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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000GG4XJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Released just a few months after Dance to the Music, Life relied more on fuzz guitars and psychadelia to deliver brilliant, intoxicating slices of funk-pop that are hard to resist. Now with 4 bonus tracks, 3 of which are previously unreleased.

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What a difference a decade can make: the original 1995 reissue of Life, Sly and the Family Stone's too-often-overlooked third album, would've triggered few associations beyond the singer's fans (and those who love killer soul-rock hybrids). In 2007, though, the opening shot of "Into My Own Thing" blares as the framework for Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice," a rising, organ-and-horn melody statement with a taut, snare-drum thwack as its spine. Then Sly and the Family are off, talking about meditation and a big, bright 1968 vibe they ushered the prior year before with Dance to the Music. The tune titles tell a story: "Chicken," "Love City," "Fun," and the sheer musical cheer of "Harmony," the playful tuba and organ of "Life," even the opening fuzz-guitar grit of "Dynamite!"--these make Life transitional, a bridge from Sly's hard-hitting funk riffage to more rock, more pop. The album flopped commercially in 1968--the psych-funk of "Plastic Jim" and its "Eleanor Rigby"-inspired refrain "All the plastic people / What do they all come for" superseded quickly by the release later in the year of the brawnier, peppier "Everyday People." That latter tune launched the band's 1969 fourth album, Stand!, to significantly new commercial heights (and larger narcotic appetites). Onward and upward. --Andrew Bartlett

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on May 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
After the record-label driven "Dance to the Music", Sly & the Family Stone, no doubt given significant leverage with the help of a hit single, produced a stream of fantastic albums beginning with 1968's "Life". In some ways like "Dance to the Music", "Life" streamlines the band's sound a bit, but unlike "Dance to the Music", it accomplishes this by taking everything into a mid-tempo, guitar-driven funk stew.

This creates a significant diversity of sound-- fierce distorted guitars ("Dynamite!"), "Eleanor Rigby" ("Plastic Jim"), fuzz guitars and rotated vocals ("Into My Own Thing"), bizarre psychedelid funk ("I'm An Animal") and even "Dance to the Music" pop/funk ("Love City", "M'Lady") all find their way in. Most of it ends up as mid-tempo funk, but it's all really, really good, the only exception being the goofy closer "Jane is a Groupee".

This reissue remasters the record,a ppends a handful of bonus tracks, and includes a detailed liner note essay discussing the album. Like the other remasters, "Life" benefits immensely from the improved sound and really gets new life breathed into it.

My assessment of "Life" is somewhat tempered by knowledge of what the band would be doing in the future-- while it's a superb record, it pales in comparison to its successors. Both "Stand!" and "There's a Riot Goin' On" are among the finest albums of their era. Nonetheless, there's more than enough great material on "Life" to make it worth the investment. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Be warned when you put on "Life" you are inviting yourself into a world of rhythmic overload!As the transitional album between Dance to the Music and Stand! this album is filled with a lot of sestained musical dymanics and heavy group activity.The tempo is pretty continually sustained from "Dynamite" through "Into My Own Thing".The hits (the title track and "M'Lady") have the same festive carnaval funk style of "Dance To The Music",although the focus on this recording is much more on the groove,not songcraft so much."Jane Is A Groupee" lives more on the psychedelic shore.The bonus cuts here don't reveal much more then the album does.The major players here?Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson are miked up especially high and really punch through."Life" is right about where soul met funk at the crossroads of music and really laid down the groundwork for the upcoming funk onslaught that was Stand!.As the liner notes state 'Life' is often neglected not only because of it's place in Sly's catalog but because it has no big standout hit songs,the exact same problem that befell A Whole New Thing,the band's debut.But you can sing along to everything here,dance to it and even if it's not very carefully constructed it has a lot of wonderful things to say lyrically as well.So as is true with any definition of the word 'Life' is worth all the time you put into it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By finulanu on November 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'd be the first to admit that Life is a difficult record to rate. On the one hand, there isn't a single brilliant song here: the crackling funk-rocker "Dynamite!" and the party anthem "Fun" come close, but both barely miss the boat. So it's tempting to dole out a 3. On the other hand, there is not a single bad song on Life: even "Plastic Jim", which combines elements from Zappa's "Plastic People" and the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" has a good guitar riff; even repeatathons like "I'm an Animal" and "Into My Own Thing" have solid melodies; even idiotic novelties like "Chicken" and "Janie is a Groupie" are actually pretty durned funny. Okay, so maybe the "Dance to the Music"-like "Love City" is rather stale, but it's adequate. So this is more of a 3.25 than a 3.5, I suppose. The truth is this is one fun record, probably why I gave it the benefit of the doubt: it's got a sense of humor most the later releases were missing; the positive message songs (title track; "Harmony") are uplifting; the shared vocals are usually satisfying ("M'Lady"), and there's a rock element here that most other releases don't have, which makes it quite an original album in the Sly canon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Santa Floss on September 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
this is classic og sly. jane is a gropee is a classic and is michael jackson inspiration for dirty diana. the title track is one of my favorite songs by sly. grrat album check it out
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By G. Rao on September 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I place this as being somewhere in between Stand! and Fresh! in term of its overall sound. It has very good production quality, and is filled with really pop-oriented songs. None of those songs are particularly iconic, like the material on Stand, nor are they particularly experimental or laid-back like on Fresh.

This album is the happy medium of the bunch.

Love City probably should have been a big hit, and so should the title track.

I think this is the easiest Sly Stone album to listen to all the way through from beginning to end in a single sitting.

The bonus tracks on this re-issue are also pretty great, particularly the songs Pressure and Seven More Days.

This album represents a real melting pot of musical styles and influences, like most of Sly's classic period albums. It isn't just soul music or rock n roll music or R&B. It's all of those things blended together almost seamlessly.
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