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Sly And The Family Stone

Life - 180g Vinyl Edition

Originally released in late 1968, Sly And The Family Stone's third album, "Life", is the forgotten jewel of the band's illustrious catalogue. If the first two albums can be seen as Sly Stone's fine-tuning, "Life" was fully realised music, alive and vibrant. While "Life" got lost in the tidal wave intensity of the band's breakthrough a year later with "Stand!", now nearly four decades later, we can listen without distraction, savor the richness of its musical tapestry, and marvel.

Many of its songs, including “M’Lady”, “Fun”, “Love City”, as well as the title track, became popular staples in the Family Stone’s live show. A middle ground between the fiery A Whole New Thing and the more commercial Dance To The Music, Life features very little use of studio effects, and is instead more driven by frontman Sly Stone’s compositions.

Sly & The Family Stone

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    Sly And The Family Stone

    Fresh - 180g Vinyl Edition

    When bassman Larry Graham and drummer Greg Errico split before the 1973 "Fresh" sessions, Sly and the Family Stone kept the pedal on cruise-control as though nothing had happened. Refrying the old Doris Day chestnut, "Que Sera, Sera", helped brighten the mood considerably from the almost scary sound of "Riot". Recorded in 1973 it’s steeped in the narcotic haze of political and social protest, but it is also an undeniably funky album. Elastic basslines, foot-stomping beats, eccentricity lurking around every note; Fresh is cool demonstration of why Sly And The Family Stone were one of the most influential bands in ‘black’ music, and Fresh is one of the best Funk albums of its era. But even though "If You Want Me to Stay" stormed the charts, Sly's increasingly erratic behavior was a bellwether that the glory days of Sly and the Family Stone seemed numbered.

    Recorded in 1969, the fourth album from Sly And The Family Stone, "Stand!" was the crowning musical statement by this unisex, multi-racial rock and soul combo from the Bay Area of San Francisco, and it remains a masterpiece of anthemic 60s pop with its urgent rallying calls for togetherness and its exuberant egalitarian ethos. Featuring four chart hits, including the number one smash "Everyday People", "Stand!" virtually invented the 'progressive' funk of the 1970s and 80s, jettisoning the trappings of 60s soul and paving the way for a new sound that would influence other artists to this day.

    All things wonderful about Sly & The Family Stone in the first years of their existence came together on their 1969 album 'Stand!'. The enthusiasm, the blurring of lines, the testing of boundaries; it all blends together in the funk of the Family Stone…

    "Stand!" is one of those records that came to define the flower power generation; the activism in "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey", the psychedelic pulsating dance rhythms in "I Want To Take You Higher", the spirit of belonging in "Everyday People". "Stand!" isone of the most sampled records in hip hop and R&B. This is the pinnacle of Sly The Family Stone's career, and it has a rightful place in music history.

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    LP Info: Limited 180g pressing in gatefold sleeve.

    Sly And The Family Stone

    There's A Riot Goin' On - 180g Vinyl Edition

    After the massive success of "Stand!" Sly Stone went into excess overdrive, binging on vast amounts of drugs, partying for days and spending money like there was no tomorrow. Renting a Beverly Hills mansion from The Mamas & the Papas at $12,000 a month to record a follow up, the sessions spiralled out of control with miles of tape recorded but often lost, musicians paid to play and then over-dubbed and Stone just not turning up at all. From this chaos a set of songs slowly emerged. The tracks sound like nothing ever heard before, so stunningly original it was like music brought back from another planet. "There's A Riot Goin' On" was a masterpiece of dark, simmering grooves and visions from the other side. Sly tapped the chaos and utter blackness of his own life to extract timeless art - a personal statement that ranked with the greatest of the day. With this record he paved the way for Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton and all the other left-of-centre black musicians who followed. You need.

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    Ltd LP Info: Limited 180g pressing.

    After Sly And The Family Stone's groundbreaking 1967 debut album, the funk avatar and his skilled cohorts came up with a universally relatable premise and a gigantic hook for their next effort. the seminal single "Dance To The Music" entered the top 10 during the first week of 1968. The following album, given the same title, served as a showcase for the bi-racial, co-ed sextet, revealing the players' ultra-tight interaction, improvisational skills and pile-driving grooves.

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    CD Info: Limited remastered deluxe edition in digi-pack sleeve with 12 page booklet and six bonus tracks (four previously unreleased).


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