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Sly & Family Stone
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
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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,...  more »


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All Artists: Sly & Family Stone
Title: Life
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 7/18/1995
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Funk, Soul, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074646642320


Album Description
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 beats dovetailed so perfectly with distortion-laced rock guitar. "You don't have to die before you live," sings Sly on "Life" and he's not kidding! The lyrical content of Sly's music becomes even more graphic with detailed workouts like "Jane Is A Groupee," a riveting description of this fascinating rock 'n' roll sub-culture. Then, on the other hand, you have the full-bore party numbers like "M'Lady" and "Fun," songs fully capable of launching anybody's weekend with reckless abandon!

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Sly at his brilliant best; editorial review in error
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First, let me say that this recording is non-stop fun and brilliance. Life is Sly at his best. It's one of his most consistent releases and my personal favorite. Now, on to setting the "record" straight. Amazon's mis-informed editorial reviewer erroneously puts Life's release BEFORE The Family Stone's breakthrough album, Dance To The Music. Anyone experiencing the original vinyl issues of Sly's discography as they happened remembers the chronology: A Whole New Thing (1967); Dance to the Music (Spring/Summer 1968); Life (Fall/Winter 1968). The title track from DTTM hit the singles charts in Summer 1968. Life was the superior sounding follow-up LP that offered funk rock and pop at its finest (M'Lady, Into My Own Thing, Fun, I'm An Animal, etc.). Jane Is A Groupee is arguably one of the most explosive cuts that Sly ever tracked. Life's title song was released as the first single from the record, but failed to follow DTTM up the charts. The group would later return with hit singles like Everyday People, Hot Fun In The Summertime, Everybody Is A Star and Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)."
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sly&The Family Stone are without a Doubt The Most Important Group Ever.They Broke Ground unlike any other.The Music here Combines So Many Styles&Vibes that it is Incredible that the Music is Over 30 Years Old But Sounds Funkier&Better than almost anything else you are gonna hear Today.this Group Broke Rules.SLY STONE is One OF The Baddest Musical Legends EVER.His GENIUS is still Felt to this Day.Larry Graham is Thumping.It's Sad How Little Love this Group Gets.WHen You Listen to this you are Listening to Music History."
A funk/rock/psychedelic/soul meltdown!
Christian M Williams | Tampa, FL USA | 07/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Sly is and was a genius, no doubt, with exuberance and groove to spare on every track of this album. Even the filler material ("Chicken," "Dynamite") is catchy with some interesting production touches, and the better songs that didn't make his Greatest Hits collection are awesome.You may recognize that "Into My Own Thing" has a distinctive horn/organ/bass/drum riff - heard today as the predominant sample from the current Fatboy Slim song (the one with Christopher Walken dancing).If you love the alternating lead vocals, fuzz bass, punchy drums and brilliant arrangements of Sly's better known material, it will only take a few listens before these songs are as classic to you as his best. I really like "Harmony" (despite the cheesy intro) and "Jane Is A Groupee" (killer production)."