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Original Hits sums up disco sensation Sylvester's years 1977-1981 with the Fantasy label. These years include most of the artist's most important output, particularly dancefloor hits like "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real," "Dance Disco Heat," and "Body Strong." In addition to these stellar dance tracks, songs like "Cry Me a River" and a live version of "You are My Friend" emphasize Sylvester's warmth and soulfulness. The album is shorter and less comprehensive than Fantasy's earlier Greatest Hits compilation, but all the same offers a good and, since it's one CD rather than two, likely more affordable introduction to one of the most exciting ...
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All Music Guide - Ben Tausig
Original Hits sums up disco sensation Sylvester's years 1977-1981 with the Fantasy label. These years include most of the artist's most important output, particularly dancefloor hits like "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real," "Dance Disco Heat," and "Body Strong." In addition to these stellar dance tracks, songs like "Cry Me a River" and a live version of "You are My Friend" emphasize Sylvester's warmth and soulfulness. The album is shorter and less comprehensive than Fantasy's earlier Greatest Hits compilation, but all the same offers a good and, since it's one CD rather than two, likely more affordable introduction to one of the most exciting and energetic figures of the disco era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/1989
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218771023
  • Catalog Number: 7710

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dance (Disco Heat) (5:52)
  2. 2 You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (6:34)
  3. 3 Down, Down, Down (5:18)
  4. 4 Stars (10:27)
  5. 5 Body Strong (8:40)
  6. 6 I Need You (4:34)
  7. 7 Sell My Soul (5:51)
  8. 8 Cry Me a River (3:08)
  9. 9 Ooo Baby Baby (3:16)
  10. 10 Can't Stop Dancing (7:43)
  11. 11 You Are My Friend (8:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sylvester Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
John Tropea Guitar
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
Maurice Long Background Vocals
Marc Baum Flute, Saxophone
Frederick Berry Trumpet
Louis Biancaniello Synthesizer, Prophet Synthesizer
Dean Boysen Trumpet
Greg Crockett Bass
Woody Cunningham Drums
Kelvin Dixon Drums
Norman Durham Bass
John Paul Fetta Bass, Background Vocals
David Frazier Percussion
John Gatchell Horn
Carl Hall Background Vocals
Sharon Hymes Background Vocals
Bob Kingson Bass
Randy Merritt Drums
Ella Mitchell Background Vocals
Dan Reagan Trombone
Sandy Reiner Drums
Izora Rhodes Background Vocals
Eric Robinson Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Clavinet
Louis Small Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Rhythm
Allen Smith Trumpet
Mauricio Smith Horn, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
George Victory Guitar
Wayne Wallace Trombone
Ralph Wash Guitar
Allen Wentz Synthesizer
Tip Wirrick Guitar
Michael Finden Organ, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Gus Anthony Flores Percussion
Rick Kvistad Timbales, Timpani
David Sprunk French Horn
Jay Stolmac Flute, Saxophone
John Dunstan Bass
John Echert Horn
Kenny Warden Flugelhorn, Horn, Soloist
James ? Background Vocals
Louis Barbarin Horn
Thomas Price Drums
Dan Reich Keyboards
Ross Wilson Trombone, Trumpet
Danny Chan Horn
Allen J.M. Smith Trumpet
Technical Credits
Ray Stevens Composer
Patti LaBelle Composer
Sylvester Producer
Leslie Drayton Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Mel Martin Contributor
Patrick Cowley Special Effects, Synthesizer String Arrangement, Sequencers
Jeanie Tracy Contributor
Martha Wash Contributor
Wally Buck Engineer
Charlie Conrad Engineer
Richard Corsello Engineer
Greg Crockett Contributor
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
James R. Budd Ellison Composer
James Farber Engineer
Harvey Fuqua Producer
Peter Garrett Composer
Hodges, James & Smith Contributor
Bob Kingson Contributor
Scott Litt Engineer
Jim Moginie Composer
Garry Rindfuss Engineer
Eric Robinson Arranger, Contributor
Martin Rotsey Composer
Gene Santoro Liner Notes
Louis Small Arranger, Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Tip Wirrick Contributor
Michael Finden Contributor
Eddie Bill Harris Engineer
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Peter Gillford Composer
John Pritchford Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Staple item in any disco collection

    The hits that sylvester had were killer.This CD has a bunch of great songs, so your not buying a whole cd just to get one of your old favorites.

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