Soul Strut 100: # 28 - The Sylvers - II

RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,546 Posts
edited March 2013 in The Soul Strut 100
I will slowly be unveiling the Top 100 Soul Strut Related Records as Voted by the Strutters Themselves.

# 28 - The Sylvers - II



The list so far:

# 100 - Jr. and His Soulettes - Psychodelic Sounds
# 99 - Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul
# 98 - Donny Hathaway - S/T (1971)
# 97 - Bernard Wright - ???Nard
# 96 - Tom Scott - Honeysuckle Breeze
# 95 - People Under the Stairs - Question in the Form of an Answer
# 94 - Harlem River Drive
# 93 - Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
# 92 - Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear
# 91 - Muddy Waters - Electric Mud
# 90 - Les McCann - Layers
# 89 - Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
# 88 - Leroy Hutson - Hutson (1975)
# 87 - ESG - S/T (1981)
# 86 - Can - Tago Mago
# 85 - Bohannon - Stop & Go
# 84 - WILLIAM DEVAUGHN - Be Thankful For What You Got
# 83 - Power of Zeus - The Gospel According to Zeus
# 82 - Gang Starr - Hard To Earn
# 81 - The J.B.???s - Doing It to Death
# 80 - Parliament - Osmium
# 79 - McNeal & Niles - Thrust
# 78 - The Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Malik
# 77 - Earth, Wind, and Fire (1971)
# 76 - Dr. Dre - The Chronic
# 75 - Black Sabbath (1970)
# 74 - Trap Door / An International Psychedelic Mystery Mix (2006)
# 73 - Bob James - One
# 72 - Matthew Larkin Cassell - Pieces
# 71 - The Beginning Of The End - Funky Nassau
# 70 - Big Bear - Doin??? Thangs
# 69 - Steely Dan - Aja
# 68 - Quasimoto - The Unseen
# 67 - Curtis Mayfield - Curtis/Live! (1971)
# 66 - Al Green - Im still in love with you
# 65 - The Beatnuts - Street Level
# 64 - Archie Whitewater - Archie Whitewater (1970)
# 63 - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca & the Soul Brother
# 62 - Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
# 61 - The J.B.???s - Food For Thought
# 60 - Don Blackman (1982)
# 59 - Niagara - (Tiddies)
# 58 - Can - Ege Bamyasi
# 57 - Whatnauts - On the Rocks
# 56 - The Mohawks - Champ
# 55 - McDonald and Giles (1971)
# 54 - Darondo - Let My People Go
# 53 - Dorothy Ashby - Afro Harping
# 52 - Beastie Boys - Paul???s Boutique
# 51 - Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia
# 50 - Lyman Woodard Organization - Saturday Night Special
# 49 - Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul
# 48 - Lyn Collins - Think (About It)
# 47 - James Brown - In The Jungle Groove
# 46 - Bill Withers - Still Bill
# 45 - Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
# 44 - Silver Apples - S/T
# 43 - Mobb Deep - The Infamous
# 42 - Lyn Christopher (1973)
# 41 - Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
# 40 - Gang Starr - Step in the Arena
# 39 - Diamond D - Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop
# 38 - Terry Callier - What Color is Love
# 37 - David Axelrod - Song of Innocence
# 36 - The Invaders - Spacing Out
# 35 - Leo Sayer - Endless Flight
# 34 - Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
# 33 - DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist - Brainfreeze (Mix)
# 32 - Michael Jackson - Thriller
# 31 - DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
# 30 - De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
# 29 - Ray Barretto - Acid

Please discuss your reactions to this record. The thread will be archived later here.

About


This completes my trilogy of the Sylvers??? early releases. The Sylvers had the gimmick of being a singing family like the Jacksons or the Osmonds going for them, but made much better and consistent music than either of those 70s phenomena. Their rich soul compositions can best be heard on tracks like We Can Make It If We Try, Handle It, Stay Away From Me, and Love Me, Love Me Not. Even the ballads such as I???ll Never Let You Go are good and I usually don???t go for those on records. And don???t miss out on the afros on the front and back covers either. Why the one sister didn???t go for the doo I don???t know.


http://www.soulstrut.com/index.php/reviews/indepth/Sylvers II/

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  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts

  • Jonny_PaycheckJonny_Paycheck 17,825 Posts
    ... but only one can win.

  • BowlsBowls 28 Posts
    Wow...I just found this record last Saturday but it was sleeveless. VG but I've managed to clean it up a bit before I ripped a few songs into Serato.

    CRAZY GOOD album, and after a couple listens I think I prefer it to the S/T.

    The real question though.....anybody on the Strut have a spare Sylvers II jacket?

  • pcmrpcmr 5,591 Posts
    such a solid record
    crispy production and a fresh sound
    the reference in tweefunk

  • Jonny_PaycheckJonny_Paycheck 17,825 Posts
    I just upgraded my copy of this to a SAF* white label promo.

    *Shrink As Fuck

  • DJ_EnkiDJ_Enki 6,471 Posts
    Took me a long time to finally have this record in my life (beat-to-shit copies/horribly overpriced copies), but when I finally did, I was really happy. Great vibes, great sound.

  • RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,546 Posts
    I think that picture above originated the famous SS "Thumbs Up".

    Only saw this record once in Philly. I wish I bought it.

    Only thing Sylvers S/T has going for it is the far more superior "Fool's Paradise".


  • dj_cityboydj_cityboy 1,414 Posts
    I still haven't found this in the field yet....and to be honest I haven't heard the album, I usually wait before I find it to listen to it (in most cases)...if I listen to it before hand, i'll end up buying some repress and paying crazy money for it....I am so done with represses!

  • RishanRishan 443 Posts
    i don't care why she doesn't have a 'fro, she is bloody gorgeous.

  • Anyone holding doubles? I'm looking to buy, hit me up on the PM. Thanks.

  • leonleon 883 Posts
    Fantastic album! The 'love me love me not' is like a Prince 1987 cut. The whole arrangements and production, everything is on point. Love it!

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    leon said:
    Fantastic album! The 'love me love me not' is like a Prince 1987 cut. The whole arrangements and production, everything is on point. Love it!



    What Prince song sounds like this?

  • OligeeOligee 289 Posts
    Been had. It's a dope one. Def stock my crate to play it out occasionally

  • Very exciting find for me



    Love Me Love Me Not is the jam. Cool intro.

  • BallzDeepBallzDeep 612 Posts
    batmon said:
    leon said:
    Fantastic album! The 'love me love me not' is like a Prince 1987 cut. The whole arrangements and production, everything is on point. Love it!



    What Prince song sounds like this?

    Haha.
    Some of the vocals do remind me of Prince though.

  • LoopDreamsLoopDreams 1,193 Posts
    One of those few you can judge by the cover. W/ Jerry Peters and Micheal Viner producing, Harvey Mason organising the percussion and a brother/sister sextet who's group harmonies are among the best in the business you've got a Goat on your hands for sure. That said 1 and 111 are killer too.

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    BallzDeep said:
    batmon said:
    leon said:
    Fantastic album! The 'love me love me not' is like a Prince 1987 cut. The whole arrangements and production, everything is on point. Love it!



    What Prince song sounds like this?

    Haha.
    Some of the vocals do remind me of Prince though.

    Could u name a song? Im not getting Prince vibes from this.

  • BallzDeepBallzDeep 612 Posts
    The "loooove me" part reminded me of the last part to Darling Nikki.

    I know, I'm trippin.

  • BurnsBurns 2,227 Posts
    gripped & flipped ; $2.99 > $40.00 ; Louisville to San Francisco

  • white_teawhite_tea 3,262 Posts
    First heard this album from here and absolutely loved it! I want to say I got a copy in a set sale for a reasonable price from maybe shootereli?

  • leonleon 883 Posts
    batmon said:
    BallzDeep said:
    batmon said:
    leon said:
    Fantastic album! The 'love me love me not' is like a Prince 1987 cut. The whole arrangements and production, everything is on point. Love it!



    What Prince song sounds like this?

    Haha.
    Some of the vocals do remind me of Prince though.

    Could u name a song? Im not getting Prince vibes from this.

    Well, i just reminded me of Prince's music in an associative way. I'll try to pinpoint my associations.
    It's the song writing, the soul/funk with guitars thrown in, the chord changes, some of the vocals and just the 'lightness' of the Love me... Track.

    Furthermore, the melody on (love me..) at 00:05 reminded me of the melody that can be heard on Computer Blue, at 00:15 (couldn't find a youtube clip).

    That's all, it was an emotional association, not a strong resemblance, i know. Remind me to make a stronger case when Clinton or Sly enter the SoulStrut top 20.

  • YNOTYNOT in a studio apt mixing tuna with the ramen 407 Posts
    This record is great, glad it made the list. The 1st time I went to Philly (say that like I go there often haha) I met the homie Froz 1. He had a few copies and gave me one. Very dude of him, if you're reading this thanks! Always finds it's way to the turntable a few times a year. This def got ripped and dropped to start sets more times than I'd like to admit:

  • cookbookcookbook 783 Posts
    i love this record, solid front to back

  • kalakala 3,341 Posts
    great lp as are the other 2.
    took me awhile to cop all 3.
    it's only appeared in the field 2 times for me
    the pressing must have really been limited and had poor distribution
    i've heard joe jackson did underhanded things to keep the sylvers far and away from the jackosn 5's turf and success.
    Olympia and chamaine sure were pretty young ladies.
    on that note it's hard to not think about foster being a convicted pedo nonce.

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    kala said:
    i've heard joe jackson did underhanded things to keep the sylvers far and away from the jackosn 5's turf and success.

    Plaese 2 Elaborate
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