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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

AWESOME!

The fabulous Sylvester is absolutely an awesome wonder on this live CD! I only wish I could have been at the SF War Memorial Opera house for this performance. This is definitely a soul stirring experience.

Sylvester James, Gemstone.

Congratulations, iTunes. And Thank You. It's Very Difficult, Doing What You Do. Sylvester was a SuperNova - An Incredibly Bright Star That Burned For A Very Brief Period. It's been nearly thirty years and his voice still makes all the hairs on my body stand up. It's nice to know that, for people who aren't old enough to have experienced this stuff the first go-'round, this record is available. And Do Yourself A Favor...Check Out Sylvester's album "All I Need" (if you can find it) and his work with Herbie Hancock, and the short-lived 80's group Until December (if you can find them). Well Worth Going To An Actual Record Store.

Sylvester Remembered

I did have the good fortune to know Sylvester, and many of his back up artists in those energetic days in San Francisco. This album provides the essence of Sylvester's tremendous talent. Anyone who listens to this will not be able to keep from dancing. However my favorite memories are those of Sylvester, alone, playing his piano and singing his gospel songs. Sylvester loved his audience, and delighted in nothing more than giving the crowd his best.

Biography

Born: September 6, 1947 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Along with the Village People, '70s disco artist Sylvester was one of the few artists of the era not afraid to openly acknowledge his homosexuality. Born Sylvester James during September 1944 in Los Angeles, CA, Sylvester was introduced to music at an early age by his grandmother, Julia Morgan, who was a jazz singer. While still a youngster, Sylvester began singing in gospel groups, while finding further inspiration from the likes of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, among others. After relocating...
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