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  • Back For A Taste Of Your Love Back For A Taste Of Your Love Quick View

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    Back For A Taste Of Your Love

    A rollicking vocalist and gifted harmonica player, Syl Johnson has forged a career in both blues and soul. The brother of bassist Mac Thompson and guitarist/vocalist Jimmy Johnson, Syl Johnson sang and played with blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, and Junior Wells in the '50s before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee-Jay in 1959. He made his solo debut that same year with Federal. Johnson toured with Howlin' Wolf from late 1959 until 1962, when Willie Mitchell signed him to Hi Records.


    Johnson recorded for both Twilight and Hi in the late '60s and early '70s, clicking with the dance/novelty cut Come on Sock It to Me and crackling message track Is It Because I'm Black? He had his biggest hit with Take Me to the River in 1975, reaching number seven on the R&B charts. Johnson later recorded for Shama and Boardwalk. He reappeared on a collaboration with his brother Jimmy in the summer of 2002, humorously titled Two Johnsons Are Better Than One.


    [Back For A Taste Of Your Love] ...moves his hard Chicago soul groove over to Willie Mitchell's production style, which has a bit more of a mellow tip to it. Syl wrote a number of the tracks, and the titles include I'm Yours, Feelin' Frisky, I Hate I Walked Away, and The Love You Left Behind.


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    1. I'm Yours
    2. I Let a Good Girl Go
    3. Anyway the Wind Blows
    4. You Don't Know Me
    5. Feelin' Frisky
    6. We Did It
    7. Wind, Blow Her Back My Way
    8. I Hate I Walked Away
    9. The Love You Left Behind
    Syl Johnson
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  • Complete Mythology Complete Mythology Quick View

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    Complete Mythology

    81 track, 6LP+4CD box (both formats included) contains re-mastered versions of no less than 28 singles from the Twinight, Federal, Cha-Cha, Tmp-Ting, Special Agent, and Zachron labels, facsimiles of the Dresses Too Short and Is It Because I'm Black albums, ten previously unreleased tracks and detailed track by track notes from acclaimed music historian Bill Dahl. The 52 page booklet contains a 35,000 word essay, scores of previously unpublished photos, a sampling index, and complete discographyall presented in a lavish hard bound box.
    LP 1 My Gift

    Side A

    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

    Side B

    01. Shes So Fine - I Just Gotta Make Her Mine

    02. Little Sally Walker

    03. I Resign From Your Love

    04. I Wanna Know

    05. Well Oh Well

    06. Please, Please, Please

    07. Im Looking For My Baby


    LP 2 Do You Know What Soul Is?

    Side C

    01. She's Alright

    02. I Know

    03. A Half Love

    04. I've Been Talked About

    05. This Heart Of Mine

    06. Falling In Love Again

    07. I've Got To Get Over

    Side D

    01. Straight Love No Chaser

    02. Surrounded

    03. Half A Love

    04. Do You Know What Love Is

    05. The Love I Found In You

    06. Do You Know What Love Is

    07. Things Ain't Right


    LP 3 Dresses Too Short

    Side E

    01. Dresses Too Short

    02. I Can Take Care Of Business

    03. Different Strokes

    04. Soul Drippin'

    05. Fox Hunting On The Weekend

    06. Ode To Soul Man

    Side F

    01. Come On Sock It To Me

    02. I'll Take Those Skinny Legs

    03. Try Me

    04. Same Kind Of Thing

    05. I've Got The Real Thing

    06. Sorry 'Bout Dat

    07. Soul Strokes


    LP 4 My Funky Funky Band

    Side G

    01. Send Me Some Lovin'

    02. Try Me

    03. I Feel An Urge

    04. I Resign

    05. Love Condition

    06. Going To The Shack

    07. Don't Give It Away

    Side H

    01. My Funky Band

    02. Sockin' Soul Power

    03. Double Whammy

    04. Take Me Back

    05. I Take Care Of Homework

    06. Let Them Hang High


    LP 5 Is It Because Im Black

    Side I

    01. Is It Because I'm Black

    02. Come Together

    03. Together Forever

    04. Everybody Needs Love

    05. Soul Heaven

    Side J

    01. Concrete Reservation

    02. Black Balloons

    03. Walk A Mile In My Shoes

    04. I'm Talkin' 'Bout Freedom

    05. Right On


    LP 6 We Do It Together

    Side K

    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

    Side L

    01. Annie Got Hot Pants Power

    02. Wouldn't Change My Lady

    03. All I Need Is Someone Like You

    04. Let's Start All Over Again

    05. Hot Pants Lady

    06. Wiggle In Your Hips

    07. Your Love Is Good For Me

    08. Trying To Get To You

    Syl Johnson
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    Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs + 4 CDs Sealed Buy Now
  • Precious Soul Precious Soul Quick View

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    Precious Soul

    Long Out Of Print Debut Solo Album from One of Hi Records' Most Successful Staff Songwriters!


    Best-known as a staff songwriter under Willie Mitchell at Hi Records and as the husband of Hi star Ann Peebles, Don Bryant was also a fine, underappreciated singer in his own right. Bryant was born in Memphis on April 4, 1942; his father, Edward, sang with a gospel group called the Four Stars of Harmony, and Bryant himself began singing in church at age five. In 1955, he and four brothers formed their own gospel group, the Five Bryant Brothers, which soon switched to doo wop under the name the Quails.


    Not long after, Bryant joined several high school friends in another doo wop group, the Four Canes, who were named after their manager, local DJ D. Cane Cole. When the group split with Cole, Bryant changed their name to the Four Kings, and they caught the attention of trumpeter/bandleader Willie Mitchell, who began performing with them around the Memphis club scene. Through Mitchell, Bryant got his original composition "Is There Someone Else on Your Mind" recorded by the 5 Royales and made his first solo recording in 1964 with a cover of Chris Kenner's "I Like It Like That."


    Over the next five years, Bryant recorded several duets with Marion Brittnam and numerous cover songs, the latter of which constituted his first full-length LP, 1969's Precious Soul (issued on Hi). However, his behind-the-scenes career soon became more lucrative, specifically when Mitchell assigned him to work with new Hi signee Ann Peebles. No longer the label's focal point, Bryant resisted at first, but quickly discovered a creative and personal chemistry with Peebles that blossomed into a relationship in 1972 and marriage two years later.


    In the meantime, Bryant co-wrote a number of Peebles' signature songs, including "I Can't Stand the Rain" and "99 Pounds"; his success led to a staff songwriting position, where he penned material for other Hi stars like Al Green, Syl Johnson, O.V. Wright and Otis Clay.


     

    1. She's Looking Good
    2. (You're A) Wonderful One
    3. Funky Broadway
    4. Can I Change My Mind
    5. Soul Man
    6. Land of 1000 Dances
    7. Slip Away
    8. For Your Precious Love
    9. Expressway To Your Heart
    10. Try Me
    11. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
    12. Cry Baby
    Don Bryant
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  • Total Explosion (Pure Pleasure) Total Explosion (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Total Explosion (Pure Pleasure)

    During his eight-year stint with Hi Records, Syl Johnson was in the shadows of both Al Green and Ann Peebles. His albums never flew off the shelves but he could be trusted to release two or three good singles a year. By 1975, Johnson's partnership with Hi Records started to yield even more success. As this album's predecessors had Johnson vacillating between being a romantic and a wretch, Total Explosion explores his unrepentant side with good results. I Only Have Love for You is a classic Memphis shuffle and finds Johnson all but boasting about his lack of financial savvy, as he sings, »all I got to give is me«. With all of the ill will and venom spewed on Total Explosion, the innocent Star Bright, Star Lite just still doesn't ring true. Johnson comes back to his senses on Steppin' Out. The dramatic, hard-edged track is all anger and domestic unrest as he sings, »excuse me, excuse me while I get dressed«; you get the feeling he won't be back anytime soon. The album's biggest single was Johnson's slowed-down take on Green's Take Me To The River. Although the religious/sexual imagery is lost in the translation, Johnson does a good job with it. The best track, the brilliantly arranged Watch What You Do to Me has Johnson playing the role of cuckold, and as he sings »I carry my piece, everywhere I go«, it certainly made him more a menace than romantic balladeer. Total Explosion was Johnson's most successful album at Hi Records and was one of the best in the label's catalog.



    Musicians:



    • Syl Johnson (vocal)

    • Wayne Jackson (trumpet)

    • Andrew Love, Lewis Collins (tenor saxophone)

    • James Mitchell (bassoon)

    • Jack Hale (trombone)

    • Archie Turner & Earl Randle (piano)

    • Charlie Hodges (organ, piano)

    • Leroy Hodges (bass)

    • Howard Grimes (drums)




    Recording: 1973 by Willie Mitchell at Royal Recording Studios, South Lauderdale, Memphis, Tennessee

    Production: Willie Mitchell




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. I Only Have Love
    2. Bustin' Up Or Bustin' Out
    3. Star Bright Star Lite
    4. Whatch What You Do To Me
    5. Steppin' Out
    6. Take Me To The River
    7. It Ain't Easy
    8. 'Bout To Make Me Leave Home
    9. That's Just My Luck
    Syl Johnson
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • On The Loose On The Loose Quick View

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    On The Loose

    Hi Records producer Willie Mitchell constructed his vaunted house rhythm section around three talented Hodges Brothers during the late-'60s: guitarist Mabon (nicknamed Teenie); bassist Leroy; and organist Charles. With drummer Howard Grimes (and on some of Al Green's sides, MG's trapsman Al Jackson Jr.) rounding out the lineup, this skintight Memphis quartet laid down surging, simmering grooves behind the entire Hi stable during the label's 1970's heyday: Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, and Mitchell himself, to name but a few. Mitchell had patiently molded the unit since when the Hodges Brothers were just in their teens.


    As the succinctly named Hi Rhythm, they recorded the 1976 LP, On The Loose, and remained a cohesive unit well into the '90s, even providing luxurious backing on Johnson's wonderful 1994 comeback set for Delmark, Back in the Game. Meanwhile, as the Hodges Brothers, they released a 1994 record called Perfect Gentlemen on the tiny Velvet Recording of America logo that also featured a fourth brother Fred on keys and veteran soul singer Percy Wiggins on several tracks. Fat Possum now has the distinction of reissuing the Hi Rhythm's long out-of-print 1976 offering On The Loose here on vinyl once again!

    1. Black Rock
    2. On The Loose
    3. Superstar
    4. Since You've Been Gone
    5. Purple Rain Drops
    6. I Remember Do You
    7. Save All My Lovin'
    8. You Got Me Comin'
    9. Skinny Dippin'
    Hi Rhythm
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  • Uptown Shakedown Uptown Shakedown Quick View

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    Uptown Shakedown

    Uptown Shakedown is the 1979 album from Hi Records Soul legend, Syl Johnson. Via Fat Possum, this album is available again on vinyl for the first time in decades.
    1. Mystery Lady
    2. Let's Dance For Love
    3. Gimme Little Sign
    4. You're The Star Of The Show
    5. Blue Water
    6. Who's Gonna Love You
    7. Otis Redding Medley:
    - Respect
    - Wholesale Love

    - Snatch A Little Piece
    - I Can't Turn You Loose
    - Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
    - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
    Syl Johnson
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Good Thing Good Thing Quick View

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    Good Thing

    80's Icon - Paul Young Returns With His First Album In 20 years - Good Thing


    Paul remembered for his Billboard Top 10 Hit - Everytime You Go Away, his Gold selling album 'The Secret Of Association' & performance at Live Aid. He was one of the biggest stars of the era, on both sides of the Atlantic.


    Executive producer and partner in the 'Good Thing' project is world renowned Arthur Baker, best known for his work with hip hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa & Planet Patrol, crossover pop acts New Order and the Pet Shop Boys, here he channels some of his later work with Al Green. The album is a collection of classic soul covers and sees Paul return to the soulful roots sound that catapulted him to worldwide fame.


    Stemming from Memphis soul as a starting point; which is why Stax Records (a major factor in the creation of Southern and Memphis Soul) feature so heavily on this new album. From Al Green's 'L-O-V-E', The Staple Singer's 'Touch A Hand, Make A Friend' and Syl Johnson's 'Back For A Taste Of Your Love', & Jonnie Taylor's 'I Believe In You' - 'Good Thing' is, in Paul's opinion, the cream of soul in one collection:


    "This album is a labor of love, my soulful dream realized for everyone to now share," states Paul. "I've carefully selected and re-recorded some of the most beautiful, iconic and rare soul tracks of all time and I hope people enjoy this album as much as I've loved creating it."


    1. L-O-V-E (Love)
    2. Touch A Hand, Make A Friend
    3. Eloise (Hang On In There)
    4. Back For a Taste of Your Love
    5. Big Bird
    6. Ain't That a Lot of Love
    7. Slipped, Tripped and Fell In Love
    8. I Believe In You (You Believe In Me)
    9. Words
    10. Your Good Thing (Is About To End)
    Paul Young
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  • Total Explosion Total Explosion Quick View

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    Total Explosion

    During his eight-year stint with Hi Records, Johnson was in the shadows of both Al Green and Ann Peebles. His albums never flew off the shelves but he could be trusted to release two or three good singles a year. By 1975, Johnson's partnership with Hi Records started to yield even more success. As this album's predecessors had Johnson vacillating between being a romantic and a wretch, Total Explosion explores his unrepentant side with good results. I Only Have Love for You is a classic Memphis shuffle and finds Johnson all but boasting about his lack of financial savvy, as he sings, All I got to give is me. With all of the ill will and venom spewed on Total Explosion, the innocent Star Bright, Star Lite just still doesn't ring true. Johnson comes back to his senses on Steppin' Out. The dramatic, hard-edged track is all anger and domestic unrest as he sings, Excuse me, excuse me while I get dressed; you get the feeling he won't be back anytime soon. The album's biggest single was Johnson's slowed-down take on Green's Take Me to the River. Although the religious/sexual imagery is lost in the translation, Johnson does a good job with it. The best track, the brilliantly arranged Watch What You Do to Me has Johnson playing the role of cuckold, and as he sings I carry my piece, everywhere I go, it certainly made him more a menace than romantic balladeer. Total Explosion was Johnson's most successful album at Hi Records and was one of the best in the label's catalog.

    -AllMusic
    1. I Only Have Love
    2. Bustin' Up Or Bustin' Out
    3. Star Bright Star Lite
    4. Whatch What You Do To Me
    5. Steppin' Out
    6. Take Me To The River
    7. It Ain't Easy
    8. 'Bout To Make Me Leave Home
    9. That's Just My Luck
    Syl Johnson
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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