Samuel Jonathan Johnson

My Music (BEWITH066LP)

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1978

My Music

Samuel Jonathan Johnson

Be With Records

4251648413400

LPS 159916

BEWITH066LP

JAZZ

1

LP 20,65 €

4 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Samuel Jonathan Johnson's lone album My Music is the epitome of a cult classic: a record that didn't do much upon its release in 1978 but steadily found an audience, one large enough that it eventually worked its way into the culture, its presence known through recurring samples on songs by Jadakiss, Q-Tip, and others. If My Music offered nothing more than sample source material, it'd be little more than a curio, but it's a unique record in its own right, falling halfway between the romantic disco opuses of Barry White and the seductive smooth jazz of Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers. Johnson does indulge in a bit of exuberance -- "Sweet Love" bubbles over with joy and "It Ain't Easy" is nearly as ebullient, while "You" bounces to a determined disco thump -- but the overall tone of the LP is one of love, not seduction. Johnson has love for his mother, his family, his love, and music, and that sincere, earnest emotion gives this resonance while Johnson's lush but not extravagant production gives it an enveloping warmth that doesn't fade. - ALL music Guide

PERSONNEL:

  • SAMUEL JONATHAN JOHNSON, vocals, piano, synthesizer
  • DANNY LEAKE, ROSS TRAUT, guitar
  • MORRIS JENNINGS, drums Jennings
  • ARTHUR HOYLE, ROBERT LEWIS, CORINNE WIRTH, EUGENE VINYARD, horns
  • ELLIOTT GOLUB, EVERETT MIRSKY, FRED SPECTOR, JOSEPH GOLAN, strings
  • PATRICIA JOHNSON WIGGINS, vocals

P.S. Recording Studio, Chicago, IL, 1978

TRACKS:

  • A1. My Music
  • A2. What The World Needs Now Is Love
  • A3. Sweet Love
  • A4. Because I Love You
  • A5. It Ain't Easy
  • B1. You
  • B2. Just Us
  • B3. Yesterdays And Tomorrow
  • B4. Thank You Mother Dear
  • B5. Reason For The Reason