Syl Johnson

Is It Because I’m Black




Ten years into his role as poster boy for pop soul and peak-hour R&B, Syl Johnson did an unlikely about-face and cut the most inspiring and powerful song he’d ever touch. Issued on 45 in September of 1969, “Is It Because I’m Black” struck an immediate chord within the black community, forcing the song up the charts by sheer volume of call-in requests. It would be Syl’s biggest hit for Twinight, climbing as high as #11 on the Billboard R&B chart during its 14-week stay, marking the defining moment of what had become more than just an occupation.

Syl had his hands on a career and worked tirelessly rehearsing his next opus, an album of songs reflective of the changing times. With “Is It Because I’m Black” still bolding the pages of Billboard, the coming LP’s title appeared to Syl plain as day _ or, in this case, black as night. Issued in April 1970 – a full 13 months before Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On – Is It Because I’m Black can rightly be called the first black concept album, a distinction few give it credit for.

Label: Numero Group
Genre: Funk / Soul
Stil: Soul
Artist: Syl Johnson
Land: US
Jahr: 2022
Format: 1x Vinyl
Schlagworte: Album, LP, Reissue, Repress, Stereo


Pos. Track Dauer
A1 Is It Because I’m Black 7:35
A2 Come Together 3:15
A3 Together, Forever 2:50
B1 Concrete Reservation 2:27
B2 Black Balloons 2:36
B3 Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2:47
B4 I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout Freedom 3:35
B5 Right On 7:10