||From the Vault...
© Curb Records
Year of Release: 1994
High School Dance
You Want Me
Another Day To Love
The Roulette Wheel
That's What Love
Is Made Of
Ain't No Doubt
The Sylvers related sites:
We flash back to a time where dancing was the latest craze, and Disco music
was "IN"... And many groups and artists (including "veterans" from decades
before; Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones to name a few...) had jumped on the
Disco train to achieve popularity with the Disco crowd. Among those, were a
family act of brothers and sisters named The Sylvers, from Memphis, Tennessee.
Comparing their musical style, they were compared to another (black) family
act, a group of brothers from Gary, Indiana -- The Jackson 5. They may not have
been a well-known name as the Jacksons, yet The Sylvers had another similarity
to them -- The Sylvers had a #1 hit during the disco craze -- "Boogie Fever."
Another song does come to mind when thinking of The Sylvers -- "Hot Line."
These two songs are standouts in my memory of this group, as Curb Records
released a Greatest Hits compilation of The Sylvers in 1994. Both songs
mentioned are here, with 8 others.
"High School Dance" is a great jumping dance tune, comparing to the
likes of the early Jacksons and Sly & The Family Stone. "Cotton Candy"
has a more soulful disco dance sound.
"G O T T A D A N C E !" You can't help but dance to "Any
Way You Want Me," likewise "Free Style" -- this one is a classic disco
dance club classic.
Slowing things down just a bit (not negatively for this review, by the
way...), "Another Day To Love" is a nice slow-type soulful dance number,
with a medium dance beat. "The Roulette Wheel Of Love" is a classic
example of pure soul, and can be compared to the likes of great Soul groups as
The Stylistics and The Delfonics.
"That's What Love Is Made Of" and "Ain't No Doubt About It"
are also soul-type tunes, having a medium soulful beat. It's also pure soul,
as many acts from 1970s Soul.
Defining classic Disco and Pure Soul best defines the Greatest Hits
of The Sylvers. This one was hard to find; of course I did see it at the
record stores, but didn't grab it when I first saw it. (Moral of that story is:
When you see something you think you'd want -- GET IT NOW, or it will be gone
tomorrow) But thanks to CDNOW.com, they
were able to locate it, even though it did take a while for them to spot it.
I'm assuming this compilation is out-of-print, but for the die-hard Soul fans,
this one is a treat, in hearing a group that is part of the family of songs
that reached the #1 position in music history. The Sylvers are part of that
history -- "Boogie Fever" (1976), and it's always interesting to hear
their other popular and not-so-popular tracks that Greatest Hits
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