- Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
- Original Release Date: 1991
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B00000250F
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,639 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Coming as it did on the heels of the utterly whacked There's a Riot Goin' On, 1973's Fresh surprised a lot of Sly fans by actually living up to its name. The weariness and paranoia of Riot are totally missing in action, replaced by a relaxed optimism that seems to shine from every note of tracks like "If You Want Me to Stay" and "In Time." The band--newly buttressed by the rhythm section of Rusty Allen and Andy Newmark--plays it loose and funky, and Sly's oddball sense of humor resurfaces on a cover of Doris Day's "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)." Sadly, Sly would never again make a record even half as fresh as Fresh. --Dan Epstein
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"Fresh" is my favorite funk/soul album of them all. In fact, it might possibly be my favorite album of any genre. What this album has is consistency and heart, and while the other artists I mentioned above certainly had at least one consistent album, "Stand" at no point makes me want to skip any tracks. Every track is worth your time. Every track is emotionally resonant; Sly's passionate vocals just melt into your soul. The album offers 10 tracks of laid-back, heartfelt funk and one gorgeous soul ballad, the rendition of "Que Sera". The 11 tracks work together to take one on a magical, funky trip. The musicianship is flawless, and although the great Larry Graham is sadly absent, the new replacement bassist is excellent. The organs, horns and female backing vocals are also perfect this time. While most will say "Stand" or "Riot" were Sly's masterpieces, to me this will always be his strongest effort. My only complaint? I wish it was a song or two longer! ... but that is just me being greedy. Don't die until you've heard this album.