Sylvester ‎– Mutual Attraction (1986)

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 he 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.”

Sylvester’s final album, Mutual Attraction (1986), was produced by Megatone Records but licensed and released by Warner Bros. Records. On the album, Sylvester worked with a wide number of collaborators, and included new tracks alongside covers of songs by Stevie Wonder and George Gershwin. Reviews of the album were mixed, with many claiming that it was a poor release. One of the album’s singles, “Someone Like You,” proved more successful, reaching number one on the Billboard dance charts.

The titles track of “Mutual Attraction” was released as the follow up single to “Someone Like You” and managed a respectable number ten on the Billboard dance charts. The track was produced, written and arranged by Fluitsma & Van Tijn, hit song-writers for Dutch girl group Mai Tai, and remixed by Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero.

Mutual Attraction (Come Together Mix)                   9:07

Mutual Attraction (A Cappella)                               5:12

Mutual Attraction (Dub)                                         6:58

Mutual Attraction (7″ Remix)                                 4:13

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Sylvester ‎– Take Me To Heaven / Sex (1985)

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

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Sylvester ‎– Someone Like You (1986)

Sylvester James (Los Angeles, September 6, 1947 – San Francisco, 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”.

“Someone Like You” is a 1986 dance single from Sylvester’s final album “Mutual Attraction”. The single was Sylvester’s second and last entry to reach number one on the dance charts, where it stayed for one week. The single also became his highest chart entry, since 1978, on the soul singles lists.

West Side

Someone Like You                                             6:11

Someone Like You (Joseph Watt Remix)             5:46

East Side

Someone Like You (Larry Levan Remix)               5:58

Someone Like You (Larry Levan Dub)                  6:35

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