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Greatest Hits

Sly & The Family Stone

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Released in 1970 during the stopgap between Stand! and There's a Riot Goin' On, Greatest Hits inadvertently arrived at precisely the right moment, summarizing Sly & the Family Stone's joyous hit-making run on the pop and R&B charts. Technically, only four songs here reached the Top Ten, with only two others hitting the Top 40, but judging this solely on charts is misleading, since this is simply a peerless singles collection. This summarizes their first four albums perfectly (almost all of Stand! outside of the two jams and "Somebody's Watching You" is here), adding the non-LP singles "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)," and "Everybody Is a Star," possibly the loveliest thing they ever recorded. But, this isn't merely a summary (and, if it was just that, Anthology, the early-'80s comp that covers Riot and Fresh would be stronger than this), it's one of the greatest party records of all time. Music is rarely as vivacious, vigorous, and vibrant as this, and captured on one album, the spirit, sound, and songs of Sly & the Family Stone are all the more stunning. Greatest hits don't come better than this -- in fact, music rarely does.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
I Want To Take You Higher
00:05:24

Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Darcy Proper, Mastering Engineer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Sly Stewart, Producer - Al Quaglieri, Producer - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - Darren Salmieri, A&R Coordinator - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Debra Parkinson, Mastering Engineer

Originally recorded 1969. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Everybody Is a Star (Single Version)
00:03:06

Larry Graham, Bass - Freddie Stone, Guitar, Vocal - Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Sly Stone, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal - Greg Errico, Drums - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Stand!
00:03:09

Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Sly Stone, Producer

Originally Recorded 1968. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
Life
00:03:01

Larry Graham, Bass, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar, Vocal - Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Sly Stone, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal - Greg Errico, Drums - Jerry Martini, Saxophone, Vocal - Rosie Stone, Keyboards, Vocal - Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Fun
00:02:24

S. Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Larry Graham, Bass, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar, Vocal - Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sly Stone, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal - Greg Errico, Drums - Jerry Martini, Saxophone, Vocal - Rosie Stone, Keyboards, Vocal - Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
You Can Make It If You Try
00:03:40

Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer - Sly Stone, Producer

Originally Recorded 1968. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
Dance to the Music
00:03:00

Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Sly Stone, Producer

(P) Originally Recorded 1967. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

8
Everyday People
00:02:22

Larry Graham, Bass, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar, Vocal - Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Don Puluse, Engineer - Sly Stone, Producer, Vocal - Greg Errico, Drums, Background Vocal - Jerry Martini, Saxophone, Background Vocal - Rosie Stone, Piano, Vocal - Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet, Background Vocal

Originally Recorded 1969. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Hot Fun in the Summertime
00:02:39

Larry Graham, Bass - Freddie Stone, Guitar, Vocal - Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Sly Stone, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal - Greg Errico, Drums - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
M'Lady
00:02:47

Larry Graham, Bass, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar, Vocal - Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Sly Stone, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal - Greg Errico, Drums - Jerry Martini, Saxophone, Vocal - Rosie Stone, Keyboards, Vocal - Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Sing A Simple Song
00:03:57

Larry Graham, Bass - Freddie Stone, Guitar, Vocal - Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Sly Stone, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal - Greg Errico, Drums - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet

Originally Recorded 1969. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

12
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Single Version)
00:04:51

Larry Graham, Bass - Freddie Stone, Guitar, Vocal - Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist - Sly Stone, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocal - Greg Errico, Drums - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet

(P) Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album review

Released in 1970 during the stopgap between Stand! and There's a Riot Goin' On, Greatest Hits inadvertently arrived at precisely the right moment, summarizing Sly & the Family Stone's joyous hit-making run on the pop and R&B charts. Technically, only four songs here reached the Top Ten, with only two others hitting the Top 40, but judging this solely on charts is misleading, since this is simply a peerless singles collection. This summarizes their first four albums perfectly (almost all of Stand! outside of the two jams and "Somebody's Watching You" is here), adding the non-LP singles "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)," and "Everybody Is a Star," possibly the loveliest thing they ever recorded. But, this isn't merely a summary (and, if it was just that, Anthology, the early-'80s comp that covers Riot and Fresh would be stronger than this), it's one of the greatest party records of all time. Music is rarely as vivacious, vigorous, and vibrant as this, and captured on one album, the spirit, sound, and songs of Sly & the Family Stone are all the more stunning. Greatest hits don't come better than this -- in fact, music rarely does.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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