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Syl Johnson
Do You Know What Soul Is?

Syl Johnson reckons that he’s been sampled more than any other artist, and it could well be true. His tight, sinewy R&B / soul music is packed with funky breaks and slick-hot grooves. Do You Know What Soul Is? Is set up to ensure that whatever your answer before you listen, you’ll damn well know what soul is by the end of the record. LP on Numero Group.

Syl Johnson
My Gift

Syl Johnson reckons that he’s been sampled more than any other artist, and it could well be true. The tracks gathered here are packed with funky breaks and slick-hot grooves. My Gift is a compilation of the R&B / soul man’s 45’ singles from his early days, with B-sides to boot. All remastered, of course. LP on Numero Group.

Syl Johnson
Complete Mythology

A full 81 songs from Syl Johnson, the soul singer who reckons that he’s been sampled more than any other artist. It could well be true: these tracks are packed with funky breaks and slick-hot grooves. As well as the four CDs (and six LPs in the vinyl version of the box), an accompanying booklet offers photos, annotations to the songs, and an attempt to index all those sample-usages. Wow! Complete Mythology is released by Numero Group.

Syl Johnson
Complete Twilight Records 45's

Syl Johnson is possibly one of the best regarded, yet widely unheard of soul singers around. Never getting the attention of the likes of Curtis Mayfield or Al Green this is the perfect introduction for the uninitiated. This collection gathers both sides of his fifteen 45's of Chicago soul recorded over four years on the Twinight records label. From the heavily sampled “Different Strokes” to the plaintive “Is It Because I'm Black” this is an essential double LP delight from the always excellent Numero Group.