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.
Wow that's a lot of iconic pop in one place. The level of creative originality is incredible.
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]
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.
Track 2 is something
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.
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.
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).
worth for Everyday People alone but there's so much more under the apparent joy of these songs
Good album. Always enjoy multi lead singers and a horn section.
Funky and feel-good music with amazing grooves. Definitely a product of 1969. Features a few of their big hits.
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
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.
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
holy shit, classic funk! fav track: you can make it if you try
I should listen to this more. Enjoyed the album thoroughly
Love it. Classic album. Hadn't listened to this all the way through before.
Great funk album
I love this album so much. An all-time favorite
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
Кажеться неплохие песни на уровне земфиры. Но не более. Еще женский REM.
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.
Awesome album, would highly recommend.
A family at the height of their powers. Outstanding!
Hey do you love bitchin jams and drum solos and funky funky bass? Sly and his family got the hook ups.
Powerful grooves. Music with a message that you can dance too. Influential and oft sampled. I love it
Massive tunes all round, James Brown may have started funk but this is funk done proper, quality.
Very good funk soul album. The stereo mix really needs to be listen to with headphones on or a good speaker setup
it was alright!
I always appreciated when I heard Sly on the radio, but never got any of their albums. This is good 1970s pop-rock!
Everyday People is a song that never fails to make me feel better. Pure pop perfection
"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.
I thought this would be overly funky but it was just a great album start to finish.
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.
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.
Soul/rock/funk, catchy, politisk, smooth
nice 60s funk/soul
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.
Som Black forte e contagiante.
Pretty great. Classic funk with a message.
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.
Fun record. Some iconic songs on here.
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.
Funky. Soul. Muy bueno y alegre.
Iconic psychedelic funk album. All killah no fillah
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!
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.
Really upbeat, somewhat one note but good.
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
Very fun! Gave off both a hippy vibe and socially aware movement vibe. Nice n funky :)
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
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
Excellent. Brilliant pop songs and fantastic long, deeper funk tracks.
Very good, will Certainly listen again
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. --
Really enjoyed this - a few absolute killer tracks and nothing here not to enjoy
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.
This was great. The title track especially
Loved it, so grateful to have heard this album
Pretty funky album, inspired me to make a playlist for similar songs. I recognized "everyday people" but I can't remember from where.
Some bangers on here. Very funky, rockin and full of some awesome instrumentals. Wish it was longer!
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.
This one does it for me. Had me clapping on a full plane.
Really fun and uptempo album with some classic songs. I'll be listening to it again.
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.
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
Too Many repeating songs but musically interesting, sometimes experimental and "i want to take you higher" is a banger, sex maschine aswell
Love the funky guitar and the fuzz tones.
Funky as all hell. Love the organ, the voices are great. Bass just all up in there. This probably blew minds in the day.
I can't help think that groups like Arrested Development were strongly influenced by this. So good. So creative.
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
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)
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
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.
Really enjoyed it.
Leuk en energiek!
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.
Brought back memories
heard this one before thanks to this banger
Really enjoyable listen, good vibes. 4.5
Fantastic and reminds you what music used to be like
Avausraidan breakdown tuo hymyn huulille. Muutenkin oiva, elämää täynnä oleva saundi.
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
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".
Very funky- very listenable ! Everyday People and Stand! We’re my favourites!
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.
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!
We need more funk in the world!
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.
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
Seems pretty ground breaking, loved the energy.
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.
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 🌟
Järkäleiden äärellä! Ihan mahtavaa soul-tykitystä
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)
Favorite Songs: Stand! and Somebody's Watching You
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.
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
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.
Has Everyday People on it so cannot give it less than a 4. Also better than There's A Riot Going On.
So happy and uplifting, really liked Sex Machine. What a great instrumental!
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.
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...
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!
very fun and cool
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.
Took me a little while to get drawn in, but god when it hits....
Super funky pop, some really great tunes! Loved the last instrumental track so much!
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.
all the funky for your daily needs.
Ok but not my type
Kinda wish it was Sly Stallone
Funkig. En del coola instrumentala partier. Några hits man kände igen.
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.
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.
classic sly and the family stone!
Funk som aldrig helt lyfter för mej. Bra? Absolut, men fastnar lixom inte. Stundtals mkt bra groove, men inte så minnesvärt.
Not really my thing, but I can appreciate it and liked it at times.
good to know
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.
tykkään, mutta ei toisaalta herätä missään kohtaa kovin suuria tunteita
Semibängeri Bra funk fiilis men ganska lång
Don't call me the n word, whitey! Don't call me whitey, the n word! This album remastered for 2021
Didn’t finish. Fresh use of wah pedals. Interesting but felt slow.
Some good funky funk funk tracks but some a bit repetitive/indulgent.
Not quite my cup of tea, but nothing offensive about this album. Think Liam will like it more than me. Found some of the tracks quite repetitive.
Don't call me nigger, whitey is a Jam! Stand outs: sex machine, you can make it if you try
It's got style and it's got funk. I mean, other than 13 minutes of... whatever you call it.
Bien, pero sin más.
Some strong extended jam sessions, especially "Sex Machine" which clocks in around 10 minutes. Plenty of surprising guitar and organ sounds and Sly sounds great with the Vocoder. Not quite the hits or fire power of There's a Riot...
The first song really gave me 70's sitcom theme song vibes. After that, it was kinda just like Earth, Wind, and Fire, but not as good. Probably wouldn't listen to it again, and none of the songs really stood out to me, but I liked it okay.
Debería gustarme mas de lo que me gusta. No le doy cogido el punto
a wee bit wanky, but well intentioned. I'm not massive on funk as it borders self indulgent. everyday people though - yaas
Boogie woogie! Liked this
Good music, though not really my genre. “Everyday people” is a great song.
Jeg kan se hvorfor den er influential men det er ikke min stil
Classic funk songs. Still groovin!
Not really my type of music but quite enjoyable nonetheless
Good length, very funky, like the gospel elements Saved: Sex Machine
funky, but a little much in places. A 14 minute track seems excessive
I mean I didn’t hate this album. It’s ultra funky and the use of the wah wah pedal is something else. I couldn’t choose any real stand out track though. Each one has its own uniqueness without blowing me away. I’ll give it a very cool.. 3 Stars!
'racism bad' the album
Fun funky listen but didn't blow me away
Fine for what it is.
Pretty decent. Almost of the verge of being too funky.
This music made me shake my booty
Totalmente desconocidos por mi parte. Grupo de San Francisco que, junto a James Brown y otros cuantos, desarrollaron el funk a lo que hoy día conocemos.
I awoke on this Wednesday morning, believing that perforce I had shaken off the sorrow and melancholy of witnessing the most talented and likeable set of England players in my lifetime lose on penalties (why did it have to be penalties? Why?). Reader, I had not. The cloud had not lifted, only temporarily allowed the sun (of optimism for the world cup, of appreciation for the incredible effort) to peep through. I needed something to get me out of my head and into my body, and the timeless grooves of Sly & The Family Stone did just that. They got me grooving such that I could forget the sickening feeling of watching penalties (!!!) from behind my hands and prevent my remembrances of the cruel, bittersweet hope of Jordan Pickford saving from Jorginho, that master trickster of the penalty spot. This was also timely, given the vicious, and sadly predictable racist abuse of the three exceptional players who missed by people who have no doubt spent the whole tournament cheering them. The title of track two tells you all you need to know about how long that senseless battle has been fought. It’s hard not to feel inspired by Sly’s groovable exhortations to action. Quite the tonic.
Can clearly see that the band have influenced many funk artists with their sound. Enjoyed the album, 'Everyday People' and 'I want to take you higher' were the standouts for me but not my favourite genre and found the album as a whole a bit of a challenge to get through.
I started off really enjoying this, it was heading for a 5 but as it moved along I fell out of love with it. I loved the energy of it but there was just a bit too much going on in this party for me to focus in on one thing. Much like the brave lions’ midfield trying to cope with the dominant azzuri in the centre of the park, I just couldn’t keep up and the thing passed me by.
Just OK. A lot of it way too indulgent. Must have been a fun live band though.
It's ok. It's dated and reminds me of curtis mayfield. There's a couple of great tracks, but overall whilst I like this type of music, it wasn't as gripping as other black artists. 6/10 That's a bit generous.
Mixed bag. Some songs are funkylicious and some are meh. Overall pretty good, though.
Good souly vibe
Funky for sure. But got bored
New one. Soul, chill, some bluesy notes
That's some funky mediocrity!
goede listen, veel toffe geluiden. somebody's watching you pak ik mee Sex machine begin klinkt als splatoons (nintendo game) die praten.
Not yet the funkiness of the 70s, still carries stronger blues/rock n roll influence. Good album
I'm a bit split on this one. Some parts I liked quite a lot and others were very 'meh'. So while I give this a 3, it's actually a 2 for half of the songs and a 4 for the other half. My favorite was the pretty intense instrumental guitar track Sex Machine.
Nice songs to passively listen to, I knew some of them.
Some electric funk hits. Some electric funk duds.
Very funky. Just okay.
Only half listened to this. I really like a couple of songs by this band but this album as a whole didn’t really do it for me.
Heard it before. It's pretty good if you're into funk.
Enough creative moments to know that there's something real here, but perhaps hampered by an overall lack of "musical-ness" and average lyric writing. Close to great, but just short. Exception is EDP, which makes me wonder if the writing is different on that track?
Cool funky grooves. Everyday People and I Want To Take You Higher are absolute classics, welcome additions to any party playlist. Sex Machine is so self-indulgent. I don't need to groove to the same instrumental number for over 13 minutes, that doesn't do it for me. One of those tracks where the people who are really high on the dance floor can zone out and go all night, but the rest of us roll our eyes after 3 minutes and want the DJ to move on.
Lo escuché distraido
Meh for me. Hit & miss pieces. Loved Stand! but it was the high mark. Hated the 14-minute long Sex Machine.
This album has a little bit of everything. It’s got a long instrumental track and groovy tune pop hit and an activist song. It’s an alright album. Probably be better without the long instrumental one. 5.8/10
Pretty fun, nice grooves. 3.5/5
Funky and a little repetitive
Track 01 - 2.75/5 Track 02 - 3/5 Track 03 - 3.25/5 Track 04 - 2.75/5 Track 05 - 3.25/5 Track 06 - 4.25/5 Track 07 - 2.5/5 Track 08 - 3.25/5 Track 09 - 2.75/5 Track 10 - 3.25/5 Track 11 - 3.25/5 Track 12 - 3/5 Track 13 - 2.75/5 Overall: 3.25/5 Album Art: 3.25/5
Not the best effort from Sly but still good.
Alright album, nice flow for the latter half of the album. Liked "Sex Machine" the most.
A funky good time
Unimpressive collection of middle-ranking funk songs.
Funky but also outright political. The horns are crisp and the variety in vocals (gender, race, etc) give a lot of texture an interest. When the melodies are catchy the music is brilliant. \"Everyday People\" is objectively great, showcasing all the aforementioned strengths of the band. Unfortunately, and I hate to say it, some of the other tracks are repetitive and boring. I can see all of the songs being great live or on a dance floor; this album isn't really meant for just sitting and listening to.
Kuten monissa funk-klassikoissa, muutama pirun kova biisi ja loput ihan jebaa.
Nautinnollista funkkia. Pitää ehkä vielä kuunnella uudestaan, voi olla että ansaitsis jopa 4/5.
album started out quite rough for me. Felt too 70s cheery bologna. But then it got kind of funky, and I enjoyed it. so. 3 stars it is.
Funky, psychedelic, not really my style but fun
Groovy. Song #2 coming in hot with an instant classic of a chorus. 5/10
I don't listen to much Funk/Soul, but there were some nice moments here. I especially liked "I Want to Take You Higher". Of course I had heard "Everyday People" before, but had no idea it was these guys until now. Shows what I know, but I thought it was decent despite not knowing much about the genre. An easy 3-star album for me.
Extended funk jams aren't really my bag. Funk in general is only occasionally my bag, as controversial as that may be. Soulful pop classics like Stand! and Everyday People are more my bag. The album certainly *feels* like a classic and I do like it for the most part. 3.5 seems about fair.
understand their impact, didn't completely enjoy everything.
Politisches Gedudel der Generation Black is beautiful. Die freien, repetitiven Passagen sind schon fast krautiger Post-Rock, die einfallslosen und Refrains nerven musikalisch derb. Aber der deutliche Soulgewinn bei gleichzeitiger Abkehr vom Funk grooven dann genauso derb. Absolute Überraschung: „Everyday People“! 2.6
Some uncomfortable language, but rightly so. And of course, some classics.
pretty good funky stuff, nothing stand out though.
Insane to think this was 1969, it is still more innovative and interesting than most of the stuff from the past 40 years - they clearly had much better drugs
Really good funk soul record
Good funky album
No está mal pero me gustaría más en un ambiente de bar que para escucharlo sin más
This was an interesting one. I enjoyed it. Not going into heavy rotation but it didn’t suck.
Good jams. Great messaging and nice beats. A bit one-note at times.
äh helt okej men också lite dåligt
Pretty funky album
I don’t know - it wasn’t an album I’d call favorite but there were songs that grabbed me. I thought I’d like it more but I think my idea of what this band’s sound was, was a bit off vs. the reality.
There’s just something about 'Stand!' that sounds both 1969, yet very contemporary at the same time. And remember, Sly & The Family Stone were bending and blending musical genres while Prince was still a little kid. Undergirding the whole thing is, of course, a good measure of funk, from the very first call to arms, ‘Stand!’ to the concluding, ‘You Can Make It If You Try.’ ‘Sing a Simple Song’ in particular was just pure soul, with a marvelous recording that I would describe lovingly as pork chop fat. So many of these songs- the three aforementioned, along with ‘I Want to Take You Higher’ and ‘Everyday People’- could have continued playing in perpetuity. The ‘Sex Machine’ jam at close to fourteen minutes grew a little tiresome (Sly and company don’t work quite as well as a jam band, but it was a valiant effort, and they sounded as if they were having fun, so…) And I’m not sure if I liked ‘Somebody’s Watching You’ or not. I didn’t care for the bulk of the song, but the catchy refrain kinda grew on me. Not sure what to do with that. Finally, while I wouldn’t say I enjoyed ‘Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey’ I do appreciate the courage of Sly Stone’s convictions in recording it. And the horn players Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini’s accents on the lyrics really drove the message home. Special mention goes out to the great bassist Larry Graham whose funky slap rhythms and thunderous playing throughout actually elevated the songs, one obvious example being, of course, ‘I Want to Take You Higher.’ I’m guessing that the vocoder was relatively new technology in 1969, but a sample on the second song quickly revealed that a little of it goes a long way. That said, Sly made a much better call on the sure and steady cow bell on ‘Everyday People,’ so we’ll call his arrangements a push. Sly proclaims on the opening song, ‘Stand! You’ve been sitting much too long. There’s a permanent crease in your right and wrong.’ But as long as your up and standing, I’m sure he’d want you to do a little dancing, too, and work out that other crease down your pant legs. The whole Stone family’s doing their very best to iron ‘em both out.
Respect the musicianship of Sly & The Family Stone, but I found myself getting a bit tired of this record towards the end.
Some really good tracks 3/5
Key Songs: Stand!, Everyday People, You Can Make It If You Try
Some classics, the jams are too long though.
Somebody had the good idea to give a guitar to one of the Jackson 5 kids....
I mean it was pretty okay, but nothing super got me beyond "Everyday People"
Thought I would enjoy, but did not
It was alright.
Wasn't the biggest fan if this album, which is surprising given that funk is one of my favorite genres. Many of these melodies sounded uninspired, the songs were repetitive and there's really nothing here that distinguishes this album from many other funk albums. There were some gems though, I absolutely loved "somebody's watching you" which reminded me of Frank Zappa in its zany vocal delivery and experimental instrumentation, I just wish the rest of the album was like that. The songs weren't bad necessarily, they were just forgettable.
I don't get it. I'm not sure there's much enjoyable about this album and wtf on song 2. certainly not an album for people looking for hidden meaning in lyrics. outside of everyday people, this isn't worth listening to.
en spectacle ils etaient tres fort a l Écoute ce sont les hits seulement eh oui
Album qui s’écoutent bien mais pas un chef d’œuvre, j’ai même pas tant le goût de le commenter ça veut dire qu’il n’a pas soulever mes passions Je l’évite sex machine Je levite dont call me nigga
Liked one song.
2/5 it reminded me of Jimi Hendrix sounds, but not my cup of tea.
Not my kind of thing at all. Didn't bother with the 'bonus' tracks.
Definitely a lot of funk. One really well know song. Most of the songs did not have lyrics. The Sex Machine joke writes itself. Also, I thought that Sex Machine was going to be the song Love Machine....it was not.
Bof, pas mauvais en soi, mais rien de ouf
Soul no es mi fuerte. Me pareció interesante el Sex Machine que se quedan tocando por 13 minutos. 2/5
None of them really stood out to me, and I actively disliked a few. Expected to like it more
This is a soul/funk album from '69 fueled with a lot of the controversies that were happening at the time - and some continue to this day. I feel like these controversies take away from the music and end up souring my opinion on this album. The funk is good while the junk in the lyrics is not. The album can be considered historically important though as a result.
It was okay.
i have an old friend who's really into these guys. we are more different than i'd thought. i mean, overall, this was, you know, fine. Everyday People will always be catchy, so there's that. and i didn't realize until just now that body count was covering these guys - i remember seeing them do Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey at the first lotsalosers back in '91, and although i only ever heard it that one time (until i got to the body count album in this list), it stayed with me all this time. thing is, that was ice-t, not these guys. this album feels ahead of its time, based on what i know of music from 1969 - the thing is, i don't really love that funky disco thing that happened in the 70s, sooo...yeah. this one really isn't for me.
I didn’t care for this album, but it wasn’t bad.
important themes, not my go-to for type of music
Was looking forward to this, but it dissapointed big time.
A stalled fist synonym- threatens to punch, but doesn’t deliver. A few good moments, but I was ready for more
It was okay, nothing stood out for me though.
Nooit echt mijn ding geweest.
Leuk voor een keer, maar soul en r&b is gewoon niet echt mijn ding.
Tja, funkadelic, p-funk of hoe het ook allemaal heet. Ik zie toch altijd een vogelverschrikker en een blikke man lopen op een gele weg, als ik dit hoor.
wasn't super impressed really short album (like 5 songs)
Oh good, 1969 again! ffs list. This had a few moments but mostly it was psychedelic nonsense. Felt longer than 40min, too - the fucking 14min extended jam track didn't help. At least it's funk-based and not folk psychedelia, I guess. 2/5.
Ok. I wouldn’t put it on though.
I tried getting into it, I just couldn't. But it wasn't bad
This album feels incomplete. The parts feel disjointed too often. For a while I wasn’t even getting a funk vibe. It does show up around Sing A Simple Song. I think listening to Sex Machine would have the opposite of the implied effect. I find far too much of this album boring.
For the second time, I think I just don't get Sly and the Family Stone. It seems like a lot of wasted potential to me. "Stand!" was ok, but I stayed in my seat. "Don't Call Me..." sounded too silly for a song that feels like it should be serious, and the use of the talk box didn't help. "Sex Machine" is not sexy, and just goes on and on and on. "Everyday People" is still a classic, and a couple other tracks have a good energy, but too much of this album sounds like a mess. Apparently this was before Sly became addicted to cocaine and his behavior became "erratic," but I can't really tell much of a difference from "There's a Riot Goin' On."
Some good tracks
Except for Everyday People I thought this was mostly forgettable, having aged poorly. 2.5
I'm not on enough drugs for this.
Was looking forward to this and expected quite a bit out of it - however why it’s overall a good funk album it’s kind of a bit flat overall. Love the instrumental jams and the humour but the singles are not very remarkable. Quite an average album.
Pretty fun and funky album. No huge standouts to me. Although the monstrous 12ish minute song did have some wild times in it.
Not my style
I can see mid-teen me enjoying this. Or, more likely, claiming to enjoy this because he thought it was cool. But it's all rather rather dull and repetitive.
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