TITLE: Mighty Real (Greatest Dance Hits)
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Over and Over (#18 Dance), Dance (Disco Heat) (#19 US, #4 R&B, #1 Dance), You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (#36 US, #20 R&B, #1 Dance, #8 UK), Body Strong (#4 Dance), Stars (#4 Dance, #47 UK), Can’t Stop Dancing (#43 R&B, #2 Dance), I Need You / Sell My Soul (#6 Dance)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Sylvester, the Weather Girls, Disco sessioneers
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Disco, Disco, Disco!
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sylvester James had a San Francisco glammy type band, but they broke up after two records. He sound found the Weather Girls who became his backup singers and close friends, and went to the disco genre and became the gay undergrounds disco star in the late 70’s, particulary for “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”.
The late 70’s were his time – especially on the dance charts. He was a star in the disco realm, but tried to change up in early 1980 to more of a soul and gospel groove, and bombed out. He sued his producer for unpaid royalties and released a few more albums before his death due to AIDS in the late 80’s.
This collection is a good throwback to that carefree disco era of the 70’s.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He played on the Late Show with Joan Rivers, and corrected her when she referred to him as a drag queen.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: Good disco tracks with some high points, but as most disco albums the cuts are long and repetitive – good for dancing grooves, not much of intense listening.