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Sly & The Family Stone

Sly & The Family Stone


Sly and the Family Stone are credited as one of the first racially integrated bands in music history, belting their message of peace, love and social consciousness through a string of hit anthems that fused R&B, soul, funk and rock n roll. On ‘Different Strokes by Different Folks’ a stylistically, culturally and racially disparate group of chart-toppers mirrors that idealistic diversity. Understand this: There was no precedent for Sly & the Family Stone.

Back in 1967, when the interracial, mixed-gender combo burst onto the scene with their debut album, the burgeoning rock & roll subculture was, as always, hungry for fresh kicks and different sounds. But no one was quite prepared for the magical, multi-faceted musical mix Sly and company served up. Their music was an inspired blend of rock, soul, pop, jazz, and an emerging genre soon to be dubbed funk. It packed a powerful, joyous wallop, delivering all the things one hoped to find in music: The thrill of the new, the excitement of the unexpected, a galvanizing groove, and lyrics that actually said something.

Sly’s been sampled by Janet Jackson, Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Fatboy Slim, Ice Cube and Public Enemy to name just a few! He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1992, and is the recipient of the 2002 R&B Foundation Pioneer Award.


  1. 1967 A Whole New Thing
  2. 1968 Dance to the Music
  3. 1968 Life
  4. 1969 Stand!
  5. 1970 Greatest Hits [feat. 3 new songs]
  6. 1971 There’s a Riot Goin’ On
  7. 1973 Fresh
  8. 1974 Small Talk
  9. 1975 High on You
  10. 1976 Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I’m Back
  11. 1979 Back on the Right Track
  12. 1982 Ain’t But the One Way

Compilations and other releases

* 1979: Ten Years Too Soon (Epic, disco remix album)
* 1981: Sly & the Family Stone Anthology (Epic)
* 1994: Precious Stone – Sly Stone In The Studio 1963 -1965″
* 1994: Rock and Roll (KRB Music/compilation of rare pre-Epic recordings, including “I Ain’t Got Nobody”)
* 2001: Who In The Funk Do You Think You Are: The Warner Bros. Recordings (Rhino Handmade collection compiles Back on the Right Track and Ain’t But the One Way with five previously unissued recordings)
* 2001: Rare Grooves Classic World Productions (Nine Sylvester Stewart compositions, one with H. Banks; no other credits or particulars provided.)
* 2002: The Essential Sly & the Family Stone (Epic, double-disc, digitally remastered)
* 2005: Different Strokes by Different Folks (Starbucks Music/remix and cover album by various artists, extended version issued in 2006 by Epic)
* 2005: Higher! (Starbucks Music)
* 2007: The Collection (compiles A Whole New Thing, Dance to the Music, Life, Stand!, There’s a Riot Goin’ On, Fresh, and Small Talk)
* 2010: Listen To The Voices – Sly Stone In The Studio 1965 – 1970

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