- Audio CD (4 Mar. 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Epic
- ASIN: B00002480M
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Best of Sly and the Family Stone CD
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SLY & THE FAMILY STONE The Best Of.... (1992 Austrian 20-track compilation CD album including Family Affair Dance To The Music and I Want To Take You Higher plus a Remix version of Family Affair picture sleeve)
Best-Of's don't come much better than this: 20 tracks from one of the superlative bands of all time. Sly Stone's gift as producer and ringleader was to mesh the emerging big-band, good-time funk sound of the late 1960s with an unerring sense of melody, structure and message. The result, on early hits like "Dance To The Music", "M'Lady", "Stand" and "Everyday People", was some of most gleeful, high-spirited and uplifting music ever made. Later, as the 1960s gave way to the long hangover of the 70s and Stone himself descended into drug abuse, sophisticated songs like "If You Want Me To Stay" and "Family Affair" took on a melancholic, reflective tinge, while a sharp political edge found its way into "Runnin' Away" and "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey". Genius through and through. --David Bennun
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So, in this collection we have all that was good about SATFS. UK fans should be aware that the original UK single of "Dance to the Music" was heavily edited by CBS UK to conform to the strictures of radio at the time. For the UK version they didn't just trim it for length, they completely changed the actual order of the music! I can't recall many other instances where that was done so comprehensively. I wonder if Sly was happy about that? Anyway,. what's on this CD is the original track as issued - not that UK edit.
All the classic are here including the sublime "Family Affair" the underrated "If You Want Me to Stay" and the strangely influential "Sing a Simple Song" (which was actually originally released as the UK B side of the also influential "Everyday People" - yes, that's here too). We also have makeweight stuff like the unattractive "M'Lady" - a cynical, nearly note for note remake of "Dance to the Music".
So lots of styles, lots of seminal stuff and well worth another spin if you want to understand one of the more important steps along the way to how disco/dance music got to where it is today.
The styles attempted (and mastered) are still unequalled in modern music. You really want to know how to collude jazz, rock, soul, dance, take a lesson from Sly.
Its is a pity not more of the Epic period LP's are avaiable (Stand!, Life, Dance to the Music), but as an introduction and gateway which has a 'NO RETURN' policy (which is a good thang)beg steal borrow ( sly would be proud of you )!!