Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 121/500!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time - "Stand!" - Rated 244/500!
Nothing said it better than the title of Sly & The Family Stone's 1967 debut
album. They were, indeed, A Whole New Thing! Over his first six groundbreaking
Epic LPs, Sly Stone - a maverick studio genius who heard things nobody else did
- turned the worlds of Soul, R&B, funk and psychedelia completely upside-down
with his breathtakingly innovative band, the Family Stone. Pop music was shaken
to its very core by this racially-mixed aggregation of men and women whose
lyrics, deftly laced with political and social commentary, were woven through
groovy rhythms and infectious melodies that made standing still virtually
impossible. Even their clothes were mind-bendingly cool!
By the time the Family Stone’s fourth album was released in 1969, the dam had
burst: They were full-fledged rock stars! No fewer than four tracks from Stand!
were certified national smashes, led by the euphoria-producing “I Want to Take
You Higher” and Sly’s heroic, rainbow-coalition-evoking plea for racial
tolerance, the unforgettable “Everyday People.” At the time, “People” seemed
like the apocalyptic blast from Gabriel’s trumpet, waking the world to the
beginning of a Brand New Day.
"A greatest-hits album in all but name, Stand! is party politics at its most inclusive and exciting — singer-leader Sly Stone at the top of his ecumenical-funk game. A DJ and producer in San Francisco during the Dawn of Hippie, Stone fortifies that utopian energy with the bonfire momentum of the civil-rights movement in motivational-soul sermons such as "Stand!" and "You Can Make It if You Try" without denying the divisions that threatened civil war ("Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey"). And let's give due respect to the biracial, bi-gender Family Stone, whose rainbow thump here was a big influence on P-Funk and the electric Miles Davis." - www.rollingstone.com
"The title song from Stone's classic black-rock LP became a civil rights anthem. But when a test pressing got a muted reaction on San Francisco radio, Stone added the funky coda, played by what his A&R man Stephen Paley called 'old-men horn players,' since the Family was unavailable. 'He wrote out parts for the horn players and even passed out W-4 forms,' said Paley. 'He was that together.'" - Rolling Stone
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2. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey
3. I Want to Take You Higher
4. Somebody’s Watching You
5. Sing a Simple Song
6. Everyday People
7. Sex Machine
8. You Can Make It If You Try