Sly & the Family Stone was exactly the band America was supposed to have by the end of the '60s! This multi-cultural juggernaut, black and white, men and women, gathered up elements of the best music its native land had to offer–Soul, Rock, Funk and Jazz–and created something-freaking-else! Over his first six groundbreaking Epic LPs, Sly Stone–a maverick studio genius who heard things nobody else did–turned the worlds of R&B, Funk, Soul and Psychedelia completely upside-down with his breathtakingly innovative band, whose lyrics, deftly laced with political and social commentary, were woven through groovy rhythms and melodies so infectious, it made standing still virtually impossible. Each Sundazed title by this groundbreaking aggregation is sourced from the incredible, original Epic Records analog stereo masters. Ranking right up there with the Beatles, Elvis, Stones, Dylan and Hendrix, Sly is an obvious candidate for enshrinement on the rock 'n' roll Mt. Rushmore–if and when!

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Sly & The Family Stone - Fresh LP
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    Stripped down and funky beyond words, 1973's Fresh is quite simply the last great album by Sly & the Family Stone. Funkadelic guru George Clinton, a man who knows something about genre cross-wiring, tabbed Fresh as one of his all-time favorites and convinced the Red Hot Chili Peppers to cut "If It Were Left Up To Me" for their 1985 Clinton-produced LP Freaky Styley. Jazz icon Miles Davis reportedly sat his band down to soak up inspiration from multiple playings of Fresh, a work ranked #186 in...

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      By late 1968, the third album by Sly & the Family Stone absolutely blew the roof off the building. Life sounded so tangibly real it almost seemed like it was cut live. The title track, along with "Love City," "Plastic Jim," "Into My Own Thing" and especially "Dynamite!" signaled a perfect alliance between Sly's multi-influence, far-reaching musical vision and the burgeoning hippie ballroom community, already spreading like lawn daisies throughout the land. Never before had juicily syncopated...

      Sly & The Family Stone - Dance to the Music LP
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        When the irresistible sound of "Dance To The Music" lit up the nation's airwaves in early 1968, it was obvious that Sly Stone's "whole new thing" was about to blow everyone's mind sky-high. This live-wire chart smash used the time-tested "introduce the band" technique to showcase trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, Sly's brother/guitarist Freddie Stone, saxman Jerry Martini, Sly's sister/pianist Rosie Stone, bassist Larry Graham and drummer Greg Errico—all from...

        Sly & The Family Stone - A Whole New Thing LP
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          By the time Sly Stone, former producer/talent scout for Tom Donahue's Autumn records, decided to step out front and form his own band in 1967, he knew exactly what the music business needed: a multi-racial, boy-girl outfit that skillfully blended elements of soul, rock, jazz and funk. Sly & the Family Stone's debut, A Whole New Thing, didn't completely tip Sly's hand, but it got the ball rolling in the right direction by adding fuzzed-up guitar to soulful vocals, a tasty horn section,...