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It’s not the “comeback” that fans have been waiting for since the mid-‘70s when Sly Stone’s troubles began overshadowing his prodigious ability to create new, innovative music. It is an album aimed at a new generation who may find that the old recordings sound a little “flat” in comparison to modern-day production techniques where the volume is pumped to an extreme. Absurd as it may be, it’s a vital truth if you wish to be taken seriously on the dancefloor. So, the bass is cranked, the beats are juiced and Stone does credible re-creations of his old hits that include a bevy of guests from Jeff Beck and Bootsy Collins to Heart’s Ann Wilson and the Doors’ Ray Manzarek. Two decent new tracks are thrown in before the album ends with remixes of Sly’s hits where the album further focuses on grabbing the attention of clubgoers. This isn’t likely to satisfy old fans, who would be best served sticking with a “Greatest Hits” album, but it should bring Sly into 21st-century relevancy for DJs and their audiences.

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To the people who commited this crime, how dare you take some of the best music ever and remix it with this trash. I know Sly probably owns none of his own music anymore and this is nothing more than a paycheck to him. But the people who contributed to this farce should be ashame of themselves. You couldn't do these songs any better so you took the originals and remixed garbage with them to try to get paid? I listened to each of the previews and wanted to like them. I'm so angry right now. This is crap of the highest order!!! I will note that each of the guest artist on her have had their better days as well and I'll be sure NOT to buy anything else that you put out as well. Record companies really do think all consumers are stupid. To Sly, I love you and wish you well, but if this is all you have to offer maybe you should have stayed gone. You've soiled what musical reputation you had left with this.

Surprised !!

Well, being a long time fan of Sly and to be honest this is a great effort. Kinda suprised he didn't put the original new songs first. Sly has always been a great writer and many Neo Soul artists have followed his play book. "Plain Jane" is a great example of Sly's timeless writing skills. This song could be on a Lenny Kravitz album. "Get Away" is also another example of this, most writers always knew that Sly always had the melodies and was a master at counterpoint and theory. The dubstep mix of Family Affair was also a great surprise and it shows so courage musically. I happen to love the UK movement about now. Word up to Chase & Status, Nero, and Danny Byrd. To be perfectly honest i could have done without so many newer versions of the older stuff. I have always been a fan of Sly as a writer and i look forward to his newer compositions.


All this is re-hashed old stuff from the late sixties & early seventies. The new collaborations are so-so-I'm disappointed by this project and had greater expectations for this set.

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