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And the Catalogue Grammy Nominations Go To…

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Safely tucked underneath a controversial slate of Grammy nominations in the major categories – seriously, Rihanna’s Loud got an Album of the Year nod and Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy didn’t? – there were a fantastic batch of reissue and box set-oriented nominations in this year’s 54th annual ceremony.

Without further pithy commentary, here they are:

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Radiohead, The King of Limbs (ATO Records)
Donald Twain & Zachariah Wildwood, art directors

Bruce Springsteen, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story (Columbia/Legacy)
Dave Bett & Michelle Holme, art directors

Danny Elfman and Tim Burton, The 25th Anniversary Music Box (Warner Bros.)
Matt Taylor & Ellen Wakayama, art directors

Sting, 25 Years (A&M Records/Cherrytree Records/UMe)
James Spindler, art director

Wingless Angels, Wingless Angels: Deluxe Edition (Mindless Records, LLC)
David Gorman, art director

Best Album Notes

Neil Diamond, The Bang Years 1966-1968 (Columbia/Legacy)
Neil Diamond, writer

Various Artists, The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music (Bear Family)
Ted Olsen and Tony Russell, writers

Syl Johnson, Complete Mythology (The Numero Group)
Ken Shipley, writer

Various Artists, Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded by the San Francisco Bay by Chris Strachwitz in the 1960s (Arhoolie Records)
Adam Machado, writer

Various Artists, The Music City Story: Street Corner Doo Wop, Raw R&B and Soulful Sounds from Berkeley, California 1950-75 (Ace)
Alec Palao, writer

Best Historical Album

Paul McCartney & Wings, Band on the Run: The Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition (MPL/Hear Music/Concord)
Paul McCartney, compilation producer; Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers

Various Artists, The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang of Country Music (Bear Family)
Christopher C. King and Ted Olsen, compilation producers; Christopher C. King and Chris Zwarg, mastering engineers

Syl Johnson, Complete Mythology (The Numero Group)
Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton, mastering engineer

Various Artists, Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded by the San Francisco Bay by Chris Strachwitz in the 1960s (Arhoolie Records)
Chris Strachwitz, compilation producer; Mike Cogan, mastering engineer

Elvis Presley, Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters (RCA/Legacy)
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, compilation producer; Vic Anesini, mastering engineer

Again, a huge congratulations to the winners.

Written by Mike Duquette

December 1, 2011 at 09:03

Syl Johnson Box Set Coming (Not Because He’s Black)

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A hat tip to Record Racks (who are contributing a neat guest post later this week that I’m quite excited for) for passing this one along: Numero Group is prepping a box set due October 19 devoted to unjustly forgotten soul survivor Syl Johnson.

Johnson was a soul musician in the James Brown or Al Green mold. He toured with Magic Sam and Howlin’ Wolf, cut tracks for the Federal label (the same one that put out “Please, Please, Please,” James Brown’s first hit) and had a socially conscious Top 20 hit, “Is It Because I’m Black,” in 1969 (not to mention the 1975 Top 10 hit “Take Me to the River”). But major pop success and fame never seemed to shine down on him, although he’s been frequently sampled by contemporary rap acts (in particular his song “Different Strokes”).

Numero corrects this historical oversight with Complete Mythology, a four-CD, six-LP box set filled with early Syl classics – most of them for the Chicago local Twinight label – and a lavish essay by Bill Dahl. The first 350 pre-orders also get a bonus 7-inch single and a contact sheet signed by Johnson himself.

Have a go here to find out more about the set and hit the jump for the track list (with as much discographical info as we could find).

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Written by Mike Duquette

August 9, 2010 at 11:59

Posted in Box Sets, News, Syl Johnson