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Greatest Hits

Sly & The Family Stone

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Album Review

Released in 1970 during the stopgap between Stand! and There's a Riot Goin' On, Greatest Hits inadvertently arrived at precisely the right moment, summarizing Sly & the Family Stone's joyous hit-making run on the pop and R&B charts. Technically, only four songs here reached the Top Ten, with only two others hitting the Top 40, but judging this solely on charts is misleading, since this is simply a peerless singles collection. This summarizes their first four albums perfectly (almost all of Stand! outside of the two jams and "Somebody's Watching You" is here), adding the non-LP singles "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)," and "Everybody Is a Star," possibly the loveliest thing they ever recorded. But, this isn't merely a summary (and, if it was just that, Anthology, the early-'80s comp that covers Riot and Fresh would be stronger than this), it's one of the greatest party records of all time. Music is rarely as vivacious, vigorous, and vibrant as this, and captured on one album, the spirit, sound, and songs of Sly & the Family Stone are all the more stunning. Greatest hits don't come better than this — in fact, music rarely does.

Customer Reviews

A true pioneer whom so many great artists of the last 30 years are indebted too

He's fragile, funky, loose, funny, and torn. He's at war with himself. He aims for good but there's a streak of melancholy that always rears it's head in his music. I love him the way I love Edward Scissorhands, Tony Montana, and Shaft.

sly and the family stone

reallllllly good party music, reminds me of my old days

Classic Stone

This is vintage Stone at it's best; makes you re-live the days of early pop/funk music.

Biography

Formed: 1967 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Sly & the Family Stone harnessed all of the disparate musical and social trends of the late '60s, creating a wild, brilliant fusion of soul, rock, R&B, psychedelia, and funk that broke boundaries down without a second thought. Led by Sly Stone, the Family Stone was comprised of men and women, and blacks and whites, making the band the first fully integrated group in rock's history. That integration shone through the music, as well as the group's message. Before Stone, very few soul and R&B...
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  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, R&B/Soul, Soul, Funk, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock
  • Released: Jul 11, 1995

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