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5.0 out of 5 stars A funk essential, 21 Sep 2006
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Andy Edwards "staxasoul" (Essex UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: There's a Riot Goin'on (Audio CD)
What you are getting here is an absolute classic FUNK album. While Sly had been embraced by the Rock mainstream earlier on in his career, with Riot, Sly dipped into the reality of the experience of Black America, and told it like it was.

And it wasn't easy listening - this was and is an album that you may not get first time around. This is a fuzzy, sleazy, chunk of Funk, with none of the optimism of, say, "Dance To The Music", but it captures the drug fuelled spirit of the times.

"Family Affair" is probably Slys' finest, with its ambiguous lyric, but there are others here which stand comparison such as "Just Like a Baby" "Running Away" and "Brave & Strong". It is as a whole that this album desrves to be heard however, and it is as a whole that it claims its place as one of the best Funk albums of all
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll come to love this masterpiece...., 19 Sep 2007
This review is from: There's A Riot Goin' On (Audio CD)
...but like any work of original art, you need to put time in to learn to appreciate it. Once you've accustomed yourself to the very different approach Sly and Co are taking here, you'll be in for a treat. 'Family Affair' may be the best known and most commercial track on here, but everything will repay your attention. Some of the most compelling grooves ever laid down on tape....before too long, you'll find yourself surrendering to them.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Funk Classic, 9 Jun 2007
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Andy Edwards "staxasoul" (Essex UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: There's A Riot Goin' On (Audio CD)
What you are getting here is an absolute classic FUNK album. While Sly had been embraced by the Rock mainstream earlier on in his career, with Riot, Sly dipped into the reality of the experience of Black America, and told it like it was.

And it wasn't easy listening - this was and is an album that you may not get first time around. This is a fuzzy, sleazy, chunk of Funk, with none of the optimism of, say, "Dance To The Music", but it captures the drug fuelled spirit of the times.

"Family Affair" is probably Slys' finest, with its ambiguous lyric, but there are others here which stand comparison such as "Just Like a Baby" "Running Away" and "Brave & Strong". It is as a whole that this album desrves to be heard however, and it is as a whole that it claims its place as one of the best Funk albums of all
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Funk, 1 Jun 2014
This review is from: There's A Riot Goin' On (Audio CD)
This album is a grower,bought the original album a few years ago but really struggled with it,which seemed odd after listening to James Brown & the mid to late 70's Kool & The Gang who were also a supreme funk outfit,with a chunk of Parliament thrown in.
"Dance To The Music" had a much more optimistic feel about it,thier party album to an extent,this is much darker.Love "Poet" & the three added instrumentals at the end are good if suprisingly short for some reason.

If you're a funk person then this is an absolute must have,wasn't sure about it the first time but just adore it now.
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