During his 47 year career The Philosopher of Soul covered Doo-Wop, Gospel (with the Soul Stirrers from 1957-61), R&B (for his friend Sam Cooke s SAR label), Blues, Southern Soul and even the Soulful end of Disco. Johnnie s soulful voice and easy going velvet delivery was as smooth as silk, yet he could also sing with that distinctive raw gutsy feel as well. Rated Extraordinaire from 1977 and Ever Ready from 1978 were produced by the legendary Detroit producer Don Davis. Davis had already produced Taylor for nearly 10 years when these albums were made, and had over seen his big breakthrough hit Who s Making Love and many other gems for Stax Records. Davis signed Taylor to Columbia and produced J.T. s biggest selling record of his career Disco Lady which topped both R&B and Pop charts and became the first 45 to ever be certified as Platinum. His Eargasm album followed which was another of his best albums. Eargasm had a slightly different feel to his Stax material and he was aided by P-Funk rhythm section featuring Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins and Glen Goins. Rated Extraordinaire is another Soul masterpiece based around a similar conception. Ever Ready from 1978 is another strong album which has been overlooked by many. It includes the dancers Mister Melody Maker , Keep on Dancing and the title track which reflect their time, when disco was king, but still retain that soul feeling. The beautiful ballads Soul Fillet and I Love to Make Love When it s Raining see JT in fine voice. The Ronnie McNeir co written Give Me My Baby gives more than a nod to James Brown (think Dirty Harry), but this brilliant groove oriented semi funky track closes the set on a high. Johnnie Taylor has a big fan base all over the world and as Ever Ready has not been available on CD before and Rated Extraordinaire has been out of print for over 10 years so we expect strong demand. We expect airplay from Jazz FM, Smooth FM, BBC 6, Solar, Starpoint , Colourful and many other radio stations. Reviews expected in Mojo, Record Collector, Echoes, B&S , Soul Bag, Manifesto and on Soul, Funk and Jazz websites.