Sly & The Family Stone, The Best of Sly & The Family Stone (1998)
There’s a lot of reasons to like Sly & The Family Stone and a good many of them are here on this double-LP. I got hooked on Sly & The Family Stone via all the Vietnam-era compilations/soundtracks – and of course that killer performance at Woodstock. To my ears, when I first heard them, aged 12 or so, they were just the best. And I’ve always stuck with them – ever since hearing them the first time. So many things to love – including the mad, brilliant, charismatic Sly Stone – the influence on Prince and The Roots is obvious – and the individual albums all have their place, I’ve collected them up on CD over the years but this is the go-to; on vinyl. The can’t-go-wrong best-way-to-start-the-day sort of music. And, just the other day, starting the day, Oscar – 18 months at time of writing – just started shaking what will soon become his tailfeather as soon as the needle was dropped. Good boy.
Sample Track: I Want To Take You Higher
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