Sly Stone, High On You (1975)
I love Sly and The Family Stone – love! Got hooked on all those great anthems from the various 60s comps that were tied to Vietnam-era soundtracks and 80s nostalgia for the 60s…and then I started to look into the Sly story. This is the first Sly Stone solo album – which is really just another version of the Family Stone. It’s a bit of a mess but funkily so. A nice follow on from Fresh and for that matter still somewhere in line (somehow) with There’s A Riot Goin’ On. Sly is a casualty. In so many ways. And quite possibly a genius. Take all the influence on Prince – and there are many, he absorbed the lot. But take away Sly and there’s no Prince. Simple. Really chuffed to have found this – never owned the CD, only knew this one from finding songs online. But what a great album. A great, sad, sprawling mess. Fascinating. And funky.
Sample Tracks: I Get High On You
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