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Encompassing the first fifteen years of a career that spans half a century, 'Complete Mythology' not only covers his obvious hits but shines alight into the dark corners of a true musical visionary. Born Sylvester Thompson in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Johnson sang and playedwith blues artists Magic Sam, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and Howlin’ Wolf in the 1950s,before recording with Jimmy Reed for Vee-Jay in 1959. His break was to come recording for Twinight Records of Chicago in 1967. Johnson dominated the label as both a hitmaker and producer, providing such hits as “Come On Sock It to Me”, “Different Strokes” (one of the most heavily sampled songs in the history of recorded music–paid homage by N.W.A., Kid Rock, Michael Jackson, J. Dilla and dozens others), “Is It Because I’m Black” (which reached Number 11 on the Billboard R&B charts in 1969), among many more.
Included on the 81 track, 6LP+4CD box (both formats included) are re-mastered versionsof no less than twenty eight 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 The fifty-two page booklet contains a thirty-five thousand word essay, scores of previously unpublished photos, a sampling index, andcomplete discography—all presented in a lavishhard bound box. For the uninitiated this is history, for those familiar this is respect forone the greatest musical artists of our time.
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