Too Hot to Sleep [Compilation]

Too Hot to Sleep [Compilation]

by Sylvester


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1999
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0025218245326
catalogNumber: 24753
Rank: 82949

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
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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Too Hot to Sleep [Compilation] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
melsdad More than 1 year ago
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 .
Guest More than 1 year ago
this one is hot hot hot it's a must buy.