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Stand! is the pinnacle of Sly & the Family Stone's early work, a record that represents a culmination of the group's musical vision and accomplishment. Stand! integrates astounding funk, irresistible melodies, psychedelic guitars and deep rhythums. Add to this a sharpened sense of pop songcraft and Sly's social conscious and the result is utterly stunning. This expanded edition features 5 bonus tracks.
Need proof of how great Sly and The Family Stone were? Just check out the track listing for Stand! The title track, "I Want to Take You Higher". "You Can Make it if You Try", "Everyday People",(before it was a car commercial)--and this isn't even the greatest hits package! Hippies with attitude (and serious soul moves), Stone and crew were one of the most influential and free-wheeling forces in R&B/rock. Stand shows why. Gut bucket bass lines (thank you Larry Graham), joyous take-you-there anthems, and seething racial politics that made you move--and think--while on the dance floor. --Amy Linden
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1969's _Stand_ is a non-stop joy-fest: it's almost impossible not to feel uplifted after listening to this. Similarly, it'll also be difficult to stay still, as the grooves on here are just sexy, funky, infectious and downright delicious. Sly mixed up genders and races in his band, and when listening to the music, you can feel the celebration of harmony, and desire for transcendence over the many ills that have plagued society for the longest time. It was all about injecting positivity and exuberance into this mix of psychedelic funk, soul and rock, and the sunny vibe that runs throughout this album is one of the many things that make this effort highly intoxicating - so intoxicating, that even after three decades since it's release, listeners are, more than possibly, still feeling drunk from it's juices.
Just take a look at some of the song titles: "Stand!," "I Want To Take You Higher," "You Can Make It If You Try" -- the vibes are positive and spiritually uplifting throughout. And leave it to clever Sly to turn something as controversial and touchy as racism ("Don't Call Me...") into something so sexy, intoxicating, scrumptious and downright orgasmic.Read more ›
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Most recent customer reviews
This is a replacement of a LP that I had stolen way back in 1973 and have been looking for ever since. Read morePublished 2 months ago by spigomars
I'm sure I wore out several needles (not hypodermic!) on this album when it first came out in the 60's. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2010 by Raymond A. Smith
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... Read morePublished on May 22 2004
James Brown created the Funk but Sly took his groove to another level. This album even influenced James himself. Sly's "Sex Machine" was made before James made his. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by Tall Paul
I first got into Sly and The Fam when I listened to "Theres A Riot Goin On". I thought that could not be beaten. Read morePublished on July 9 2003 by David Turner
Y'all remember the Soul Clap? There's a lot of that goin' on on Sly & TFS's "Stand!"
I remember being filled with pride while shouting out the lyrics of the title cut, and at... Read more
I know this is a classic album that influenced a lot of bands, but I just never cared for it, not then and not now. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2002