Taylored in Silk [Stax Remasters]

Johnnie Taylor

Taylored in Silk Stax Remasters
  • CAT # STX-32875-25

    1. We're Getting Careless With Our Love 4:01
    2. Starting All Over Again 4:13
    3. Cheaper To Keep Her 3:25
    4. Talk To Me 5:42
    5. I Believe In You (You Believe In Me) 5:07
    6. One Thing Wrong With My Woman 3:55
    7. I Can Read Between The Lines 3:55
    8. This Bitter Earth 4:29
    9. Hijackin' Love 3:18
    10. Love In The Streets (Ain't Good As The Love At Home) 2:47
    11. Standing In For Jody 4:26
    12. Shackin' Up 2:45
    13. Doing My Own Thing, Pt. 1 4:47
    14. Doing My Own Thing, Pt. 2 2:33

Released in 1973, Taylored in Silk is an ideal example of Taylor’s newly expanded and embellished sound, crafted with the help of producer Don Davis, who had united with Taylor a few years earlier, according to the liner notes by Bill Dahl. “As far as Davis was concerned, a fundamental change of sound was in order for Johnnie,” says Dahl. “Gone were the savory slow blues in favor of a hard-edged, uptempo attack that energized [Taylor’s] sound like never before.”



The issue could well have been regional marketing as much as musicality. “The story goes that Davis was brought in to forge a sound that would be sort of a combination between Northern and Southern soul, and capture the best of both Stax and Motown,” says Phillips. “He certainly hit a home run in his work with Johnnie Taylor, especially on this album.”



Taylored in Silk underwent “a lot of overdubbing,” Dahl notes, “but the end result was a splendidly conceived soul album boasting three major R&B hits within its eight selections…Blues wailer or soul philosopher, silky or gritty, Johnnie Taylor will always be revered as one of the greatest southern soul singers of ’em all.”



The six bonus tracks were previously released as singles in the early ’70s, “and they’re all outstanding performances,” says Phillips. “They certainly fit the vibe and the performance quality of the rest of the album.”

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