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Small Talk (Bonus Version)

Sly & The Family Stone

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Album Review

A new bass player and drummer signaled a toned-down Sly & the Family Stone sound. Partially in keeping with changes in much of popular music in the early '70s, and maybe the result of marriage and a child, Sly became more introspective, quieter, and calmer, even employing a string section on various cuts. A less exhilarating album than earlier efforts, there is still much of merit here, including the Top Ten R&B hit "Time for Livin'."

Customer Reviews

Severely Underrated & Severely Fun-kay

Don't believe the received opinion about later Sly. This is terrific album. Sly's lyrics were always personal but this one goes a little deeper in some songs. Holdin' On, Loose Booty, Can't Strain My Brain and Time For Livin' are deeply funky, with a groove that will stick in your head. This is Love is a candy-sweet doo wop homage that leaves you wanting more. Mother Beautiful and Small Talk will delight fans of songs like Stevie's Isn't She Lovely. The extras are great, too. By the way - no string section (as mentioned above), only a single and very inventive violinist who provides a fresh new texture to Sly's sound. Get it now!

Under-rated geniusness

Never ever listen to the critics, this album is brilliant.

Most critics are wrong about this album

Great album. Sly still had the gift of song and melody. "Mother Beautiful" is absolutely beautiful and is of the quality that it could've been included on The White Album. Time for Livin' is inspiring and catchy. "Loose Booty" slams through with a huge presence - wall of sound, great funky rhythms, and just a whole lot of fun. It hurts to know that when I buy this album the money isn't going in Sly's pocket, but regardless, it's a great album and worth buying.

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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