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Titled as a response to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, There’s a Riot Goin’ On is at once unnervingly sinister and deliciously entertaining. While Sly played most of the instruments himself, a revolving cast of guests add to the braised, fragmented funk of “Luv n’ Haight” and “Africa Talks to You (The Asphalt Jungle).” The slow, splintering grooves of “Just Like a Baby” and “Time” explore the outer reaches of insular blues, but there are small flashes of sweetness within the darkness, especially on the gorgeous and disarmingly improvisational “Family Affair.”

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One of the best of the 20th Century

Sly Stone is a genius - there's a reason why Miles Davis was completely floored by Sly and his new music. The music here is among the most innovative and essential of all 20th century American music, of any genre. It retains all of the vitality and electricity of the Family Stone's 60s music, but adds a very dark undercurrent of decadence and decay. On this record, a perfect balance between these two extremes is maintained, before Sly started to fall off of the brink. You'll have to listen to the whole record more than once to "get it", but once you do, you'll fall under the music's spell too.

intervention heat wave music

Blues and funk together, for real. This record has no precedent, and plenty of good and not so good successors. and I always wondered where the Beastie Boys got their meandering Check Your Head grooves. From this mess of a masterpiece. Love how he keeps maxing out the meter on the vocals. And is there anything more amazing than his yodeling in 'Spaced Cowboy'?


Yes it is! every song on this masterpiece is required for the album to work the way that it does. the barren grooves, the majestic keyboards, the poweful vocals by mostly sly, they all make this album one of the best. my personal favorite song is Africa Talks To You "The Asphalt Jungle". its guitars keep the groove going, with the bass holding it down perfectly. it has a lot of great melodies, and a lot of groove. this album is perfect, buy it.


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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