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Higher! (Amazon.com Exclusive 5 CD Box Set),
This review is from: Higher! (Audio CD)
When this box set finally arrived the other day I was instantly struck with the beautiful packaging this box set has. The colours and 10" box set look great as is the superb colour booklet that contains many pictures of the band. As well as very comprehensive info on the tracks on the CDs.
The first CD I played was the bonus 5 song EP. This is a superb disc in its own right. The medley track is a revelation as is the instrumental bonus song Dust To Dust.
The track selection on the 4 main CDs is going to disappoint some purists and fans of Sly Stone, but I have enjoyed the many songs that are not that familiar to me, especially the many sessions from 1967 included in this box set. 1967 was a very prolific time for Sly and the band.
The Mono Singles included are interesting with a different sound and feel to the stereo versions. What impressed me is the sound quality of these tracks, they sound fresh and with more dynamics.
I am also impressed with how good Sly's later music is. He continued to produce good music up to the mid 1970s despite his issues with drugs.
Sadly he has not produced anything like the music Sly made from the tracks on this box set. We are lucky to have a box set of some great music that has a happy vibe and great melodies that I am enjoying immensly.