Sly and the Family Stone – Greatest Hits

I’m not one to flaunt the adoration of a greatest hits, nor am I one to claim to have infinite knowledge of Funk music, but it would take a thoughtless buffoon, yes a fucking  clown, to deny Sly,  and his Family, some serious fucking kudos for this magnum opus. It’s a mix of everything the band, a collective of 21 artists, and the first “integrated, multi-gender lineup”,  created; a funky, dancy psychedelia powerhouse of hip-shaking goodness. There are a few cracking tracks that didn’t make the cut, but Sly knew what he was doing, and nothing quite sums up their prolific 60’s period where the re-energised black music like this does. There’s a quote that can sum all of this up quite simply; “there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone”. Word.

The dunk before the nugget:

The DL:

Sly and the Family Stone – Greatest Hits

I’ve got to thank my fellow contributor for introducing me to this video, sums up Sly, the end of the sixties, and the band in ten minutes. HIGHER!

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