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“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: B0000024XW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7. (You Caught Me) Smilin'
8. Time
9. Spaced Cowboy
10. Runnin' Away
11. Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa

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Certain albums both define a specific point in time and yet manage to be timeless. Such an album is There's A Riot Going On. After a few records of sexy, sunny, but never cavalier funk/pop, the twisted genius of Sly Stone turned dark, moody, reflective, angry, but no less funky for the contemplation. Stone created an album that spoke not only to the turmoil gripping America in 1971, but also to the chaos whirling around his increasingly druggy personal life. This is an album of dangerous beauty, where even the hit ("Family Affair") is guarded and haunting. --Amy Linden

Customer Reviews

This is one of the most brilliant albums ever released.
Marq
When people think of funk they think of uplifting, make you wanna get up and dance music.
Lou
All the tracks flow together and it sounds like a concept album too which is neat.
musicburgler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By WILLIE A YOUNG II on May 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Quite frankly, I was terrified of this album. And with good reason, never before or since has such a brutal, bleak, uncomprimising, and at times downright depressing (not to mention mercilessly funky) statement been issued by a genius of pop music. This is Sylvester Stewart's harrowing chronicle of his life, and black life in general, circa 1970-71. Let me first point out the sound of the music presented here, from the opening track "Luv 'N' Haight" with it's gospel tinged backing vocals, wah wah guitars flying back and forth, Larry Graham's low, mournful bass, and the drunk, off-center meter of Greg Errico's drumming, the listener is immediately put on notice that Sly and the rest of the band are not out to make this an easy listening experience. From his first words, almost drunkenly muttered instead of sang, Sly sets the tone for an initially difficult, but ultimately rewarding and unforgettable experience. This song climaxes with an electrifying call and response(feel so good, feel so good, wanna move, wanna move) that almost makes you think this is going to be another good time dance record, when along comes "Just Like A Baby" to drag you right down into the abyss. Utter depression has never hurt this good. This lovely, moaning bummer of a song is highlighted by Larry's lead bottomed, monotonous bass line that burrows it's way into your brain and doesn't let go. "Poet" is almost an instumental that creeps along at a snails pace but Sly does appear briefly to pat himself on the back, justifiably calling himself a poet. The sole hit song here, "Family Affair" actually makes more sense in this setting and is reason alone to own this collection.Read more ›
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M.R. on September 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Anyone will tell you that the U.S. version ... . Not sure if this import will be in stock at Amazon.com for long, so you should order it from amazon.co.uk instead, where there is a non-digipack version in print at all times. The original "flag" cover is used and the booklet is loaded with the original color photos and text. Best of all, the sound quality is FAR better than that of the awful CD we Americans have to suffer. Amazon.co.uk will only charge you about $$$ for the CD and less than $$$ for shipping. It's well worth it if you want to get the best possible version of this classic soul/funk album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Topper on September 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is not a review so much of the CD release (which, as
noted, is unremastered and completely devoid of liner notes),
but of the album itself, which even in the poor CD issue comes
off utterly brilliant. "There's A Riot Goin' On" sounds like
a junkie's suicide note--a fractured, slurred, jittery funk
stew that comes across as one big blur of depression. Sly's
vocals on this album are absolutely harrowing; he sounds beyond
the end of his rope and attempting to find catharsis in a state
of utter dejection. This overall feel makes the album a sometimes frightening listening experience, especially on the
slow, meandering tracks "Just Like A Baby" and "Spaced Cowboy",
whose sluggish melodies and rhythms are almost too painful to
bear. However, Sly never abandons the funk at the heart of
his music, which keeps the album musically interesting--the
bass lines are some of the best-ever in rock. The hit
singles "Family Affair" and "Runnin' Away" pack a serious
punch, coloring their ominous lyrical portraits with a tight
pop savvy. Elsewhere, the off-kilter groove fest "Luv and Haight" (featuring the immortal line "feel so good feel so good don't want to move") sounds filtered through about fifty different chemical substances, and the closing remake of the earlier hit "Thank You" slows the funk down to a devilish heat.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Yes, it is an extraordinary album -- percolating with lo-fi, hard funk rhythms, bitter, anguished vocals, and a seething undercurrent of alienation and hostility that burns holes in my speakers with every spin. Unfortunately, EPIC hasn't seen fit to grant this masterwork any dignity in its reissue. This edition has NO NOTES WHATSOEVER, no credits, no lyrics, and not even the original cover (it uses the cover of a cheesy LP reissue instead). This record deserves appreciation and context, and this reissue gives it neither. Look for the LP instead -- at least until EPIC outgrows their fear and elevates this record to the status that it deserves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Penn D. Badgley on September 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The item itself deserves no stars, but the album deserves all of them--I compromised. Such a great album with such a crap reproduction of the actual sounds made in the studio. Unless you just want to hear the songs or you don't have a very discerning ear, don't waste your money on this tinny ish. Either get a record player, or buy the UK import CD with the original flag album cover. Much better remaster there... though I urge you to go analogue.
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