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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/2014
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064002123
  • Catalog Number: 400212
  • Sales rank: 43,454

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Samuel Jonathan Johnson Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Polymoog
Ross Traut Guitar
John Avant Horn Section
Sol Bobrov Concert Master
Larry Ball Bass
Jynean Bell Background Vocals
Terry Fryer Polymoog
Joseph Golan Strings
Brian Grice Percussion
Arthur Hoyle Horn Section
Morris Jennings Drums
Danny Leake Guitar
Robert Lewis Horn Section
Paul Libman Piano
Roger Moulton Strings
Steele Seals Horn Section
Fred Spector Strings
Cynthia White Background Vocals
Everett Mirsky Strings
Sharon Johnson Background Vocals
Elliott Golub Strings
Patricia Johnson Wiggins Vocals
Jun Takash Trombone
Eugene Vinyard Horn Section
Corinne Wirth Horn Section
Technical Credits
Paul Serrano Engineer
John Hammond Sr. Executive Producer
Richard Evans Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Burt Bacharach Composer
Aki Aleong Producer, Management
Hal David Composer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Gordon Anderson Reissue Producer
Samuel Jonathan Johnson Composer, rhythm arrangement
Yolanda Johnson Liner Notes
Henry Towns Producer
Maria Triana Remastering
Jamie McDonald Clothing Design
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