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Sly Stone Audio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Dance To The Music (Feat. Ray Manzarek) 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Everyday People (Feat. Ann Wilson) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Family Affair 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Stand! (Feat. Carmine Appice And Ernie Watts) 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Feat. Johnny Winter) 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. (I Want To Take You) Higher (Feat. Jeff Beck) 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Hot Fun In The Summertime (Feat. Bootsy Collins) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dance To The Music (Extended Mix) 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Plain Jane 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. His Eye Is On The Sparrow 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Get Away 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Dance To The Music (Club Mix) 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Family Affair (Dubstep Mix) 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Electro Club Mix) 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 16, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B0057JWWFU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1. Dance To The Music feat. Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
2. Everyday People feat. Ann Wilson (Heart)
3. Family Affair
4. Stand! feat. Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) & Ernie Watts
5. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) feat. Johnny Winter
6. (I Want To Take You) Higher feat. Jeff Beck
7. Hot Fun In The Summertime feat. Bootsy Collins
8. Dance To The Music (Extended Mix)
9. Plain Jane
10. His Eye Is On The Sparrow
11. Get Away

12. Dance To The Music (Club Mix)
13. Family Affair (Dubstep Mix)
14. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Electro Club Mix)


The first new album by legendary funk master Sly Stone since 1982 features brand new versions of Sly s biggest hits with some help from rock n roll royalty!

Features brand new renditions of the all-time classics Dance To the Music, Everyday People, Family Affair, Thank You (Falentinme Be Mice Elf Agin) and much more PLUS 3 previously unreleased tracks!

Includes a host of well-known guests such as Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Bootsy Collins, Ann Wilson (Heart), Jeff Beck, Carmine Appice and others!

It s been more than 2 decades since the frontman for the groundbreaking R&B/Soul outfit Sly & The Family Stone has released a full album of new recordings. In that time, Sly Stone has become one of music s most elusive recluses, making live appearances on rare occasions at select events, including the 2006 Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, and all the while his legend has grown and grown. In recent years, Stone - the writer of some of the most timeless and influential gems in music history such as Dance To the Music, Everyday People and Family Affair - has wrestled with demons both personal and professional, but never allowed the inspirational flame to die out completely. Now, Sly returns with brand new versions of classic songs from the Stone family repertoire, aided by Jeff Beck, Ray Manzarek, and a few other everyday people who also happen to be immensely talented superstars and great admirers of one Sly Stone!

All tracks written by Sly Stone, except His Eye Is On The Sparrow Trad. (Arr. Sly Stone) and Get Away by Sly Stone & Ruby Tuesday Jones.

All tracks published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing, except Plain Jane Copyright Control, His Eye Is On The Sparrow Public Domain & Get Away published by Phighn Prynt Publishing --Official Press Release

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This seems like this is just a ploy to exploit money out of old music. Taking [what sounds like] very processed/altered vocals (Sly is an old man now, it is hard to believe he has the same vocal range for 40+ years ago) and recreating classic, iconic songs? Additionally, the recent news about him, still an addict, he's physically very damaged, and living out of a car make it seem quite implausible that these vocals are genuine. The guy cannot talk, is totally fried and yet he sings like he did from 1969?!

In theory, it seems interesting to utilize Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter and Ann Wilson but in reality their proweness brings nothing to these songs. Sly & the Family Stone were not a jam band where the rethinking of instrumental solos gives a new dimension to the songs. Rather, they were a funk band, one of the best and certainly pioneering funk bands. They were a sum of their parts and not a band of individuals (how was Sly's solo career?).

The problem with this work is that although these re-working are very interesting and worthy of listening to...for curiosity, the originals are incompareably superior. If I want to listen to the song "Stand", I'm going, every single time, to the original.

The most interesting songs here are Johnny Winter's contribution to "Thank You" since his raw sound is quite recognizeable...and the guitar tones [for some reason] does bring an interesting angle to the tune and Bootsy Collins' always welcome assistance on "Hot FUn in the Summertime" (when it comes to funk, Bootsy can always bring a little something special). Taking The Door's Ray Manzarek's spacy, trippy organ and applying it to "Dance to the Music" is so bizarre and inconsistent to the vibe of that song that it can only be characterized as a totally sucky rendition.

Other than anybody deserving to try to make a living, what is the point of this record?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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The foundation of this collection, billed on the back of the CD cover as Sly's "First Full album of new recordings in more than 2 decades!", is a series of tracks which are known in the industry as "sound-alikes." For those who aren't familiar with the term, a sound-alike is a re-recording of a hit song, designed to imitate the original as closely as possible. The purpose of a sound-alike is to create a recording which can pass as the original recording of a popular song for new uses. These new recordings allow licensees to bypass the expensive licensing fees which the owners of hit recordings demand and are typically used in commercials or for background music in television or motion pictures. Normally, the original artist would not participate in a sound-alike, but in this case Sly did come in and re-record his vocal tracks.

Suffice to say that what you will hear on this recording is not a newly re-energized Sylvester Stewart going back into the studio to try to reinterpret his classic funk masterpieces with a modern twist. Rather, it is Sly in a vocal booth overdubbing his vocals to a track with session musicians and vocalists who sat down and learned to play the arrangements from the original recording note for note in an attempt to make recordings which could pass for the originals to untrained ears.

To try to add some creative merit to this collection, the producers took the sound-alike recordings (presumably created for licensing purposes just as much or more than for this CD release) and hired a number of well known musicians (including Ann Wilson, Johnny Winter, Bootsy Collins, etc.) to record overdubs which could be billed as special guest appearances on this "new" album by Sly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sly can still sing August 24, 2011
By J
Format:Audio CD
In response to what another reviewer said, I don't believe Sly's vocals were altered. I saw him live a couple months ago, he can definitely still sing. I know this might not be the best album ever, but if you're a Stone fan be glad it exists. This is his first album in 30 years! Hopefully this is a start, and he'll have more new tracks out soon. He did a couple on George Clinton's new album that were funky. I give this 4 stars because no one else's voice can sing "Family Affair" like Sly's. The minus one is for the lack of real new material.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds old-school August 22, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I'm surprised at how vintage these new songs sound. It's amazing that Sly even managed to cut this album and it sounds pretty good. And yes, his voice sounds aged, because he is. He sounds clearest in the mix on 'Family Affair'. Long-time lovers of these songs will find the new versions instantly familiar and notable for their subtle accents and twists. This approach surprised me but I think it's just the right way to have done it. Sly's music was so groundbreaking and well-executed that reinventing it isn't necessary. Great job, Sly!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars sly should'nt have made this 1 December 6, 2011
Format:Audio CD
love sly love his funk his legacy can't be denied but on this release after it was rumored that sly was working on new music for the past 30 years i thoight that he wouild put out those tyracks but we get a cd wityh a weak attempt to recreate the old stuff even bootsy collins, and jeff beck can't save this from being wack. please save your money buy his old material instead or wait til somebody release some family stone outtakes instead sly's old now, living in a van drugged up but hey sly's been douing drugs since the 60's and it's a miracle he's still with us, he don't have to be homeless I guess his bi polar disorder and the drugs taken over.
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Yes! I'm so excited. The samples sound great and I will definitely be picking this up when it's released.
Aug 11, 2011 by C. P. Bell |  See all 3 posts
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