Different Strokes By Different Folks [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Different Strokes by Different Folks is a tribute album to Sly & the Family Stone, but it has strong elements of a remix album, as well. All 14 tracks here -- 12 tracks comprise the album proper, with two bonus tracks -- find the featured artists sometimes duets or groups of artists using the original Sly & the Family Stone recording as a basis for a new version, which is a blend of samples, drum loops, newly overdubbed instruments, and vocals. Often, these involve new, freestyle raps, but sometimes -- as when Maroon 5 or Buddy Guy and John Mayer team up -- it's just a newly sung song, albeit one sung over samples. There's an impressive, rather diverse ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Different Strokes by Different Folks is a tribute album to Sly & the Family Stone, but it has strong elements of a remix album, as well. All 14 tracks here -- 12 tracks comprise the album proper, with two bonus tracks -- find the featured artists sometimes duets or groups of artists using the original Sly & the Family Stone recording as a basis for a new version, which is a blend of samples, drum loops, newly overdubbed instruments, and vocals. Often, these involve new, freestyle raps, but sometimes -- as when Maroon 5 or Buddy Guy and John Mayer team up -- it's just a newly sung song, albeit one sung over samples. There's an impressive, rather diverse roster here -- everybody from Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Moby to Chuck D, OutKast's Big Boi, D'Angelo, Isaac Hayes, Joss Stone, and Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am are here -- yet the sound of Different Strokes by Different Folks is rather consistent, due as much to the through-line of Sly Stone's original material as it is to the shared aesthetic of all the artists. This keeps things groove-oriented -- thanks to the predominant loops and drum machines, it's never as loose and funky as the original recordings, but its beats are infectious, and even if some of the added flair of the performances is a little labored or silly most notably will.i.am on "Dance to the Music," which unfortunately kicks off the album, and Tyler's jive on "I Want to Take You Higher", Stone's songs are so strong they shine through any missteps or cluttered production. This may not be a knock-out, but Different Strokes does serve as a potent reminder of just how vital Sly & the Family Stone's best music could be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969499627
  • Catalog Number: 94996
  • Sales rank: 282,785

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dance to the Music - will.i.am (4:04)
  2. 2 Everyday People - Maroon 5 (2:46)
  3. 3 Star - The Roots (4:25)
  4. 4 Runnin' Away - Killer Mike (4:04)
  5. 5 Family Affair - John Legend (3:42)
  6. 6 (You Caught Me) Smilin' - DJ Swiff (3:52)
  7. 7 If You Want Me to Stay - Devin Lima (3:32)
  8. 8 I Get High on You (3:36)
  9. 9 Love City - Moby (4:57)
  10. 10 You Can Make It If You Try - John Mayer (5:34)
  11. 11 Sing a Simple Song - Isaac Hayes (6:37)
  12. 12 (I Want to Take You) Higher - Robert Randolph (5:09)
  13. 13 Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey - Martin Luther (4:07)
  14. 14 Thank You Nation 1814 (5:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sly & The Family Stone Primary Artist
Buddy Guy Guitar, Vocals
Bernie Worrell Clavinet, Mini Moog
Larry Graham Bass, Vocals
Rusty Allen Bass
Greg Errico Drums
Babi Floyd Drums, Background Vocals
Isaac Hayes Vocals
Kevin Kendricks Keyboards
Debra Killings Bass
Jerry Martini Saxophone
Andy Newmark Drums
Pat Rizzo Saxophone
Cynthia Robinson Trumpet, Vocals
T.M. Stevens Background Vocals
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Organ, Vocals
Freddie Stone Guitar, Vocals
Rose Stone Clarinet, Keyboards, Vocals
Steven Tyler Harp, Vocals
Adam Levine Guitar, Vocals
Randy Jackson Organ, Bass
Brian Warfield Horn
Jerry Freeman Horn
David Whild Guitar
Lenesha Randolph Background Vocals
Steve Jordan Bass, Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals
Van Hunt Background Vocals
Nikka Costa Background Vocals
Vernon R. Heard Bass
Jesse Carmichael Keyboards
Mickey Madden Bass
Ryan Dusick Drums
Joss Stone Vocals
John Legend Keyboards, Vocals
Corey Hogan Horn
Devin Lima Vocals
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon Guitar
Ishmael Ferguson Drums
Daniel Crawford Keyboards
Technical Credits
Moby Producer, Remixing
Nile Rodgers Producer
L. Ron Hubbard Composer
Steven Berkowitz Executive Producer
Niko Bolas Engineer, Remixing
Jerry Goldstein Executive Producer
Richard Hilton Engineer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Don Smith Engineer
S. Stewart Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Pat Thrall Digital Editing, Remixing
B.J. Scott Composer
Richard Nichols Executive Producer
A.P. Thompson Composer
Randy Jackson Producer
Andrew Dawson Engineer
Kenny Komisar Executive Producer
Steve Jordan Producer, Engineer, Remixing
William A. Welch Liner Notes
Glenn Stone Executive Producer
Mathieu Lejeune Engineer
Kevin Guarnieri Engineer
K. Gray Composer
John Hanes Engineer
R. Wilson Composer
Chris Carmouche Engineer
Gary Fly Engineer
DJ Swiff Producer
Drop Squad Producer
Ishmael Ferguson Engineer
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