Syl Johnson is an American funk, soul, and blues institution. He recorded for Vee Jay Records in the very late-50s before debuting as a solo artist in 1959 on Federal Records. The early part of the '60s saw a cascade of Johnson releases on 45, on labels including Zachron, Cha Cha, and Ember. In the decade's latter half, Syl worked tirelessly for Chicago's Twinight record label. Dresses Too Short, his debut LP, was released by Twinight in 1968; followed up with 1970's Is It Because I'm Black?, the apex of his artistry and social consciousness to that point. Syl spent the bulk of the '70s as a labelmate to Al Green, recording a deluge of 45s and LPs for Memphis's Hi Records.
Syl's inspiring voice and his mighty band, the Pieces of Peace, are a match made in soul heaven. Hit songs "One Way Ticket To Nowhere" and "Get Ready" are just two of the highlights from this Numero LP (culled from the label's Complete Mythology box set which covered his most productive period from 1959 through 1972) adding to his sky high stash of smashes. They're joined by a super-funky "Annie Got Hot Pants Power," the uplifting "We Do It Together," and "Thank You Baby," and revivals of Jackie Wilson's "That's Why," and the Temptations' "The Way You Do The Things You Do," transformed so completely that you'd swear they were written specifically for Syl.
"There are many great soul singers, but few has inspired hip hop from its early beginning to now. Syl Johnson is a unsung pioneer of musical fusion." – RZA