Friday, April 26, 2013

Syl Johnson - Is It Because I'm Black

Year : 1970
Label : Twinight
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul

"Is It Because I'm Black" is one the best Soul albums ever recorded, written in collaboration of Jimmy Jones & The Pieces Of Peace, Syl Johnson is at the top for his second & last disc released for Twinight Records. As most of black songwriters from the sixties decade, Syl Johnson explored identity & social themes of the Afro-American community with various protest songs, whose the most representative is "It is Because I’m Black", which reached Number 11 in the R&B charts in 1969. Titles include also the funkiest "Right On", played in the pure James Brown style, Jazz & Pop covers from Oscar Brown (Black Balloons), Joe South (Walk a Mile in My Shoes) and the Beatles (Come Together). Produced and performed by Syl Johnson & The Pieces Of Peace with arrangements of Byron Bowie, Larry Nestor & Jerry Wilson.

Syl Johnson_vocal, rhythm guitar
Bernard Reed_bass
John Bishop_lead guitar
Byron Bowie_saxophone 
Rahmlee Michael Davis_trumpet

01. It Is Because I'm Black (Jimmy Jones, Glenn Watts, Syl Johnson)
02. Come Together
03. Together, Forever (Bernard Reed)
04. Concrete Reservation (Jimmy Jones)
05. Black Balloons
06. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
07. I'm Talkin' Bout Freedom (Byron Bowie)
08. Right On (Syl Johnson, Jimmy Jones)

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