The Blue Thumb Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Naturally, Sylvester is best known for the disco anthem "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," an epoch defining hit that has transcended its time. That song is absent on Hip-O Select's 2009 set The Blue Thumb Collection, a single disc that combines Sylvester & the Hot Band's two albums for Blue Thumb, Sylvester & the Hot Band (sometimes known as Scratch My Flower) and Bazaar, both released in 1973, adding two cuts from Lights Out, San Francisco, and resulting in a complete overview of his recordings for the label. These recordings are hard to peg: they certainly come from a specific time and place, an outgrowth of San Francisco's early-'70s hotbed of gay ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Naturally, Sylvester is best known for the disco anthem "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," an epoch defining hit that has transcended its time. That song is absent on Hip-O Select's 2009 set The Blue Thumb Collection, a single disc that combines Sylvester & the Hot Band's two albums for Blue Thumb, Sylvester & the Hot Band (sometimes known as Scratch My Flower) and Bazaar, both released in 1973, adding two cuts from Lights Out, San Francisco, and resulting in a complete overview of his recordings for the label. These recordings are hard to peg: they certainly come from a specific time and place, an outgrowth of San Francisco's early-'70s hotbed of gay culture, and there's no question that the cross-dressing Sylvester was out at a time when it was rare, but he blurred boundaries in other ways, creating a funky cabaret act that stretched back to Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith while incorporating the Coasters, James Taylor, Procol Harum, and Neil Young. All were heard on Sylvester & the Hot Band/Scratch My Flower, a record that defied categorization so thoroughly it found no audience outside of the already converted and, decades later, it still sounds like a transmission from another dimension. There's an easy versatility to the Hot Band, who slide out of the straight-up, old-timey blues of "Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)" to the steamy funk reinterpretation of "My Country Tis of Thee" without batting an eye, and Sylvester is equally flexible, singing with passion and power, nuance and grace, without ever leaving his falsetto. It's music that reads as camp but plays serious, which is why it's such a bracing listen: depending on mood, it can either sound like the best or worst thing ever, but in either case there's no denying the skill and purpose behind it. Bazaar is partially cut from the same cloth, containing the same genre-and-gender-bending, but it lacks the far-reaching historical scope of Sylvester's debut, sounding entirely of the now of 1973. Partially this is due to Hot band bassist Kerry Hatch serving as producer and songwriter, helping to push the record toward fuzzy, glamtastic guitars and modern funk, a move that may have been a necessary commercial consideration at the time. Despite all this stylish accoutrement, there's not really way to make Sylvester seem conventional: he commands and commandeers, twisting everything back toward the fantastic cabaret revue of his debut -- not enough to get it there, but enough to keep this from being anything but ordinary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527087986
  • Catalog Number: 001292102
  • Sales rank: 97,712

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sylvester & the Hot Band Primary Artist
Sylvester Indexed Contributor, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
The Pointer Sisters Vocals
Neal Schon Guitar
Bobby Blood Bass, Trumpet
Greg Errico Drums
Travis Fullerton Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Kerry Hatch Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
James Quill Smith Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Background Vocals
Chris Mostert Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Peter Mintun Piano
Warren Jr. Sams Piano, Background Vocals
Warren C. Sams Jr. Piano, Background Vocals
Travis Fullerton Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
James Q. Smith Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Background Vocals
Bobby Blood Bass, Trumpet
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Sylvester Arranger, Composer
James Taylor Composer
Neil Young Composer
Gary Brooker Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Chris Ethridge Composer
Jim Gaines Engineer, Remixing
John Haeny Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Kerry Hatch Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Keith Reid Composer
Ben Sidran Producer, Engineer
James Quill Smith Producer
Mike Stoller Composer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Sylvester & the Hot Band Arranger
Brian Chin Liner Notes, Artwork
Wesley Wilson Composer
Vicki Hodgetts Concept
Gene Brownell Art Direction
Barry Feinstein Concept
Public Domain Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
Mike Morello Road Crew
William Peele Jr. Composer
William Peele Composer
Warren C. Sams Jr. Composer
Voco Producer
James Q. Smith Composer, Producer
Graham Parsons Composer
Sylvester James Arranger
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