw soul he forged on previous funky 45s – and spins it out in longer album format – with some wicked backings that more than keep up the funk from before, but which also help Johnson deepen the message of his tunes! The political vibe of the album comes through right away in the striking cover and title – and the title track is a 7 and a half minute gem – one of the boldest songs ever about disempowerment. Backings are by Jimmy Jones & The Pieces Of Peace – who really keep the sound deep throughout – and in addition to the classic title track "Is It Because I'm Black", other tunes include "Right On", "Together Forever", "Concrete Reservation", "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "Black Balloons", and "I'm Talkin About Freedom". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI!)

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Johnny WilliamsWomen/Breaking Point ... 7-inch
Twinight, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $6.99
Obscure and wonderful! The single's one of the many rare sides produced by Syl Johnson for Twinight, and it's very much in the vein of his own work! "Breaking Point" begins with fast fast choppy guitar – riffing away madly, while horns blare over the top, and Johnny sings in a sweet raspy voice. "Women" is very nice, too – and has a west side Tyrone Davis sort of feel to it. Johnny was a great singer – right up there with Tyrone and Syl, and it's a shame he never cut a full LP! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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✨✧ Renaldo DominoNo Laggin & Draggin/Give Up The Love (gold vinyl pressing) ... 7-inch
Colemine, 2020. New Copy ... $6.99
Renaldo Domino only cut a handful of singles for Twinight Records back in the day – but he's back in perfect formation here, and really sounding wonderful – with a heartbreaking vocal that crackles nicely over the soaring arrangements of "Laggin & Draggin"! "Give Up The Love" has a fuller feel – strings gliding over these majestic backings, almost with a Curtom vibe – and the heartfelt quality of Renaldo's vocals really make the whole thing come together! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition transparent gold vinyl pressing!)

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Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 6LPs/4CDs ... $68.99 79.98
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – then sampled heavily, compiled frequently, and spun out to a huge global audience that Johnson never had back in the day. Yet throughout the years, things were never done properly – and certainly with any sense of history or continuity that would unite the music – until now. The folks at Numero have really outdone themselves this time – not just by including both CD (4 of them) and LP (6 of those) versions of the music in the set – but also by coming up with one of the most attractive, uniquely packaged records we've ever seen! The box and booklet alone are completely beautiful – the latter filled with vintage photos, personal recollections by Syl, and some great Numero writing – not to mention much-needed details on the recordings within. And the LPs each come in their own jackets – two of which mimic the original Twinight albums, the other four of which create Shama, Trip, and Federal label albums of Johnson's music – records that didn't exist back in the 60s, but which look as if they've come from a time machine! The CDs come in a very cool LP-styled jacket – and the whole thing slides together as sweetly as the funky music within. None of the Hi Records material is included – just material from labels that include Twilight/Twinight, King/Federal, Shama, TMP/Ting, Zachron, One-Derful, Cha Cha, Special Agent, and P-Vine – including a number of tracks never issued before. We could write for hours about how great this set is – but honestly, one look, or one listen, and you'll be hooked! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ NotationsStill Here – 1967 to 1973 ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hell of a great album – and a much-needed full length set that finally brings together all the best early work by The Notations! The group hailed from the same Chicago scene as The Impressions and Chi-Lites – and although they never hit the big time back in the day, they're arguably even better than the leading Windy City soul groups of the period – possessed with a tremendous sense of harmony, a great vocal range, and this badass style that makes even their mellow cuts sound wonderfully gritty! And while the group recorded one full album in the mid 70s, that album's never been as fully representative of their strengths as their early singles – which are collected strongly here in a package that should finally give them their much-needed due. The choice of cuts is wonderful – and includes rare gems from their years at Cash and Twinight Records, plus other pre-Gemigo singles too – all with great notes that tell the group's story, in the usual Numero Records depth. Titles include "I Can't Stop", "That Girl", "Just You & Me", "Trying My Best To Find Her", "A New Day", "Gonna Get Ready", "I've Been Trying", "Leading Lady", "Now I Know How It Feels", "I Don't Want To Be Late", "At The Crossroads", "What More Can I Say", "I'm Still Here", and "This Time I'm For Real". CD features two bonus tracks – "Lonely People" and "Young Girl". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonTotal Explosion ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wicked explosion from the legendary Syl Johnson – one of his smoking sets for Hi Records – done with solid soulful help from Willie Mitchell! Mitchell's familiar Memphis groove is firmly in place here – tightly compressed rhythms and horns, vamping perfectly for Syl's raw vocals – and the set also seems to feature Johnson smoking some grooves on harmonica too – but in a way that's still a lot more soul than blues! There's a few great funky moments on the set – a nice reminder of the Twinight years – and tracks include "I Only Have Love", "Take Me To The River", "Bustin Up Or Busin Out", "'Bout To Make Me Leave Home", "That's Just My Luck", "It Ain't Easy", "Steppin Out", and "Watch What You Do To Me". CD

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