Sylvester - Step II Vinyl Album

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Sylvester - Step II Vinyl Album

Deciding to begin production on his second solo album, subsequently titled Step II (1978), Sylvester was particularly influenced by the genre of dance music known as disco which was then becoming increasingly popular across the western world. Disco was particularly associated with the gay, black, and Latino communities in the U.S., and dominated by female African-American artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, and Grace Jones; Sylvester would admit to initially being skeptical regarding the seriousness of disco, but recognized its increasing commercial potential. During this time, Sylvester met Patrick Cowley. Cowley had attended City College of San Francisco where he studied music, specifically the use of synthesizers. After hearing what Cowley was doing with the synthesizer, he got excited by his innovative techniques and asked him to join his studio band. The album landed Cowley a job as a back-up musician on Sylvester's subsequent world-wide tours, and the two started a close friendship and collaboration. Once again co-produced by Harvey Fuqua and released on his Fantasy label, Step II contained a number of disco songs, including "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," written by James Wirrick, and "Dance (Disco Heat)," written by Eric Robinson, both of which would also be released as singles. Both singles proved commercial hits both domestically and abroad, topping the American dance chart and breaking into the U.S. pop charts. The album itself was also a success, being certified gold, and was described by Rolling Stone magazine as being "as good as disco gets." In one instance, Sylvester was rushed to London, England, at only four hours notice to give various performances and capitalize on the chart success of "Mighty Real" in Europe; he proved hugely popular in the city, being mobbed by fans and performing at a number of different nightclubs. Back in the U.S., Sylvester began to appear on television shows to advertise his music, appearing on Dinah Shore, American Bandstand, Rock Concert, and The Merv Griffin Show. He also undertook a series of tours across the country, opening for both The Commodores and Chaka Khan, and performing alongside The O'Jays, War, and L.T.D. As a result, he earned a number of awards, and performed at several award ceremonies.

Both the album cover and the vinyl album are in great condition. The inner sleeve is the original sleeve that came with the album and has an additional picture of Sylvester and the lyrics to all the songs.

Songs on Album:

Side One
A - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
B - Dance (Disco Heat)
C - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Epilogue)
Side Two
D - Grateful
E - I Took My Strength From You
F - Was It Something That I Said
G - Just You And Me Forever

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