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Stand

Sly and the Family Stone Audio CD
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1. Stand!
2. Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey
3. I Want To Take You Higher
4. Somebody's Watching You
5. Sing A Simple Song
6. Everyday People
7. Sex Machine
8. You Can Make It If You Try

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating and Superb! May 3 2004
By Samhot
Format:Audio CD
To say that Sly & The Family stone were influential is probably an understatement. Prince has admitted many times that he grew up listening to (and loving) Sly & Company's music, and if you listen to Prince's music, you can hear where he got some of his ideas and techniques. George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic were influenced as well. Sly was probably the singlemost interesting (not to mention, the baddest) funkmeister this side of James Brown (and for what it's worth, I grew up listening to, and loving the music of other funksters like The Ohio Players, Rufus/Chaka Khan, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Clinton and others.)
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Band At the Height of thier Powers. Aug. 7 2000
Format:Audio CD
Time has done nothing to diminish the impact of this music. This is the most perfect collection of songs this dynamic band ever recorded. Notice I used the term band? Because Sly Stone and Co. were truly a band in every sense of the word; a strong, cohesive unit that kept pushed one another to new hieghts on every new release and played with such funk and fire in concert, that thier power could get an entire audience dancing and chanting to the heavens (for proof, check out the bands appearance on film at Woodstock!) From Sly's soulful singing and organ playing, to the (still unmatched) funky fervor of Larry Graham's bass playing and Cynthia 'Ecco' Robinson's drop dead, blaring trumpet the band finds a groove on EVERY tune, locks in and never lets up until the closing song. The title track is a transendent piece of pop music that still gives me chills (on the second chorus when all the voices join in to sing, with building intensity;STAND! STAND! STAND! , crank up your volume and see if it doesn't give you goosebumps!) and urges the listener to take responsibilty in thier lives. "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" is still one of the most overtly political, innovative songs ever recorded. With it's almost robotic, hypnotic arrangement, and pointed lyrics, it's a mini-masterpiece on an album chock full of them. "I Want To Take You Higher" does just that, it's simply impossible to not dance when this tune is playing. "Sing A Simple Song" has yet another tricky arrangement with several breakdowns, vocal interludes, spoken word courtesy of pianist/vocalist Rosie Stone, and a jazzy horn section over Greg Errico's snapping, funky drums in the background that will have you nodding your head and pressing rewind, several times! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The document of a musical revolution Oct. 29 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the CDs you can't get away from. It was 1969 when this album by Sly & TFS was released and I bet the people haven't heard & seen something like this before. First of all the musical style: Too positive to be blues, too much rock to be soul and too much soul to be rock - the PROTOTYPE of a FUNK album. Then the look: Sly was the first one dressed in multi-colored clothes onstage what even inspired George Clinton for Parliament and -most of all- Funkadelic. Then they were a multi-racial group. The title track "Stand!" is more related to the Beatles' music in the first part of the song but is transforming into Sly's thang in second. Amazing ! Then the other tracks are reflecting every band member (remind Larry Graham's Central Station), they're full of political attitude (f.e. Stand!, Don't Call Me N*****, Whitey !; Sly's tracking down a guitar sound made with his mouth and Wah-Wah effect), sexual exploitation (a sharp bluesy track called "Sex Machine") and Pop standards ("Everyday People"). Wild things and topics were explored on this OVERLOOKED (yes, it is !)'69 masterpiece and you could also find a bunch of HipHop samples in here like Digital Underground's beat for the "Humpty Dance" (f.e.). It seems that the kids 2day are not interested in this music so the way to teach them simply is HipHop. Sampling kept the FUNK alive. But it's all about the promotion, then Sly would even beat out the Stones... !
Other suggestions are: "There's A Riot Going On", "Dance To The Music", "Life" and "Fresh."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories
I'm sure I wore out several needles (not hypodermic!) on this album when it first came out in the 60's. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2010 by Raymond A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand: an overlooked classic
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 more
Published on May 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funk Blueprint For Millenniums To Come
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 more
Published on Sept. 28 2003 by Tall Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Album Better Than Life
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 more
Published on July 9 2003 by David Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Sly, Don't Be So FUNKY!
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
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by Horace Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars What does anybody see in this album?
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 more
Published on Oct. 29 2002 by "simnia"
5.0 out of 5 stars the gold standard
kiddies, this is the album i judge any black good music by, the prototype black music album from which any black artist worth his or her salt has as their primary musicial... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2002 by E. D. Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars an awesome record
larry graham is among the greatest bassists ever. even the rather obscure track SOMEBODY'S WATCHING YOU is a classic. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2001 by Stephen F Mulcahy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Funky
Though I wasn't around when this was recorded, it doesn't seem to have lost anything after thirty years. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2001 by cart ruckbus
4.0 out of 5 stars better on vinyl than cd
For those of us who were around when this album came out, we remember being blown away. Thirty plus years later, I still am when I still listen to it. Read more
Published on July 13 2001 by Marty Forster
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