All the early work of Sylvester – presented here on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Sylvester & The Hot Band, a brilliant debut from Sylvester – quite different than his later disco and club work – although still pretty upbeat and groovy
overall! The album's a really unique sort of effort – one that's unabashedly gender-bending, but also wonderfully solid from a musical perspective – funky at points, rootsy at others – with an odd blend of 70s soul and older R&B elements, all filtered through the genre-bending sound of the Bay Area scene of the time! Arrangements are by Sylvester and The Hot Band, but Ben Sidran produced, and we're sure that the record's offbeat qualities are partly due to his own great style of the time – that weird, slightly messed-up groove you'd find on Ben's Blue Thumb album. The set features wild covers of "Southern Man" and "My Country Tis Of Thee" – plus "Whiter Shade Of Pale", "Gimme A Pigfoot", "God Bless The Child", "I'm A Steam Roller", "That Is Rock n Roll", and "Come Back Baby". Bazaar is fuzzy, freaky early work from Sylvester – a hip little set that's part soul, part funk, and part rock – overflowing with all the strange genre-mixing sounds
you'd find in the Bay Area scene of the early 70s! There's definitely a Sly & The Family Stone inspiration going down on some of the funkier cuts – a really collective groove that has Sylvester's offbeat lead vocals getting some really warm support from the whole Hot Band – at a level he never received this strongly on some of his later records. There's a great funky groove on some of the best numbers – almost a Muscle Shoals vibe, transplanted to San Francisco – even though the set was recorded down in LA. Titles include "All That I Need", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Down On Your Knees", "On Your Way Down", and "My Life". CD also features 2 bonus tracks from the Lights Out San Francisco compilation done by Abe "Voco" Kesh – "Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye" and "Why Was I Born".
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