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Higher Box set

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2013 four CD set. All through the brilliant highs and the murky lows of the late '60s and early '70s, Sly & The Family Stone had the globe dancing to the music. The creativity of the mixed-race, mixed-gender, and mixed-genre band shines in this new 77-track box set. This incredible collection showcases the classic hits not just in stereo format, but in the good ol' mono mixes which went missing long ago with the transistor radio, and in unheard early versions, and concert performances. Also included are gems from Sly Stewarts' pre-Family Stone period, studio outtakes, and potent instrumentals from this archetype of jam bands. With 17 previously unreleased tracks, it's a lot more music than you knew was there all remastered to hit the pinnacle of sound. This powerful music is accompanied by a stunningly colorful and evocatively detailed 104-page, 10-inch book of rare photographs, posters, picture sleeves, recording documents, vintage ads, and other memorabilia, along with extensive liner notes by Jeff Kaliss (author of Sly's only authorized biography), track-by-track annotations, and a detailed timeline of Sly and The Family's life and career.


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  • Audio CD (August 27, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B002KD0OS8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Rathert on September 1, 2013
Format: Audio CD
After 2007's release of the 7 cd limited edition box set "The Collection" containing extended versions of Sly & The Family Stone's first 7 albums on the Epic label I figured I'd seen the first and last extensive release of the band during the cd period of music. "Higher" a wonderfully designed and executed 4 cd anthology spanning the same time period, 1967 to 1974, certainly proves me wrong. For once, this box set is intended as an extension of, not rival of, the previous box set. This new release has a total of 77 tracks, 280 minute total run time, 17 of which are previously unreleased. Beyond that, the set focuses on single mixes, 27 found here, and mono mixes, 33 of which are included. From my earliest recollections of Sly & Co. "Dance To The Music" (disc 2, track 6, yeah I was a late bloomer age 13), all the wonderful tracks which rocked forth from my car radio, transistor radio, and eventually turntable/cassette player, are included here in all their glory, and in mono, almost without exception. The track listing does a wonderful job of fulfilling its self described goal of being a 4 cd "Overview and Rarities Box Set."
As to the packaging, the set comes in a 10" square trifold box with wonderfully colorful photos of Sly, front and back. The discs slide into the inside of the front and back covers with the 104 page booklet fitting into the pouch formed by the trifold, making its removal and replacement a bit of a chore, but the booklet itself is informative and has an excellent balance of liner notes by Jeff Kalis, author of "I Want To Take You Higher" the definitive biography of the man and the band, track by track annotations by the people who lived the tale, including Sly himself, and a plethora of luscious photos, posters, picture sleeves and other memorabilia.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on September 7, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Sly and the Family Stone's catalog has never been difficult to find. In addition to dozens of compilations (one of which, 1970's Greatest Hits, was their first album to top the charts), the band's original albums have been remastered and reissued with expanded track listings. The remastered albums have themselves also been anthologized as The Collection. But there's more to Sylvester Stewart than the Family Stone and there's more to the Family Stone's catalog than the albums. Pulling together pre-Family obscurities, hit singles (many in their punchy mono single mixes), album cuts, live performances and previously unissued material creates an arc of musical discovery that paints a wholly (or holy) different picture than hearing the material in separate installments.

This box set opens with five sides Stewart (not yet Stone) recorded for San Francisco's Autumn label in 1964 and 1965. Stewart served as a staff producer for Autumn, helming sessions for the Beau Brummels, Mojo Men, Great Society and others (see Precious Stone, Listen to the Voices, The Autumn Records Story and
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TCH on November 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD
It is depressing that two months after its release there are only two US reviews of this superlative box-set from one of the true greats of 20th century popular music who should be mentioned in the same breath as The Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys, Dylan, JB, Wonder, Gaye, Marley, Miles, etc. It is a fact that Sly is becoming increasingly marginalised in the pantheon of popular music greats probably as a result of his spectacular implosion in the early-mid 70s and it looks like this set isn't going to act as a corrective to that sad state of affairs. It could be that this box will yield underwhelming sales figures just like those of the superlative early noughties "Essential" 2CD compilation which should be the starting point for any neophyte to this extraordinary artist.

This genesis of this 4CD set goes back as far as 2008 and has apparently gone through several iterations over the years (3CD, 3CD+DVD, 3xStudio/1xLive CDs, etc) until it reached the 4CD version now on sale which comprises mostly studio tracks with a smattering of live tracks from TV appearances and a few from the '70 Isle Of Wight Festival (brilliant performances). The set proceeds chronologically from Sly & the family's inception in the mid-60's, through the break up of the band in the early 70's to Sly own tragic dissolution in the mid-70's (a good place to stop since after this there has been no break in the clouds).

The track listing comprises plenty of mono-mixes of the essential Sly & The Family Stone 1960's singles (going to stereo in the 70's) with typically a punchier sound than their stereo album counterparts.
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