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There's a Riot Goin' On

Sly & The Family StoneAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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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 (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: #134,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7. (You Caught Me) Smilin'
8. Time
9. Spaced Cowboy
10. Runnin' Away
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Editorial Reviews

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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't Dance To The Music!" 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this (or another) IMPORT version! September 12, 2002
By M.R.
Format:Audio CD
Anyone will tell you that the U.S. version ... . Not sure if this import will be in stock at for long, so you should order it from 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. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, disturbing, brilliant 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst CD Reissue Ever July 25, 2001
By A Customer
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Redunkulous album, awful remaster. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought all set changes took three hours for years
I saw this band about a week before the album came out
My parents thought iy would be funny to take an 11 year old to see Sly
Research how Sly writes his music, it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe M. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky shit
A bit on the lazy side. Can make me a bit sleepy but the album is stuffed with funky rhytms.The recording/mastering/pressing is not top notch quality sound wize
Published 14 months ago by Thomas A. Olesen
3.0 out of 5 stars Sly And The Family Stone There's A Riot Going On
Hey, there's a song missing here! Where is, " There's A Riot Going On"? You'd think they could put all the songs of the album on a CD. Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by walter muff
4.0 out of 5 stars sly's riot was mentally derangeed
good album but this was the beginning of the demise of sly stone pop icon by now sly was strung out on cocaine and his family stone members was just as strung out as well. Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Sherance Brothers
1.0 out of 5 stars Product isnt here
I received the email from amazon confirming the purchase of this product.
instead of receiving it, i still dont have news abou it. Read more
Published on August 29, 2011 by iglenho
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album Marred By Poor Packaging
Sly Stone was marking the end of the 1960s with what essentially was a solo album that was backed through overdubs by the Family Stone and friends. Read more
Published on April 16, 2007 by Best Of All
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's a Family Affair..."
...and a damned cool one at that. Sly was, at this point, disillusioned with the hippy culture he had once shamelessly endorsed. Read more
Published on November 20, 2006 by finulanu
5.0 out of 5 stars Still good 2 me
When I first got this on 8 track and wore it out. Then I got it on Cassette, then I got the album. Now I finally got my favorite Sly album on CD. Read more
Published on December 5, 2005 by Steven Majors
5.0 out of 5 stars the "King Lear" of funk
"Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread..."

Oh, man.

This is one of the most black-hearted (not to mention Black-hearted)... Read more
Published on October 21, 2005 by Jack_Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars never too late
I loved Sly in the late sixties but was definitely not ready for this mother when it came out late in the foul year of Our Lord 1971 (apologies to HST. Read more
Published on September 7, 2005 by redhead
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