I was certainly aware of Sylvester Stone / Sly & The Family Stone before “Woodstock”, but that was probably the first time I actually got to see what they looked like!
CD ANTHOLOGY EPIC US EGK 37071
1981 20 TRKS 60’s & 70’s recordings
CD DANCE TO THE MUSIC EPIC US EK 66427
1967 10 TRKS (’95 issue)(1 x bonus track)
7″ DANCE TO THE MUSIC (EP) (PS) promo EPIC UK EPC 3048
1972 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, promo
7″ FAMILY AFFAIR / LUV N’ HAIGHT (PS) EPIC US 5-10805
1971? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
MD GREATEST HITS EPIC US EM 30325
197? 12 TRK Collection
7″ I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER / STAND (PS) EPIC US 5-10450
1969 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo
7″ RUNNIN’ AWAY / BRAVE & STRONG EPIC US 5-10829
1971? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP STAND! EPIC US BN 25456
1969? 8 TRKS re-issue
CD STAND! re EPIC US 75912.2
1969 13 TRKS (5 x bonus tracks) (’07 issue) R&B
7″ THANK YOU / EVERYBODY IS A STAR EPIC US 15-2303
1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, re-issue
CDx2 WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE, THE EPIC US 48241.2
1969 17 TRKS Live + “Stand” CD (’09 issue)
Recently I obtained:
LPx3 FIRST GREAT ROCK FESTIVALS OF THE SEVENTIES CBS UK 66311
1971? 21 TRKS Atlanta Pop Festival / Isle of Wight
…and it got me thinking “This is one tight live band!” – but a quick scan of my mental rolodex failed to yield a proper live album from Sly & Co. That got taken care of when “The Woodstock Experience” was issued in 2009 – but I wonder why they didn’t get a live album while the original band was active?
Sly & The Family Stone certainly opened some doors, crossed some borders etc. with their brand of hippie-friendly R&B / Rock. I knew plenty of psychedelic music people who were very OK with Sly & The Family Stone, but with little other R&B of the day.
If you only want to own one disc, the Epic Records “Anthology” is a good one – all the hits are there: “I Want To Take You Higher”, “Family Affair”, “Everyday People”, “Running Away” and more.
And nobody was more amused than I at Howard Devoto’s Magazine covering “Thank You For Letting Me Be Mice Elf Again”.
Who said San Francisco only ever produced ‘acid rock’?
Long live Sly Stone! Hey, Music Lover!