Tishauna Diana Delacroix Starr | LA and GA | 07/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i got this album after i heard ghetto heaven off of the chain album.of course ghetto heaven became one of my favorite records ever with its soul II soul inspired tempo.then of course i heard sweet liberation.after hearing that i wanted more songs like that in the future and sure enough i got more than i bargained for.
this album is like hard rock,funk,soul,hip-hop,contemparary jazz all rolled into one.along with livin colour's "times up",faith no more's "angel dust" this is one of the most eclectic albums ever released.sandra's voice is stronger than tina turners on a sugar rush.the album almost become speed metal on some songs.the instrumentation is bad azz on this cd.people truly don't know what their missing."
One of the best albums of the 90's period
E. D. Daniels | tampa, florida United States | 10/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When this album came out in the fall of 91 i couldn't believe it sank without a trace, but it did. after releasing "chain" which sold well on black radio, this talented trio bought all the chips to table an amazing fusion of hard rock, funk, soul, hip-hop ballads and lyrics that make you think and songs that shake your booty .black radio ran like the punks they are opting to play no-talents like jodeci and mary j. bilge(no wonder black radio still sucks for not playing a more diverse musical pallet) they are and rock radio was even worse in the era of nirvana it seemed like they wanted praticed the highlander theory "there can only one" black rock band it that was living colour.in an era where gangsta rap was starting to take off this was a musical breath of fresh air where real people played insturments , snag and emoted."
Go out and buy this album
A B Akinsiku | London, London United Kingdom | 08/26/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"as soon as i heard the first few tracks of this album, i knew this album would sell only 5 copies.Four copies to be sold to friends and family who didnt get a free copy.The fifth to me.
Why? Is the Album rubish? Far from it.In fact I would go as far as to say the album is genius.
So how comes no one has ever heard of the Album? Well let me offer an possible explanation.
In 89/90 Family Stand released a single called 'ghetto Heaven'from their album CHAIN.The single quickly charted and has since become a club classic. For their next album, the band decided to do away with their pretentions to 'Soul to soul'type RnB of Heaven' and instead opted to birth the bastard child of Sly and the family Stone, Soul to Soul, Bar kAys, Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix. Big Mistake.
the result is an album you are unlikely to forget in a hurry if you like your rock hot and unapologetic.
the opener 'new world order' is a riff heavy Funk diatribe against the post cold war real politik of the early noneties;'World in the midst of revolution, new world order, same conclusion, worlds in the midst of revolution'Sandra St Victor screems.Sandra St victors voice is second to none, and rides the rhythm and blues influenced rock like a Tina Turner on Crack.tracks like 'sky is falling' are thought provoking and poetic and is laced with a dystopian beat and layers of exotic samples that 'weep'.
the schizophrenic title track is a tune hendrix wouldve wished he'd written.
It starts off like a love ballad but quickly transforms into a speed funk metal opus featuring Sandra as screeming banshee.but nothing can prepare you for the highlight of the album
' the education of jamie'. A tale of A black middle class womans 'loss of ignorance'.
Beautifully written, polictically charged,haunting yet tempered with optimism and inner strength.
Though i have my favourite tracks, this album absolutely has no fillers. This album is raw, smooth, intellegent emotive and a must for anyone who like their rock with a little bit of funk, fuzz and fun.go out and find this album.NOW!!!!"
This album burns with conviction and soul
Darren R. Chandler | Melbourne, Australia | 02/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why is it all the best music comes as a chance discovery - 2nd hand in an obscure record store, or through word of mouth? I have to admit to hearing Shades of Blue a couple of times on the radio back in the day.. but man, these guys were SOOOO underrated. Just like Fishbone, 4hero, Jill Scott, Meshell Ndegeocello... and so on. All black musicians too. Anyway enough lamentation, this albums rocks hard and with socially conscious yet uncontrived lyrics. It also features the unbelievably sexy vocals of Sandra St Victor... most of the time she sounds as though she is close to orgasm. Vernon Reid of Living Colour puts some screaming guitar on New World Order, and the album has some pretty ahead-of-its time programming and dance rhythms for 1991. There is also gospel in the form of Where Does Mommy Live?, and a beautiful jazz instrumental called Free Spirit. Musicianship and composition is first rate and I am still playing it 14 years later, so get your groove on and buy it off eBay, or live a dull and soulless existence!!"
One of the best records you never heard
Bert Struiksma | Netherlands | 05/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best records you never heard... if you haven't that is and you really should. Some records are maybe just a little too good to be a massive success but this deserves your undivided attention.
The Family Stand was one mighty talented collective, in each and every department (as singers, writers, musicians, producers...) This is like a soul map of musical possibilities within so-called 'black music'. I mean it pretty much touches on every pre-dominantly black form of music, be it blues, jazz, soul, funk, gospel... (even some rap) ofcourse it also totally rocks and I guess being white, listening to this makes me feel SO white but hey I still want to listen to this more & more & more please, it just feels so damn good. Not that it's strictly feel-good music, in fact a lot of these songs deal with very serious matters, so worth paying attention to the lyrics as well.
If you see this baby somewhere don't hesitate to snap it up."