Living Proof

Living Proof

by Sylvester


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Rockers who dismissed disco in general as cold and mechanical never seriously listened to Sylvester, a passionate, captivating singer who had a magnificent range and was consistently mindful of disco's soul and gospel roots. In the late '70s, disco-oriented artists generally shied away from live albums because of their lack of dance club appeal. But like Donna Summer, the colorful Sylvester was an exception. Living Proof, recorded at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, documents a varied and unpredictable performance showing that Sylvester was far from one-dimensional. While he probably inspired dancing in the aisles with sweaty versions of such dancefloor favorites as "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," "Dance (Disco Heat)," and "Body Strong," he shows how expressive a balladeer he could be on "Sharing Something Perfect Between Ourselves" and interpretations of Billie Holiday's "Lover Man" and Patti LaBelle's "You Are My Friend." Emotionally, Sylvester wasn't one to hold back, and that honesty serves him impressively well on this excellent CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1990
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0025218791021
catalogNumber: 79010
Rank: 62933

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sylvester   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Leslie Drayton   Strings,Horn
Mel Martin   Baritone Saxophone
Julian Priester   Trombone
Patrick Cowley   Synthesizer
Jeanie Tracy   Background Vocals
Martha Wash   Background Vocals
Patrice Anderson   Strings
Marc Baum   Flute,Saxophone
Frederick Berry   Trumpet
Edward Bogas   Strings
Dean Boysen   Trumpet
Greg Crockett   Bass
Ellen Dessier   Strings
Kelvin Dixon   Drums
David Frazier   Percussion
Stephen Gehl   Strings
Sharon Hymes   Background Vocals
Bob Kingson   Bass
Mary Anne Meredith   Strings
Carl Pedersen   Strings
Randall Pratt   Harp
Dan Reagan   Trombone
Izora Rhodes   Background Vocals
Eric Robinson   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Melinda Ross   Strings
Nathan Rubin   Strings
Allen Smith   Trumpet
John Tenney   Strings,Concert Master
Emily VanValkenburgh   Strings
Wayne Wallace   Trombone
Ralph Wash   Guitar
Tip Wirrick   Guitar
India Cooke   Strings
Adrienne Blackshere   Strings
Julianne Feldman   Strings
Michael Finden   Keyboards
Gus Anthony Flores   Percussion
Kenneth Harrison   Strings
Rick Kvistad   Timpani
Marjorie Prescott   Strings
William Pyncron   Strings
Barbara Riccardi   Strings
Serban Rusu   Strings
David Sprunk   French Horn
Jay Stolmac   Flute,Saxophone
Melinda Wagner   Strings
Kathy Walters   Strings
Bob Kingston   Bass
Ross Wilson   Trombone,Trumpet
Terry Adams   Strings

Technical Credits

Leon Russell   Composer
Sylvester   Arranger,Producer
Leslie Drayton   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Patrick Cowley   Contributor
Jeanie Tracy   Contributor
Martha Wash   Contributor
Richard Corsello   Engineer
Kelvin Dixon   Contributor
James R. Budd Ellison   Composer
David Frazier   Contributor
Harvey Fuqua   Producer
Sharon Hymes   Contributor
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Izora Rhodes   Contributor
Eric Robinson   Contributor
Tip Wirrick   Contributor
Michael Finden   Contributor
Gus Anthony Flores   Contributor
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer

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Living Proof 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is nothing on the website that says, but this is NOT a studio album with the original songs on it. It is a live album. I didn't find this out until I received it. I haven't played it, and I'm not opening it (I plan to return it) to find out how good it is since it isn't what I intended on getting.