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Essential Sly & Family Stone [Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Sly & The Family StoneAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Underdog [Clean] 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Cannot Make It [Clean] 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Dance to the Music 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Are You Ready? [Clean] 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Fun [Clean] 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. M'Lady [Clean] 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Life [Clean] 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Love City [Clean] 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Stand! [Clean] 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey [Clean] 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Want To Take You Higher [Clean] 5:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Somebody's Watching You [Clean] 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sing A Simple Song [Clean] 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Everyday People [Clean] 2:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. You Can Make It If You Try 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Hot Fun in the Summertime (single master) 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Everybody Is A Star (single master) 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (single master) 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Family Affair (Single Version) 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Luv N' Haight (single version) 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. (You Caught Me) Smilin' (single master) 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Brave & Strong (single master) 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Just Like a Baby 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Thank You for Talkin' to Me, Africa 7:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. In Time 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. If You Want Me To Stay [Clean] 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Frisky [Clean] 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Skin I'm In 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Babies Makin' Babies [Clean] 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. If It Were Left up to Me (single master) 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Time For Livin' [Clean] 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Loose Booty 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Get High On You (Single Version) 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 


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“All the squares, go home!”

More than four decades after they first stormed the Pop and R&B charts in the winter of 1968 with “Dance To the Music” – a groundbreaking jam that has the distinction of being chosen for the Grammy Hall Of Fame, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s "500 Songs That Shaped Rock," and Rolling Stone ... Read more in Amazon's Sly & The Family Stone Store

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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00006NSH7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,308 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Long before Michael Jackson and Prince became superstars by fusing rhythmic soul with rock's sense of scale and ambition, a former Northern California deejay and producer named Sylvester Stewart took the vaunted musical utopianism of the '60s and forged it into the cross-cultural, ass-shaking, genre-bending groove monster that was Sly and the Family Stone. James Brown may have invented funk, but S&TFS masterfully tooled and supercharged it into mass-acceptance. No mere greatest hits collection--though they're all here in digitally remastered glory--this 35-track, double-disc anthology delves deeper into the handful of seminal albums the band produced before its leaders' long, troubling slide into drug abuse and oblivion. Given the chronological development, there's a sense here that Stewart/Stone's problems paralleled the increasingly militant and hard-edged stance his band took on albums like the uncompromising classics There's a Riot Going On and Family Affair. Propelled by Larry Graham's locomotive bass lines and accented by rousing horns, Sly and company swooped from the heights of 1969's hit-laden "Stand" towards a darker and more unsettling decade ahead. Few bands have soared higher--or fallen as far. --Jerry McCulley

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The most comprehensive Sly & the Family Stone collection ever assembled! Funk as we know it basically began here: Dance to the Music; Fun; M'Lady; Life; Stand; I Want to Take You Higher; Sing a Simple Song; Everyday People; You Can Make It If You Try; Hot Fun in the Summertime; Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin); Everybody Is a Star , and more.

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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best collection yet March 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are at least four things that make this far and away the best Sly & the Family Stone collection yet:

1) Unless you've hunted them down on various hard-to-find compilations, this is the first time you'll hear true stereo mixes of "Hot Fun In The Summertime", "Thank You" and "Everybody Is A Star". (The improvement in sound is a small miracle)

2) Unless you happen to have a copy of the MasterSound gold CD version of 'Stand!', this is the first time you'll hear those tracks on CD like they were meant to be heard, with punchy and crystal clear sound. (Only the 13-minute "Sex Machine" jam is omitted from that great album.)

3) Unless you have the UK import version of 'There's A Riot Goin' On', this is the first time you'll have most of that album in proper sound.

4) Unless you bought the ... Japanese import, this is the first time you'll have anything from 'Small Talk' on CD.

Now let's hope all the original albums will be released in remastered form with plenty of bonus tracks! (In the meantime, don't buy any of those substandard old CDs)
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm telling you- YOU NEED THIS!!!! April 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There is a war goin on out there, between the good the bad and the pabulum. You can hear the battles seeping out of tv's and blaring out car windows. The war is for the soul of America- every time some lil' anorexic gal buys a Britney album an elf dies of advanced encyphalititis... Not mice elf though... This is your best defense against empty-ass bland as hell, dead-people music.
Thirty five tracks of remastered Sly and the Fam????? Damn brother, where do I sign??!! Yes, yes, yes- this lil collection is exactly as badass as they say. In a world a broken promises- this is one that will not let you down!
Where do I start? The badass opener (Underdog) that builds on the little kid's tune, `Frere Jacques,' making a funky world out of it? Sing a Simple Song, Stand!, Everyday People, Everybody is a Star, Love City, Life, Somebody's Watching You (a favorite mellow track of mine), Are you Ready, Fun...
And that's just the first CD. The price on this is reasonable considering the quality, all the more if you can find a reliable used seller.... Nice packaging, blah blah blah- get it for the tunes or just don't get it. These songs deserve to be played. ALL THIRTY-FREAKIN-FIVE OF THEM!!!!!!!!
Minor key beef- the track selection... Too much of their poppiesr shizzah and not enough deep-fried frunked out kinky funk madness. Well, I wasn't polled when they put this together so I can't really complain there. I would have had more of their oddball material- the absence of "I'm Gonna Trip through Your heart," (sampled by LL for Momma said knock you out) rankles a tad. As does the lack of `Remember Who You Are,' from Back on the right track... Aww hell though, there's so much killer cream from the cookie cutters on this that nothing can diminish the 5 star rating.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Essential Sly April 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
A release I've been eagerly anticipating for a long time has been this new compilation of Sly And The Family Stone's best from 1967 to 1974. 35 tracks on two CD's this collection is an excellent introduction for new fans of this innovative and highly influential band's work. One of my biggest complaints about the previously available Sly CD's(minus the Gold "Stand" CD)was the sound quality and packaging, which were poor to say the least. Sonically this music has never sounded better and is readily apparent on the especially on the "Stand" and "There's A Riot Goin'On" tracks, most of each album is represented on this set(minus "Sex Machine" from "Stand" and "Spaced Cowboy" and "Africa Talks To You" from "Riot"). Also for the first time the previous mono only singles "Hot Fun In The Summertime", "Thank You(Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)", and "Everybody Is A Star" are in true stereo on a Sly compilation. The first track(Hot Fun) has been released on a couple of different Sony Legacy compilations and "Everybody Is A Star" turned up on a rare Legacy promo CD. While this package isn't entirely comprehensive, it hits the major highlights and hopefully will finally clear the way for remastered and repackaged versions of Sly's Epic albums from 1969 through 1975, and the much talked about and delayed box set. I can hardly wait. Until then, this comes highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time ... March 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's about time the folks at Epic/Sony set about remastering Sly's music. I've been waiting for this for years, and I hope that the individual albums won't be too far behind. It had come to the point where I could no longer listen to cd's like "Stand!", "Riot", or "Greatest Hits" without cringing due to hiss and poor sound overall. Such an influencial artist with such [bad] sound. But on to the music.... This is an excellent overview. Most of "Stand!" and "Riot" are represented. The first disc is truly essential as is most of the second, but the last few tracks? Judge for yourself. Regardless, this is the career-spanning overview most of us have been waiting for. And "Thank You", which I cranked in the car on my way home from purchasing the album, is glorious. The song is a classic, of course, but the sound (oh, that bass) is now truly amazing. Janet Jackson sampled it for "Rhythm Nation", but the original rips her to shreds. Buy and enjoy. And hope for Sly to come back to us one day ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must have for Sly and the Family Stone aficionados ...
Absolute must have for Sly and the Family Stone aficionados . Covers a huge segment of the groups discography . Read more
Published 20 days ago by C. steward
5.0 out of 5 stars big fan
i love the group and when i had the opportunity i invested in this.
good buy, wont be dissappointed. thanks
Published 1 month ago by Lea GC
5.0 out of 5 stars Sly Stone
What can I say, this man music was deep, and I'm enjoying many of the tunes, Great buy for me.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars No School like Old School!
Sly & Family Stone knew how to lay a grove down. Learn young people. Real music, real beats, and the right mix of techlology.
Published 2 months ago by Willie C. McClarron
5.0 out of 5 stars richard
Sly kept on dancing to the music and get higher they were a good rock n roll band and really boogie at Woodstock in 1969
Published 6 months ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
This is at a time when music was so nice. Sly and family had such a wonderful sound. Sad they don't record anymore.
Published 9 months ago by D. Minor
5.0 out of 5 stars old tunes
if you remember Woodstock, the original from the 60's and i'm not talking about that crappy from the 90's, and seen sly's performance in the movie this compiolation will bring... Read more
Published 9 months ago by kevin j spear
5.0 out of 5 stars Sly in stereo!!
The songs are great and the sound has never been better. This is the first time I've heard some songs in stereo. Definitely a must-buy.
Published 12 months ago by nicco
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast From The Past.
Sly and The Family Stone rocked Woodstock, now this CD brings back the memories of that time. Sly's music still plays well even today. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lawdawg
5.0 out of 5 stars White Boys Get This!
With few exceptions, most notibly Charlie Pride and Chuck Berry, few black entertainers crossed over to "White Boy" radio as significantly as Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart) and his... Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by AlphaKid42
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