Stand Gold CD
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Right from the off we are assaulted with this wonderful combination of soul, funk, pop, rock, etc not coming at us seperately or diversely, but all at once in that blended way that the best and most inventive bands offer. Just Listen. 'Everyday People' is still one of the freshest sounding, upbeat, cheerful songs ever recorded. It bounces along in a spirit of optimism and the chorus hits us like a blast of sunshine. 'Stand' is also imbued with a sense of positivity before morphing into a funk-fest during the coda. 'Don't Call, Me N****r, Whitey' is a brutally funky, lyrically inventive song that looked at things from both sides of the racial divide. It would have acted as a real musical jolt at the time and is still surprising today. The band can hit hard ('Sing A Simple Song'), do playful sounding (albeit lyrically sinister) pop, ('Somebody's Watching You') and build a groove so relentless that you won't even notice until your trance breaks ('I Wanna Take you Higher').Read more ›
Sly Stone, born Sylvester Stewart to a church-going family in Denton, TX, had already achieved some local fame in San Francisco, California, as a radio disk jockey/musician/producer, when he was "discovered" by CBS Records' great president/talent scout Clive Davis. Davis signed Sly to CBS's subsidiary Epic Records; the label that recorded and released all his greatest songs. Anyway, it took them a couple of tries, but their fourth album, "Stand!" was the breakout hit, selling more than three million copies, and introducing us to "Everyday People." You'll find that song, and many of the group's other hit singles here, including, of course, "Stand!" Also "I Want to Take You Higher," "You Can Make it If You Try," and "Sing a Simple Song."
The group played Woodstock that famed three-day concert fest, in upstate New York in 1969, and had a great triumph there. But as the innocent, feel good, do good 60's turned into the harsher, more self-centered 70's, Sly came under great pressures, from his record company to produce more, and from the Black Panther Party, and other extremist black organizations, to produce more militant music. Unfortunately, he reacted by falling into drug problems, and reclusiveness.Read more ›
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!)
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Possibly the best album ever,, but whether it is or not, it's the pinnacle of the biggest pop visionary of the latter part of the 1960s. A benchmark work.Published 8 months ago by Tom
Probably the best Sly and the Family Stone album, full of timeless classics and a perfect place to start if you want to get their albums. Great stuff.Published 10 months ago by The Bear 81
Still sounds "Fresh" and fantastic... Thanks for this much appreciated Sly classic which fits right into my Family Stone collection.Published on 4 Mar. 2014 by truckstop
If it moves, funk it. This moves, with added soul and sixties vibes. Packed with hits and bits, an essential addition to any collection.Published on 9 May 2011 by Mr. A. P. Jennings