Greatest Hits
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Greatest Hits

January 2, 2011

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  Song Title
Family Affair
Everyday People
(I Want to Take You) Higher
Thank You (Falettineme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Hot Fun in the Summertime
Dance to the Music
His Eye Is On the Sparrow
Plain Jane
Get Away

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 2, 2011
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 Cleopatra Records
  • Total Length: 37:56
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  • ASIN: B006K4HQRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,067 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sly, Better Late Than Never! September 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I reviewed the 1990 CD of "Greatest Hits" some time ago and complained that the great catalog of Sly & The Family Stone had been neglected for far too long. Indeed the sound on those early CDs was thin and did no justice to the music. As most readers must know by know, Legacy has recently remastered and exapnded the catalog of one of rock and soul's greatest bands ever, eight albums originally issued on Epic from 1967 to 1974. (I guess 1975's "High On You" and Sly's 1976 farewell album for the label, "Heard You Missed Me Well I'm Back" are considered too minor to bother with, though the former especially has some strong tracks on it). Even if one has the newly remastered studio albums issued earlier this spring, a restored "Greatest Hits" is worth having. Originally issued in 1970, when the band was at the peak of its commercial success, "Greatest Hits" sounds fantastic, and includes three of the greatest 'non-album' singles ever, all released after "Stand!" (1969) and before "There's A Riot Goin' On" (1971). Each was a chart topping hit as well as a true classic. "Hot Fun In The Summertime" was a terrific, sexy summer song that came out a bit late in the season (8/69), yet spent four months on the "Billboard" chart. From the shimmering keyboard intro, the production is spectacular, worthy of Brian Wilson's most evocative soundscapes. Four months later the band closed one decade and opened another with a double sided masterpiece: "Everybody Is A Star" is as incandescent as the greatest doo-wop, yet was utterly contemporary, a melodically gorgeous affirmation backed with a far darker side, "Thank You", five minutes of irresistable hard funk boasting one of Sly's all time finest lyrics. Its pessimism marked a real change from themes Sly had been exploring on the group's first four albums. Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, so forget about the previous CD issue!! February 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Finally! Here is the Sly & The Family Stone Greatest Hits album on CD--but this one is remastered having sound that is far, far better than the previous CD issue. Every song is in stereo, while the previous CD of this album had two or three songs in mono. This remastered issue would make the previous issue totally obsolete. On the previous CD issue, there was no picture of the group on the inside, and the back cover image of Sly was terribly reduced on a blue background. This new remastered reissue has those pictures rightfully restored as well. But, for those of you who like whatever songs that were in mono on the previous CD issue of this title, please feel free to keep it, but you will enjoy the entire album in stereo on this remastered issue. The cover art has also been rightfully restored. It also features (on the inside) the original LP liner notes for it as well as the original LP back cover. You also get details on the sources where the songs were originally released from. A must have for any person who enjoyed this album back in the 70s, this reissue is a true keeper. Say goodbye to having the previous CD release and welcome this newly remastered and properly restored re-release to your collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential to any fan of any genre June 22, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I can't say enough positive things about this multi genre music.

They were so great, so innovative, so ahead of their time, able to cross over into any genre, and their songs are so, so enduring.

This band tragically imploded almost from the outset with Sly Stewart essentially turning his back on everything and sabotaging such a promising career. Could you imagine if this guy had a James Brown-type career spanning four decades?

The songs on this lean yet very mean collection need no introductions, no praises, no descriptions. They are iconic songs!

Fan of rock ? This stuff rocks.
Need the funk? This is funk 101.
Wanna dance? How could you not!
Need it hard or need it soft, it's all here.

Who doesn't love this stuff? This is the epitome of the "desert island disc"!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First had this on 8-track... July 12, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
Yea, 8-track. And as a young cat back then, I thought, "man, this sounds so cool!", S&FS had so much sound to get on a mere 4x2 tracks its like you got the most important stuff first, vocals, horns,, it sounded live and all that funky energy was easily tranfered to the listener.
Anywho, what I'm sayiing is; no matter the format or the remastering. It's one of the greatest albums of all time.
By the way, why do the young people of today listen to that vile rap poison when this stuff is availible?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vox is mixed too loud September 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great nostalgic record.. but this one is mixed different than the original. Sly's voice doesn't blend like it should. one more word..ha
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never too late... September 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'm 32 years old and just got this "best of" album, which is my first Sly album. That's how many years I missed out on this amazing music aside from radio play. You like to sing? You like to dance? You like to feel good? Then buy this album and go to town.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great remastered but... October 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This CD has great sound (thanks to Bob Irwin And Vic Anesini), however three songs on the original album, Hot Fun In The Summertime, Everybody Is A Star and Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) are in stereo on this remastered CD. The old edition of this CD, as on the original album, had these songs in mono. It would have been nice, since the running order of this CD is only twelve songs long, to have included the mono versions of these songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
This CD arrived on time and in perfect condition. The plastic CD cover was not broken and I love all the songs on this great CD.
Published 8 days ago by Carol Rampino
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody like Sly...
This albums has all the Sly and the Family Stone greats. It takes me back to the 70's in a way that no other music quite can. Read more
Published 29 days ago by mstwist
4.0 out of 5 stars The 70's! Those were the times!
Awesome! Funky! Horns, Hammond B-3 organ, etc. Great dance tunes. They don't do these types of music anymore. Wanna take you higher!
Published 1 month ago by With Aloha!
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS ALBUM
This is a collection of RE-RECORDED versions of his greatest hits.
It falls WOEFULLY short of the originals.

If I could give it less than one star, I would.
Published 2 months ago by Mister Buick
5.0 out of 5 stars All these years later....still one of my all-time favorite albums
I can give you a thousand wonderful reasons why I love this album, and always will.

reason #730: It was one of the first instances as a young kid that I ever heard a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marc Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Sly the Great Innovator
Sly and the Family Stone provided great music that engendered fun but also consciousness in a time of turmoil in America.
Published 3 months ago by Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Sly & the Family Stone
All of these songs are the classics. They bring back memories of when I first heard them back in the 60's. a MUST BUY for all of you classic rock fans out there.
Published 3 months ago by Ozzy
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?
Sly and the Family Stone's hottest hits. You can't help but get up and dance to the music! :) Love it!
Published 3 months ago by HonestReviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars True R & B Classic!
Great timeless hits from a group that had their vibes drawing from real social realities. Great good-time, party music too.
Published 3 months ago by J. Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back
Always been a favorite. Takes me back to better times to when I was a teen. Love it a lot!
Published 4 months ago by Ann E. Winegardner
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