Higher!

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the peak of their career, Sly & the Family Stone topped the charts with a Greatest Hits album -- in 1970, it was their first LP to crack the Billboard Top 200, peaking at number two; an argument could be made that it was the LP that cemented their stardom -- and over the years, they've been anthologized many times, almost each compilation worthwhile, but they've never been subjected to a comprehensive box set until Legacy's 2013 four-disc set Higher! (A 2007 box called The Collection doesn't count, as it just rounded up the expanded remasters of the group's Epic catalog.) Higher! succeeds because it performs a task many box sets do not: it tells a story. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the peak of their career, Sly & the Family Stone topped the charts with a Greatest Hits album -- in 1970, it was their first LP to crack the Billboard Top 200, peaking at number two; an argument could be made that it was the LP that cemented their stardom -- and over the years, they've been anthologized many times, almost each compilation worthwhile, but they've never been subjected to a comprehensive box set until Legacy's 2013 four-disc set Higher! (A 2007 box called The Collection doesn't count, as it just rounded up the expanded remasters of the group's Epic catalog.) Higher! succeeds because it performs a task many box sets do not: it tells a story. Placing an emphasis on narrative, sometimes achieved through rarities, does mean that there are some omissions here: "Fun," "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey," studio versions of "Stand" and "You Can Make It If You Try," "Just Like a Baby," "Babies Making Babies," and the 1975 version of "I Get High on You" are all absent, but as the box plays, they're not missed, as the story that is told is compelling. Higher! takes its time to get to Sly & the Family Stone's streak of hit singles -- the second disc is a quarter finished by the time "Dance to the Music," the group's first genuine hit, surfaces -- but it never drags. If anything, the early material -- including five sides Sly Stone, then performing under his given name Sylvester Stewart, recorded for Autumn in 1964 and 1965, plus the 1967 single for Loadstone, "I Ain't Got Nobody (For Real)"/"I Can't Turn You Loose" -- is instrumental in laying the foundation for what came later, as they reveal Sly's deep roots in R&B, doo wop, pop, and rock & roll, sounds he spliced together when he formed the Family Stone in 1967. Remarkably, the other rarities are equally illuminating, whether it's a clutch of terrific unreleased songs from 1967 (such stellar cuts as "What's That Got to Do with Me" and "Only One Way Out of This Mess" kick off the second disc), scorching live performances from the Isle of Wight in 1970, or the oddity "Small Fries," from the band's alter ego the French Fries, where Sly's sped-up, helium-addled voice is a clear predecessor to Prince's impish mischief. These are grace notes to the band's enormous legacy, a legacy that is clearly on display throughout Higher!, whether it's heard on exuberant hits that are pop staples to this day, rhythms that were heavily sampled during the golden age of hip-hop, or a vibrant blurring of boundaries that still sounds visionary. It's that depth of detail, combined with the masterful sequencing, that makes Higher! such a superb box set: it tells a familiar story in a fresh fashion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886975366521
  • Catalog Number: 753665
  • Sales rank: 13,907

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Just Learned How to Swim - Sly Stewart (2:31)
  2. 2 Scat Swim - Sly Stewart (2:27)
  3. 3 Buttermilk, Pt. 1 - Sly Stewart (2:11)
  4. 4 Dance All Night - Sly & Freddie (2:55)
  5. 5 Temptation Walk, Pt. 1 - Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart (2:25)
  6. 6 I Ain't Got Nobody (For Real) (2:55)
  7. 7 I Can't Turn You Loose (3:28)
  8. 8 Higher (2:54)
  9. 9 Underdog (3:06)
  10. 10 Bad Risk (3:05)
  11. 11 Let Me Hear It from You (3:30)
  12. 12 Advice (2:22)
  13. 13 If This Room Could Talk (3:12)
  14. 14 I Cannot Make It (3:16)
  15. 15 Trip To Your Heart (2:33)
  16. 16 I Hate to Love Her (3:32)
  17. 17 Silent Communication (4:20)
  18. 18 I Get High On You (5:55)
  19. 19 I Remember (5:25)
  20. 20 My Woman's Head (2:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 What's That Got to Do With Me (3:08)
  2. 2 Fortune and Fame (5:36)
  3. 3 What Would I Do (4:05)
  4. 4 Only One Way Out Of This Mess (3:52)
  5. 5 I Know What You Came to Say (5:33)
  6. 6 Dance to the Music (2:59)
  7. 7 Ride the Rhythm (2:47)
  8. 8 Color Me True (3:09)
  9. 9 Are You Ready (2:50)
  10. 10 Don't Burn Baby (3:13)
  11. 11 We Love All (4:32)
  12. 12 Danse a la Musique - The French Fries (3:05)
  13. 13 Small Fries - The French Fries (2:50)
  14. 14 Chicken (2:13)
  15. 15 Into My Own Thing (2:14)
  16. 16 Life (3:00)
  17. 17 Love City (2:41)
  18. 18 M'lady (2:45)
  19. 19 Dynamite! - Johnny Robinson (2:46)
  20. 20 Undercat (3:49)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Everyday People (2:21)
  2. 2 Sing a Simple Song (3:06)
  3. 3 I Get High On You (4:13)
  4. 4 Wonderful World of Color (5:01)
  5. 5 Pressure (3:45)
  6. 6 I Want to Take You Higher (3:02)
  7. 7 Seven More Days (3:25)
  8. 8 Feathers (2:30)
  9. 9 Somebody's Watching You (3:20)
  10. 10 Sex Machine (13:47)
  11. 11 Hot Fun in the Summertime (2:39)
  12. 12 Everybody is a Star (3:03)
  13. 13 Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (4:49)
  14. 14 Stand! (5:08)
  15. 15 You Can Make It If You Try [Live (6:02)
  16. 16 Dance to the Music (5:01)
  17. 17 Medley: Music Lover/I Want to Take You Higher/Music Lover [Live from th (6:16)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Luv N' Haight (4:03)
  2. 2 Family Affair (3:05)
  3. 3 Brave & Strong (3:34)
  4. 4 Runnin' Away (2:43)
  5. 5 (You Caught Me) Smilin' (2:54)
  6. 6 Spaced Cowboy (3:58)
  7. 7 You're the One (6:27)
  8. 8 In Time (5:48)
  9. 9 If You Want Me to Stay (3:01)
  10. 10 Frisky (3:12)
  11. 11 Skin I'm In (2:55)
  12. 12 If It Were Left Up to Me (1:59)
  13. 13 Time for Livin' (3:17)
  14. 14 Can't Strain My Brain (4:08)
  15. 15 Loose Booty (3:47)
  16. 16 Le Lo Li - Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart (3:18)
  17. 17 Crossword Puzzle - Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart (2:56)
  18. 18 Family Again (2:49)
  19. 19 Hoboken - Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart (3:23)
  20. 20 High - Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart (5:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sly & The Family Stone Primary Artist
Johnny Robinson Vocals
Technical Credits
Teo Macero Producer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Arranger, Producer
Jeff Kaliss Liner Notes
Alec Palao Note Editing
Vic Anesini Mastering
Rob Carter Art Direction
Adam Farber Art Direction
Sly Stewart Producer
Brother Freddie Stone Producer
Bill Irwin Producer
Herb Greene Cover Photo
Sylvester Stewart Arranger, Composer, Producer
Neal Austinson Memorabilia
Edwin Konings Song Notes
Arno Konings Song Notes
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