Sly & The Family Stone – Rare Grooves
• This re-issue of the group’s 1979 comeback studio album “Back On The Right Track” features new artwork and includes the additional track Somebody To You
• Features 9 songs including Remember Who You Are, Same Thing, Back On The Right Track and more
Sly & the Family Stone harnessed all of the disparate musical and social trends of the late ’60s, creating a wild, brilliant fusion of soul, rock, R&B, psychedelia, and funk that broke boundaries down without a second thought.
Led by Sly Stone, the Family Stone was comprised of men and women, and blacks and whites, making the band the first fully integrated group in rock’s history. That integration shone through the music, as well as the group’s message. Before Stone, very few soul and R&B groups delved into political and social commentary; after him, it became a tradition in soul, funk, and hip-hop. And, along with James Brown, Stone brought hard funk into the mainstream.
The Family Stone’s arrangements were ingenious, filled with unexpected group vocals, syncopated rhythms, punchy horns, and pop melodies. They released a series of Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits such as “Dance to the Music” (1968), “Everyday People” (1968), and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” (1969), as well as critically acclaimed albums such as Stand! (1969), which combined pop sensibility with social commentary. In the 1970s, it transitioned into a darker and less commercial funk sound on releases such as There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971) and Fresh (1973), proving as influential as their early work.
It Takes All Kinds
Remember Who You Are
Shine It On
Back On The Right Track
Who’s To Say’
If It’s Not Addin Up
The Same Thing (Makes You Laugh Makes You Cry)
Somebody To You