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5.0 out of 5 stars The original Funk band, 12 Dec 2006
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Alister King "Big Al" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Of the four cornerstones of funk (JB, Sly&FS, George Clinton & Boosty Collins), Sly&FS's contribution was perhaps the most significant.

Sure, JB was the rhythmn innovator, as early as 63, but it took him till 69 to really nail it. Sly pips him by a year in 68 with "Dance to the Music", with its amazing vibe and monster grooves, and promptly follows up in 69 with THE original funk album "Stand!"

Sly and The Family Stone were on of the 1st bands to have a truly mixed race line up and transcend the trappings of race which were very much still there at the time. They also had the advantage of being in the SF area and close to the hippie movement. Its impossible to understate their eclectic nature.

They also had Larry Graham. No other musicians body part in any other genre at any other time has had more of a defining impact on its sound, than Larry's thumb has had on Funk. This is the Mother who invents electric slap.

Originally in a 3 piece with his mum and a drummer, 1 night the drummer dont show so his mum tells him he has to double for drums AND bass! So, in one of the greatest and most inspired moments in popular music, he thumps down on the open E with his thumb to simulate the bass drum, then slaps the A string at the 7th fret hard back onto the neck to simulate the snare: and there you have it. Genius.

This CD is a great intro to the band and a good cross section, with most of the key tunes, but what it has above all is Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin, the 1st time Larry showcases his new technique on record. And the world was never the same again.

Thanks Larry. Thanks Sly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a blast from 70s disco, 7 Feb 2011
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David Spanswick (Brighton United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sly & Family Stone Hits (Audio CD)
Long long ago when the world seemed a simpler place, even before the internet took over our lives we all got dolled up and went out to these new clubs called discos. They kind of reflected the growing number of "boutiques" on the high street and every generation needs to have its own vernacular.

At the disco we danced to lousy sound systems on tiny dance floors and some of these discos even served alcohol, but all the inconveniences of late night transport and over priced sodas was worth it to hear and dance to the great music as typified by Sly and the Family Stone.

Each track on this compilation is a gem and I feel sure will bring back the sweetest of memories for anybody who was "there"!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime funk, 30 Jan 2009
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Toby Stewart "Fairhoodlum" (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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This album is a must for anyone who wants to get funky. Unbelievable compositions with high energy delivery. Grrrrreat!
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