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Sylvester Disco Heat - The Fantasy Years 1977 - 1981 (2-CD)

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(Real Gone) 26 tracks When the self-proclaimed "disco queen" named Sylvester took the New York...more

Sylvester: Disco Heat - The Fantasy Years 1977 - 1981 (2-CD)

(Real Gone) 26 tracks

When the self-proclaimed "disco queen" named Sylvester took the New York stage as Chaka Khan's opening act, the local press was ecstatic Chaka Khan performed.

One newspaper noted approvingly that he made "David Bowie look like Lawrence Welk." Nothing was too adventurous for Sylvester. But at his core, he was serious about music and about breaking down the walls of stigma. In appearance and demeanor, the San Francisco star challenged the gender binary long before such discussions took hold socially. He went far beyond androgyny to create a striking persona all his own. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records celebrate the late trailblazer in 2023 with the release of the first comprehensive anthology of his groundbreaking recordings for Fantasy Records.

Disco Heat: The Fantasy Years 1977 - 1981 features 25 tracks on two CDs from all six albums he recorded for the label, as well as the rare 12-inch disco versions that rocked dance floors. In addition to versions of every hit Sylvester wrote for Fantasy, including crossover hits like "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "Dance (Disco Heat)," the collection features a number of notable cover versions, including his moving live version of Patti LaBelle's "You Are My Friend." a sultry medley of Barry Manilow's "Could It Be Magic" and Leon Russell's "A Song For You," Leiber and Stoller's dramatic "I (Who Have Nothing)," Ashford and Simpson's "A Song For You Ashford" and Simpson's "Over And Over," the Peggy Lee standard "Fever," and Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "I Took My Strength From You."

Featuring vocals by Izora Rhodes and Martha Wash, later known as The Weather Girls, Disco Heat traces Sylvester's fantasy career, focusing on the bold dance music he made and underscoring the importance of black and gay artists to the emergence of disco. Joe Marchese of The Second Disc provides detailed new liner notes that place Sylvester's music in the context of the era, while the audio has been newly remastered by Mike Milchner of SonicVision. Disco Heat, released in time for Pride Month 2023, is an impressive tribute to the long-lived diva who was ahead of her time. "Sometimes we feel weird," Sylvester told a New York audience in 1978, "but we're not weird. And these people - they're just going to have to catch up with us."

The world finally caught up with the fabulous Sylvester.

Article properties:Sylvester: Disco Heat - The Fantasy Years 1977 - 1981 (2-CD)

  • Interpret: Sylvester

  • Album titlle: Disco Heat - The Fantasy Years 1977 - 1981 (2-CD)

  • Label REAL GONE

  • Artikelart CD

  • Genre Disco, Funk, Soca

  • EAN: 0848064015345

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Sylvester - Disco Heat - The Fantasy Years 1977 - 1981 (2-CD) CD 1
01Over And Over (12" Disco Version)Sylvester
02Down Down Down (12" Disco Version)Sylvester
03I Been DownSylvester
04TipsongSylvester
05Loving Grows Up SlowSylvester
06Never Too LateSylvester
07Dance (Disco Heat) (12" Disco Version)Sylvester
08You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (12" Disco Version)Sylvester
09Was It Something That I SaidSylvester
10I Took My Strength From YouSylvester
11I Who Have Nothing (12" Short Disco Version)Sylvester
12Body Strong (12" Disco Version)Sylvester
13I Need Somebody To Love TonightSylvester
Sylvester - Disco Heat - The Fantasy Years 1977 - 1981 (2-CD) CD 2
01Stars (12" Disco Version)Sylvester
02Can't Stop Dancing(12" Disco Version)Sylvester
03In My Fantasy (I Want You, I Need You) (12" Disco Version)Sylvester
04You Are My Friend (Single Version)Sylvester
05Could It Be Magic/A Song For YouMedley
06I Need YouSylvester
07Sell My Soul (12" Disco Version)Sylvester
08FeverSylvester
09Change UpSylvester
10Here Is My LoveSylvester
11Give It Up (Don't Make Me Wait) (12" Disco Version)Sylvester
12Thinking RightSylvester
13I Can't Believe I'm In LoveSylvester
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