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Stand!

Sly & The Family Stone

1969

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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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3.42

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Soul
  • Funk

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

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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Fri Jan 15 2021
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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Sat Mar 13 2021
5

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

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Sat Mar 27 2021
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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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

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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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

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

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

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

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

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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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 15 2022
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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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

“Stand!” is a perfect distillation of a band at the height of their powers: here, Sly and the Family Stone stride between funk, soul and psychedelia, influencing generations of musicians across all three areas and more. There are the phenomenal makings of a Greatest Hits compilation here, and all of the shorter tracks shine in their own way. While “Everyday People” is my all-time favourite for its buoyant singalong refrain, the other songs crackle with the same level of life and optimism. The title track and “You Can Make It If You Try” bookend the album with positivity, serving as anthems for the underdogs. (Also, “Stand” has a killer funky outro that hits harder than anything else here). “I Want to Take You Higher” is a barrage of heavy soul, while “Somebody’s Watching You” cleanses the palate with a sunnier, twee-without-being-naff melody. Finally, “Sing a Simple Song” manages to sit a “doh-reh-mi” major scale singalong in the middle of a rip-roaring funk track… without derailing the whole thing. Inspired. The remaining 19 minutes of the album is devoted to two tracks: “Don’t Call me N****r, Whitey” and a THIRTEEN MINUTE instrumental jam to “Sex Machine.” Both of these songs retain spunk and aggression, but also give way to extended, hazy jam sessions. They may showcase the band’s live power, but they aren’t quite as compelling on record. There’s also a heavy reliance on the talkbox here, which takes some getting used to. It goes without saying that to make it all work, the musicians are on absolutely splendid form, though drummer Greg Errico deserves a special mention for his controlled chaos at the end of “Sex Machine” and for elevating “I Want to Take You Higher”… well, higher. If “Sex Machine” had been half as long, this would have been an easy five stars. As it is, it teeters right on the edge… but I’m rounding up anyway. It’s just too much fun. (On a side note, Questlove’s 2021 documentary, “Summer of Soul”, showcases Sly Stone and co. at their peak, with earth-shattering renditions of “Everyday People” and “Sing a Simple Song”. After I saw this film and realised what a powerhouse the band must have been live, “Stand!” solidified itself as an absolute classic.)

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Wed Jan 18 2023
5

oh, hell yes! Here's a record that got a LOT of play in the first share house I lived in; this and Greatest Hits (1970), which has about a 50% overlap with Stand! This mix of funk, soul, R'n'B and rock is infectious and exhilarating, even more than 50 years since its first release. I won't deny that Sex Machine is 13 minutes of filler on an otherwise tight and catchy 41 minute album. And the songs are _so_catchy. Stand!, Sing a Simple Song, I Want To Take You Higher, Everyday People and You Can Make It If You Try are all classics. Many have become standards. Within a year of the release of this album, songs have been covered or referenced by Jimi Hendrix, Ike and Tina Turner, Miles Davis, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Jackson 5, the Meters, Booker T. and the MGs. The songs on this album have been sampled hundreds or possibly even thousands of times, which makes their influence continuous to today. Prince was clearly influenced by the multi-racial, diverse gendered, and multi-genre approach of the Family Stone. The influence of this record was both instant and long lasting, and permeates much of what we do. Even down to the way that Larry Graham is laying the foundations for what funk bass playing should be. He is just starting to develop slap bass, brought to its early peak on Thankyoufalletinme (Me Mice Elf Again) the following year. You can see how important Sly & The Family Stone were at the time. Their appearance at the Summer of Soul Festival is clearly the high point of the festival for the audience, and you can see where they are pushing black music and musicians. If you watch the Summer of Soul documentary (highly, highly, highly recommended), you can see that many bands are still wearing matching suits and playing in an R'n'B style, although the beginnings of funk are starting to appear. And then out come the family Stone in their funky freak clothes, and tearing it up with their mix of rock and soul and funk. Some audience members talk about how they threw away their wardrobes and bought new clothes after seeing Sly & the Family Stone. You can see the influence they have on Hendrix and Stevie Wonder and P.Funk and the Motown bands and everyone. Their music, their fashion, their attitude, their arrangements, their inclusiveness. And the songs, those amazing songs. In 2012, I was in New York for a few weeks, when I saw that Larry Graham was playing a free lunchtime gig in a park in Brooklyn. I dragged the family down there, and he tore it up! At the end of the set he played a bunch of Sly songs, and those songs still have the power to raise the roof (even in an outdoor venue). Look at the sober, lunchtime crowd reacts to I Wanna Take You Higher. Still one of the greatest shows I have even seen. You can see some highlights at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuWUfI0z51U Here's another video, where at 1:35 you can see Ed and Alfie (briefly) onstage dancing with the band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u_b-yv9h7Q Good times!

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Wed Jan 18 2023
5

I first heard Everyday People on the radio in late 1968 & copied it onto my reel-to-reel tape recorder. It had been released as a single 6 months before this album was released. In the meantime, the band were the highlight at Woodstock. But I did not get this album until after I bought the Woodstock 3-lp set & then saw the Woodstock film, which was released in 1970. When I look at Sly’s Woodstock set-list, 5 of the 8 songs they performed were from this album. No wonder. This is a truly amazing album. And to think that Sing A Simple Song was the flipside of the Everyday People single & I Want To Take You Higher was the flipside of the Stand single. What value. The band closed their Woodstock set with Stand. What shocked me when I finally got the album was the title of Track 2 - you just didn’t hear the n-word in those days. What thrills me when I hear the album now is Sex Machine - I’m lost for words (& the band didn’t need any). Stand is one of the great 60’s albums.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

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

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Sat Jan 23 2021
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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Tue Oct 26 2021
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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Tue Mar 29 2022
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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Wed Apr 20 2022
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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Wed May 25 2022
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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Fri Jun 10 2022
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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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

14th November 2022 Listened in the morning while working from home and fixing the blocked sink. This seems to capture life, walking down the street, having lunch at a family members, sex, everything. And done with verve and heart.

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Wed Jan 18 2023
5

Right, first thing have a listen to the verse in Stand, then put Jack and Jill by Raydio into your cassette player and I think you will find that perhaps Ray Parker Jnr has listened a little too closely to Stand...Second thing...I think Rocky Mountain High enjoys a cosey relationship with Sex Machine (and maybe a bit of Frampton's Do You Feel Like We Do)...but what do I know...anyway...I think a LOT of musicians were listening very closely to this album back in the day. This album represents what I thought the 1001 was going to be all about; amazing music, great song writing and brilliant musicians. Jesus Mary and Joseph this is a phenomenal record, every track. Melody and rhythm flows out of every fibre of Sly's being, he's pulled together every Black music tradition and fused it with the best elements of White music to create something unique and special. What a band, what an ensemble, all are players and all can sing, the blend of voices, Rose, Fred, Cynthia, just sublime. And what can we say about Greg Errico, not many points of reference around for what Sly wanted but he got it, pretty fly for a white guy. And I think it would be worth getting Don't Call Me Nigger Whitey played more, it will greatly help the maturity of the discourse out there right now, he got that one absolutely right. And I wonder what Gene Allison thought of Sly's take on You Can Make It, we are a long way from 1957 Toto.. Easily one of the greatest records of all time.

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Sat Feb 25 2023
5

I'm a Sly & The Family Stone fan through their Greatest Hits compilations. Unfortunately I was missing great things like the 13+ minute jam Sex Machine. Can someone please get me a cigarette? I enjoyed the more complete taste of their talents provided by this great album chock full of everything I love about this group and more. BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA-LAKA!

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Sat Feb 25 2023
5

An absolute gem of a record. Social justice messages with a party sound and exquisite musicianship. Very fine!

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Fri Mar 03 2023
5

Another great funk album. The title track and ‘Everyday People’ are the two best songs on the album: two immortal statements in music form. ‘Sex Machine’ has great guitar, although it’s too long.

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Wed Mar 08 2023
5

You can hear the stitches popping at the seams, this record's so full of ideas, hooks and the occasional sonic non-sequitur. This is a messy record and I love a good mess.

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Tue Mar 14 2023
5

By far one of my favorite album covers. Despite the dark lyrical subject, the music's so bright and lush. Sly is the star with his versatility, but all four vocalists have their roles, especially when they combine them into a group singalong or gospel effect. I interpreted "Sing a Simple Song" as a direct response to other types of funk that people like the Temptations were making at the time, except this is much more fun. Production is tight, and everyone is playing super well, taking turns getting their time to shine. I loved every song here. You have your hits; you have your long jammy track; and you have your deep cuts taking different styles of funk but are just as accessible and interesting. Every track has something impressive to share, and the track order was perfect too, starting with "Stand!", putting hits in the middle, and leaving "Sex Machine" near the end.

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Fri Apr 28 2023
5

If the drum breaks, bass lines, and in-your-face horn sections couldn't push the revolution to victory, nothing was going to do it.

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Thu Jul 06 2023
5

This album is essentially half of a greatest hits album. The flow throughout is perfect and the album is paced well, even with the penultimate track which is about 15 minutes long. Sly & The Family Stone are one of the most important funk band of all time, and this is likely their artistic high point. The energy on this album is high and the sense of purpose and optimism shines through even as the world was falling apart around them.

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Mon Jul 17 2023
5

A great album by one of the most exciting bands of all time. What a wonderful fusion of rock and funk and political and party music. I can’t believe this many hits are on one album and the long jam track was not bad either! Easy 5 for me.

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Mon Jul 17 2023
5

Late 60s early 70s funk might very well be my favorite genre, and Sly and the Family Stone's Stand! epitomizes it. This album is probably the best representation of Sly at his peak, before the drugs really started to turn him inside out as he watched the Civil Rights Movement crater. Its such a shame cuz this album is bursting with so much energy and ingenuity (the arrangements are brilliant musicianship, the sociopolitical commentary is a perfect balance of biting and idealistic) that we can only imagine what would have been had that momentum been sustained consistently over a longer period. In fact even in spite of this, some of my favorite Sly songs are from the later, darker period. Random note: I love how the production changes 10 minutes into Sex Machine. But yeah there isn't a single song on this album that I don't fully enjoy from start to finish. I'm really jealous of those who were alive when this came out. It must have blown people away.

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Sat Jul 29 2023
5

Few bands can translate the live sound to record like Sly and the Family Stone. I Want to Take You Higher in particular jams like you’re watching them at Woodstock. The album has strength all around, from creative pop songs like Sing a Simple Song And Everyday People to the bluesy Sex Machine jam.

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Mon Sep 18 2023
5

What I liked about this album : Organ, vocoder, powerful vocals, AMAZING GUITAR and harmonica, Gospel, strong racial affirmation, percussions, hands clapping, diversity, brass section, harmonies, great simplicity-complexity balance, BASS. What I didn't like about this album : It lasts less than an hour, I can never listen to it for the first time again, I will never get to experience it live at Woodstock '69.

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Fri Sep 29 2023
5

This is an amazing album. I'm realizing my preconceptions of Sly & The Family Stone being a bit loose and unfocused are based on something other than reality. This was jubilant, defiant, and inspired, and while there is a loose vibe, there's nothing unfocused about it. From the compositions to the message to harnessing the playing and singing of what sounds like a dozen people, this is awesome. I was at a 5 up until "Sex Machine," and while I'm OK with long tracks, that track seemed indulgent or... I don't know. Maybe live, a 13-minute jam would be the bomb. It dragged on the album and made me wonder if I should knock a star off the review, but as I write this, that seems frivolous. This one took me higher.

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Mon Oct 02 2023
5

The apex of what sly started with this band. It is optimistic and hopeful. The band is starting to be overtly political and it grooves.

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Wed Nov 08 2023
5

This record is better than a double shot of espresso in making you feel alive and energized. I dug every second of this.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
5

Excellent album. Perhaps one of my favorite. It has a really cool sound that is emblematic of the early 70s period. Not replicated in today's artists yet truly timeless. This is an album I will definitely revisit and deserves to be high on the 1001 album list. Favorite songs: Stand You can make it if you try Don't call me.....

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Tue Dec 12 2023
5

Essential in every way. Sly belongs on the Mt Rushmore of funk

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Mon Dec 18 2023
5

This album knows what it’s about. We played a couple songs from it in jazz band in high school. 9/10

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Tue Jan 23 2024
5

A late 60’s classic. I had a Sly and the family stone out Greatest Hits album in high school and listen to it a lot (mind you, this was in the 80s). I think five of the eight songs on the original album made it onto that Greatest Hits record to give you an idea of how solid of a record this is.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

Oustanding album, a bit of funk history. Bring back the 60s - and if we can do that then let's bring back Sly

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Fri Apr 12 2024
5

Calling this record a “classic” doesn’t even scratch the surface…Stand! is one of the greatest albums ever recorded. It’s funky, soulful, psychedelic and rocking. It has energy, swagger, purpose and poignancy. The songs, one after another, don’t just hit the mark, they obliterate it. Sly and the Family Stone is without a doubt one of the greatest American bands, standing head and shoulders above almost all of the competition.

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Sun Nov 22 2020
4

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Fri Feb 19 2021
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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Mon Oct 25 2021
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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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

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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Wed May 05 2021
3

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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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

Debería gustarme mas de lo que me gusta. No le doy cogido el punto

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

a wee bit wanky, but well intentioned. I'm not massive on funk as it borders self indulgent. everyday people though - yaas

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Fri May 14 2021
2

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.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

None of them really stood out to me, and I actively disliked a few. Expected to like it more

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

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."

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Tue Jan 17 2023
2

Ehhhhh. Ik y’all seemed to like this one but I’m not getting behind it. A lot of it blended together with not much standing out. Stand! and Sing A Simple Song were good though. A 2 through and through

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Tue Oct 19 2021
1

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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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

I should listen to this more. Enjoyed the album thoroughly

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

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

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

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

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Thu Sep 30 2021
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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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

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

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Awesome album, would highly recommend.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

A family at the height of their powers. Outstanding!

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

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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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

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

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

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

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Mon Jan 10 2022
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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Thu Feb 24 2022
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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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

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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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

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

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

one of the reasons music sounds so good x

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Sat Aug 06 2022
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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Fri Sep 16 2022
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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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Great jamming album and very relevant to now.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Necessary to the progression of what music is today

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Several hit songs, and some weird but good ones

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Loved listening to this one.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Groovy messages of equality and togetherness. I love this album.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

Banger after banger after banger. This is a mighty funk soul rock record. Title track just edges it as best song.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

очень приятно, класс

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Love me some Sly et al., and this album didn't disappoint. "I Want to Take You Higher" might be my second-favorite Sly song (the first being "If You Want Me to Stay"), and "Everyday People" is arguably their most well-known. There's plenty more to like here, and it feels a little ahead of its time. The album sounds (to my mind) like it's straight out of the mid-'70s rather than 1969. I'd probably go with a 4.5 if I could, but I can't, so I might as well round up for Sly & Co's general awesomeness.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
5

Ma-la-de. Sing a simple song est un des groove les plus puissants que je connaisse. Impossible qu’il n’y ait pas une partie de moi qui bouge quand ça part. Il y a certainement quelques trucs qui sonnent datés, comme certains fuzz qui agressent un peu, ou certaines harmonies vocales. Autrement, cet album est génial.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

The quintessential Sly & the Family Stone album

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

A funk classic that i was already a fan.

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