BOTHERS JOHNSON

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Well known for their sleek, sophisticated brand of soulful funk, the Brothers Johnson had a number of chart hits in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Guitarist/vocalist George Johnson and bassist/vocalist Louis Johnson formed the band Johnson Three Plus One with older brother Tommy and their cousin Alex Weir while attending school in Los Angeles. When they became professionals, the band backed such touring R&B acts as Bobby Womack and the Supremes. George and Louis Johnson later joined Billy Preston's band, and wrote "Music in My Life" and "The Kids and Me" for him before leaving his group in 1973. Quincy Jones hired them to play on his LP Mellow Madness, and recorded four of their songs, including "Is It Love That We're Missing?" and "Just a Taste of Me." Jones took them on a Japanese tour, then produced their debut LP, Look Out for Number 1, after they signed read more...
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BOTHERS JOHNSON Look Out for #1 album cover 3.98 | 4 ratings
Look Out for #1
Funk 1976
BOTHERS JOHNSON Right on Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Right on Time
Funk 1977
BOTHERS JOHNSON Blam!! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blam!!
Funk 1978
BOTHERS JOHNSON Light Up the Night album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Light Up the Night
Funk 1980
BOTHERS JOHNSON Winners album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Winners
Funk 1981

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BOTHERS JOHNSON Classics, Volume 11 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classics, Volume 11
Funk 1987
BOTHERS JOHNSON Greatest Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
Funk 1996
BOTHERS JOHNSON The Best of The Brothers Johnson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of The Brothers Johnson
Funk 1998
BOTHERS JOHNSON 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Brothers Johnson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Brothers Johnson
Funk 2000
BOTHERS JOHNSON The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Brothers Johnson album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Brothers Johnson
Funk 2002
BOTHERS JOHNSON The Very Best Of: Strawberry Letter 23 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of: Strawberry Letter 23
Funk 2003

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BOTHERS JOHNSON Look Out for #1

Album · 1976 · Funk
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In 1976 funk was at its peak with a crowded field of bands turning out one hit after another. At the time it was hard to imagine someone new coming on the scene with something fresh to offer, but The Brothers Johnson did just that when this initial effort of theirs hit the charts big time. Eschewing the crazy decadent creativity of the p-funk crowd, as well as the pyro-technics of EW&F and Tower of Power; The Brothers turned to solid pop hooks, an ultra-smooth production and an all-around sophisticated and subtle approach to re-define a genre that was usually known for its excesses.

Most serious funk fans can still remember the first time they heard ‘I’ll be Good to You’ pumping out of their radio, such warm positive vibes were hard to miss and the tune was already unforgettable before it even finished playing. Fortunately the good times didn’t stop there, almost every song on this album is a winner. Most musicians are still partial to the jazzy instrumental, ‘Thunder Thumbs and Lightnin’ Licks’ in which the brothers display the instrumental skills that gave them their nicknames revealed in the song title. In re-visiting this album I re-discovered a forgotten gem in the brother’s very low groove and psychedelic re-working of the Beatles’ classic, ‘Come Together’, which features the great Toots Thielman on some very tasty and subtle harmonica.

Much of the credit for this album should also go to producer and talent organizer Quincey Jones. The brothers had just finished working with Quincey on a recent album of his when Jones returned the favor and organized an incredible pool of talent to make sure this debut would get a lot of notice. A virtual who’s who of the fusion world contributes here including Ian Underwood, Billy Cobham, Glen Ferris, Harvey Mason and Lee Ritenour.

The playing and the songwriting on here are top notch, but the real star is the sound and production engineered by the brothers in combination with Quincey. Funk had never sounded so smooth and polished before, and yet this was no slick commercial water-downed fake funk. Louis Johnson’s more subtle refined approach to the art of bass thump-popping swept though the world of funk and fusion in a way that hadn’t happened since Larry Graham. So distinct was this take on funk that Herbie Hancock grabbed up both the brothers and Quincey Jones when he sought a new direction with his Man Child classic.

This album has aged very well and is highly recommended for folks that like music that is very funky, but also kind of classy and polished too.

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