16 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Titled as a response to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, There’s a Riot Goin’ On is at once unnervingly sinister and deliciously entertaining. While Sly played most of the instruments himself, a revolving cast of guests add to the braised, fragmented funk of “Luv n’ Haight” and “Africa Talks to You (The Asphalt Jungle).” The slow, splintering grooves of “Just Like a Baby” and “Time” explore the outer reaches of insular blues, but there are small flashes of sweetness within the darkness, especially on the gorgeous and disarmingly improvisational “Family Affair.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Titled as a response to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, There’s a Riot Goin’ On is at once unnervingly sinister and deliciously entertaining. While Sly played most of the instruments himself, a revolving cast of guests add to the braised, fragmented funk of “Luv n’ Haight” and “Africa Talks to You (The Asphalt Jungle).” The slow, splintering grooves of “Just Like a Baby” and “Time” explore the outer reaches of insular blues, but there are small flashes of sweetness within the darkness, especially on the gorgeous and disarmingly improvisational “Family Affair.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Daniel74 ,

One of the best of the 20th Century

Sly Stone is a genius - there's a reason why Miles Davis was completely floored by Sly and his new music. The music here is among the most innovative and essential of all 20th century American music, of any genre. It retains all of the vitality and electricity of the Family Stone's 60s music, but adds a very dark undercurrent of decadence and decay. On this record, a perfect balance between these two extremes is maintained, before Sly started to fall off of the brink. You'll have to listen to the whole record more than once to "get it", but once you do, you'll fall under the music's spell too.

paegn ,

There

I'm an R&B musician. I was 18 years old, standing in a saloon in a sleepy southern town where i was playing when Sly's "Dance to the Music" single hit the airwaves. It was one of those moments when I learned for myself how something can arrive that stands apart from the universe as "I" knew it. Standing there gripping the juke-box a long moment after the song finished, stunned, all I could think was ".. who are these people?!" The sound was a call.. to action, somehow. I didn't know what, but I knew something important had started somewhere "out there" in the world. And I wanted in. I've had a thrilling life you might not believe, that I trace back to that moment. Wow.

Day Lightbowne ,

intervention heat wave music

Blues and funk together, for real. This record has no precedent, and plenty of good and not so good successors. and I always wondered where the Beastie Boys got their meandering Check Your Head grooves. From this mess of a masterpiece. Love how he keeps maxing out the meter on the vocals. And is there anything more amazing than his yodeling in 'Spaced Cowboy'?

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