77 Songs, 4 Hours 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sly & The Family Stone were a singular power in their day: an extended family of musicians who broke past racial and gender lines to create music that played equally well on the concise format of AM Top 40 radio and the freeform anything-goes head music of late-'60s FM stations. While the hits drew fans to the group, the sustained artistry heard during Sly’s earliest days (as Sylvester Stewart) and the experimental nature of his work with The Family Stone firmly established his legend—and made his downfall in the '70s a tragedy of epic proportions. With 77 songs—including 17 previously unreleased tracks, mono mixes, instrumental tracks, demos, and live recordings—this is the first time an extensive look has been given to every facet of Sly’s career. It occasionally eschews the official hit version of a song to tell a truer story of the band’s versatility and talents. (Those looking for a more concise summary should consider Higher! (Highlights) or The Essential Sly & The Family Stone.)

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sly & The Family Stone were a singular power in their day: an extended family of musicians who broke past racial and gender lines to create music that played equally well on the concise format of AM Top 40 radio and the freeform anything-goes head music of late-'60s FM stations. While the hits drew fans to the group, the sustained artistry heard during Sly’s earliest days (as Sylvester Stewart) and the experimental nature of his work with The Family Stone firmly established his legend—and made his downfall in the '70s a tragedy of epic proportions. With 77 songs—including 17 previously unreleased tracks, mono mixes, instrumental tracks, demos, and live recordings—this is the first time an extensive look has been given to every facet of Sly’s career. It occasionally eschews the official hit version of a song to tell a truer story of the band’s versatility and talents. (Those looking for a more concise summary should consider Higher! (Highlights) or The Essential Sly & The Family Stone.)

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