Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 82/500!
Inducted Into Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999!
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Featuring "Family Affair", "Runnin' Away", & "(You Caught Me) Smilin'"!
More than four decades after they first stormed the Pop and R&B charts in the winter of 1968 with Dance To the Music a groundbreaking jam that has the distinction of being chosen for the Grammy Hall Of Fame, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fames "500 Songs That Shaped Rock," and Rolling Stone magazines "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time" the music of Sly and the Family Stone is more vital than ever.
The band's catalog (every single composition penned by Sylvester Stewart aka Sly Stone) includes their three career-defining RIAA gold Billboard #1 Pop/ #1 R&B smashes, Everyday People, Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again) and Family Affair, and their signature Top 40 hits that began with Dance To the Music and went on to include Stand!, Hot Fun In the Summertime, Runnin Away, If You Want Me To Stay, Time For Livin," and more.
Those songs not only inspired an era of youthful rebellion and independence, but also had a potent effect on the course of modern music in general. A dazzling fusion of psychedelic rock, soul, gospel, jazz, and Latin flavors, Slys music brought the next step funk to a disparate populace of hip artists. From Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, to the halls of Motown and George Clintons P-Funk, from Michael Jackson and Curtis Mayfield, down the line to Bob Marley, the Isley Brothers, Prince, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arrested Development, the Black Eyed Peas, the Roots, OutKast and on and on, Slys DNA is traceable to every cell of the musical stratosphere.
Since it took almost two years to make, the fifth album by bonafide superstars Sly and the Family Stone had everyone salivating in anticipation. Needless to say, Sly did not disappoint! 1971's There's A Riot Goin' On finds the Bay Area-based genius getting funkier than ever before, even as his artistic vision becomes progressively darker. Some may have been disappointed that Sly didn't simply re-create the chart successes of earlier singles, but who can argue with the flat-out brilliance of turning recent big hit "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" on its head to create the mind-boggling "Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa."
Two of this hypnotic album's best tunes "Family Affair" and "Runnin' Away" were gigantic chart hits, and There's A Riot Goin' On hit #1 Pop/ #1 R&B within a few weeks of its release in November, proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that Sly Stone could totally deliver the goods! A transformative masterpiece, There's A Riot Goin' On was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, and is ranked at #99 on Rolling Stone magazines '500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
5/5 Stars - All Music
5/5 Stars - Rolling Stone
Super Audio CD
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
1. Luv 'n' Haight
2. Just Like a Baby
4. Family Affair
5. Africa Talks to You The Asphalt Jungle
6. Theres a Riot Goin On
7. Brave & Strong
8. (You Caught Me) Smilin
10. Spaced Cowboy
11. Runnin Away
12. Thank You for Talkin to Me Africa