- Audio CD (30 Aug 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B00007LVBT
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|2. Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey|
|3. I Want To Take You Higher|
|4. Somebody's Watching You|
|5. Sing A Simple Song|
|6. Everyday People|
|7. Sex Machine|
|8. You Can Make It If You Try|
8 strong tracks long, there's barely a false move it's entire duration, and if you are new to Sly, then (a) why ? and (b) this is the best starting point album wise. I love this start to finish, from the bright opener Stand, to the extended funk of I want to Take you higher, to the ecstatic slouching funk of Everyday People, this is an album i have returned to frequently despite having first bought it over 10 years ago. I think you get the picture.
James Brown may have been a far bigger singles artist, but none of his prime-era albums compare to Stand. In fact what is so endring about Sly is range the band dsiplays here. Prince brilliantly managed to flaunt multiple styles simultaneously, although Sly and family do so too, with much teh same joie de vivre, and hey, they were there.
If this does float your boat, do try There's a Riot Goin' On, more challenging, yet rewarding, all the more so for Family Affair, and extraordinary production, where breakdown and claustrphopia drip achingly from the speakers, believ it or not.
There were four hit singles off of this album, with "Everyday People" making it all the way to #1 on the Billboard charts, while "I Want to Take You Higher" made it to #60 in 1969 but #38 in 1970, "Sing a Simple Song" made it to #89, and the title tune topped out at #22. Musically I think "I Want to Take You Higher" is the best thing Sly and the Family Stone ever did. The opening groove with that awesome guitar riff, the driving beat and that blues harmonica, all combine to make this their definitive performance piece. Then there is the message of how music can bring everybody together, so it is not just all fun and games. "Stand!" made it to number 13 on the album charts, but the key thing is that it spent over 100 weeks on the charts, which is a testament to both its quality and its importance.
Behind the funky sound and the catchy melodies, Sly Stone was writing songs with a cohesive social consciousness. "Stand!' is an overt effort to bridge the gap between black and white audiences, not to mention a precursor for the coming disco movement.... Read more ›
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