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The Essential Sly & The Family Stone

Sly & The Family Stone

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The Essential Sly & the Family Stone does what a double-CD best-of/career overview should do: it packs a lot of career highlights into a two-disc set for listeners who want more than the basic greatest hits, but don't want every last album. Of course, all of those greatest hits are here, including a few from 1970 that didn't make it onto album releases at the time. As you'd expect, the fattest slice comes from Sly & the Family Stone's late-'60s/early-'70s peak: in fact, most of the tracks from the Stand! and There's a Riot Goin' On albums are here. The fun extras come in the not-too-well-known tracks from pre-Stand! albums and Fresh (which is actually amply represented, with six cuts). This doesn't quite deserve the highest rating, as the post-There's a Riot Goin' On material doesn't keep up the momentum of the rest of the set. Small Talk and Sly Stone's 1975 solo effort, High on You, are wisely lightly plucked, though at least the hits from those albums are the three cuts selected. This deserves better annotation than the cursory liner notes, but otherwise it's an excellent summary of a major rock and soul band.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Underdog Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:57

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

Originally Released 1967 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

2
I Cannot Make It Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:18

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

Originally Released 1967 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

3
Dance to the Music Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:58

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

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

4
Are You Ready? Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:48

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

Originally Released 1968 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

5
Fun Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:21

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

Originally Released 1968 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

6
M'Lady Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:45

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

Originally Released 1968 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

7
Life Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:59

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

Originally Released 1968 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

8
Love City Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:43

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

Originally Released 1968 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

9
Stand! Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:07

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

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

10
Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:05:59

Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - W. Hughes, Composer - W. Hughes, Lyricist - R. Anthony, Composer - R. Anthony, Lyricist - Larry Graham, Bass - Sly & The Family Stone, Performer - Freddie Stone, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar - E. Franklin, Composer - E. Franklin, Lyricist - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - R. Wilson, Composer - R. Wilson, Lyricist - B. Scott, Lyricist - B. Scott, Composer - M. Luther, Composer - M. Luther, Lyricist - Greg Errico, Drums - Sly Stone, Producer - Sly Stone, Vocal - Sly Stone, Guitar - Sly Stone, Keyboards -

Originally Released 1969 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

11
I Want To Take You Higher Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:05:22

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

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

12
Somebody's Watching You Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:20

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

Originally Released 1969 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

13
Sing A Simple Song Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:55

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

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

14
Everyday People Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:21

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

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

15
You Can Make It If You Try Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:38

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

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

16
Hot Fun in the Summertime Single Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:38

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

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

17
Everybody Is a Star (single master) Single Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:04

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

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

18
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) Single Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:04:47

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

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

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1
Family Affair Single Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:05

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

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Luv N' Haight Single Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:04:03

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

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Poet Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:00

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

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
(You Caught Me) Smilin' Single Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:53

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

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Runnin' Away Single Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:56

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

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Brave & Strong Single Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:29

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

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Just Like a Baby Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:05:11

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

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Thank You for Talkin' to Me, Africa Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:07:14

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

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
In Time Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:05:49

Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Sly & The Family Stone, Performer - Freddie Stone, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Rusty Allen, Bass - Andy Newmark, Drums - Sly Stone, Producer - Sly Stone, Vocal - Sly Stone, Guitar - Sly Stone, Keyboards -

(P) 1973 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
If You Want Me to Stay Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:01

Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Sly & The Family Stone, Performer - Freddie Stone, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Rusty Allen, Bass - Andy Newmark, Drums - Sly Stone, Producer - Sly Stone, Vocal - Sly Stone, Guitar - Sly Stone, Keyboards -

(P) 1973 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Frisky Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:11

Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Sly & The Family Stone, Performer - Freddie Stone, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Rusty Allen, Bass - Andy Newmark, Drums - Sly Stone, Producer - Sly Stone, Vocal - Sly Stone, Guitar - Sly Stone, Keyboards -

(P) 1973 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Skin I'm In Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:54

Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Sly & The Family Stone, Performer - Freddie Stone, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Rusty Allen, Bass - Andy Newmark, Drums - Sly Stone, Producer - Sly Stone, Vocal - Sly Stone, Guitar - Sly Stone, Keyboards -

(P) 1973 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Babies Makin' Babies Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:38

Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Sly & The Family Stone, Performer - Freddie Stone, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Rusty Allen, Bass - Andy Newmark, Drums - Sly Stone, Producer - Sly Stone, Vocal - Sly Stone, Guitar - Sly Stone, Keyboards -

(P) 1973 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
If It Were Left Up to Me (Single Master) Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:01:57

Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Sly & The Family Stone, Performer - Freddie Stone, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Rusty Allen, Bass - Andy Newmark, Drums - Sly Stone, Producer - Sly Stone, Vocal - Sly Stone, Guitar - Sly Stone, Keyboards -

(P) 1973 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Time For Livin' Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:17

Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Sly & The Family Stone, Performer - Freddie Stone, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Rusty Allen, Bass - Andy Newmark, Drums - Sly Stone, Producer - Sly Stone, Vocal - Sly Stone, Guitar - Sly Stone, Keyboards -

(P) 1974 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

16
Loose Booty Album Version
Sly & The Family Stone
00:03:46

Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Sly & The Family Stone, Performer - Freddie Stone, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Rusty Allen, Bass - Andy Newmark, Drums - Sly Stone, Producer - Sly Stone, Vocal - Sly Stone, Guitar - Sly Stone, Keyboards -

(P) 1974 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
I Get High On You Single Version
Sly Stone
00:03:13

Cynthia Robinson, Trumpet - Jerry Martini, Saxophone - Sly & The Family Stone, Performer - Freddie Stone, Vocal - Freddie Stone, Guitar - S. Stewart, Composer - S. Stewart, Lyricist - Rosie Stone, Keyboards - Rusty Allen, Bass - Andy Newmark, Drums - Sly Stone, Producer - Sly Stone, Vocal - Sly Stone, Guitar - Sly Stone, Keyboards -

(P) 1975 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

The Essential Sly & the Family Stone does what a double-CD best-of/career overview should do: it packs a lot of career highlights into a two-disc set for listeners who want more than the basic greatest hits, but don't want every last album. Of course, all of those greatest hits are here, including a few from 1970 that didn't make it onto album releases at the time. As you'd expect, the fattest slice comes from Sly & the Family Stone's late-'60s/early-'70s peak: in fact, most of the tracks from the Stand! and There's a Riot Goin' On albums are here. The fun extras come in the not-too-well-known tracks from pre-Stand! albums and Fresh (which is actually amply represented, with six cuts). This doesn't quite deserve the highest rating, as the post-There's a Riot Goin' On material doesn't keep up the momentum of the rest of the set. Small Talk and Sly Stone's 1975 solo effort, High on You, are wisely lightly plucked, though at least the hits from those albums are the three cuts selected. This deserves better annotation than the cursory liner notes, but otherwise it's an excellent summary of a major rock and soul band.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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