Sylvia Robinson

The Great Works of Sylvia & George: Queen & King of Sweet N.J.

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An import via Japan's P-Vine Records, which uses the label these artists recorded these songs on (Sugar Hill) for authenticity (perhaps); the reason is faulty because Sylvia & George recorded on the All Platinum family of labels which preceded Sugar Hill. Sylvia and husband Joe Robinson owned both companies; George Kerr made some recordings and did some writing and producing for the label. The title is misleading, there are no duets, and the word "great" constitutes hyperbole. Sylvia displays her soft kitten-like voice on five tracks including the grooving "Sho Nuff Boogie," "It's Good to Be Queen," and "Private Performance"; George does five as well, his light tenor croons an inferior remake of the Moments' "Sunday," "Can You Dig Where I'm Coming From," and "Love's God Almighty." Available on vinyl only; an upgrade of P-Vine's extensive vinyl catalog to compact disks is a task that needs doing.