Small Talk [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
By 1974, when Small Talk was recorded, Sly for was ripe for change personally and musically. Stripping away the drum machines from their previous places of importance on There's a Riot Goin' On and Fresh, Sly went back to what remained of the Family Stone, including trumpet and keyboard player Cynthia Robinson, brother Freddie and Sister Rose, Rusty Allen, who had taken over for Larry Graham two albums back, Jerry Martini, drummer Bill Lordan (who would later work with Jack Bruce and Robin Trower), violinist Sid Page, reed and woodwind boss Pat Rizzo, and Vet Stewart on vocals and keyboards. The album was, despite the number of musicians, organic, simple even. It was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
By 1974, when Small Talk was recorded, Sly for was ripe for change personally and musically. Stripping away the drum machines from their previous places of importance on There's a Riot Goin' On and Fresh, Sly went back to what remained of the Family Stone, including trumpet and keyboard player Cynthia Robinson, brother Freddie and Sister Rose, Rusty Allen, who had taken over for Larry Graham two albums back, Jerry Martini, drummer Bill Lordan (who would later work with Jack Bruce and Robin Trower), violinist Sid Page, reed and woodwind boss Pat Rizzo, and Vet Stewart on vocals and keyboards. The album was, despite the number of musicians, organic, simple even. It was laid-back and soulful instead of burning-ass funky. There's very little grit in its grooves, but a lot of sparse, simple movement as evidenced by the title track, which opens the record where it's simply Sly, his baby son Sly Jr. babbling, fingersnaps, a keyboard, a bassline, and a drum beat. It sounded jive perhaps at the time because everyone had grown used to Sly the outlaw boogie monster. But Sly Stone knew exactly what he wanted: close to home, tape was left running between completed takes on certain tracks, and many takes were run of certain cuts so musicians could find their own way without being directed. The simmering summer soulfulness that came from the grooves -- check "Say You Will" -- was different, smaller in scope -- especially the strings, played actually, overdubbed, and even synthesized -- and far looser than any Sly & the Family Stone date in the catalog. It also was the end of the Family Stone, though no one knew it yet. The album yielded a bona fide Top 40 hit in "Time for Livin'," but was critically underappreciated and for good reason. It was an inside record that broke no ground and sounded a lot like retreading familiar steps in some ways. Even the gods die. [The 2007 remastered Legacy edition contains four bonus tracks, including an early version of "Crossword Puzzle," alternate readings of "Time for Livin'" and "Loose Booty," and an instrumental called "Positive," all of which have gone unreleased until now.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970454025
  • Catalog Number: 704540

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Small Talk (3:22)
  2. 2 Say You Will (3:18)
  3. 3 Mother Beautiful (2:01)
  4. 4 Time for Livin' (3:17)
  5. 5 Can't Strain My Brain (4:09)
  6. 6 Loose Booty (3:46)
  7. 7 Holdin' On (3:39)
  8. 8 Wishful Thinkin' (4:25)
  9. 9 Better Thee Than Me (3:34)
  10. 10 Livin' While I'm Livin' (2:57)
  11. 11 This Is Love (2:58)
  12. 12 Crossword Puzzle (3:48)
  13. 13 Time for Livin' (4:01)
  14. 14 Loose Booty (2:06)
  15. 15 Positive (2:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sly & The Family Stone Primary Artist
Rose Banks Keyboards, Vocals
Sid Page Violin
Rusty Allen Bass
Bill Lordan Drums
Jerry Martini Saxophone
Pat Rizzo Flute, Saxophone
Cynthia Robinson Trumpet
Freddie Stone Guitar, Vocals
Truman Thomas Keyboards
Sly & Freddie Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Roger Dollarhide Engineer
Edward Bogas String Arrangements
Tom Flye Engineer, Remixing
Jerry Goldstein Executive Producer
Willie Greer Engineer
George Horn Mastering
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer
Freddie Stone Producer
John Stronach Remixing
Steve Lake Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Reissue Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Jimmy Douglas Remixing
Rob Carter Art Direction
Glenn Stone Executive Producer
Sly & Freddie Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Alex Stimmel Liner Notes
Lee Wong "Doctor Pepper" Engineer
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