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Sly & The Family Stone Greatest Hits Original recording remastered

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Sly's first Top 10 album was this 1970 "best-of"; one of the best party/summer records ever, it caps off the band's recent reissue series. The smashes Dance to the Music; Everyday People; Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin); I Want to Take You Higher , and Hot Fun in the Summertime join Stand!; Life; M'Lady , and more!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • ASIN: B000GG4XI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J P Ryan on September 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I reviewed the 1990 CD of "Greatest Hits" some time ago and complained that the great catalog of Sly & The Family Stone had been neglected for far too long. Indeed the sound on those early CDs was thin and did no justice to the music. As most readers must know by know, Legacy has recently remastered and exapnded the catalog of one of rock and soul's greatest bands ever, eight albums originally issued on Epic from 1967 to 1974. (I guess 1975's "High On You" and Sly's 1976 farewell album for the label, "Heard You Missed Me Well I'm Back" are considered too minor to bother with, though the former especially has some strong tracks on it). Even if one has the newly remastered studio albums issued earlier this spring, a restored "Greatest Hits" is worth having. Originally issued in 1970, when the band was at the peak of its commercial success, "Greatest Hits" sounds fantastic, and includes three of the greatest 'non-album' singles ever, all released after "Stand!" (1969) and before "There's A Riot Goin' On" (1971). Each was a chart topping hit as well as a true classic. "Hot Fun In The Summertime" was a terrific, sexy summer song that came out a bit late in the season (8/69), yet spent four months on the "Billboard" chart. From the shimmering keyboard intro, the production is spectacular, worthy of Brian Wilson's most evocative soundscapes. Four months later the band closed one decade and opened another with a double sided masterpiece: "Everybody Is A Star" is as incandescent as the greatest doo-wop, yet was utterly contemporary, a melodically gorgeous affirmation backed with a far darker side, "Thank You", five minutes of irresistable hard funk boasting one of Sly's all time finest lyrics. Its pessimism marked a real change from themes Sly had been exploring on the group's first four albums.Read more ›
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Finally! Here is the Sly & The Family Stone Greatest Hits album on CD--but this one is remastered having sound that is far, far better than the previous CD issue. Every song is in stereo, while the previous CD of this album had two or three songs in mono. This remastered issue would make the previous issue totally obsolete. On the previous CD issue, there was no picture of the group on the inside, and the back cover image of Sly was terribly reduced on a blue background. This new remastered reissue has those pictures rightfully restored as well. But, for those of you who like whatever songs that were in mono on the previous CD issue of this title, please feel free to keep it, but you will enjoy the entire album in stereo on this remastered issue. The cover art has also been rightfully restored. It also features (on the inside) the original LP liner notes for it as well as the original LP back cover. You also get details on the sources where the songs were originally released from. A must have for any person who enjoyed this album back in the 70s, this reissue is a true keeper. Say goodbye to having the previous CD release and welcome this newly remastered and properly restored re-release to your collection.
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I can't say enough positive things about this multi genre music.

They were so great, so innovative, so ahead of their time, able to cross over into any genre, and their songs are so, so enduring.

This band tragically imploded almost from the outset with Sly Stewart essentially turning his back on everything and sabotaging such a promising career. Could you imagine if this guy had a James Brown-type career spanning four decades?

The songs on this lean yet very mean collection need no introductions, no praises, no descriptions. They are iconic songs!

Fan of rock ? This stuff rocks.
Need the funk? This is funk 101.
Wanna dance? How could you not!
Need it hard or need it soft, it's all here.

Who doesn't love this stuff? This is the epitome of the "desert island disc"!
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Yea, 8-track. And as a young cat back then, I thought, "man, this sounds so cool!", S&FS had so much sound to get on a mere 4x2 tracks its like you got the most important stuff first, vocals, horns, bass..so, it sounded live and all that funky energy was easily tranfered to the listener.
Anywho, what I'm sayiing is; no matter the format or the remastering. It's one of the greatest albums of all time.
By the way, why do the young people of today listen to that vile rap poison when this stuff is availible?
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I'm 32 years old and just got this "best of" album, which is my first Sly album. That's how many years I missed out on this amazing music aside from radio play. You like to sing? You like to dance? You like to feel good? Then buy this album and go to town.
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The very best of Sly and The Family Stone is all right here. "I Want To Take You Higher" is the ultimate kick-off, no question of it[Especially for those of you who remember The Hilarious House Of Frightenstein where it serves as the backdrop to the Wolfman DJ scenes]. "Sing A Simple Song" is considered to be a stepping stone funk-era anthem with a never-ending bass line that's guaranteed to any bass player hooked(No kidding). The same could be said for "Thank You(Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)-A true bass player's riff of choice. "Everyday People" is the ultimate anthem of unity, not even Joan Jett's version could top the original one here. "You Can Make It If You Try"(not to be confused with an old soul song of the same title covered by the Rolling Stones on their 1964 debut album)gives the group here a mixture funk and gospel into one-check out the organ break for instance. "Hot Fun(In The Summertime)"is one of those funk numbers you can easily trip to[Is this the bass playing inspiration to the Genesis song "Misunderstanding"?]. For those who want to party like it's (circa) 1969, this is the place to be.
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