Yellow Vinyl LP!
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.
By late 1968, the third album by Sly & the Family Stone absolutely blew the roof
off the building. Life sounded so tangibly real it almost seemed like it was cut
live. The title track, along with "Love City," "Plastic Jim," "Into My Own Thin"
and especially "Dynamite!" signaled a perfect alliance between Sly's
multi-influence, far-reaching musical vision and the burgeoning hippie ballroom
community, already spreading like lawn daisies throughout the land. Never before
had juicily syncopated beats dovetailed so perfectly with distortion-laced rock
guitar. "You don't have to die before you live," sings Sly on "Life" and he's
not kidding! The lyrical content of Sly's music becomes even more graphic with
detailed workouts like "Jane Is A Groupee," a riveting description of this
fascinating rock 'n' roll sub-culture. Then, on the other hand, you have the
full-bore party numbers like "M'Lady" and "Fun," songs fully capable of
launching anybody's weekend with reckless abandon!
• Yellow Vinyl LP
Sly Stone, organ, vocal
Cynthia Robinson, trumpet
Greg Errico, percussion
Larry Graham, bass, vocal
Sister Rosie Stone, electric piano, vocal
Gerry Martini, saxophone
Brother Freddy Stone, guitar, vocal
3. Plastic Jim
5. Into My Own Thing
2. Love City
3. I'm An Animal
5. Jane Is A Groupee