Sylvester James, Jr. (September 6, 1947 – December 16, 1988), better known as Sylvester, was an American disco and soul singer-songwriter. Known for his flamboyant and androgynous appearance, he was often described as a drag queen, although repeatedly rejected such a description. Responsible for a string of hit singles, in the late 1970s, Sylvester became known in the United States under the moniker of the “Queen of Disco”.
In 1982, Sylvester, came to believe that Harvey Fuqua and Fantasy Records had failed to pay him everything that he was owed from the success of his records. His relationship with Fuqua broke down, and he decided to leave the label. Sylvester then decided to record his next album with Megatone Records, a club-orientated company that had been founded by Patrick Cowley and Marty Blecman the previous year and whose customers were primarily gay clubbers from San Francisco.
In 1984, Sylvester released his third album on Megatone, M-1015 (later re-released as Rock The Box). The album was more frenetic and pumping than his previous releases, having completely embraced the genre of Hi-NRG. The major figures behind the album had been Kessie and Morey Goldstein, and Sylvester himself had not written any of the tracks.
This 12″ took two of the best tracks from M-1015 and gave them long extended mixes by Ian Levine.
Note that this 12″ was in terrible condition when I picked it up at a record fair recently and the recording has been given quite a clean up but some clicks may remain, hope you still enjoy these mixes.
Take Me To Heaven (Ian Levine Remix) 10:55
Sex (Ian Levine Remix) 9:20