3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Boom chacka-lacka-lacka, boom chacka-lacka-lacka........,
This review is from: Stand (Audio CD)
Utterly brilliant album, which i only discovered after seeing it (in The Rough Guide To Rock) recommended as being in the must-have category. And it surely is. Heavily funky, psychedelic cross-over music. Fortunately, there are a couple of lighter numbers on the album. You need them, just so as to be able to take a breather from the serious stuff.
The absolute highlight, for me, is the outrageously funky "I Want To Take You Higher". (A much "chunkier" mix from the one on my quadrophonic "Sly and the Family Sone: Greatest Hits" LP.) Plenty of other tremendous tracks, like "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey", the brilliant "Sing A Simple Song" and "Sex Machine". The last is a quite fabulous jam, which you won't find anywhere else(?). Too long to feature on any compilation, but one of this landmark album's key moments. As Sly says, this will "blow your mind".
This new digipack Legacy issue, with bonus tracks, sounds absolutely wonderful. The instrumentation seems to have benefitted from a freshening up. And the enhanced booklet makes for a very pleasing package. (Apologies if you think i've overdone the superlatives, but this album really is that good. If you are unfamiliar, get it into your life!)