Too Hot to Sleep [Compilation]

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1999, Fantasy reissued Sylvester's first and last albums for the label -- Sylvester 1977 and Too Hot to Sleep 1981 -- on this 74-minute CD. Both sessions point to the fact that no artist was more consistently mindful of disco's Northern soul and gospel roots than Sylvester, who made sure that his albums were as listenable as they were danceable. This CD is full of dancefloor classics -- club hounds of the Disco Era were well aware of infectious gems like "Over and Over," "Down Down Down," and "Change" from Sylvester and "Give It Up Don't Make Me Wait" from Too Hot to Sleep. But Sylvester wasn't recording strictly for clubs, and his talents as a soulful, charismatic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In 1999, Fantasy reissued Sylvester's first and last albums for the label -- Sylvester 1977 and Too Hot to Sleep 1981 -- on this 74-minute CD. Both sessions point to the fact that no artist was more consistently mindful of disco's Northern soul and gospel roots than Sylvester, who made sure that his albums were as listenable as they were danceable. This CD is full of dancefloor classics -- club hounds of the Disco Era were well aware of infectious gems like "Over and Over," "Down Down Down," and "Change" from Sylvester and "Give It Up Don't Make Me Wait" from Too Hot to Sleep. But Sylvester wasn't recording strictly for clubs, and his talents as a soulful, charismatic provider of slow jams and ballads are evident on "Loving Grows Up Slow," "Tipsong," and a superb cover of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "Ooh Baby Baby." Of course, Sylvester didn't escape the wrath of the knee-jerk disco bashers of the late '70s and early '80s, who saw disco as robotic and mechanical and refused to believe that any disco artist could be warm, personal, and expressive -- all of the things that Sylvester's albums were. But time would be kind to disco. While many rockers of the late '70s jumped on the death-to-disco movement, disco spelled "legitimacy" and "hipness" to a lot of Generation X rockers of the '90s. And if those Gen-Xers are basing their opinions on excellent CDs such as this one, it's easy to understand why they feel the way they do.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218245326
  • Catalog Number: 24753
  • Sales rank: 78,998

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sylvester Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeanie Tracy Background Vocals
Martha Wash Vocals, Background Vocals
Maurice Long Background Vocals
Eluriel Tinker Barfield Bass
Louis Biancaniello Piano, Prophet Synthesizer
Woody Cunningham Drums
Kelvin Dixon Cymbals
David Frazier Percussion
Harvey Fuqua Background Vocals, Prophet Synthesizer
Harvey Hughes Drums
Izora Rhodes Vocals, Background Vocals
Louis Small Piano, Electric Piano, ARP, Prophet Synthesizer
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Tip Wirrick Guitar
Tony Flores Percussion
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
John Dunstan Bass
Gerald Martini Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Sylvester Producer, Adaptation, rhythm arrangement
Leslie Drayton Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Wally Buck Engineer
Richard Corsello Engineer
Kirk Felton Remastering
Harvey Fuqua Producer
Phil Kaffel Engineer
Louis Small rhythm arrangement
Tip Wirrick rhythm arrangement
Eddie Bill Harris Engineer, Remixing
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Phil Bray Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Man

    Sylvester was one of the greatest artist of our time . He constantly created music that was fun to listen to and at the same time great to dance to . ' Too hot to sleep ' brings back memories that I will never forget and will always cherish .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    too hot not to buy

    this one is hot hot hot it's a must buy.

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