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More than four decades after they first stormed the Pop and R&B charts in the winter of 1968 with “Dance To the Music” – a groundbreaking jam that has the distinction of being chosen for the Grammy Hall Of Fame, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s "500 Songs That Shaped Rock," and Rolling Stone ... Read more in Amazon's Sly & The Family Stone Store

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  • Audio CD (2 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B0013384K6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In Time
2. If You Want Me To Stay
3. Let Me Have It All
4. Frisky
5. Thankful N' Thoughtful
6. Skin I'm In
7. I Don't Know (Satisfaction)
8. Keep On Dancin'
9. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
10. If It Were Left Up To Me
11. Babies Makin' Babies
12. Let Me Have It All (Alternate Mix)
13. Frisky (Alternate Mix)
14. Skin I'm In (Alternate Mix)
15. Keep On Dancin' (Alternate Mix)
16. Babies Makin' Babies (Alternate Version)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Coming as it did after "There's a Riot Goin' On", who knew what was in store for the listener. After huge success, Sly had retreated from the world. When he came back,he had ditched the optimistic stance that had brought him popular acclaim, and a multi racial audience, and moved firmly into a Funk groove, and a very dark vision of the world. So would he do more of the same, or try to reclaim some of the audience he had lost, would he retreat deeper into the depression that appeared to overtake him, or had he got another surprise in store.

As it turns out, he developed the Funk. With "Fresh" you still get social comment, and Sly's fatalistic view, but the overall tone of the album is not as relentlessly dark as "Riot...". There are monster Funk grooves at every turn: the opener "In Time" is driven by a burbling bassline, with punctuating horns and a guitar riff that appears to come from a different song. "If You Want me to Stay" was a successful single release, featuring that Bass again, but this time the horns are well back in the mix and an organ and an electric piano fight it out up front. Stand out tracks also include "Skin I'm In", where a defiant Sly whoops and wails, and the truly unexpected "Que Sera Sera".

Together with "Riot" and "Stand", this album represents the peak of Sly Stone's output. He was a huge musical influence, particularly on Black Music, just listen to early Commodores or the Ohio Players. That he fell into a commercial slump within a couple of years after the release of this album was something of a mystery, but this album deserves your attention if you are a music fan and is essential if you love the FUNK
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr.O on 17 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Mixing the soul and funk of 'Stand!' and the down-right sleezy madness of 'There's a riot goin on' and you have the musical stew that is 'Fresh'. This is late night stuff. Filthy and funky. It is also Sly and the family stones last true masterpiece. and it is there best.

Just the right balance of grooves and mood, light and dark. It just keeps on bubbling under. The innocent joys of the 60's are long gone here, but it boogies better than 'Riot'.

squelchy wah-wahs, muffled wails and that fat backbeat will take you on and on into the early hours with the sublime, sexy sounds of Mr Stewart and his Family stone....
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B Moraes VINE VOICE on 9 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
There was a mix up with the masters and as a result the version issued in the UK was made up of the rough versions, the finished versions only appear on the US issue (catalogue no. EK 32134). For the fan both versions are worth getting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "pavano" on 19 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although "There's A Riot.." is often lauded as their best, I think that this one is over-looked.
Are fans aware that two cuts of this album were released? There was no plan behind this: just a random occurence.
There used to be a Sly site that explained how to distinguish between the two, from the code on the sleeves. It no longer exists, but the version that I prefer (and unwittingly found in a record library) is the better one. I think that it is the rarer one. Sparser sound ; more echo / reverb; no backing vocals on "Let Me Have It All"; and a better sounding: "If You Want Me To Stay." Only the absence of Larry Graham is the weak point.
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Format: Audio CD
I have an older copy of this on CD - without the extra tracks.The main difference between 'Stand!' the 'Riot' album and this one at least to my ears is that he was going for a thinner sound.It's just different, but you do sense his tiredness from drugs,hangers on and all the usual things that life throws at us.The track 'Que Sera Sera' knocks spots off the syrupy Doris Day version and is worth the purchase for that track alone.There is enough going on to keep most people happy.I think, even on a bad day Sly had more funk/soul in his little finger than most people manage over a whole career.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is one of Sly's best. If You Want Me to Stay is one of the grooviest tracks around - prepare to swivel your hips and snap your fingers as you hear his opening growl. And his cover of Que Sera Sera is heart-wrenching - twisting and warping those notes around just enough to hit you in the belly. Looking for quality funk with sophisticated tunes? You will not regret this purchase. (Actually, it's worth it just for the album cover picture alone - jump higher, Sly, you'll reach the sky!)
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