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Stand

Sly & The Family StoneAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)


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Prologue

“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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000024VT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stand!
2. Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey
3. I Want To Take You Higher
4. Somebody's Watching You
5. Sing A Simple Song
6. Everyday People
7. Sex Machine
8. You Can Make It If You Try

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Need proof of how great Sly and The Family Stone were? Just check out the track listing for Stand! The title track, "I Want to Take You Higher". "You Can Make it if You Try", "Everyday People",(before it was a car commercial)--and this isn't even the greatest hits package! Hippies with attitude (and serious soul moves), Stone and crew were one of the most influential and free-wheeling forces in R&B/rock. Stand shows why. Gut bucket bass lines (thank you Larry Graham), joyous take-you-there anthems, and seething racial politics that made you move--and think--while on the dance floor. --Amy Linden

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Sly & The Family Stone ~ Stand

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating and Superb! May 3, 2004
By Samhot
Format:Audio CD
To say that Sly & The Family stone were influential is probably an understatement. Prince has admitted many times that he grew up listening to (and loving) Sly & Company's music, and if you listen to Prince's music, you can hear where he got some of his ideas and techniques. George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic were influenced as well. Sly was probably the singlemost interesting (not to mention, the baddest) funkmeister this side of James Brown (and for what it's worth, I grew up listening to, and loving the music of other funksters like The Ohio Players, Rufus/Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Clinton and others.)
1969's _Stand_ is a non-stop joy-fest: it's almost impossible not to feel uplifted after listening to this. Similarly, it'll also be difficult to stay still, as the grooves on here are just sexy, funky, infectious and downright delicious. Sly mixed up genders and races in his band, and when listening to the music, you can feel the celebration of harmony, and desire for transcendence over the many ills that have plagued society for the longest time. It was all about injecting positivity and exuberance into this mix of psychedelic funk, soul and rock, and the sunny vibe that runs throughout this album is one of the many things that make this effort highly intoxicating - so intoxicating, that even after three decades since it's release, listeners are, more than possibly, still feeling drunk from it's juices.
Just take a look at some of the song titles: "Stand!," "I Want To Take You Higher," "You Can Make It If You Try" -- the vibes are positive and spiritually uplifting throughout. And leave it to clever Sly to turn something as controversial and touchy as racism ("Don't Call Me...") into something so sexy, intoxicating, scrumptious and downright orgasmic.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle. May 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
In 1969, Sly & the Family Stone finally found their voice with "Stand!". Continuing his fusion of nearly all sounds he could find while redefining what funk was, leader Sly Stone crafted an album with no less than 4 charting singles, topped off by #1 hit "Everyday People".

The album is dominated by something entirely new-- Stone has taken the band's funk sounds and injected some space, some openness into the music. Take the aformentioned "Everyday People"-- it's a funk song, there's no doubt, but it's got a breeziness to it that's somewhat indefinable (that and an irrestible chorus shouted passionately by the band with Sly on top). Likewise title track "Stand!" has this same openness, almost a California pop song to its verses, again with Stone's soulful vocal leading the way.

But there's something else on here as well, an almost claustrophobically dense sound that's beginning to emerge (and that would define the album's followup "There's a Riot Goin' On"). I think in some capacity it's evident everywhere, but it can most be heard in "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey" and the 12 minute jam "Sex Machine"-- a dark, bleak sound that doesn't lend itself to open structure but somehow maintains the same irresistability that the rest of the material has. On the former, Sly Stone sings the chorus with a venom over the dense funk dirge, the latter is wholly instrumental, but in roughly the same vein. Both also feature Sly Stone singing through a vocodor run through a wah-wah pedal to extraordinary effect. One thing about them that's definitely, even at their extended lengths (nearly 6 minutes and over 13 minutes respectively), both of them are incredibly intense and intriguing.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The document of a musical revolution October 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the CDs you can't get away from. It was 1969 when this album by Sly & TFS was released and I bet the people haven't heard & seen something like this before. First of all the musical style: Too positive to be blues, too much rock to be soul and too much soul to be rock - the PROTOTYPE of a FUNK album. Then the look: Sly was the first one dressed in multi-colored clothes onstage what even inspired George Clinton for Parliament and -most of all- Funkadelic. Then they were a multi-racial group. The title track "Stand!" is more related to the Beatles' music in the first part of the song but is transforming into Sly's thang in second. Amazing ! Then the other tracks are reflecting every band member (remind Larry Graham's Central Station), they're full of political attitude (f.e. Stand!, Don't Call Me N*****, Whitey !; Sly's tracking down a guitar sound made with his mouth and Wah-Wah effect), sexual exploitation (a sharp bluesy track called "Sex Machine") and Pop standards ("Everyday People"). Wild things and topics were explored on this OVERLOOKED (yes, it is !)'69 masterpiece and you could also find a bunch of HipHop samples in here like Digital Underground's beat for the "Humpty Dance" (f.e.). It seems that the kids 2day are not interested in this music so the way to teach them simply is HipHop. Sampling kept the FUNK alive. But it's all about the promotion, then Sly would even beat out the Stones... !
Other suggestions are: "There's A Riot Going On", "Dance To The Music", "Life" and "Fresh."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album
Published 13 hours ago by Albert Dixon Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex machine!
old school, this album was the bomb then and it sound so good after 30+ years
Published 23 days ago by Cynthia A. Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
BUY IT!!!
Published 1 month ago by Anthony White
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sly
This album is classic Sly & The Family. The hits plus some interesting diversions. A couple of the tunes are of the times; therefore seem a bit dated. Read more
Published 7 months ago by eapdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin'
This CD will have you on your feet, what a great way to get your exercise on too! "Stand, I want to take you higher"!! Sigh, the era of great bands.
Published 10 months ago by 4mommy
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring it back to life
I love this music, makes me feel like dancing and partying. "music is my mind and soul, it's better than gold" don't think life would be as enjoyable without it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Louis E. Supall II
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
Old music that was hard to find and to have it download free is a bonus. Amazon comes thru once again
Published 13 months ago by FRISCO
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass up.
This is a good cd I play it over & over. Sly and the band was having a good time in the making of this album.
Published 13 months ago by G.Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of ...
For some reason, I frequently have to replace some things due to attrition or breakage. Thank goodness for Amazon, and Sly. I couldn't let this one go!
Published 17 months ago by Jennifer R. Sandt
5.0 out of 5 stars came on time in good shape
bought this album for my son's Birthday present. He just got a record player. It sounded great and he was happy! :)
Published 18 months ago by W. Tarner
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