Sly and the Family are one of a kind. It won't a group like em before and it ain't been a group like em since they came onto the scene. Sly as a writer, producer, arranger and performer is in a class all by himself. And his cast of bandmates from Freddie to Rose to Cynthia to Larry to Jerry to Gregg and then later on Rusty Allen and Pat Rizzo were all talented and great. Sly's work as a bandleader and knowledge of music theory and sound was amazing and the thing is he's a natural. I remember Miles saying how Sly wasn't really a trained a musician but he knew his music. It amazing at what Sly created with his music. The lyrics, the sound, the arrangements and melodies are just from another planet. And the thing is, it's so clever because Sly could take Funk, Soul,l Rock and Pop and combine it and not alienate any crowd of fans from one genre to the next. He knew just what worked and how to put it all together to come with some of the most brilliant work any has ever heard. I mean, from 68' to technically 73' by mass appeal look on it with Fresh but I'd say even up to 75', Sly had one of the best peak periods music has ever seen. And he got so many singles that are anthems and themes to American culture.
What's your top 5 Sly and the Family Stone songs? What ONE album by Sly and the Family Stone is your favorite? And as a writer, where do you rank Sly Stone?
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4. Time 3. Just like a baby 2. You caught me smilin' 1. Luv n Haight
Obviously, I'm all about Riot, mainly. I like what could have been with Sly and The Family Stone as opposed to what actually happened with them: the records (beside Riot - and I'm not too happy that Sly's problems made Riot a lo-fi recording), and Sly's problems.
I don't like the vibe of Sly and the Family Stone's records pre-Riot and after Riot: too cutesy. I'm not happy Sly had to be drugged up for Riot to somewhat avoid that cutesy thing, though it was there in "Spaced Cowboy" and even in "You caught me smilin'" somewhat, and "Poet".
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Ive never heard an entire sly and the family stone album but I can say that thank you for letting me bemyself again influenced a entire generation of bass players especially Larry's thumping and plucking....and I used to like Jane is a groupie and you caught me smiling....
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Sly Sly Sly... man... the top five thing is hard... Too many songs that I love. 1. Hot Fun in the Summertime/Just like a Baby 2. Running Away 3. Frisky 4.If You Want Me to Stay 5. You Caught me Smiling
My favorite album is a tie between Fresh and There's a Riot Going On.
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sly is a very underrated vocalist. i wondered how he got his voice to sound that way particularly on FRESH...was it drugs? was his vocals sped up like prince would later do? i dont know. but i love the way he sings, is phrasing is killer. even though his lyrics are a bit hard for me to decipher.
my top 10
10. underdog / i cannot make it 9.somebody's watching you 8.loose booty 7. time for livin 6. crossword puzzle (demo)
5. Frisky 4.Remember Who You Are 3. you caught me smiling 2.Family Affair 1. If you want me to stay