Friday, December 17, 2010

Syl Johnson: "I'm Talkin' Bout Freedom" Free download

Here is something new from one of my favorite artists. JDLP

Chicago's Numero Group is a primarily reissues label created for music aficionados, by music aficionados. Finding untempered gold in basements of recording studios, record stores, and other crafty ways, Numero pays tribute to the underappreciated artists of the past and goes a step further with beautiful packaging and scholarly liner notes that contextualize the sociopolitical climate in which it was created. Though not as completely unknown as artists on the Numero catalog, politically active soul man Syl Johnson embodies the Numero artist: In Johnson's own words, "I made my opportunities, but I never got the breaks I should have gotten. I was a jack- of-all-trades. More soul than Marvin, more funk than James. If I’d gone pop, you’d be talkin’ about me, not them. I rate right at the top, though I’ve been underrated all my life." Syl Johnson is an artist defined by his intense and genuine conviction, as heard in his swaying soulful vocal in "I'm Talkin' Bout Freedom", a standout track amongst the massive 80+ song retrospective spread across 4 CDs and 6 LPs paired with a gorgeous 48-page booklet. (Get Off The Coast co-premiere)

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