35 Songs, 2 Hours 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Sylvester Stone and his intergender and interracial Family Stone burst out of San Francisco in 1967, they appealed to both hippies and soul heads. This collection handily and chronologically wraps up Stone’s musical milieu. The tone of the psych-soul opener, “Underdog,” only intensifies through “Dance to the Music,” which nails their freaky Meters/Beatles/James Brown anthemic sounds to perfection. “Are You Ready?” begs the eternal question (why hate?), while “Stand!” and “Don’t Call Me N****r, Whitey” draw hard cultural lines for reciprocal respect. “I Want to Take You Higher” caps the '60s in a fit of spiritual (and chemical) uplift. 1975’s “I Get High on You” caps this mind-blowing, 35-song set.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Sylvester Stone and his intergender and interracial Family Stone burst out of San Francisco in 1967, they appealed to both hippies and soul heads. This collection handily and chronologically wraps up Stone’s musical milieu. The tone of the psych-soul opener, “Underdog,” only intensifies through “Dance to the Music,” which nails their freaky Meters/Beatles/James Brown anthemic sounds to perfection. “Are You Ready?” begs the eternal question (why hate?), while “Stand!” and “Don’t Call Me N****r, Whitey” draw hard cultural lines for reciprocal respect. “I Want to Take You Higher” caps the '60s in a fit of spiritual (and chemical) uplift. 1975’s “I Get High on You” caps this mind-blowing, 35-song set.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Nite Prowler ,

Aw, c'mon, no reviews yet?

This is great funky music. If you do not want to buy the full album, at least get these: Everyday People, I Want to Take You Higher, Dance to the Music, Hot Fun in the Summertime, Stand!, or Family Affair.

KellyOmaha ,

The best soul/funk band ever.

Period. Both this collection and Anthology are great compilations of Sly's work. Nothing about this music says old school. It's as strong today as ever.

Three Cee ,

Sly doesn't get the credit he deserves for innovation

I know this is good when I can hear the influence on all of my favorite bands. EW&Fire, Tower of Power, Funkadelic, Ohio Players. Sly put it all together in a new way. My IPOD was crying for this and is now satisfied.

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