I just bought this CD after reading about it in a guide to funk published in SPIN magazine. I personally have loved funk, soul, and hip-hop for years, but somehow I`d always overlooked Sly Stone, though I did enjoy the radio hits. Well, what they play on the radio is merely scratching the surface. "Stand" is a true masterpiece- a delicious mix of heavy funk, hook-laden pop, and still-relevant politics. It`s not hard to see how influential Sly`s music was, since one can hear traces of it in artists ranging from P-Funk to Snoop Dogg. The chunky yet melodic riffs on this album have also become a staple of 70`s movie soundtracks. Favorite tracks include "Somebody`s Watching You," "Sex Machine," and the timeless "Everyday People." And then there`s "Don`t Call Me Nigger, Whitey", with its scathing look at racism set to a choppy, irresistible groove. "Stand" has led me to search for Sly`s other works, as well. Truly an underrated and satisfying CD.