The list author says: "We feel this source - from the origins of hip hop through punk's anti-sneer, to Chicago and Detroit dance-floor inspirations, to things like New York graffiti and Miami bass. In a singles-oriented genre and singles-oriented time period, there were actually some whole albums which were complete package interpretations of what soul/R&B music could do if allowed to go beyond three minutes and an a-side. These are but a few. I don't know what I'm trying to do here - so the commentary is kind of incomplete - but I think you'll see where I'm coming from."
"The only thing I can add to what has already been said about this masterpiece is that it might be one of the most important cultural artifacts in American History, right up there with photos of Birmingham and Selma, speeches by Malcolm & Martin, a fading era when "struggle" was a word that was FELT, not just heard. Listening to this album is to hear a universal truth."
"Incredible and essential for the title track alone, which is his single best vocal performance in my humble opinion. The rest of the album is darkly psychedelic jazz soundtrack music with a strange groove that makes Sly Stone sound like positive by comparison."