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The Essential Sly & The Family Stone

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When Sylvester Stone and his intergender and interracial Family Stone burst out of San Francisco in 1967, they appealed to both hippies and soul heads. This collection handily and chronologically wraps up Stone’s musical milieu. The tone of the psych-soul opener, “Underdog,” only intensifies through “Dance to the Music,” which nails their freaky Meters/Beatles/James Brown anthemic sounds to perfection. “Are You Ready?” begs the eternal question (why hate?), while “Stand!” and “Don’t Call Me N****r, Whitey” draw hard cultural lines for reciprocal respect. “I Want to Take You Higher” caps the '60s in a fit of spiritual (and chemical) uplift. 1975’s “I Get High on You” caps this mind-blowing, 35-song set.

Customer Reviews

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This is great funky music. If you do not want to buy the full album, at least get these: Everyday People, I Want to Take You Higher, Dance to the Music, Hot Fun in the Summertime, Stand!, or Family Affair.

The best soul/funk band ever.

Period. Both this collection and Anthology are great compilations of Sly's work. Nothing about this music says old school. It's as strong today as ever.

Sly doesn't get the credit he deserves for innovation

I know this is good when I can hear the influence on all of my favorite bands. EW&Fire, Tower of Power, Funkadelic, Ohio Players. Sly put it all together in a new way. My IPOD was crying for this and is now satisfied.


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 groups...
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