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The Essential Sly & The Family Stone


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“All the squares, go home!”

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 (31 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00008IM9A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Underdog
2. I Cannot Make It
3. Dance To The Music
4. Are You Ready?
5. Fun
6. M'Lady
7. Life
8. Love City
9. Stand!
10. Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey
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Disc: 2
1. Family Affair
2. Luv N' Haight
3. Poet
4. (You Caught Me) Smilin'
5. Runnin' Away
6. Brave & Strong
7. Just Like A Baby
8. Thank You For Talkin' To Me, Africa
9. In Time
10. If You Want Me To Stay
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 11 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
The on-going Essential-series is pretty much the definitive in best of's- having all the one's you'd expect & a few more obscure tracks to make it more interesting (the joys of a 2CD format). So this one's as great as the previous Cohen & Dylan Essentials & as lots of Sly's releases are only on import (eg Stand!, Life) this is quite handy.
The first disc starts with that early classic stuff, the next step on from James Brown- culled from Dance to the Music, Life and Stand! (where politics entered the spectrum) here are absolute reasons as to why Sly & the Family Stone are considered to be one of the key outfits of the late 60s/early70s. Their influence was as vast as that of Jimi Hendrix- their varied line-up pushed Miles Davis towards the experimental rock/jazz fusion of Bitches Brew, On the Corner & Jack Johnson (Davis also plays on There's a Riot Goin' On & like Sly got lost in coke-inflected abandon). Another great 70s album, Gene Clark's No Other (1974) also displayed Sly's influence- as have bands since- from Magazine (who covered Thank You), Screamadelica-Primal Scream, Arrested Development (who reveresed Everyday People in the early 90s), The Charlatans (who covered Time for Livin' with the Chemical Bros for 1995's War Child project) & any dance act who has gone on about getting high- see I Get High On You or I Want to Take You Higher. That pulsing dancebeat of Dance to the Music (here in digitslly remastered glory) found itself requoted in such records as Magazine's The Light Pours Out of Me (1978), The Stone Roses I Am The Ressurection (1989), Primal Scream's Rocks (1994) & Sebadoh's Flame (1998).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ted Maul VINE VOICE on 23 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
This 2CD set is a near-perfect primer for Sly & The Family Stone neophytes,as it contains pretty much all the best music they ever recorded-including most of their undisputed masterpiece There's A Riot Goin' On (Family Affair,Thank You For Talkin' To Me,Africa,etc).
The miracle of this best of is that while this music is of it's time (using Frere Jacques as an intro is an idea that only would have been used in the late sixties) it is also timeless,and in this genre only James Brown,Curtis Mayfield and Parliament/Funkadelic can claim to have as great a back catalogue.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. B. Koeb on 14 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
Really great double cd compilation, which succeeds in drawing in all the main S&TFS highlights. I will, however, be very mean and give this only a four-star rating. You'll think i'm being a bit churlish, but it's mainly because of a relatively ungenerous playing time of about 60 minutes per disc. In other words, there was plenty of room for more. There was room for "Sex Machine" from "Stand!", or the remaining tracks from "Riot". Granted, it's absolutely not in the record company's interests to do this, and i will readily admit to being terribly unreasonable. But it's never nice to see that a company is not giving the best value-for-money.

My moan is over. In spite of the relatively disappointing running time, this double cd would still probably represent the best overall S&TFS compilation on the market.
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