Sonny Hopson

Mighty Burner

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This is an hour-long excerpt from one of Hopson's 1969 radio shows (or, perhaps, from several of his shows), originally broadcast on Philadelphia's WHAT-AM. This is much more of a time capsule than something you'd want to play over and over. Motormouthed Hopson interjects talk and slogans between, and often over, a bunch of soul discs from the period. It would have been nice if the slim liner notes had identified the cuts Hopson span, since they're not really big hits by any means. One can pick out Charles Wright's "Express Yourself" (apparently #1 on the station the week this was broadcast) and songs by James Brown, the Isley Brothers, the Delfonics, and the Intruders. But who does the odd soul version of "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" is left to anyone's guess (not Isaac Hayes). The commercials for clothing stores and the like are no less hyperactive than Hopson's raps, and after throwing in news bulletins like then-President Richard Nixon's trip to Thailand, one does get a feel for how this music sounded when it was broadcast back in the day, especially if one was too young to hear these programs (or unborn) at the time. Some of the cuts are only partially broadcast, there are voiceovers on others, and the fidelity is harsh and a little muddled, as AM radio was.

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