Along with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly & The Family Stone virtually invented 1970's funk. Their fusion of R&B rhythms, infectious melodies, and psychedelia created a new pop/soul/rock hybrid. The impact of Sly's music has proven widespread and long-lasting. For instance, Motown producer Norman Whitfield patterned the label's forays into harder-driving, socially relevant material (such as The Temptations' Runaway Child and Ball of Confusion) based on their sound.
The pioneering Stone had a major influence in the 1980's on artists such as Prince and Rick James. Legions of artists from the 1990's forward - including Public Enemy, Fatboy Slim, Arrested Development, Beck and many others - mined Stone's back catalog for samples.
For those not familiar with Sly this 2LP set is a great introduction and an invitation to dig deeper into Sly & The Family Stone's catalogue. This 20 track compilation covers all the hits & fan favourites from the 1968-1974 period.
The Best Of Sly & The Family Stone is now available as a limited edition of 2000 numbered copies on transparent pink vinyl.
1. Dance To the Music
2. I Want To Take You Higher
3. Family Affair
4. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
5. I Get High On You
8. Skin I'm In
9. Everyday People
10. Sing a Simple Song
1. Hot Fun In the Summertime
2. Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey
3. Brave & Strong
5. Everybody is a Star
6. If You Want Me To Stay
7. (You Caught Me) Smilin'
8. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
9. Runnin' Away
10. Family Affair (Remix)