Mighty Real: Greatest Dance Hits

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In 2013, Sylvester's five studio albums for Fantasy -- 1977's Sylvester through 1981's Too Hot to Sleep -- were released as digital downloads. Around the same time, the label issued this compilation as a download and as a filled-to-capacity compact disc. It leads with a previously unreleased mix of "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" from Chicago house pioneer Ralphi Rosario, but after that, there's no deviation, with most of the expected selections present. "Dance (Disco Heat)," "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" (the original mix of which closes the set), "I Need Somebody to Love Tonight" (possibly the sleaziest electronic groove recorded), "I Need You," and most of the other...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In 2013, Sylvester's five studio albums for Fantasy -- 1977's Sylvester through 1981's Too Hot to Sleep -- were released as digital downloads. Around the same time, the label issued this compilation as a download and as a filled-to-capacity compact disc. It leads with a previously unreleased mix of "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" from Chicago house pioneer Ralphi Rosario, but after that, there's no deviation, with most of the expected selections present. "Dance (Disco Heat)," "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" (the original mix of which closes the set), "I Need Somebody to Love Tonight" (possibly the sleaziest electronic groove recorded), "I Need You," and most of the other selections are essential. Serious fans can spot the unfortunate omissions -- "Down, Down, Down," "I (Who Have Nothing)," and "In My Fantasy," for instance -- but there simply isn't enough room to fit everything into one easy-to-digest anthology. The lone unrepresented album is Too Hot to Sleep, quite possibly because it was a significant stylistic departure into relaxed contemporary R&B -- though its "Give It Up" wouldn't have been out of place here. This is a fine introduction that showcases the grit and the gloss, as well as the aches and the pleasures, of a versatile dance music original.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072344884
  • Catalog Number: 34488
  • Sales rank: 34,537

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sylvester Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mel Martin Baritone Saxophone
Julian Priester Trombone
Patrick Cowley Synthesizer
Jeanie Tracy Background Vocals
Martha Wash Background Vocals
Alfredo de la Fe Strings, Concert Master
Delores Hall Background Vocals
Eluriel Tinker Barfield Bass
Greg Crockett Bass
Woody Cunningham Drums
Kelvin Dixon Drums
Norman Durham Bass
David Frazier Percussion
John Gatchell Horn
Carl Hall Background Vocals
Bob Kingson Bass
Randy Merritt Drums
Ella Mitchell Background Vocals
Sandy Reiner Drums
Izora Rhodes Background Vocals
Eric Robinson Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Louis Small Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Rhythm
Allen Smith Trumpet
Jessica Smith Background Vocals
Mauricio Smith Horn, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
George Victory Guitar
Wayne Wallace Trombone
Ralph Wash Guitar
Tip Wirrick Guitar
Michael Finden Organ, Electric Piano, Clavinet
David Sprunk French Horn
Denita James Background Vocals
Pat Hodges Background Vocals
John Dunstan Bass
John Echert Horn
Kenny Warden Flugelhorn, Horn, Soloist
Louis Barbarin Horn
Dan Reich Keyboards
Danny Chan Horn
Fred Berry Trumpet
Cookie Holt Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Sylvester Composer, Producer
Leslie Drayton Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Patrick Cowley Composer, Special Effects, Sequencers
Ralphi Rosario Remixing
Nick Ashford Composer
Harvey Fuqua Producer
Eric Robinson Arranger, Composer, rhythm arrangement
Valerie Simpson Composer
Louis Small Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Tip Wirrick Composer
Michael Finden Composer
Denita James Composer
Phil Bray Cover Photo
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Andrew Pham Art Direction
Victor Orsborn Composer
Lionel Azlay Composer
Joshua Gamson Liner Notes
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