Two Johnsons Are Better Than One

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Like Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan?s stunningly sweet Family Style, Two Johnsons Are Better than One combines a pair of family talents for a sound that is different from either sibling?s own recordings. Syl and Jimmy Johnson have each spent four decades playing to different audiences. Jimmy, the elder, is a blues player of renown, while Syl charted with R&B fans of the ?60s and ?70s. Together the two multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters flow from funk to deep blues and contemporary sounds. The brothers swap guitar licks and vocals on the funky title cut. Jimmy weighs in with heavy blues on ?Ashes in the Ashtray,? while his guitar on ?I Used to Be a Millionaire? ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Like Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s stunningly sweet Family Style, Two Johnsons Are Better than One combines a pair of family talents for a sound that is different from either sibling’s own recordings. Syl and Jimmy Johnson have each spent four decades playing to different audiences. Jimmy, the elder, is a blues player of renown, while Syl charted with R&B fans of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Together the two multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters flow from funk to deep blues and contemporary sounds. The brothers swap guitar licks and vocals on the funky title cut. Jimmy weighs in with heavy blues on “Ashes in the Ashtray,” while his guitar on “I Used to Be a Millionaire” goes for a jazzy swing. Syl’s soul comes through on his anthem for Oprah Winfrey, “Oprah,” and the remake of the earlier hit “Goodie Goodie Goodtime.” He is also quite comfortable with contemporary blues, as he proves on “Is It Because I’m Black,” a song that was a hit for him in 1969 -- though it comes out of the days of the Black Power movement, its theme of racial stereotyping is not yet outdated. For his brother, Syl wrote “Bottoms Up,” an instrumental destined to be a barroom favorite.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Look beyond the jokey title on the first record co-billed to brothers Syl and Jimmy Johnson -- concentrate on the music, which happens to be an easy, effortless fusion of Jimmy's modern Chicago blues and Syl's bluesy soul. Both brothers let the other breathe, giving them space to stretch out instrumentally, as well as deliver easy, soulful vocals. They smartly rely on their own material throughout most of the album, both new and old a nice revival of Syl's classic "Is It Because I'm Black," for instance. The production, like many contemporary blues albums, relies on cleanliness and precision instead of grit, which is too bad, but that ultimately doesn't distract too much from the performances, which are warm, friendly, and engaging, filled with brotherly love.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Evidence
  • UPC: 730182612226
  • Catalog Number: 26122
  • Sales rank: 110,065

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Syl Johnson Primary Artist, Harmonica, Rhythm Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jimmy Johnson Organ, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Hubert Sumlin Composer
David Lee Roth Composer
Hubert Laws Composer
Michael Anthony Composer
Willie Henderson Composer
Jimmy Johnson Composer
Syl Johnson Composer
Jimmy Jones Composer
Jon Tiven Composer, Producer
Eddie Van Halen Composer
Sally Tiven Composer
Gerald Dickerson Composer
Dylan Ely Engineer
Glenn C. Watts Composer
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