The Essential Sly & the Family Stone [Epic/Legacy] [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Multiracial, coed, and serving up a fusion of rock, soul, and psychedelia, Sly & the Family Stone represented the utopian inclusiveness offered up by the counterculture in the late '60s -- and the dark disillusion that was to follow. Both sides are captured on this two-CD collection, tracing Sylvester Stewart's collective through the journey from flower-power funk to deeper-hued, more militant, socially conscious fare. Kicking off with deep album cuts "Underdog" and "I Cannot Make It," this Essential wisely incorporates less-familiar flashes of genius among the anthems. Powered by Larry Graham's chugging bass lines and Rose Stone's brassy horns, classics like ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Multiracial, coed, and serving up a fusion of rock, soul, and psychedelia, Sly & the Family Stone represented the utopian inclusiveness offered up by the counterculture in the late '60s -- and the dark disillusion that was to follow. Both sides are captured on this two-CD collection, tracing Sylvester Stewart's collective through the journey from flower-power funk to deeper-hued, more militant, socially conscious fare. Kicking off with deep album cuts "Underdog" and "I Cannot Make It," this Essential wisely incorporates less-familiar flashes of genius among the anthems. Powered by Larry Graham's chugging bass lines and Rose Stone's brassy horns, classics like "Stand!," "Dance to the Music," and "Everyday People" may have made for ultimate party music, but Sly Stone found ways to work in messages about racism "Don't Call Me N***er, Whitey" and self-empowerment "You Can Make It if You Try". By the early '70s, following the seminal There's a Riot Going On, Stewart's drug problems brought a darker tone to the music and resulted in the classic "Family Affair," plus nods to Black Power "Thank You for Talkin' to Me Africa" and various societal ills "Babies Makin' Babies". Not long after, the increasingly erratic Sly resisted all attempts to resuscitate his career and spiraled into paranoia and poverty. Along with James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone introduced pop fans to the world of hard funk and in the process influenced pop-rock royalty such as Prince and Lenny Kravitz, along with punk-funk rockers such as Living Colour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers -- who covered "If You Want Me To Stay" -- and Fishbone. The reasons for Sly's musical longevity, if not his maddening inability to keep the creative fires burning, are all right here.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Essential Sly & the Family Stone does what a double-CD best-of/career overview should do: it packs a lot of career highlights into a two-disc set for listeners who want more than the basic greatest hits, but don't want every last album. Of course, all of those greatest hits are here, including a few from 1970 that didn't make it onto album releases at the time. As you'd expect, the fattest slice comes from Sly & the Family Stone's late-'60s/early-'70s peak: in fact, most of the tracks from the Stand! and There's a Riot Goin' On albums are here. The fun extras come in the not-too-well-known tracks from pre-Stand! albums and Fresh which is actually amply represented, with six cuts. This doesn't quite deserve the highest rating, as the post-There's a Riot Goin' On material doesn't keep up the momentum of the rest of the set. Small Talk and Sly Stone's 1975 solo effort, High on You, are wisely lightly plucked, though at least the hits from those albums are the three cuts selected. This deserves better annotation than the cursory liner notes, but otherwise it's an excellent summary of a major rock and soul band.
Rolling Stone - Gavin Edwards
[A] masterly collection.

[A] masterly collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998686724
  • Catalog Number: 86867
  • Sales rank: 12,365

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sly & The Family Stone Primary Artist
Larry Graham Bass
Rusty Allen Bass
Greg Errico Drums
Jerry Martini Saxophone
Andy Newmark Drums
Cynthia Robinson Trumpet
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Freddie Stone Guitar, Vocals
Rose Stone Keyboards
Technical Credits
George Clinton Composer
Jerry Goldstein Executive Producer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer, Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Fred Lombardi Sleeve Design
Glenn Stone Executive Producer
Abe Vélez Packaging Manager, Package Manager
H. Beane Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sho Nuff the groove EveryBody is a star!!!

    I think that these stars now, should take a look back at some of these old stars and see whats really happening!! The words to these songs have so much meaning to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Saw Sly in a gym in Eugene, Oregon

    There is no better voice than SLY STONE, Face it! He is the funkiest, real artist doing it. Also, can you dance? You will now! Only to the cuts here. I spent my life dancing to these & also Sly is so positive. You can make it if you try. Listen, buy & groove forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE GREATEST FUNK BAND OF ALL TIME!

    looks like sony is "FINALLY" doing justice to SLY'S catalog!!! JAMES BROWN CREATED THE FUNK. SLY STONE CREATED THE FUNK BAND. EVERYONE ELSE ARE MERE IMMITATORS. 'NUFF SAID.

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