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OSW: Leon Sylvers, III – Volume 2

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Old School Wednesday – Leon Sykvers III, Volume 2

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01 – Shalamar – Take That To The Bank
02 – Dynasty – I Don’t Want to Be A Freak
03 – Dynasty – Here I Am
04 – The Whispers – In The Raw
05 – The Sylvers – I’m Getting Over
06 – Shalamar – Dead Giveaway
07 – Lushus Daim & the Pretty Vain – More Than You Can Handle
08 – Janet Jackson – Come Give Your Love To Me
09 – The Sylvers – Come Back Lover, Come Back
10 – Shalamar – A Night to Remember
11 – The Sylvers – Diamonds Are Rare
12 – Shalamar – Help Me
13 – Dynasty – The Only One
14 – Gladys Knight And The Pips – You’re Number One In My Book

More production from Leon in this mix. Twp nice surprises: Lushus Daim and the Pretty Vain (how many of you remember this track?) Special thanks to Mr. Fresh, Valsaidie and Ron for helping out.
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4 Responses to OSW: Leon Sylvers, III – Volume 2

  1. Nikki says:

    Diggin’ this!

  2. Wayne says:

    Oh m’gosh…this a superb OSW…where to start…well…I recently watched TVOne’s “Unsung” documentary on Shalamar. Solar’s Dick Griffey signed Howard Hewitt to replace Gerald Brown as lead singer on a Friday, and then told him to spend the weekend in non-stop rehersals because he had to lip-sync Gerald’s lead vocals on “Take That to the Bank” on the “Dinah” show the following Monday. That leads me to a similar story….
    …about the Sylvers. If one looks at the “Forever Yours” album cover (the album that includes “Diamonds Are Rare”) you’ll see that Leon isn’t there. The family recorded the album at the Capitol Records studios, but the label didn’t like the mature R&B sound and rejected the material (they wanted more bubblegum material). As the group signed with Casablanca, Dick Griffey signed Leon to produce at Solar Records. Thus, although Leon’s vocals are all over the “Forever Yours” album (he sings lead on “Play This One Last Record” and “Come On Down to My House” and shares lead on the first single, “Don’t Stop, Get Off”) one of the other brothers had to lip sync his leads while on the TV show circuit.
    “A Night to Remember” – superb Shalamar track. Co-written by Leon’s sister, Charmaine, the song is exquisitely arranged. Just listen to the way Leon blends Howard Hewitt and Jody Watley’s voices on that third verse. Pure magic!
    Great job on this mix, Eric!

  3. Wayne says:

    EXCELLENT mix, Eric…where to start…well…I recently watched TVOne’s “Unsung” documentary on Shalamar. Solar’s Dick Griffey signed Howard Hewitt to replace Gerald Brown as lead singer on a Friday, told him to spend the weekend in non-stop rehersals, because he had to lip-sync Gerald’s lead vocals on the “Dinah” show the following Monday. That leads me to a similar story about the Sylvers. If one looks at the cover of the “Forever Yours” LP (the album that includes “Diamonds Are Rare”) you’ll notice Leon is missing. The family recorded this album at the Capitol Records studios, but the label didn’t like the mature R&B sound and rejected the material. As the group signed with Casablanca, Dick Griffey signed Leon to produce at the Solar label. Thus, although Leon’s vocals are all over the “Forever Yours” album (lead on “Play This One Last Record” and “Come On Down to My House” and co-lead on the first single, “Don’t Stop, Get Off”) one of the other brothers had to lip sync Leon’s leads while on the TV show circuit.
    “A Night to Remember” – superb Shalamar track (co-written by Leon’s sister, Charmaine)… the song is expertly arranged. Just listen to the way Leon blends Howard Hewitt and Jody Watley’s voices on that third verse. Pure magic!
    Again…GREAT mix this week!

  4. dar says:

    nice work. jewels from front to back. Leon is a legend!

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