Sly & The Family Stone Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Muddy, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    I really like Somebody Watching You. the cheery melody and the dark lyrics (riot just around the corner) really work well and the a great example of the blending vocals

    Live it up today if you want to
    Live it down tomorrow afternoon
    Sunday school don't make you cool forever
    Neither does the silver of your spoon

    The nicer the nice, the higher the price
    This is what you pay for what you need
    The higher the price, the nicer the nice
    Jealous people like to see you bleed



    ps Little Sister released a much more Riot'ish sounding version in 70 but I like the original
     
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  2. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

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    Just bought the Higher! box set and oh my it's excellent. I think Sly is one of the few artists where archive finds and outtakes are just as good as currently released output.
     
  3. classicrocker

    classicrocker Life is good!

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    Saw Sly and the Family at Madison Square Garden, NYC early 70's. Sly was about an hour late but put on a great show.
     
  4. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

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    I still can't get There's a riot going on
     
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  5. Dark Horse 77

    Dark Horse 77 A Parliafunkadelicment Thang

    How true is that?! All those instrumental tracks really just needed some decent lyrics and he would've had another batch of hits.
     
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  6. Dark Horse 77

    Dark Horse 77 A Parliafunkadelicment Thang

    Keep tryin'. Once it gets you, you're hooked for life.
     
  7. Solaresque

    Solaresque Forum Resident

    Speaking of live Sly, after Woodstock and Isle of Wight, are there any live recordings from 1970 or 71 available? Or was he too hit-or-miss at that point for Epic to try and record? I would love to hear live material from that time...
     
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  8. Dark Horse 77

    Dark Horse 77 A Parliafunkadelicment Thang

    None officially that I know of. There are some boots out there, one I have from 1971 is of mediocre quality but well worth having and another from 73/74 which is good as well but has speed issues. Epic was probably having second (or third or fourth) thoughts of setting up any live recording at that point.
     
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  9. classicrocker

    classicrocker Life is good!

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    There is a 2CD boot compilation that claims to be live SB cuts from 1968-1983, mostly from TV, but I have never heard it. Kirshners Rock Concert, Midnight Special, Dick Cavett etc.
     
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  10. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

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    I supplemented the 2CD Essential with the Higher! highlights disc because I had to own "Thank You" in mono. That I got a few more mono mixes, "Trip To Your Heart", "Crossword Puzzle", and a great live version of "Stand!" was a welcome bonus.

    There will never be music like that again.
     
  11. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

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    There’s a real nice 30 minute soundboard from September 1970 from a rock festival somewhere in Netherlands. Standard set list of the time but quite good. Only bummer is that it fades out during the “higher” bit at the end. Here’s the set list as I recall..

    9/10/70 Kasteel Groenveld Baarn, Netherlands

    Thank You
    M’Lady
    Sing A Simple Song
    Stand
    Dance To The Music
    Music Lover/Higher
     
  12. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

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    Several years ago, Sly Stone was scheduled to appear at the Chiller Theatre expo in Parsippany, New Jersey, for a meet and greet & autograph signing. I was surprised and excited. But in the back of my mind, a little voice kept telling me “Sly will probably not show up.” Guess what? The day before the expo, there was an online announcement stating SLY STONE HAS TO CANCEL HIS APPEARANCE AT CHILLER THEATRE.

    No reason was ever given. It figured. :mad:
     
  13. yesstiles

    yesstiles Senior Member

    The high point of the "Stand!" album.
     
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  14. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    agree!

    ps "The nicer the nice, the higher the price" man, if sly had only listened to himself.....
     
  15. Mook

    Mook Forum Resident

    I love S&TFS but they definitely had better albums. I find Riot a little bit patchy (but still great).
     
  16. WorldB3

    WorldB3 Forum Resident

    If Sly Stone's recording output only consisted of Luv N' Haight and Babies Makin Babies they would still be one of my all time favorite bands.

    Luckily for us they gave us so much more.
     
  17. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Forum Resident

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    No mention of Freddy at all. Thought he was a great player. And Cynthia and Greg add something to the band. The early albums were really band albums. Such a great band live.

    Pretty obsessed with Sly. Riot is just one of my favorite albums of all time. Thank You For Takin me To Africa long jam is just so cool. And Fresh is close behind. So funky but just unique. Not any one style. Love Sly.
     
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  18. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

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    I have a European show from September 1970 that is very cool and funky.
     
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  19. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

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    Is it easy to still find this Higher, highlights disc?
     
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  20. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

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    Yes I think that is the one I have.
    Mine is on a live comp called: Down On The Farm.
    It includes some of Woodstock too though that portion has ordinary sound.
    I also have an Apollo set from 1971 but it sounds atrocious and is extremely bass heavy.
     
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  21. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

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    It's somewhat sluggish and unfocused to me..and those lengthy instrumentals are a chore to sit through
     
  22. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

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    The Greatest hits it's a wonderful album, one of the all time best
     
  23. DarylB

    DarylB Forum Resident

    Do you have a set list of the 1971 Apollo show?
     
  24. All Down The Line

    All Down The Line Forum Resident

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    Australia
    I could just list the cd tracks I have though no guarantee that it was the full show.
     
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  25. Hedley Lamarr

    Hedley Lamarr Forum Resident

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    His /their music is timeless. Also, Sly himself should receive special commendation for almost singlehandedly keeping the economies of Peru and Colombia afloat throughout the 1970s. If he had collaborated with Bowie during that time, the two of them would have never come out of the studio bathroom.
     

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