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Stand!

Sly & The Family Stone

1969

Stand!

Album Summary

Stand! is the fourth album by soul/funk band Sly and the Family Stone, released on May 3, 1969. Written and produced by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, Stand! is considered an artistic high-point of the band's career. Released by Epic Records, just before the group's celebrated performance at the Woodstock festival, it became the band's most commercially successful album to date. It includes several well-known songs, among them hit singles, such as "Sing a Simple Song", "I Want to Take You Higher", "Stand!", and "Everyday People". The album was reissued in 1990 on compact disc and vinyl, and again in 2007 as a remastered numbered edition digipack CD with bonus tracks and, in the UK, as only a CD with bonus tracks. The album sold 500,000 copies in 1969 and was certified gold in sales by the RIAA on December 4 of that year. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for nearly two years. By 1986 it had sold well over 1 million copies and was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA on November 21 of that same year. It then went on to sell over three million copies, becoming one of the most successful albums of the 1960s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 118 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, 121 in a 2012 revised list, and number 119 in a 2020 reboot of the list. In 2015, the album was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry.

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Rating

3.41

Votes

4865

Genres

  • Rock
  • Soul
  • Funk
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You can picture Sylvester Stewart leaning back, head on the pillow of his own fro, finger connecting with James Brown's 'The Creation of Adam' style. Truly, he was touched by the divine during his period of artistic fecundity (roughly 69-73) got underway here. The music he produced was so unspeakably great that were I a musician looking for motivation it would kill my aspirations on the spot. I mean, Stand! wasn't even his best album, yet 62.5% of it would show up on any all-time best list. Those songs would reappear on Greatest Hits a year later. That was my glorious entry point to Sly, followed by the mindbending There's a Riot... and ineffable Fresh. But I've always steered clear of Stand! after reading a warning against it. Well, I thought I'd read one. I realise now I must have dreamt it. It's obvious after listening to this that no one could possibly have written it for real.

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5

Wow that's a lot of iconic pop in one place. The level of creative originality is incredible.

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4

Now we're talking! This is exactly the kind of album that belongs on lists of great albums (coming from Album Guy, that means a lot). Sly & the Family Stone is one of those bands that I know I've heard, but I hadn't listened to any of their albums. Playing this album, I recognized a handful of tracks, which speaks to the ubiquity of their brand of funk. This is an American cultural milestone, without question. It works really well as an album, too. I could see myself putting this on and listening all the way through any time. I hear traces of Childish Gambino's "Awaken, My Love!", which was obviously influenced by acts like Sly and Funkadelic (and on that note, I can't wait to listen to Maggot Brain again because there's no way it's not on this list). Sign me up for more albums like this! Favorite tracks: I Want to Take You Higher, Everyday People, Sex Machine. Cover art: Honestly, not good. The album's biggest weakness. Granted, it was the '60s, but what are we even looking at? Like multiple projections of photos on a wall of boxes? Admittedly, it's the sort of thing that would've turned me off from listening to this on my own. I would've opted for a Sly album with a better cover (like There's a Riot Going On). 4.5/5 [Ramones S/T = 3.5/5, Station to Station = 4/5]

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5

Slyyyyyyyyyy

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5

A great album that shows Sly and the Family busting out tons of funk classics that can all stand (heh) tall when separated. I will say that, whilst I do kinda prefer the versions of the songs done during their segment of the Woodstock concert, as they had a fire that’s not captured in the album. This isn’t to say the album versions aren’t good, they’re still excellent and showcase the psychedelic side that the songs have.

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5

Track 2 is something

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5

Big fan of this compared to “There’s a Riot Goin’ On” actually. Not that that album is bad, but it just never lived up to the hype for me. The lyrics are pretty direct & simple, especially compared to the more obscure Gil-Scott Heron and Eugene McDaniels stuff, but I think it fits with the live jam quality that the music has. And I guess that makes sense considering that Sly & the Family Stone was the band that made the mold for most soul music that followed. Ultimately, this is really good.

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5

One of a few brief forays into a joyous, jovial yet biting Family Stone, this is one of the more impactful albums that came of the late Sixties and most of the blueprint that soul and funk offered in the eventual decade can be traced to this album. Indispensable.

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This one started out rough but, by track 4, it finds its literal groove and starts bringing the deep funk that one expects from a Sly joint. That's not to say that the first few tracks are bad. From a songwriting perspective, they're solid and drop you neck deep into some serious social commentary. They're just rough... and not very funky. Still an absolute crusher of a band and a really good album with some of their most recognizable hits on it ("Everyday People" and "You Can Make It If You Try" being the biggest).

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worth for Everyday People alone but there's so much more under the apparent joy of these songs

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4

Good album. Always enjoy multi lead singers and a horn section.

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4

Funky and feel-good music with amazing grooves. Definitely a product of 1969. Features a few of their big hits.

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I get the feeling it's difficult to rate this 'objectively' because this set the standard for so much music to come. All funk bands still sound like this. It's easy to forget that Sly & The Family Stone were there first. I like it because it is punchy and heavy and to the point (well, except for that 14 minute track on side 2). 7/10

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4

Funk album that's got a lot of variety, seems like everyone in the band gets their own vocal track or at least a lot of shifting around. Some major hits on here people should recognize, a couple of songs I couldn't really get into, but overall thought it was pretty good. Added a few songs to the playlist off of this one.

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Aww, I've been waiting for a Sly Stone album to come up. Not the one I exactly wanted to see (which would be There's a Riot Goin' On), but this one is always a great listen. This band of delightful weirdos, I love them. Sly & The Family Stone is one of those bands whose songs are so familiar and embedded in the musical firmament, that we have to remind people of how significant they are. An interracial, gender mixed band that blended funk, soul, pop and psychedelic rock... in 1969? Sign me up. They were musical revolutionaries whose influence can still be found in any number of genres today. And oh, they're also just so much fun to listen to. That's a party you really want to be at. The album takes a few songs to heat up, but when it gets there, look out. The funk is strong with this one. The tone is exuberant and joyful. You can tell they are having fun here. The music is soulful and groovy and a little hectic with more than a hint of psychedelic flavor. Lyrically, Stone hints at social commentary without really going incredibly deep with it. It’s more of a feel good activism he embraces in songs like “Everyday People” and “Stand.” That said, "Don't Call Me..." is probably even more jarring on the ear than it might have sounded in 1969. It is really a time capsule from another era, not to mention just kind of a musically weird song. Even with all the stone cold classics on this album, today I'm digging "Somebody's Watching You," which is the sleeper track of the album. “Sex Machine” is some kind of marvelous, funky musical odyssey that really stands out from the others. Love it. Must have been a blast live. Fave Songs: I Want to Take You Higher, Sing a Simple Song, Everyday People, Somebody's Watching You, Stand, You Can Make It If You Try

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5

holy shit, classic funk! fav track: you can make it if you try

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5

A masterpiece!

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5

I should listen to this more. Enjoyed the album thoroughly

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5

Love it. Classic album. Hadn't listened to this all the way through before.

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5

Outstand!ng

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5

Great funk album

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5

I love this album so much. An all-time favorite

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5

Classic!

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5

Great album! I've never listened to Sly and The Family Stone much but recognise several of the songs as they have been covered/sampled by other musicians

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5

Кажеться неплохие песни на уровне земфиры. Но не более. Еще женский REM.

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5

So many well known songs it almost felt like a greatest hits album. I also really enjoyed the long jam on "side 2". A triumph of an album.

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5

Awesome album, would highly recommend.

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5

A family at the height of their powers. Outstanding!

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Hey do you love bitchin jams and drum solos and funky funky bass? Sly and his family got the hook ups.

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5

Powerful grooves. Music with a message that you can dance too. Influential and oft sampled. I love it

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5

Massive tunes all round, James Brown may have started funk but this is funk done proper, quality.

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5

Very good funk soul album. The stereo mix really needs to be listen to with headphones on or a good speaker setup

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I love

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5

it was alright!

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5

I always appreciated when I heard Sly on the radio, but never got any of their albums. This is good 1970s pop-rock!

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5

Everyday People is a song that never fails to make me feel better. Pure pop perfection

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5

Super dançante.

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5

"Stand!" is such a great achievement for a band that, until this release, was struggling to reach the spotlight of american popular music. Maybe that's the reason why this is such a frenetic mix of soul and funk, with a lot of psychodelia and a rawness in the lyrical themes that shows a band working on it's political views in a way that would be more clear in future records, with equality and peace as the main themes. It's a breakthrough album that enbodies the zeitgeist of the time with near perfection. "Stand!", "I Want to Take You Higher" and, specially, "Everyday People" are the highlights.

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5

I thought this would be overly funky but it was just a great album start to finish.

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5

Sly & The Family Stone's fourth album and their first to reach the Billboard Top 200. A much more focused album than their subsequent "There's a Riot Goin' On", taking nothing away from the brilliance of that album. This is a band effort with multiple leading and backing vocals laying down a great funky groove. The overarching feeling is one of optimism and hopefulness addressing issues such as racial and social injustice. And, one of those albums the Library of Congress included in the National Recording Registry for its aesthetical significance. The album includes their great song and #1 hit "Every Day People" which apparently popularized "Different Strokes for Different Folks." Good to know. A lot of highlights: The blues vibe and endless great groove of "I Want to Take You Higher", the optimism and great backing vocals of "Stand!" and the funky psychedelia, distorted keyboards and wah-wah guitar of the 13-minute long "Sex Machine." This album has to be one of the high points (if not the high point) of Sly & The Family Stone. My favorite for sure.

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5

LP

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5

A classic. Everyday People is too short, Sex Machine is too long (or maybe the right length for sex?@!?), but the rest is glorious. If you can, check out the documentary The Summer of Soul to see them in their prime.

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5

There's lots to enjoy on this album; a mixture of vocal styles, swirling keyboards, stabbing brass, funky bass lines, Latin drum rhythms and psychedelic effects. I love the extended nature of some of the tracks and there's a few familiar hits present ('Stand', 'I Want To Take You Higher' and the absolute classic 'Everyday People'. Other highlights include the summery vibe of 'Somebody's Watching You' and the groovy 'Sing A Simple Song'. All in all, it's a very accessible (and danceable) counter culture record. Groovy baby!

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5

oozes quality!

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Funky

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Stand! - 10/10 Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitney - 10/10 I Want To Take You Higher - 10/10 Somebody’s Watching You - 10/10 Sing A Simple Song - 9/10 Everyday People - 10/10 Sex Machine - 10/10 You Can Make It If You Try - 10/10 Soul Clappin’ II - 9/10 My Brain (Zig Zag) - 5/10

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5

Only knew the album with Family Affair on it. Loved this album, high on energy and brilliant grooves.

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5

one of the reasons music sounds so good x

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5

I can't wait to play track two at dinner parties and wait for people to go "wait - did he just say....!?!?" Anyway - this is funky - some James Brown inspired goodness. And - the surprising origin of 'Everyday People'. The only track that wasn't really enjoyable was the 13 minute log 'Sex Machine' - purely because it didn't really go anywhere over those 13 minutes. But other wise - this was some good stuff - enjoyed alot of this...

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5

The 2nd Sly & The Family Stone album and this was a huge improvement over the other one (which is the follow-up to this record). Obviously in the follow-up they moved away from this sound, but this is the sound I love a lot. Super funky and just a blast.

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5

Great jamming album and very relevant to now.

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5

Necessary to the progression of what music is today

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5

Several hit songs, and some weird but good ones

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5

This is amazing!!

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5

One of my favorites.

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8/10

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4

The amount of pure musical information in old funky recordings never fails to impress. Some of the instrumentals end up feeling a bit noodly, but that's quite a small complaint.

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4

FONK

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4

Soul/rock/funk, catchy, politisk, smooth

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nice 60s funk/soul

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awesome

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4

Nice Album to listen to. A familiar band but had not listened to a lot of music from them. I could work and listen to this album. Now Spotify is giving me similar music. I will continue listening to the suggestions of Spotify for today I think.

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4

Som Black forte e contagiante.

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4

Pretty great. Classic funk with a message.

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4

Good background music when I am working around the house. It's amazing that Forty years after this album was made some of the songs are still relevant.

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4

Very funky

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4

Fun record. Some iconic songs on here.

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Je pense que c'Est important de remettre l'album dans son contexte historique. En termes de musique funk du début 70, je trouve qu'ils ont fait un excellent cd. Personnellement je trouve que les vocals sont très importants à leur musique, Les chansons avec seulement de l'instrumental me paraissait longue. Mais je savais très bien que ce serait bon quand j'ai vu la photo d'un musicien noir, un peu trop maigre, en sueurs, avec un bracelet autour du biceps et je n'ai pas été déçu. Mon hit: I want to take you higher.

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4

Funky. Soul. Muy bueno y alegre.

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4

Nice

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4

Iconic psychedelic funk album. All killah no fillah

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4

Now here we go! Starting off with a song that is the title of the album is bold. Making that song only three minutes is just right. But I do see a 13-minute Sex Machine coming so I am sure Freddie Mercury would approve of that length. Very upbeat so far, I have not listened to this album before but a few of the songs. The second track was longer but felt very short and that may have been them repeating the chorus quite a bit but it was still a strong message. I Want to Take You Higher is a total classic, I’m trying to remember what movie I heard it in, but I’m sure it was football or sports related. It’s interesting that this album is seven years older than the prior two but it feels better produced. The sound quality is better and the vocals are much clearer. Enjoyed Everyday People and the undertones of a lot of these songs commentating on what was going on in the country around this time. I’m not sure off the top of my head if this was the first Sex Machine or if James Brown was first but like I said earlier, 13 minutes is very bold for a song. Seven minutes in and not a single word but this grove is funky. I’m starting to understand the meaning behind the song title. The way it ends with the drums feels like a rock song so this is a highlight of the album for me. Great ending on You Can Make It If You Try, a great message to all. My favorite album so far that’s been reviewed!

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4

Quite the combination of funk & rock. It's very much a sixties sound while still being very different than other bands in the sixties. The "hits" are classics and I love the title track which I may have heard once in my life in the seventies. I would have given this a higher mark if not for the needlessly long and repetitive Sex Machine.

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4

Really upbeat, somewhat one note but good.

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4

Great stuff this. The birth of Funk right here, mixed in with some Psych-rock guitars and bold baselines. Will be exploring more. 4/5

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4

Very fun! Gave off both a hippy vibe and socially aware movement vibe. Nice n funky :)

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So funky! My parents had a few of these songs on the family iPod when I was little so the nostalgia probably contributed. I think Everyday People and Sex Machine were my favorites

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The 1960s optimism in the lyrics has not aged terribly well, which is why I liked the long noodly one the best. I really like the incorporation of psychedelic stuff into soul and funk. Would be 3.5 from me

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4

Funky!

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4

Excellent. Brilliant pop songs and fantastic long, deeper funk tracks.

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4

Very good, will Certainly listen again

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The first  song surprised me since the  sound wasn't the sound I associated with them.  I think of them a soul / funk but I guess if you were releasing an album in 1969 it needed an obligatory psychedelic song I like the jamming on Sex Machine. It sure sounds like a talk box on that tune as well as earlier on the album.  I tried to research it and googled "Sex Machine". I wouldn't necessarily recommend searching that term. No judgment. You may want to be sure nobody is looking over your shoulder before doing this particular google search. --

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4

Really enjoyed this - a few absolute killer tracks and nothing here not to enjoy

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4

Cracking album

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4

Didn't know any of the songs beforehand but will buy this on vinyl. Tight as fuck. I know it's not on the actual original album but the funk guitar on My Brain (zig zag) is superb.

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4

This was great. The title track especially

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4

Loved it, so grateful to have heard this album

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4

Pretty funky album, inspired me to make a playlist for similar songs. I recognized "everyday people" but I can't remember from where.

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4

Some bangers on here. Very funky, rockin and full of some awesome instrumentals. Wish it was longer!

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4

Yup, a classic. Gots the horns, the org, the harmonica, the harmonies, Sly. Gots it all. Boom-Shaka-Laka-Laka. Too bad it isn’t higher audio quality.

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4

This one does it for me. Had me clapping on a full plane.

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4

Really fun and uptempo album with some classic songs. I'll be listening to it again.

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Me está pegando el somit asi que no se cuanto tiempo tengo. Amé la cantidad de Soul mezclada con psicodelia de éste disco. El único tema que tenia escuchado era Everyday People... Es uno de esos temas que todos deben haber escuchado y no reconocen, pero por los 140m de reproducciones que tiene en Spotify no debo estar muy errado. El bajo incesante y repetitivo que se encuentra en todo el disco es el punto mas fuerte, aunque en estructura o distorcion es muy dificil no compararlo con el trabajo de Jimi Hendrix. All in all, me gustó mucho lo imperfecto y lo poco sofisticado que es el disco. I mean... Año 69? Salida de cantar She loves you yeah yeah yeah 76 veces seguidas y entrando en cosas mucho mas experimentales y """profundas""" no en letras sino en capas. Lo voy a escuchar mas seguido.

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Me gusta el funk pero me pasa que después de un rato, me cansa pero como hacía mucho tiempo que no lo escucha como género, escuchar todo el día no se hizo un problema. Los bajos del funk siempre son geniales y es a eso a lo que más le presto atención. Everyday People tiene esa parte que es muy reconocible de un montón de temas para nenes (lo googleé y se llama 'na-na na-na boo-boo') que me encantó. You Can Make It If You Try también me gustó mucho. Stand! es tremenda también. Esas palmas y los coros. Puffff. Hermoso disco. 7/10 ludomatics

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4

Too Many repeating songs but musically interesting, sometimes experimental and "i want to take you higher" is a banger, sex maschine aswell

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Love the funky guitar and the fuzz tones.

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4

Funky as all hell. Love the organ, the voices are great. Bass just all up in there. This probably blew minds in the day.

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love ❤️

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I can't help think that groups like Arrested Development were strongly influenced by this. So good. So creative.

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4

Never heard of this band before, it reminds me of my friend Chas for some reason... Psychedelic, funky and upbeat - very good listen which surprised me! Looking forward to seeing if they have anything else to check out

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Slow burn, verging on psychadelic. Love the (what I assume to be) wah wah voice throughout. In fact it does not psychadelic a lot at points - Exhibit A being 13 minutes of Sex Machine (the sax that breaks in at 11 minutes is straight up sexual)

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Cançons pop gairebé perfectes com 'Somebody's Watching You' o la mateixa 'Stand!', soul pantanós a "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey' o 'Everyday People', psicodèlia en la seva expressió més robusta a 'Sex Machine'... En el seu quart disc la banda va semblar trobar la clau... de tot plegat

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4

Sly and The Family Stone will always have my respect. High-energy, radical songs where everyone in the band their a-game to deliver a truly spectacular album. It's awesome. A ton of tight songs in the first half, and then the incredibly bluesy jam "Sex Machine" dominating the second half. It's too good.

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4

Groovy

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Really enjoyed it.

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Leuk en energiek!

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4

There's a midget standing tall (to quote a line from the title song, I'm not comfortable enough quoting anything from track two). The essential track is the ubiquitous classic "Everyday People", an earworm so perfect that if the album was nothing else by Sly Stone whittling, it'd still belong on the list. Great all around if not quite close to classic status, which happens after they storm through Woodstock.

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4

Brought back memories

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4

heard this one before thanks to this banger

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4

Really enjoyable listen, good vibes. 4.5

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Funky.

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Like

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Fantastic and reminds you what music used to be like

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Avausraidan breakdown tuo hymyn huulille. Muutenkin oiva, elämää täynnä oleva saundi.

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4

It started a bit silly with those noises one makes when being in front of a synthesizer but then came the great stuff. Good album

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4

I'm very much digging this album, how have I not heard anything from this group before? Nice and funky, some dope effects on instruments (especially for the time), and hella enjoyable vocals. I like me some long songs, but "Sex Machine" went on for a bit too long - but also, I get it, jams can be fun. Just a bit much and felt sort of out of place among the rest of the tracks - almost felt like an "intermission".

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4

Very funky- very listenable ! Everyday People and Stand! We’re my favourites!

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4

That was certainly a groovy listen, although I might need some drugs to stick with the longer songs in their entirety. Everyday People is such a classic.

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4

Really enjoyed this album. Very funkadelic. Some of the songs were a little long for my taste. Loved the soul in this album. Opening song was a great introduction to the feel and sound of this album. Overall a great album, and I added a lot of the songs to my playlist!

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4

We need more funk in the world!

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I have liked and loved them for a long time but have listened much more to 1973’s Fresh and have never listened to this album as a whole. I find that it has two personalities, one of the Summer of Love, call and response, flower power style and the other that bends towards a funkier, meatier sound. To that effect, beyond the banger that is Everyday People, I loved most D.C.M.N.W. and would but Sex Machine on just about any time.

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4

A bit uneven with a rocky start, but that's forgivable; they were pioneering and perfecting a genre. A stone cold classic. Best track: Everyday People

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Seems pretty ground breaking, loved the energy.

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Excellent, 4.2/5

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This is just joyous. Stand, Don't Call Me N***** Whitey, Everyday People are all top classics, and nothing on the album lets you be bored. Tight, funky, thoughtful. So good.

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Love Sly and the Family Stone. They were my introduction to funk music so hold a special place in my heart. While this album isn't as strong as There's A Riot Going On, it actually has more hits. Its a great album that should be a part of any library that includes American funk as part of it. 4.5 🌟

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Järkäleiden äärellä! Ihan mahtavaa soul-tykitystä

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4

funky :) My favourite songs are I Want to Take You Higher, Everyday People and Sex Machine (best song on this album tbh, 13 minutes and it doesn't feel too long at all)

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4

Favorite Songs: Stand! and Somebody's Watching You

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4

A new album to me, never really listened to this band before save for a hit or two on the radio. Funky but with a spiky edge. I was surprised at how early this album was released - in my head Sly and the Family Stone were making music in the late 70s.

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Do kaduka, kolejny socjalnie awarny album w tym tygodniu, dodatkowo od jednej z najbardziej mieszanych rasowo band kochanych zarowno przez czarnych jak i bialych sluchaczy, wiec musi chodzic o chytrusa kamiennego i jego rodzine, jest to druga pozycja zespolu na liscie i pozytywne zaskoczenie w stosunku do poprzedniego picka, Stand! z 69 jest czwartym albumem grupy i krazkiem ktory poprzedza ostatnio zaslyszany theres a riot goin on, calosc jest zamknieta na 8 trakach i 41 minutach, wiec jest to o wiele bardziej kompaktowe wydanie niz riot, ktorego glownym problemem bylo filerowate rozwlekanie, tutaj natomiast nie czuc wypelniaczy, kolejna rzecza ktora da sie odczuc juz od pierwszego traku jest bardziej funkowe podejscie do grania, jesli riot eksperymentowal, to wydaje mi sie, ze bardziej w strone soula z swoimi bluesowami liniami melodycznymi, tutaj jest wiecej funkowej zabawy, ale jednak podanej w sosie liryki, ktora ma prowokowac sluchacza do myslenia i refleksji nad problemami dnia powszedniego, wiec nie moze sie obyc od watkow rasowych, biedowych, bycia za czyms, czy tez dozenia do wyzszych celow, a nie poprzestawanie na stanie obecnym, wiec zalecialo jezuckimi naukami, gdy glownym utworem albumu jest 13 minutowy instrumental sex machine, wiec ladne duality murzynskiego grania, ale moze wlasnie stanowi o sile tego materialu, bo wchodzi po kablach, instrumentalnie nadal jest to one man show pana chytrusa, ale jakos zywiej i mniej overdubowanie brzmi calosc w porownaniu z riotem, dodatkowo dochodzi pare fajnych poza slayowych instrumentali, jak saksa na i want to take you higher, w mysl integracyjnosci bandy laczacej w sobie zarowno rozne rasy, jak i plcie dobrze zbalansowane sa role wokalne jakie odgrywaja poszczegolne postacie, cztery glowne wokale i dodatkowe wsparcie chorkowe od little sister robi robote tak dobra, ze samplowane mozna uslyszec na multum trakow z lat 90, rowniez fajnie kontrastuje ten pick z wczorajszym od Tracy Chapman, oba o podobnej tematyce, a podane na tak rozne sposoby, przy jednym jamujesz, a przy drugim medrkujesz, a oba mozna sprowadzic do wspolnego mianownika ludzkich problemow, ktore byly, sa i beda aktualne co czyni takie nagrania ponadczasowymi, z plejkowych pickow na funkowa liste laduje everyday people i dont call me nigger, whitey

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Good solid Funk-N-Roll that set the standard for those that followed. Obviously, Stand! and Everyday People standout, but Track 2 and the near-fourteen minute Sex Machine are phenomenal songs. 4/5.

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Has Everyday People on it so cannot give it less than a 4. Also better than There's A Riot Going On.

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So happy and uplifting, really liked Sex Machine. What a great instrumental!

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Yeah buddy

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Best Song: Everyday People. A lot of great songs on here, but the iconic vocal delivery edges this one out above the rest. Worst Song: Sex Machine. Not to say that this prog-y groove is bad, but especially after "Everyday People" it feels somewhat out of place and kills the energy of the previous song. Overall: Great, groovy music with a political message. That second song is a heavy hitter. Definitely will be returning to this.

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It's funky, it grooves, it rocks, and the drugs weren't quite a problem just yet. Well, maybe they were on the 13-minute instrumental jam...

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There's some bangers on here, alright, and it's been sampled a bunch too. Funky stuff! Fave track - "Stand!", "I Want to Take You Higher", and "Everyday People" are all stonkers!

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very fun and cool

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Full of anthems. Practically a greatest hits, except "Sex Machine" does seem a bit like filler (though it might be a fun jam when live). Wish they would've swapped it out for "Soul Clappin II" and "My Brain" which ended up as bonus tracks on the reissue.

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Such a vital energy in these songs. At times I get a little bored, but there's no denying Sly's influence. Sometimes I feel that they paved the way for things that wouldn't have been possible without them, but that I like a lot more than them. I appreciate the social commentary in the songs. I appreciate the songs more than I enjoy them, if that makes sense.

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Took me a little while to get drawn in, but god when it hits....

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Super funky pop, some really great tunes! Loved the last instrumental track so much!

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Xseeded Xpektayshins

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Awesome soul and funk music with some great lyrics! Sly is the man.

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4

Great album, enjoyed it!

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Really good. I liked it.

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Quality funk with powerful grooves and a wholesomee message. Man these guys try everything from vocal fxs to funky low fried beans. This album is so funky I could put it in the attic and grow mushrooms on it.

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4

Funky AF

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Pretty decent

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funky and goofy

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Knew several songs from this classic album and I like the overall sound and ensemble grooves they establish. Great. I really enjoyed Sex Machine for example which stays on one chord for about 14 minutes.

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I like stand, sing a simple song and of course everyday people. it's feel good music.

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4

Another brilliant funk/soul album from sly & the family stone.

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4

A standardly good album overall - some great tracks and some duds. Wouldn't pick to be my first listen but wouldn't complain if it were on.

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Oh man, this is a jam! By that I mean it sound a bit underdeveloped and/or unrehearsed. I want to love this but it’s just a touch too messy and shouty for me to give it 5 stars.

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Vous savez désormais que pour chaque centaine d'albums atteinte, Robert organise chez lui une réception avec moi, eltrapeze et certains des artistes générés depuis la dernière en date. Il est d'ailleurs coutume qu'il présente le premier album de la série des cent à venir. Les invités et moi-mêmes nous étions donc accordés sur le fait que c'était Stevie Wonder qui allait être libéré par Robert. La soirée partit sur de bons rails, bien que je faillis m'uriner dessus à plusieurs reprises au moment de répondre à eltrapeze, venu encore une fois me chercher des noises malgré la signature d'un nouveau pacte de non-agression. Robert demanda soudain qu'on amène le dessert. Il s'agissait d'une immense pièce montée. « Allez Stevie, on t'entend bouger, sors de là ! » lança Todd Rundgren, tendant au même moment un toast au tarama à la bouche d'eltrapeze. « Allez Stevie, on t'a reconnu ! » surenchérit Louis Bodin. Notre hôte commença à découper la base du gâteau lorsque soudain, Sly & The Family Stone s'en extirpa et entama son album Stand! devant une assemblée liquéfiée. eltrapeze fut pris de nausée et s'en alla vomir aux toilettes pendant que Todd lui tenais la tête et tentait de le consoler. Je me retrouvai bientôt presque seul devant nos amis sortis du gâteau à leur faire de grands pouces vers le ciel avec une pointe d'hypocrisie pour ne pas qu'ils se sentent vexés, et ce jusqu'à la fin de la soirée.

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4

Good album, had some catchy songs, but most of them seemed to be filling in between the singles.

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Groovy

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A couple songs I knew and a couple I didn’t. Overall a good listen

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A true celebration of music. Love the psychedelic grooves and energy here. Favourite Tracks: - Stand! - Everyday People - You Can Make It If You Try - I Want to Take You Higher - Somebody's Watching You - Sing a Simple Song Overall Grade:

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4/8, 50%

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When I first started this album I really wasn't feeling it, and as such some of the early songs felt weird to listen to, but I gave it another shot with some proper earbuds rather than just my car speakers and man does this jam far better in that style! I'm also glad the version of the album I listened to had some songs twice for the singles version, because it gave me a second chance at some songs just in case I was on the fence, and this was just all around a solid album.

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What a fantastic album. Can't beat the funk-soul fusion. Favorite track: Sex Machine

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quite good

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Upbeat funk. Stares in the face of prejudice and doesn't back down all while maintaining a positive, optimistic vibe.

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Love Sly. Great funk. This one is a bit more pop-oriented than There's a Riot Goin' On but still really solid.

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Bang!

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Absolutely funkadelic. Wait, wrong band

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Dammmmn Just...damn... Stand, I Want to Take you higher, Everyday people are just part of the modern language now...never heard a few of these tracks...the only one that doesn't quite work for me is Sex Machine as a bit repetitive and overly long but aside from that stupid complaint, this is a helluva album!

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Funky and soulful. The standout tracks still get you moving. Sly was ahead of his time. There are still people chasing this sound.

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A milestone in soul music. Funky and powerful

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Funky! 4*

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classic! fun and funky!!

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Very funky and cool album, I could see myself checking this one out again in the future

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As someone who enjoys playing bass guitar, I must admit that funk has a place in my heart so I’m excited to hear this one. Sly and the Family Stone feels like a band I’ve heard of many times, but I’m not sure if I’ve actually heard. Songs I already knew: none Favourite after listening: Everyday People, Sex Machine Overall: 8/10 I really enjoyed this album. Each song has a beat you can’t help but dance to, and the bass stays funky throughout. I know instrumental music isn’t to everybody’s taste, but I loved Sex Machine - almost 14 straight minutes of uninterrupted funk. They also sounded to use a voice box for the guitars, which I truly didn’t know were being used in the 60s (but perhaps that is simply me being naive). Overall, I would definitely recommend to most people who like to move their bodies.

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me encantó 8.5 / 10

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Brilliant stuff.

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3

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I haven’t had a chance to listen to the album in its entirety, but from what I’ve heard, I feel like I will like it.

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all the funky for your daily needs.

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Ok but not my type

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Kinda wish it was Sly Stallone

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+

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Groovy.

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Funkig. En del coola instrumentala partier. Några hits man kände igen.

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Not exactly my vibe - psych/funk/soul with long instrumental breaks and very 60s melodies. I see why it might have been particularly important for it’s time given it’s social content, so historically I understand the inclusion of it but I didn’t find much that interested me musically or melodically.

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Deserves a 3.5. Very smooth throughout with some great songs. Very relevant racial messages even from a 1969 album. At times sounds a bit repetitive.

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classic sly and the family stone!

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Funk som aldrig helt lyfter för mej. Bra? Absolut, men fastnar lixom inte. Stundtals mkt bra groove, men inte så minnesvärt.

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Not really my thing, but I can appreciate it and liked it at times.

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good to know

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Funky!

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So I don’t hate this, but I don’t really love it. I can hear the beginnings of disco in it, and I think I’m not the biggest fan of disco.

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tykkään, mutta ei toisaalta herätä missään kohtaa kovin suuria tunteita

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Semibängeri Bra funk fiilis men ganska lång

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5

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Don't call me the n word, whitey! Don't call me whitey, the n word! This album remastered for 2021

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it's...listenable?!

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Didn’t finish. Fresh use of wah pedals. Interesting but felt slow.

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