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Friday, January 8, 2010
TRIBUTE TO WILLIE MITCHELL: SYL JOHNSON - TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
Had to think about it for a few days, but along with the classic Al Green sides, this tracks stands up in my opinion as the ultimate expression of the production genius of Willie Mitchell.
Taking cues from not only southern soul but also with a strong country flavor, Mitchell productions always swung in slow motion with a smoky, down home feel that, if a record had an odor, would smell like the finest barbecue.
As anyone who's been checking out this blog for a while knows, I'm a MASSIVE Syl Johnson fan, and on this track he shows off his ultra-funky strained vocals in a way that practically ROARS out of the track.
At the time this record was recorded, most r&b had gone in the direction of more rhythm/ less song and as another testament to Willie Mitchell productions, the SONG is first and foremost.
Thanks for the music, Willie and may you rest in peace.
SYL JOHNSON - TAKE ME TO THE RIVER