(2003) The Essential Sly & The Family Stone

Sly & The Family Stone

... read moreThe Essential Sly & the Family Stone does what a double-CD best-of/career overview should do: it packs a lot of career highlights into a two-disc set for listeners who want more than the basic greatest hits, but don't want every last album. Of course, all of those greatest hits are here, including a...

02:04′:41″ 35 Songs

Disk 1

1
Sly & The Family Stone
Underdog (Album Version)
3:58
2
Sly & The Family Stone
I Cannot Make It
3:19
3
Sly & The Family Stone
Dance To The Music
2:59
4
Sly & The Family Stone
Are You Ready? (Album Version)
2:49
5
Sly & The Family Stone
Fun (Album Version)
2:22
6
Sly & The Family Stone
M'lady (Album Version)
2:45
7
Sly & The Family Stone
Life (Album Version)
3:00
8
Sly & The Family Stone
Love City (Album Version)
2:43
9
Sly & The Family Stone
Stand!
3:08
10
Sly & The Family Stone
Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey (Album Version)
5:59
11
Sly & The Family Stone
I Want To Take You Higher
5:23
12
Sly & The Family Stone
Somebody's Watching You (Album Version)
3:20
13
Sly & The Family Stone
Sing A Simple Song
3:56
14
Sly & The Family Stone
Everyday People
2:22
15
Sly & The Family Stone
You Can Make It If You Try
3:38
16
Sly & The Family Stone
Hot Fun In The Summertime
2:37
17
Sly & The Family Stone
Everybody Is A Star (Single Master)
3:00
18
Sly & The Family Stone
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Single Master)
4:47

Disk 2

1
Sly & The Family Stone
Family Affair (Single Version)
3:05
2
Sly & The Family Stone
Luv N' Haight (Single Version)
4:01
3
Sly & The Family Stone
Poet
3:01
4
Sly & The Family Stone
(You Caught Me) Smilin' (Single Version)
2:53
5
Sly & The Family Stone
Runnin' Away (Single Version)
2:56
6
Sly & The Family Stone
Brave & Strong (Single Version)
3:30
7
Sly & The Family Stone
Just Like A Baby
5:12
8
Sly & The Family Stone
Thank You For Talkin' To Me, Africa
7:15
9
Sly & The Family Stone
In Time
5:47
10
Sly & The Family Stone
If You Want Me To Stay
3:00
11
Sly & The Family Stone
Frisky
3:11
12
Sly & The Family Stone
Skin I'm In
2:54
13
Sly & The Family Stone
Babies Makin' Babies
3:38
14
Sly & The Family Stone
If It Were Left Up To Me (Single Master)
1:58
15
Sly & The Family Stone
Time For Livin'
3:15
16
Sly & The Family Stone
Loose Booty
3:46
17
Sly & The Family Stone
I Get High On You
3:14
Released 01 January 2003, This compilation ℗ 2003 Sony Music Entertainment

Review

The Essential Sly & the Family Stone does what a double-CD best-of/career overview should do: it packs a lot of career highlights into a two-disc set for listeners who want more than the basic greatest hits, but don't want every last album. Of course, all of those greatest hits are here, including a few from 1970 that didn't make it onto album releases at the time. As you'd expect, the fattest slice comes from Sly & the Family Stone's late-'60s/early-'70s peak: in fact, most of the tracks from the Stand! and There's a Riot Goin' On albums are here. The fun extras come in the not-too-well-known tracks from pre-Stand! albums and Fresh (which is actually amply represented, with six cuts). This doesn't quite deserve the highest rating, as the post-There's a Riot Goin' On material doesn't keep up the momentum of the rest of the set. Small Talk and Sly Stone's 1975 solo effort, High on You, are wisely lightly plucked, though at least the hits from those albums are the three cuts selected. This deserves better annotation than the cursory liner notes, but otherwise it's an excellent summary of a major rock and soul band. ~ Richie Unterberger