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Album Review

20-track compilation drawn primarily from her mid-'70s albums, adding four songs from non-LP singles of the era, and a couple of cuts from 1982 Sugar Hill singles. It can get a little gooey over the course of its 79 minutes, not to mention a bit comically unsubtle at times. Her cover of Marvin Gaye's "You Sure Love to Ball," to take one example, would be raunchy enough to ruin the day of many a Republican delegate even 20 years later, when such sexual come-ons are far more commonplace on the radio. It's not all candlelight-on-the-way-to-the-bedroom stuff, though. "My Thing" (the flip of "Pillow Talk") proves she could sing fairly straight soul when given the inclination, and "Sunday" and "Not on the Outside" are sparsely produced ballads, sung with great tenderness. They make one wish that Sylvia had pursued a somewhat more versatile direction during the '70s, but there's no question that the "Pillow Talk" was bringing in the bacon, and this compilation supplies it in droves.

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Pillow Talk

This was the song of love back in my high school days. It never failed to get the girls going and was very popular among the high school set, which was 25 years ago. Every time I hear the song, it brings good memories flooding back.

Sho Nuff Boogie

I love her song "Sho Nuff Boogie" featuring The Moments. I love the music to it. That song to me should have been her biggest hit.

pillow talk

juan & hoiya aguilar 59 yrs old played pillow talk. they said it was their song when they first met. i instantly fell in love with the sexy voice of sylvia! hollering to my boy from kingsville texas


Born: December 9, 1956 in Kokomo, IN

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Growing up in Kokomo, IN, Sylvia moved to Nashville around Christmas of 1975 with a definite game plan: get a job as a secretary, get to know influential people in town, and build a career as a recording artist. The plan worked. She picked up a job as the receptionist for Pi-Gem Music, headed by record producer Tom Collins. She started singing on demo sessions, and Collins helped her secure a recording contract with RCA. Since she'd never performed live before, Sylvia ended up learning to do concerts...
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