The regal legacy of Syl Johnson began at Federal, a subsidiary of King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Dominoes put Federal on the national landscape in 1951 with their pre-Viagra hit "Sixty Minute Man."
And Johnson was up from the jump with the Numero Group's dazzling Syl Johnson box set "Complete Mythology" that features 81 rhythm and blues songs on 6 LPs, 4 CDs replicating the LPs and a 52 page book ($75, Numero Group)
He listened to every track and the label spent a week interviewing Johnson.
What was it like to walk backwards through his 50-year-recording career?
"Teardrops," Johnson answered during a straight ahead, no-chaser interview in the Numero offices on the near south side of Chicago.......