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Little Johnny Taylor - The Galaxy Years (2006)

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01 - You'll Need Another Favor
02 - What You Need Is A Ball
03 - Part Time Love
04 - Somewhere Down The Line
05 - Since I Found A New Love
06 - My Heart Is Filled With Pain
07 - First Class Love
08 - If You Love Me (Like You Say)
09 - You Win, I Lose
10 - Nightingale Melody
11 - I Smell Trouble
12 - True Love					play
13 - For Your Precious Love
14 - I've Never Had A Woman Like You Before
15 - Somebody's Got To Pay
16 - Help Yourself
17 - One More Chance
18 - Please Come Home For Christmas
19 - All I Want Is You					play
20 - Zig Zag Lightning
21 - The Things That I Used To Do
22 - Big Blue Diamonds
23 - I Know You Hear Me Calling
24 - Driving Wheel
25 - Sometimey Woman
26 - Double Or Nothing

 

Some folks still get them mixed up, so to get it straight from the outset, Little Johnny Taylor was best known for his scorching slow blues smashes "Part Time Love" (for Bay Area-based Galaxy Records in 1963) and 1971's "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing" for Ronn Records in Shreveport, LA. This Johnny Taylor was definitely not the suave Sam Cooke protégé who blitzed the charts with "Who's Making Love" for Stax in 1968; that's Johnnie Taylor, who added to the confusion by covering "Part Time Love" for Stax. Another similarity between the two Taylors: both hailed from strong gospel backgrounds.

Little Johnny came to Los Angeles in 1950 and did a stint with the Mighty Clouds of Joy before going secular. Influenced by Little Willie John, he debuted as an R&B artist with a pair of 45s for Hunter Hancock's Swingin' logo, but his career didn't soar until he inked a pact with Fantasy's Galaxy subsidiary in 1963 (where he benefited from crisp production by Cliff Goldsmith and Ray Shanklin's arrangements).

The gliding mid-tempo blues "You'll Need Another Favor," firmly in a Bobby Bland mode, was Taylor's first chart item. He followed it up with the tortured R&B chart-topper "Part Time Love," which found him testifying in gospel-fired style over Arthur Wright's biting guitar and a grinding, horn-leavened downbeat groove. The singer also did fairly well with "Since I Found a New Love" in 1964 and "Zig Zag Lightning" in 1966.

Taylor's tenure at Stan Lewis' Ronn imprint elicited the slow blues smash "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing" in 1971, and a similarly witty hit follow-up, "Open House at My House," the next year (both were covered later by Z.Z. Hill for Malaco). While at Ronn, Little Johnny cut some duets with yet another Taylor, this one named Ted (no, they weren't related either). Though he recorded only sparingly during the 1980s and 1990s, he remained an active performer until his death in 2002. --- Bill Dahl, allmusic.com

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