In the late 1970s CBS (who owned the Sly catalogue at that time) put out a collection on 12" singles and an album too of the best of Sly and the Family Stone. That collection/campaign was entitled "Sly and the Family Stone - Ten Years Too Soon" - the implication being that Sly and the Family Stone WERE disco music before Discos really existed - and it's true! they certainly pioneered some of those styles, in chart terms at least.
So, in this collection we have all that was good about SATFS. UK fans should be aware that the original UK single of "Dance to the Music" was heavily edited by CBS UK to conform to the strictures of radio at the time. For the UK version they didn't just trim it for length, they completely changed the actual order of the music! I can't recall many other instances where that was done so comprehensively. I wonder if Sly was happy about that? Anyway,. what's on this CD is the original track as issued - not that UK edit.
All the classic are here including the sublime "Family Affair" the underrated "If You Want Me to Stay" and the strangely influential "Sing a Simple Song" (which was actually originally released as the UK B side of the also influential "Everyday People" - yes, that's here too). We also have makeweight stuff like the unattractive "M'Lady" - a cynical, nearly note for note remake of "Dance to the Music".
So lots of styles, lots of seminal stuff and well worth another spin if you want to understand one of the more important steps along the way to how disco/dance music got to where it is today.